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6/6/14 2:47 A

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I know the trick now. Maybe, it's just common sense. After stocking my kitchen with healthier, lower calorie foods, I eat plenty, I'm not leaving myself hungry. I see that my calorie intake is low and these foods are keeping me satisfied without even adding salt or sugar. I'm actually enjoying the natural flavors.
Do you have any specific 'tricks' or idea's that help you to stay away from foods. I'm talking about the foods that are not beneficial for the goals that you are trying to achieve?

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JODENEMARIE's Photo JODENEMARIE Posts: 169
6/3/14 3:59 A

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Grocery Shopping - I really bought healthy food. This is amazing. Adding up the calories shocked me. Romaine lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, (part-skim) cheese, fruit cocktail, non-fat dry milk, etc...........
I'm enjoying what I eat. I'm sticking to the Spark's menu pretty well.
What is working for you in the meals that you are choosing?
It would be great to hear what's working for people.

Keep on Sparking!

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3/30/14 5:01 P

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Busier than ever, I have not been working on my diet or exercise. No time for that? Intentionally eating healthier foods. I am taking care of little ones therefore I need to set a good example. I'm eating more vegetables and other healthy food for a week.
I found some time to step on a scale and take my measurements. I thought I would have gained weight and inches because I'm not 'working' on my weight loss.
I lost weight and inches just by making the effort to eat more nutritious foods.
Amazing! I lost weight and inches without having the time to think about it.
I made a change, with out stressing about it. Don't give me any credit for it though. I was simply too busy with other things to be thinking about.
Change can give results. I'm going to try a few more.

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3/27/14 2:08 P

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I read someone's post below that said eating bananas for breakfast will help lose weight. Not sure if that's true or not but that's what I had for breakfast this morning - YEAH!!!!

On another note, I was reading here on SparkPeople about a man who lost 150 pounds in 14 months. He said most every morning for breakfast he had a homemade breakfast burrito. He used whole wheat tortillia shells, with some kind of spicy meat (forget what he called it - I had never heard of it), fat free refried beans, salsa and a pinch of shredded cheese. It sure sounds good. I am gonna figure out the calorie content if I use ground chuck and taco seasoning mix. I figured if I make a pound and use only a spoonful every morning on the burrito, I'll either be throwing much of it out or sharing it with others in my house for breakfast :)

You can never fail, if you never stop trying ~Yogi Bear (and Albert Einstein)


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2/25/14 1:04 P

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HI i just wanted to say that i find the article rather interesting...I'm always concerned with taking in too much just afraid of weight gain or the scale not moving

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JODENEMARIE's Photo JODENEMARIE Posts: 169
1/1/14 4:08 A

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Happy New Year!
Re-reading, Eat More Often To Lose More Weight, www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
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it opened my eyes to how I was losing the weight before.
If you read this article, please tell me what your idea's are on it. I liked how it reminded me that I can still just prepare three meals per meal and simply eat half a meal every 3 hours. That makes it much easier to keep your foods nutritional values in line. emoticon

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JODENEMARIE's Photo JODENEMARIE Posts: 169
12/4/13 11:42 P

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Breakfast? Ever heard of it, or the importance of it?
Reading "Eat Breakfast to Lose Weight" has re-informed me of the importance of leptin, which is a hormone that suppresses the appetite. One of the high points of the article was, Eat a healthy breakfast of complex carbs, proteins and fats.
I found information to hang on to in "Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas" , also .
Can you share any healthy breakfast idea's with us that you have found? emoticon
(I cannot figure out how to add the two links I mentioned. Please bare with me. I will get this figured out.) I think I will figure this out tonight.
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10/27/13 1:43 A

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Weight is coming off me. I am shrinking. My fat head is not so fat. I have changed my eating habits. I have started eating more products made with whole grains, more fruits and juices, eating more dark green, orange and red vegetables and I'm keeping the meat and dairy products lean.
I cheated on my diet the other day. It did not effect my weight. I'm sticking to the foods in my diet plan very well. When I 'cheated' on my diet, I ate cookies. I believe, the only reason it didn't effect my weight is because I HAVE changed my way of eating. I did not binge on the cookies. I told myself, "1 serving".
1 serving of food is actually enough for me now. I'm eating more often, but I am eating smaller amounts at a time.
What's working for you? Let's share so we can help each other on this journey. emoticon

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9/22/13 4:33 A

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Trying to do things in a healthier way this morning, I put a cup of Spring water in the blender. Lettuce, little carrots, a small, cored red apple and 1/8 of a cup of raisins was added. Then I hit the liquify button. I really enjoyed it. It made a little over 2 cups.
Let's share idea's/ways to enhance the effects of our health journey.

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JODENEMARIE's Photo JODENEMARIE Posts: 169
9/8/13 1:35 A

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What is in your cabinet's that help with your fitness journey? I've tried to better my diet by keeping the whole grains, vegetables, fruit, poultry, fish and low fat dairy foods, high on my eating priorities.
What have you tried, or are you trying? What are the results or effects of the particular eating plan or choices? emoticon

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6/29/13 1:00 A

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Eating a healthy breakfast will help to rev you up, to get the best out of your morning. I read this, last night. I also read that a high fiber cereal, fruit and milk for breakfast was a good choice..
This morning............ I tried it. Hey, That was a good idea.
A few hours went by. Then I was thinking, "What snack will satisfy me till lunch time?"
Last night I read about 2 pieces of wheat bread and 1 Tbsp. of peanut butter. Wow! It worked to fill me up. It really works.

Hey, does anybody remember trying to eat slower? Why? What are the benefits? I forgot. So, I found it last night. *Eating slowly will contribute to your weight loss by helping you eat less and digest better.* How are we going to remember this? Okay, repeat after me: "EATING SLOWLY WILL CONTRIBUTE TO MY WEIGHT LOSS BY HELPING ME TO EAT LESS AND DIGEST BETTER!
Here's a suggestion:
Make one of your meals per day, 'a slow and leisurely affair in which you savor every bite'.
Does anyone else here anything to share on the eating a healthy breakfast or eating slowly topics? I'd love to hear from you all. Come on team. Let's communicate. emoticon

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6/21/13 4:56 P

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I don't believe that I can hear it or say it enough, The food in front of you influences your weight." As well as, "The food NOT in front of you influences your weight".
You can call me weak, or simply call me human, but temptation is most likely going to get me if the wrong kind of food is front of me.
I went shopping the other day. When I put my groceries away, I asked myself, "Where's the ice cream?" All I could answer was, "You bought low fat dairy products. You will be fine."
If the high calorie, high sugar, high carbohydrates or unhealthy food isn't there, there is less of a chance of me longing for it.
I'm changing the contents of my kitchen, slowly but surely. I am making a change in the way I eat. I'm actually enjoying it.
Do you have any suggestions for healthy foods for meals or snacks?

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6/15/13 7:22 A

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Vegetables- cooked or raw, they are not only a colorful and flavorful, they are also a nutritional addition to your meals and snacks.
We need to remember that starchy vegetables such as corn, green beans and potatoes are not high in calories. Frying them or putting them in sweet or fatty sauces is what gives the extra calories, fat, sugars and sodium.
Fruits- fresh fruit available for snacking can make things a bit easier. Baking bread, muffins or pancakes can become "an adventure" by adding different fruits to the recipes.
Eating lots of fruits and vegetables can help to:
-decrease your risks for heart attacks and strokes
-lower your blood pressure
- improve your digestion
-save your memory as you age
-protect against several types of cancers
-they supply vital nutrients with a minimal amount of calories

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6/14/13 7:36 P

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What are you eating that help with your weight journey. I'm eating more veggies and fruit.
I thought I hated 1% milk, but I decided to try it again. I'm trying to cut the fat out of my diet some. If it's really cold, it's wonderful. I feel like it's a treat.
I've already cut it down to the lean meat bit.
With use of only one hand for the past three weeks or so, the preparing meals is not very easy. My hand is getting better all the time, but I still can't chop food. As they say, "Step by step".
I hope you all are doing great and I hope you will share any low fat food idea's.


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6/4/13 3:33 A

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A much better day yesterday. My eating is back in control. Feel better this morning! :)



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6/3/13 4:02 A

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I had a set back yesterday. I was up at 4 am Nd was outside doing yard work by 6 am. I had a cup of coffee before I went out, I was so busy that I didn't realize the time flew by! And before I knew it. It was 12 noon, I came in and ate a cookie and a glass of water and went back out , I spend another four hours outside and came in feeling weak and faint,,,hmmmm I wonder why?? :(. So I decided to be done for the day. I was feeling ill and cold from sweating all day ? I ate a pork chop and a handful of almonds and drank a lot of water and took a hot shower. I got ready for bed early and laid down to watch tv and fell asleep around 8. I woke up with stomach pains and a headache!! And I feel tired and lethargic. Moral of the story. Don't forget to eat!! It does you no good to skip meals in fact it makes you worse!! If you are so busy that you don't have time to eat, chances are the next day you will feel like crap. My stomach is feeling horrible and my head is swimming. I know better than this ,but I justified it as necessary to get the yard work done because that was the only day to do it because I have laundry and teddy bears and a floral arrangement to make today. I have no energy today so did it help me get ahead? Probably not. I have to eat to keep my energy up.



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5/31/13 3:51 A

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I want some feed back on this. haha You know what I mean...........
6 meals per day, you can think of it as 3 meals and three snacks. (I, myself need to look at it as 6 half meals, to keep it balanced nutrition wise.)
Eating smaller amounts throughout the day helps keep your metabolism in high gear. It will also be keeping your body fueled with the right nutrients to prevent food cravings and to eliminate feelings that can sabotage your weight loss efforts. emoticon



(Some of this information was found in 'Curves On the Go".")

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5/28/13 3:39 A

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My mornings are very busy so I have to force myself to make time to eat so it is usually two toast with about a tbsp of peanut butter usually whole wheat bread I do have a cup of coffee with it, I don't drink a lot of coffee though if I want a warm drink in the daytime I will have black tea or green tea.



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5/28/13 2:28 A

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Simple breakfast. With all the weight that you have lost, congrats! 1 or 2 slices of toast? What do you put on it if anything? This toast and fruit a little later sounds like something that will work for me. Everybody is different though. I understand that.
Any other breakfast idea's to contribute to weight loss/maintenance/healthy eating?


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5/27/13 4:19 P

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My breakfasts are pretty basic, I make toast first thing and around ten I eat an apple to keep me going til lunch.



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5/26/13 1:41 P

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Breakfast, let's discuss breakfast.
What is the breakfast that work best for you you?
What are the different kinds of breakfast? I can think of: for energy, for weight loss, weight maintenance........... come on what else. We are a team. Let's work together.
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5/2/12 1:46 A

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Changing my eating situation, removing my temptation accessibility, making healthy food choices easy to acquire.
Priorities! We need to get them straight. Time to restock my cabinets, fridge and freezer.
I remember some of the healthy foods are beans, legumes, fish, poultry, lean meats, nuts and seeds.
For healthy fats (such as oils) we should use olive oil, canola oil or flax seed oil.
Whole grain breads and high fiber cereals are a good choice.
Don't forget the fresh fruits and vegetables.

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3/15/12 1:36 P

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Trying to understand a healthy diet better, I looked at "Overcoming Overeating". It was written by Nicole Nichols.
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
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I noted that half of your plate should be fruits and vegetables, One quarter should be for your Protein and the other quarter should be for starch/grains.
The daily water intake recommendations seems to be difficult for me. I'm going to try drinking 8 ounces before each meal or snack.
I like how the article mentions trying another serving of vegetables if you are still hungry after finishing your meal.

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2/7/12 6:05 A

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I found this in: 'Can certain foods help you burn more fat?'

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This is about Resistant Starch.
Carbs Help You Lose Weight: Weak Evidence
When I first heard a reference to "morning banana," I assumed it was the name of some wacky drive- time deejay. Well, I was right about the wacky part. It's actually a weight-loss diet that involves eating only bananas in the morning, followed by whatever you want for lunch or dinner. After a singer in Japan claimed that she'd lost 15 pounds on the regimen, sales of the fruit surged so much in that country that it experienced a banana shortage. Proponents say a key component of this diet is something called resistant starch (RS), so named because it resists being broken down and absorbed as it passes through the small intestine. RS is found in not only bananas (especially green ones) but also foods such as potatoes, bread, and pasta—things that get the ax from Atkins and other low-carb diets. But these are the star attraction in weight-loss plans like the Skinny Carbs Diet and the Carb- Lovers Diet, which claim that RS can help you shed pounds by burning fat and reducing hunger. While preliminary studies seem to provide a bit of support for the idea, I wouldn't go bananas over it.

How foods are processed and cooked affects how much RS they contain. High on the list are unprocessed whole grains, corn flakes, uncooked rolled oats, white beans, cold pasta, raw potatoes, and cooked potatoes that have been cooled. RS also comes in the form of specially formulated cornstarch that can be sprinkled into foods or used as a substitute for flour. Lab studies have found that feeding rodents a high RS diet results in less body fat, perhaps by increasing levels of hormones that make the animals feel full and stop eating. Advocates of RS diets often point to that research along with a human study in which subjects were fed four meals with varying amounts of RS. The meal containing about 5 percent RS (as a fraction of total carbs) resulted in 23 percent more fat burning than the one with no RS.

Sounds impressive until you know a few details: The study consisted of just 12 subjects, they ate just one of each meal, and testing lasted for just 24 hours. In general, human studies—all of them small and short term—have yielded mixed results. Some show that RS increases feelings of fullness or results in lower food intake, but other research has found no such effects. There's little if any direct evidence that eating RS leads to weight loss, even in the short run. If high RS diets do help you shed pounds, it may be because many RS foods are rich in fiber, which has been linked to lower body weight.

In any event, you can't go wrong with oats, beans, brown rice, and other RS foods that are part of a healthful diet. But I'll skip the green morning bananas, thanks.
Please reply if you have found other information about Resistant Starch.

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2/5/12 4:28 A

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I'm working healthier foods into my kitchen. I need to share this with you because of the weird results I'm getting. I have cookies, chips and cheese puffs stashed in a top cabinet. They've been there awhile. Eating healthier foods are filling me up and taking care of my 'sweets cravings''. The natural flavors of healthier food is really doing it for me.
I'm checking out information about Resistant Starch being a natural fat burner. Does anyone have any info or experience concerning this topic? If so, please reply. I'll let ya all know what I find. emoticon Jodene

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11/28/11 6:28 A

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I just woke up, in the middle of the night. The word "size" popped into my head.. It didn't make me think of how big my clothes need to be. It was a positive thought. I thought about how eating smaller portions of food, more times per day is changing the way that I feel. It doesn't take as much food to give me that satisfied feeling. I believe my stomach might be starting to shrink.
What are you doing with your diet? What works for you? Please share. Every bit of information on what works for one person, is an opportunity for it to work for another person. (Don't get me wrong though. Different things work for different people.)
If I try what's working for you, and it works for me too, GREAT!
If I try what works for you, and it doesn't work for me, GREAT! Then I know that I need to find something different to work for ME. emoticon

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11/3/11 4:48 A

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Hear is an article concerning diet.


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10/13/11 6:05 P

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I think my weight loss plan is working, but I don't think it has very much to do with my diet. I can keep the calories down, but I'm not getting the right vitamins or minerals. That is going to take a toll on my body and I know it.
Hey team! I need some help here. I need recommendations for foods with lots of fiber, and/or lots of potassium, and/or lots of calcium........... Okay, you see where I'm going.
Beans are good for fiber and protein. I know that. Banana's are a good source of potassium, I've heard, but do you need to eat a whole truck load or will one banana do the trick?
Okay, I'll try to find this info...................

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9/27/11 5:53 P

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Hey, I just read about how the Mediterranean Diet is so good for 'heart health'.
It consists of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, olive oil, sea food and lean meats.
I also read, "Dairy should be low fat or non-fat. Poultry should be skinless. Pork tenderloin and round cuts of beef are recommended."
I was stunned by a particular sentence that I saw. It said something that many of us already know, but we don't let it service strong enough in our consciousness.
"Excess weight puts extra strain on all parts of your body."

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7/31/11 3:32 A

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Healthy diet choices make a difference. What are your healthy diet choices?


Is anyone willing to share a good meal idea for breakfast?
I ate 1.5 servings of oatmeal (fiber), 2 small diced up, red apples and .5 cup of 2% milk. I am sharing this because it filled me up. I didn't feel hungry till dinner. I drank water and I drank coffee through the day. I did some aerobic dance before dinner also.

Can you share any idea's or plans that have worked for you?

Let's learn from each other. We need to communicate. We are a team. Let's help each other make it happen. Thanks.

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