Hi All, Im new to this team. This thread is of a personal interest to me. Glad I found it. I agree with you all that planning is key. I was watching Dr. Oz today and he covered meal planning on a budget with Rachel Ray. I was like.. I DO THAT! I do agree with Dr. Oz that you need a day to prep for the week. Im planning to do a presentation for my local weight loss group, which will include a power point presentation of all the meals/snacks Ive planned thus far. I hope to get some of thos pics on my sparkpage by mid February. I love planning my meals. Just grab and go!
I love it! I guess that is what I was doing too, but you phrased it so well Fit2b!
Soups are a great idea, Carla! You both mention veggies. I have a Canadian Diabetic Cookbook that suggests we all have at least 5 servings of veggies a day. I probably eat too much fruit and not enough veggies. I am going to try and eat more veggies too.
My husband sometimes has them for breakfast!
Menu planning is difficult for me, mainly because my husband often does the cooking! It's great for me convenience while, and he usually cooks healthy... except although he will have tomatoes for breakfast he is not so good about preparing them for supper. We are talking more about what he is going to cook before he cooks it... and I can always cook more veggies when I get home.
I think I should bring more veggies to work for snack foods too. Instead of always bring fruit or yogurt for a snack. (And I should make myself eat it!) Sometimes I get too busy too eat my snack.
My plan for this month: Eat at least 4 servings of veggies a day. Work on increasing it to 5. Cardio at least 30 min. At least 3 days a week. (Easing myself into more intensive cardio. My physical condition went down with aquafit. I should have done more cross training!) Get back into a more traditonal ST program as well.
I think I found a good option for getting healthy foods while staying within a budget...
I dug onto different recipe sites, including Spark recipes, for soup recipes. I plan for eating two soup meals each day, for as many days as possible during a week. Doing so, I get tons of veggies, I know there aren't any preservatives or other junk in my soup (you never know what's in canned soups!) and for just a few bucks worth of broth and veggies, I can make tons of meals! And since they're all low calorie/fat, it should help on the waistline.
Last grocery shop I got enough veggies, beans, etc for 4 types of soups, and I had seventeen(!) containers of soup in my freezer. As I got ate some of those soups, I made even more varieties, so I don't get bored with eating the same stuff.
Works for me.
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I agree that planning is key, at least for me. I have been a little slack over the past few weeks, and instead of planning, I've ended up with convenience, even if it was salads and lighter meals. It all adds up!
Plan 1: Is to get back to planning:
All snacks and meals daily/weekly.
Plan ahead for budget purposes as well, to better utilize ingredients for multiple meals.
Plan meals which include vegetables and experiment with beans.
Plan 2: Increase my vegetable consumption daily.
Plan 3: To improve my regular exercise routine. It's be rather irregular of late. I need to concentrate on Cardio, ST, and Toning, on a schedule.
More importantly, and first priority, is my plan to get back into a regular bible study. I've slacked off in this area as well.
Well, that's my plan, and I'm sticking to it!!
Dear Lord, set my sights on You and Your great attributes. Help me to live in Your presence, dependent on Your guidance each day. In Jesus name, Amen.
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