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7/1/11 2:50 A

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One of my co-workers is a tiny Thai woman who always brings a huge bowl of fresh cut fruit to work. Today, she had a mix of watermelon and pineapple that smelled so fragrant, while I had my cut Fuji apple. I was thinking that I really need to follow her example and take the time to toss together some of the fresh fruit that I usually have on hand in the fridge. So, I cut up some cantaloupe that DH bought today, and plan to toss in some blueberries for tomorrow's snack. Such a simple way to eat fresh!

My co-worker also likes to share some of the unusual fruits she brings, like guava, star fruit and nopal. Are there unusual fruits you like?

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6/27/10 6:06 P

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I love this time of year, because it's so easy to eat local (at least in my area). Tonight I'm cooking a very fresh chicken, local carrots, and I was tempted to cook local potatoes instead, but decided to save them for a different meal, so instead I'm making quinoa.

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Way to go, Casie! What's your new food this week?

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I am trying to try a new food each week. Today I am making a Mediterranean Couscous Salad. I have never had couscous before! Here is the recipe.

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Howdy, ya'll. I'm proud of myself for making a good meal for friends tonight using all real and mostly local food from my freezer: Pumpkin Soup (with pumpkin from my garden); ground turkey sloppy joes, corn, and salad; follow by a home-made peach cobbler. The house smells great and I can't wait for dinner!

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I have gone off Nigella since she admitted on national tv that she gives her kidds frozen meals. TUT! TUT! Nigella.

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I saw a good recipe on Nigella Express that we have really been enjoying. You take a sweet potato and slice it into circles, then cut those into four pieces. You do not even peel it, and you end up with triangles (about the size of a sugar cube). Drizzle with olive oil and then dust with cinnamon and cumin. Roast for about 45 minutes in a 450 degree oven. My family loves it!

Nigella did it with roasted game hen, prepped with the olive oil and spices, delish! We have also had it with roasted chicken- I had never done one before but it was easy. Although I had to clean the oven when it was done so now I am looking for a roasting pan with sides!

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10/14/09 9:32 P

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My daughter is in water polo now, so we should be trying to eat healthy foods to support our athlete. But it makes us so busy that we are in restaurants way too often this fall.

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I just love the fall veggies--brussells sprouts, parsnips, beets, winter squash. Man, I wish I had more time to cook these days. Things are so hectic at my job right now, I've been relying a lot of restaurants and crackers. I'm aiming to be done with the madness by the end of the week, and if I am, I'll cook something yummy over the weekend.

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I used to hate brussel sprouts, but then I had a sauteed baby brussel sprout that was delish. I don't know where to get them, or how to make them but boy, they were good.

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9/15/09 4:11 A

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Hi Sue - how did you like the combination of catfish, pilaf, and brussels sprouts? I confess, I have never met a brussels sprout that I liked - and I love nearly all veggies.

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I'm relatively new to cooking meat, so I feel compelled to report on every new meal I try! Tonight was herb crusted catfish with millet pilaf and brussells sprouts in mustard sauce.

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9/14/09 11:37 A

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Wow, that does sound GOOD.

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9/14/09 1:11 A

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Today I made a simple mango salsa. Found mangos on sale @ Safeway. I let them ripen for a few days, then chunked them into a bowl, squeezed juice from 1 lime, added a few Tbsp of red onion, a dash of kosher salt, and 3 tiny Hawaiian chili peppers - and it was SO good!

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FLYGAL5's Photo FLYGAL5 Posts: 2,961
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So when you find it, what prep is typically needed? I have been cooking fillets of large fish. No Bones, no scales, already gutted etc. I have no idea how to scale a fish...

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9/4/09 11:46 A

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Mmmm trout is delicious. Good idea! :)

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I have never had trout so I will keep my eyes open for that.

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Fish is so yummy! I was just singing the praises of the trout I had last night on the "Eat Local" team.

Tonight, another great dinner. An "egg foo yung" omelette from Moosewood's "Simple Suppers" cookbook. I wasn't even going to cook, but this recipe was tasty and only took about 10 minutes to make. Gotta love that.

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8/24/09 1:40 A

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We got fresh halibut today from Costco. My kids declared it "as good as lobster". We had it with rice and braised spinach with mushrooms; a yummy meal. Since it was a new food for me I went online and found great directions for cooking the halibut.

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I have a humongus cookbook collection, so I usually go there first for recipes. But sometimes, if I have a specific thing I want to make, or an odd mix of ingredients I want to use, I'll search the internet. I've had a lot of luck with epicurious.com, though I can't speak for the healthiness of the recipes.

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I learned how to braise spinach today, we had salmon, rice pilaf and braised spinach. It was yummy.

I love the internet for recipes. I often get something new and pop on and get a recipe in a couple of clicks. And sometime there is even a video. Does anyone else do this?

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summer squash. I will try sauteing it. I just keep trying to add veggies to my repertoire.

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JUGGLER, are you talking about summer squash or winter squash? For summer squash I like to saute it in garlic (my favorite way to eat nearly all veggies) or microwave it with just a dash of lemon juice.

For winter squash, I cut it in half and seed it, then bake it face down in a little water. Once it's cooked, the world is my oyster. I like to add it to sautees and soups. "Moosewood Simple Suppers" has a recipe for some awesome thai soup that uses squash. And my partner eats baked winter squash with butter and brown sugar for dessert!

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I tried roasted squash, I read a recipe that sounded like it would work. It was not what I had hoped, kind of steamed and mushy. How would you cook squash?

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Isn't that nice! I love it when someone else cooks, sometimes you just want a break.

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My daughters made dinner for me today! Nice. Chicken breast tacos.

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We put cinnamon and nutmeg into the coffee filter before we add coffee and then brew as normal. We enjoy the taste. I have found cinnamon at good prices at Costco but no nutmeg. And nutmeg was pretty expensive at grocery stores. My husband was checking EBay, and found that it is a great place to shop for spices. I have ordered my first batch and am hoping the quality is good because the price was. emoticon

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I read somewhere that Turmeric is good for you so I mentioned it to my husband and now EVERYTHING we eat is yellow! I am also just starting to make more ethnic food and until today had never thought about putting cinnamon in meat.

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I have really been enjoying cooking with frozen Mahi Mahi that I get from Costco. I is not to pricy (at least for fish) and it can be cooked really quickly directly from frozen. Add a fresh or frozen veggie and some rice and dinner is served.

What are you cooking this summer that is new to you?

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ACORALSEA's Photo ACORALSEA Posts: 4,212
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I've also started introducing priobiotics to my regimen. According to Mayo Clinic, there's compelling reason and evidence that it's worthwhile.
www.mayoclinic.com/health/probiotics
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I like the Attune bars, as well, and there are a couple of other products I've tried.

Great to hear, Juggler, that you're seeing such positive results.

Alysia :)

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I have been adding probiotic food to my plan after reading a book about improving your immune system. And I am finding it to be working. I eat attune bars and Wallaby organic yogurt.

It has been a month now, and I already have tangible proof of improvement. First I had a cut that healed much faster than normal for me. And then I got a bug that swept my household and I had the fastest recovery by 5 days (nasty bug!).

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7/24/09 1:39 A

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IT has gotten so quite here, everybody must be busy. I am enjoying the bounty of summer and I have added some new recipes to my repertoire. I hope everyone else is eating well.

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I'm visiting my hometown, where I haven't lived for 20 years, and for father's day, I decided to get my dad a gift certificate to the local butcher. So I stopped by there today and it was like going back to my childhood--salty Italian lunch meats and fresh pasta and an absolute wonderland of cheeses. I think I was starting to freak them out, getting teary-eyed over the ravioli and lovingly gazing at the prosciutto, but I just haven't found this type of store where I live now. There's not a whole lot of Italians in south-central Indiana.
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Yay for ziti! I had friends over for dinner last night and served lemon risotto croquettes on a bed of spring vegetables (peas, asparagus, and bok choy) in lemon juice. It was a new recipe and a good one. We started out with squash soup and mushroom pate.

I hope everyone's enjoying the start of the growing season (at least in the northern climes).

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I had a veggie baked ziti at a restaurant today that was fabulous. It has some cheese but not enough to make it unhealthy. Now I will be trying to make it at home.

I think the main sauce was tomatoes and olive oil. The veggies include mushrooms, zucchini, and eggplant. the ratio of veggies to pasta was about 1 to 1. Which I would have thought would make it too watery, when the veggies baked and released moisture; but it was nice. The was some liquid but it wasn't soupy. I was thinking carrots would be a nice addition.

I am going to check with a friend who is a chef and see if she can dig up a recipe.

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I'm visiting my parents this weekend, and while mom doesn't cook as much homemade stuff as she used too, I've enjoyed her world-famous potato salad (in smaller servings than normal) and some home-made crab cakes. Yay for comfort food from childhood!

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I got a CSA delivery of organic freggies today. I made a good homemade stew with grassfed beef and we had some artisan bread and organic milk from Trader Joe's. It was an outstanding dinner.

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I had a great lunch today--a goat cheese and tomato sandwich with lentil & radish salad (with tarragon vinegar). Yum! I'm still thinking about it... hopefully dinner will be just as tasty.

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"The Moosewood Lowfat Cookbook" offers a lot of good ideas for folks looking to cut out some of the fat from their diet. "Sundays at Moosewood" is also a staple at my house--it features recipes from all around the world. My most recent cookbook acquisition is "Vegetarian Suppers," by Deborah Madison.

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Here are some books I have found very motivational and helpful (I bought all at Borders):

Magic Foods, a Reader's Digest publication; an excellent nutrition book with great recipes in the back section. It is especially good for people with diabetes or those of us who want to avoid diabetes.

The Portion Plan, by Linda Gassenheimer; all about keeping portions small with maximum nutrition; she lists foods that we should have frequently, those that we can have in moderation, and those that we should avoid. Also has recipes and meal plans, good pictures of what our plates and portions should look like and not look like; also uses parts of our hands to remember portion sizes.

Another book I just bought and started reading is:
The 30-Hour Diet Cookbook, by Jorge Cruise. It looks wonderful. The premise is that we should eat every three hours, nutritious food of course, and that we will not feel hungry or be deprived of nutrients. The book is loaded with pictures and the recipes look good -- not horribly complicated as in some cookbooks.

You probably can find these books at a bookstore near you. Good luck!
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What are your favorite nutrition/cookbooks to recommend? Please do share!

Alysia :)

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Hi Everyone,
I have been eating only healthy foods since the beginning of 2009 and I feel so much better! Fortunately I have a Whole Foods and a Trader Joe's nearby as well as other markets with good produce and natural food sections. I have bought several books for information and inspiration, and these have increased my determination never to go back to the bleached refined stuff. If anyone would like some recommendations on good nutrition books (recipes included), I can suggest a few.

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How's everyone doing today?

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OK. If you're not already, you can get good fats from MUFAs (monounsaturated fats) that include:

extra virgin olive oil
canola oil
safflower oil
flaxseed oil
avocado
pecans, almonds and walnuts (think PAW)
pistachios
flaxseed (ground and whole)
hummus
Greek olives, green and black olives in olive oil

A good book I recommend is the Flat Belly Diet, as it covers MUFAs and easy, real-life foods you can add to your regimen.

Hope this helps! :))
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I've been using the tracker. Found a list tho' and see that I could start adding more cheese and some nuts so that might help. At least cream cheese on my celery would be a change! Nuts for a snack instead of graham crackers would also work.

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What else are you eating to try to balance your caloric intake?

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Help - I can't seem to get my daily % of cals from fat in. Like I'm suppose to get at least 30+ and I only get 10-15. If I try for higher fat foods it wipes out my daily calories. Tired of peanut butter!
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Welcome to all our newbies!

Goodness, I've managed to miss a lot on this particular thread. That's what I get for only going to the links in my email notices, yikes!

About couscous and ratatouille:

As a university student in France and North Africa, I learned to love these dishes. Couscous is prepared differently across North Africa, from the sweet type in Morocco to the spicy type in Tunisia. I prefer a bit spicy, and it doesn't matter if it's vegetarian or made with stewed chicken. Couscous is a wonderful grain, wholesome and versatile. I like the fine grains, myself.

Ratatouille was the first traditional French dish I learned to make while a student in France. My landlady, a chef trained at the Cordon Bleu, taught some of my fellow students and me how to make it (although I have to omit eggplant because I'm allergic to it). My mother loves how I form little "towers" for presentation.

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My favorite dark chocolate is, Endangered Species, it has a panter on the front & it's about 88% cocoa content & I LOVE IT! I get it in the health food section of the store. 3 ounces is $2.33 but I have gotten a bar on sale for $1.25!

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Thank you for answering.. Next shopping trip.. I will certainly look..

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Hi Sassy,

I'm new but will try to answer your questions


For me I figure real food is whatever is closest to the natural product and the least processed. So whole grains would be a healthier choice than those that have been refined. Foods that are refined and processed usually have a lot of the natural fiber and nutrients removed in the process. Though "enriched" foods add some of the vitamins back in, they usually fall far short of their natural beginnings.

I find coucous in my regular grocery store in the grain section. Usually it's in a box near the rice and rice mixes. Look for whole wheat couscous as it has more fiber and is less refined. You'll probably find a selection of couscous that are mixed with a variety of other ingredients, which can be fine, but also tend to have a lot of sodium and sometimes sugar in the ingredient list. I usually flavor mine at home wit things like minced onion, garlic and tumeric.


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Okay at the grocery store I looked for couscous.. what is it? I could not find it.. and does anyone know where it would be located? I did buy some flaxseed and wheat germ.. the wheat germ has been used on my cereal. besides fruits and veggies and meat what else is a whole food or real food?

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You don't have to download anything - you can search right from the website.

But you can download it too, if you want. I usually just search right on the website, though.

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THanks, for the info, it looks like I have to download something, so will check that later.

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Yes, they do! Their website can be hard to find. Here's the link:

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Thanks for the reply, it is a vegetarian ratatouille in the recipe section. I'll try holding the key down longer. I'll also try the USDA website--I'm assuming they have plain whole foods. K

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Hi, I'm new to the team and eat a mostly raw vegan diet. When I do eat cooked foods, most of that is vegan.

I'm interested in talking to other people who want to eat whole foods and eat "clean" - I'm not into artifical sweetners or feeling like we should have some kind of manufactured treat on a daily basis.

It's amazing to me how wonderful and sweet whole foods are when you cut out the processed stuff!

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Yeah, there are a lot of "real foods" in Spark's nutrition database but I have to go to the USDA website or other websites a lot - I feel like I'm CONSTANTLY having to enter nutrition data for whole foods!

I'm a bit behind on things, just joined the team, but is the ratatouille a recipe already in spark or one of your own? If it's Spark's, you should be able to add it to your favorites, and if it's yours, you can enter it as a Sparkrecipe (once you get all the nutrition information for each ingredient if it's not already in Spark).

Also, a lot of times I have difficulty getting the buttons to work. Sometimes I have to hold the shift key down when I click a button for it to work, or sometimes I just have to try again later.

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I have a question. I've made the Vegetarian Ratatouille 3 times, I've tried to enter it in my favorite foods so it will come up all the time, but nothing happens. I can't get it to compute. I only cook from scratch, and I find the listings don't cover plain food--most things are bottled this and pkg that. Am I missing something? I've checked off don't enter fast foods, and that doesn't help. emoticon

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thanks for the quinoa recipe.  i was wondering what to do with it and needed the little push to do something with it emoticon

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Am I in the right place...I also use splenda in place of sugar , love veggies and fruit....ok and rice alot...but i refrain!

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I'm in my second week...so really new and love to cook real food and eat it too. Especially ethnic food. So this group seems great. Hopefully we can help each other to reach our goals...

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This is great! I just joined this team today and I am ready to do this.

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Thanks so much....I will try these. emoticon

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Here is the basic salad dressing:
1/4 cup flaxseed oil plus 2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp vinegar(balsamic or apple cider)
minced garlic, oregano, basil or herbs of choice
1 tbsp water
1tsp dijon mustard
Keep refrigerated. This makes quite a bit. Also, the quinoa makes alot so you can eat off of it for about a week. I got this from a nutrionist and I really love it!

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Here is a very tasty recipe for quinoa that even my four year old likes!
1-1/2 cups rinsed quinoa
3 cups water or broth
1 cup frozen baby peas, thawed
1/4 cup red onion diced
3 scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup fresh dill
1 red bell pepper diced
add quinoa to water or broth, boil, reduce to simmer cover and cook 15 min. You can use balsamic vinegar dressing or make this homemade one which is really yummy. I also add some avocado to this and mix it up.

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So I bought some quinoa about a month ago and it is sitting on my shelf. Don't know really what to do with it. Printed a couple of recipes....but it still sits there on the shelf. Can you inspire me to do something with it? Thanks.

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My quinoa is cooking for breakfast, I am doing well, feeling better all the time. Yoga seems to help also....Mar 1- 90 minutes Yoga

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Re: sweets.

Over a period of years I have switched over mostly to sweetening with stevia. I won't say I never use artificial sweeteners, but I don't make them a part of the lifestyle, as I used to. I try to save up the calories to eat some regular ol' sugar sweetened foods sometimes. I read a statistic once that the French eat an average of 5 lbs. of sugar per person per year, as opposed to the 90-115 lbs. the average North American eats. This made me realize that people could love food but not the taste of sweet. So, I eat the Splenda sometimes if I feel I have to, have fruit a few times a day, enjoy small amounts of dark chocolate or other delight, but I also concentrate on weaning myself off the need for sweet.

You'll have to experiment with this yourself and know that what you do this week may be very different from what you do a year from today.

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Re: sweets.

Over a period of years I have switched over mostly to sweetening with stevia. I won't say I never use artificial sweeteners, but I don't make them a part of the lifestyle, as I used to. I try to save up the calories to eat some regular ol' sugar sweetened foods sometimes. I read a statistic once that the French eat an average of 5 lbs. of sugar per person per year, as opposed to the 90-115 lbs. the average North American eats. This made me realize that people could love food but not the taste of sweet. So, I eat the Splenda sometimes if I feel I have to, have fruit a few times a day, enjoy small amounts of dark chocolate or other delight, but I also concentrate on weaning myself off the need for sweet.

You'll have to experiment with this yourself and know that what you do this week may be very different from what you do a year from today.

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Re: sweets.

Over a period of years I have switched over mostly to sweetening with stevia. I won't say I never use artificial sweeteners, but I don't make them a part of the lifestyle, as I used to. I try to save up the calories to eat some regular ol' sugar sweetened foods sometimes. I read a statistic once that the French eat an average of 5 lbs. of sugar per person per year, as opposed to the 90-115 lbs. the average North American eats. This made me realize that people could love food but not the taste of sweet. So, I eat the Splenda sometimes if I feel I have to, have fruit a few times a day, enjoy small amounts of dark chocolate or other delight, but I also concentrate on weaning myself off the need for sweet.

You'll have to experiment with this yourself and know that what you do this week may be very different from what you do a year from today.

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Hi,

I just joined but I'm not sure if I did right because I use Splenda (plus fruits, veggies, etc).

Does anyone here deal with an occasional sweet tooth craving by using Spenda? Thanks.
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It's funny how something like planning for the week ahead used to be such a chore has become something I actually look forward to. I still need to be flexible to change a menu, but it is very reassuring to know what I am going to put on the table. Takes alot of stress out of my day. Then the leftovers go in the brown bag for lunch the next day. What a concept!!! emoticon

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Planning ahead is so smart! It's amazing how such a little thing can make such a big difference at mealtime! I'll be taking the cue from you and I'm going to try harder to plan for the remainder of this week. I think tonite will be homemade chicken soup... and maybe I can carry it over into a few lunches for later in the week. Yum!


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emoticon I made an awesome spark recipe last night for dinner. Slow-cooker Salsa Chicken. It was delicious and my family loved it. I also have to give myself a pat on the back because I actually planned ahead for this weeks meals. No surprises and no "what's for dinner" delemmas this week!



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Good for you CRICKET! That's awesome! You are definintely on the right track.

Good tips Eileen!

USJOPLIN1: If you haven't done so already, you should consider posting your request for a tomato soup recipe on the main discussion forum (or on the recipe request forum - I think I saw that option on this team) You'll probably get a lot of responses that way! I did find one recipe for a tomato basil soup on Sparkrecipes.com - it looks promising!


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Definately worth celebrating - congratulations. Yes it is possible to go out and eat to satisfaction rather then gorging on the buffet. I find that when I am in a restaurant with good bread, enjoying a piece of bread and then substituting the startch with vegetables works well. Plus eating really slow. My friends now make jokes about how they are done and I am still eating but it helps to eat slowly and enjoy every bite.

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