I have been using a white board on the fridge for our entire marriage, and my husband and kids are trained that if you finish it off, put it on the white board, or it will not be purchased. That said, if there are things YOU need that are used up by your family, make an Excel spreadsheet of commonly purchased items and print it out before the grocery run so you can check for the items to see if you have them "in stock". I live in a very rural area, and can only get to a grocery one time per week, so if the lists are not good, we are making do with whatever we have.
Those are great tips this week, thanks for sharing.
Great list!! I remember Jean Nidetch, back when she still led the meetings, tell WW members to keep legal veggies clean and ready to eat right in the front of the fridge like a little bouquet. It was both a reminder and an invitation to eat the good stuff. And since I can't do #3 (I can't for the life of me tell when I am "satisfied"), #2 is essential. I measure out a single portion of something legal and amazing and enjoy every last drop. When I want more, I can just look at my planner and know what next amazing thing I can eat in just a few short hours.
As far as the list of groceries, did she have any hints as to how to get husbands to write things on it? How many times have I reached for the pickles to find them......gone! When I ask him, he'll say "oh yeah, I forgot to tell you..."
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3 things…I’ve learned about cooking and eating well:
1. You eat with your eyes first. She prefers to have at least 3 vivid colors on her plate and many healthy foods are colorful.
2. If it doesn’t taste like a 9 or a 10, don’t bother. She can be satisfied with a smaller portion if it tastes amazing.
3. Stop when you are satisfied. Focus on foods that you can eat that are lower in P+/calories and will keep you full longer.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Try to work a meal in advance. On Monday morning, Monday’s night’s meal is prepared and something is thawing for Tuesday’s dinner.
TOP 3 SHOPPING TIPS: (1) Tape a piece of paper to the fridge so you can write it down when you run out of something. (2) Stash coupons in your wallet or glove compartment so you have them on hand when you have to make a run to the store. (3) Stock up on some upscale jarred items for quick, easy flavor (i.e. capers, mango salsa, and roasted red peppers packed in water).
YOUR PLAN-FRIENDLY FRIDGE: The right choices, in the right places can help you stay in control.
1. Move foods that make you feel out of control out of sight. To go containers, dips or potential trigger items should be placed behind healthier items and perhaps in opaque containers.
2. Cut up fruits and veggies and store in single serve, easy to grab portions. Transparent containers work well for these as you are less likely to want to search for what you want. You want to be able to grab and go.
3. Add proteins that are P+/calorie friendly and will keep you fuller longer. Aim for lean proteins.
4. Satisfy your sweet tooth with single serving treats. For me, I purchase the single servings and am able to control my portion sizes to one. I am quite a fan of the FiberOne Brownie.
5. Lighten up dairy with low fat or fat free versions. Sometimes, it is difficult to cook with the fat free versions, but there is help online for that.
6. Swap regular dressings for low fat or fat free versions. Try making your own dressings. I haven’t tried that yet. I will note that for myself personally, I don’t use the low fat or fat free versions because of some of the additives and the sodium content. Although I use the full fat version, I have been dipping my fork into it for years when I eat so I use very little of it.
7. Have a drink without extra P+/calories. Water is a great option. There are also the flavored waters and the mix-ins that you can purchase that may help, if you don’t like plain water. True Lemon is one of my favorites if I need something different!
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Step Safe: You can slip coil grippers onto your walking shoes, which provide instant traction so you can walk easily on snow and ice. Kind of like snow tires for your feet! Yaktrax Pro is the brand recommended.
Helping hands: Plush-lined gloves help your hands stay warm and dry, while the fingertip pads let you use your touch phone or ipod. Isotoner smarTouch 2.0 Tech stretch gloves is the brand recommended.
Face guard: Wear a scarf to protect your nose and mouth from the cold air before you breathe in; fleece is cozy but lightweight. PolarTec Aircore 100 scarf is the brand recommended.
Dry feet: Walking with wet feet is no fun, so keep your toes dry and toasty with warm, water-proof socks. Seal Skinz Waterproof Crew Socks is the brand recommended.
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