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So,how's everyone doing with the planning? I've finally developed the habit (I hope) for doing Monday-Friday all at once. This is my third or fourth week, though I admit, I do wind up "updating" at the end of the week, because there are changes.

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3/24/08 12:12 P

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MIFFLIN~ emoticon

Sorry that this is late,but you wanted some pared-down ideas for Easter? I have some turkey recipes for smaller gatherings.Keep in mind that these are NOT "healthy" recipes...but some could be modified.

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3/23/08 11:54 P

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Thanks, Sandy - interesting info!

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I had this article from Mayo Clinic on file. It has some good tips for meal planning. Hope it helps somebody!

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I need some ideas - what are you planning for Easter dinner?

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I always try to plan for the whole week. I actually love meal planning! Usually on Sunday night I pull out a fish product, 2 chicken products, and a pork and on W or Thur I pull out another fish. I try to switch it up and usually salads ALWAYS accompany dinner or soup.

I keep a variety of cheeses for the DH and I keep plenty of things on hand to keep my salads interesting. Left over meats from dinners, pine nuts, walnuts, dried cranberries, fresh onions, fresh garlic, celery, carrots, tomatoes, cucs, spinach, baby romaine, mand. oranges, olives, boiled eggs etc. Endless possibilities. So that way my main 'plan' is what meat to choose for what night. I also like to keep veg burgers and veg chicken patties stocked in the freezer in case something gets thrown out of wack...it's a great way to get your protein only downfall is they are a little high in sodium (I guess for 'freezer' purposes).

Anyway I find it fairly easy to stick with my meal plan if I cut up my lettuce & veggies in advance or buy 'baby' when I can. When it comes to our meats I find it easier to buy in bulk then bring it home cut it, sort it, and bag it...then freeze. That way I know how many meals I have (roughly) and I only have to make 1 trip to the store once a week for the fresh stuff.

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emoticon I've planned Monday thru Friday for this week! I'm so excited. Hopefully, this will help me cut down on computer time in the evening so I can get more sleep. Plus, now it's all done. First time I've ever done the whole week (well, the work week anyway).

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3/2/08 8:47 P

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I've planned ahead through Tuesday and am printing them out. I really like planning, but am trying to cut down on computer time in the evening. We'll see how this works.

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2/28/08 9:56 P

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I planned two days ahead on Tuesday night. I'm liking this. I know what I'm eating and I can hopefully eliminate some computer time in the evenings. I think I'm going to try and stick with at least 2-3 days and print out the plans, so if something changes, I can note it there and input later.

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2/24/08 5:13 P

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Today I planned out two days ahead! I'm pleased. I do fine for breakfast and generally lunch, but dinner is hard! I'm going to have to write up some menu cards or something, so I can remember what new little meals I'm coming up with (since I don't use SP's meal plans). I like though that two days are planned.

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2/17/08 6:26 P

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I'm still trudging along a day at a time on the planning, but did get it done early today. Sometimes, I just don't know what I'm going to want for dinner.

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Just thought I would share this website. A friend of mine uses it (though she has to cook for 4 :). I thought some might find it helpful for meal planning. I believe it is totally free too.

www.mealsmatter.org/

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I plan on having coffe, a mini bagel with 2 tablespoons of Philadelphia whipped cream cheese. I plan on NOT eating lots of sweets tomorrow on V-Day

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2/11/08 8:22 P

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Alas, I'm still a day at a time, literally. Tried an experiment to change up breakfast this morning and have been hungry all day! Guess I'll go back to my poached egg on English muffin.

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2/11/08 5:30 P

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Not doing to good this week, but it's only monday, I hope to get the rest of the week planned by tomorrow.

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I really liked when I could get several days planned out. I find I'm rotating lunches and breakfast is the usually the same M-F. But, dinner. Sometimes I have no idea what I want, esp the night or several days ahead! Any hints for how to get around this?

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I did get my menu planned last night. Yeah! It's good to have it done and it really did not take much time at all. Granted, I do eat a lot of the same meals. I rotate out my breakfaats - there are about 3 main ones, and then I rotate my snacks as they are usually vegies or a protein shake. The only real thought goes into the dinners. I'm really glad to have found this challenge!

Have a nice week everyone!

 
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2/3/08 8:26 P

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Alas, no. So, it looks like I'll be doing a day or two at a time this week. That's okay. As long as I can do the day in advance, I'm good.

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2/3/08 12:37 P

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Just stopping by to say hello! Do you have your menu plans for this week done? I have not done mine yet - but I will by golly by gosh!

I vow to get them done today - and I will come back here and let you know they are done. (To keep myself accountable!!)

 
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2/2/08 2:35 P

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There are several sample menu's & grocery list to go with them at Saving Dinner: I have one of her cookbooks & the recipes are great! emoticon
www.savingdinner.com/tryit.html

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I usually get mine in the evenings, but mostly on Saturday mornings while sipping that cuppa joe. emoticon

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2/2/08 8:56 A

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Hello Ladies! It was a long week - starting back to work after being laid off for 8 months. It has gone much better than I thought. Nice to get into a new routine. I need to figure out how to have my "daily Spark time" I used to log on in the morning, after getting my son off to school. I told myself I would start logging on in the evenings - only I've wound up on the couch every night after dinner! Maybe next week I'll have more energy in the evenings. When does everyone else find their "Spark" time?

 
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MRSCowgirl - Wow. I've not quite hit the 12 pack a day. Usually about 3 maybe 4. And, I've trained myself to go caffeine free in the evenings if I have one then, but usually after 5, it's just water and milk. emoticon on cutting back so much! I think of all the money I could save as well.

Wcartist - I've just recently learned the joy (again) of cooking something like chicken breast ahead of time (just baking it in the oven) and either refrigerating it or freezing it. I can't believe I didn't go back to it sooner as it's so much better than the pre-cooked processed stuff. You might consider cooking some of the ingredients ahead of time so they are ready to go. Does your husband help plan the menu? If no, get his input, then print them out. I don't have a DH, but Spark does have a Family Adventure (not sure if that's just to include kids or not) that maybe you two could do together. Just thinking out loud.

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I have meal plans & shopping list, my problem is following them. Either I don't remember to get something out to thaw, or I use something that is needed for another. My husband likes to cook too, & that changes the week.

I just need more self discipline. emoticon

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I love diet coke as well, and I've gone from a 12 pack a day to zero to 2 a day, since August. Once I started drinking ALL this water it didn't leave much room so it will happen automatically over time.

I also have a sugar free french vanilla latte every morning. Can't imagine life without it. I just plug it into my tracker and go from there. On the bad side of that, I don't eat much for breakfast (bowl of oatmeal or handful of dry cereal) so the latte doesn't take too much of my calories up.

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I wish I could allow myself the cappuccino. I don't know what is wrong with me. I can't seem to have just a little. I have some, and then I want more, and then it snowballs and I'm drinking 2 big 24 ounce glasses full every day! Does anyone else have a problem like this?

 
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Martha - have you thought about just programming in the cappucino? I love my cup of hot chocolate (or just Chocolate milk in the warmer months), so now when I plan out the day, it's one of the things I add first.

I'll admit, I'm a diet coke drinker and have no plans to give it up at this time. I've got a lot of other stressors in my life right now and I don't feel like adding to it.

I made my tracker available publicly so that's sort of my accountability, but I don't have a designated accountability partner.

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Hi everyone - just wanted to say Hello! I've got my meal plans all done for the week - not been following them very well. Drinking the French Vanilla Cappuccinos every day. I'm quiting them on Friday - Feb. 1st. For some reason I do good if I have a target date. Starting back to work has been stressful, need to get a handle on my mental attitude and think positive! I'm pumping up for a Fabulous February!

Does anyone here use accountability partners? Dr. Phils says this is a good thing to do.

 
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Dear Adlins,
Thanks for the responce. I am very excited about it all and am telling several friends and family about SparkPeople.com. Even my renter is enjoying some of the new food selections that I have offered him. I mixed up a spa water drink and he preferred that over water. Guys are funny. Audrey




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Yeah Audrey and Trisha! I'm still plugging along one day at a time. I modified a bit today and got a pleasant surprise - SP has upgraded the Nutrition tracker - including a portion size calculator. I haven't tried it out yet, but it should be helpful.

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I got my meals planned on the calendar for the next 2 weeks and got my grocery list made! Hope this works!!
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Hello, I am new to this forem but am interested in it for a way to improve my eating habits. The way I do it is have healthy choices in the refrigerator, and then when meal time comes, I choose from them.

Plus, when I cook, I try to make 2 or 3 portions, and then leave them in little containers in the refrigerator. Later it is easier to just get out a container and have that. There is no temptation to over eat because there is just the right portion in the box. Progress is being made. Audrey emoticon

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I'm still one day in advance and I'm running behind tonight. Maybe tomorrow night I'll plan a couple of days out.

I've always had a hard time defining my emotions. I usually wind up eating when bored, which is generally at work. At home, I can always find something to do which keeps munching under control.

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Still working at the menu planning. I'm actually just now getting myself back into the routine of logging what I eat and everything else that goes along with it. It's a pretty in-depth sheet. I can see all I consumed, blood sugar levels, physical activity, and even a place to track my mood - which has helped me keep in check the emotional eating. I always knew the emotions had some impact on how much & what I ate. But, when I started seeing in black & white just how much I let that impact things is when I began being able to make those necessary changes.

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Hello15, I agree. Thinking positive about the work that I do and focusing on doing a good job is what will get me through. Tomorrow is the big day. My lottery numbers didn't win - so I guess I will be going to work! LOL

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend! Today is my menu planning day - how is everyone else doing with this?



 
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Ahh... I track thinks in the Notes section of both the Fitness and Nutrition tracker and they aren't viewable on the web. But, with the diabetes it might be better to track it with the meals rather than in the notes.

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I looked at spark's tracker. But being diabetic, I also keep track of my blood sugar readings on the same excel spreadsheet. Since everything we post to these threads and/or blogs can be viewed on the internet, I tend to like to keep my blood sugar (medical info in general) off the internet highway.

But tracking the meals and the blood sugars in the same place helps me in being able to identify where/when I get off track.

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Ahh... the job. I'm in a different situation at work, but let's just say if I'd known then what I know now, I wouldn't have accepted this position. I recently thought about applying a position that would require a move. Since I moved here last January and the housing market is in the dumper, I've decided to focus on my personal rather professional life. At least for now, but that could change at any time.

Hello - you don't use the Nutrition Tracker? I love Excel, but I find the Nutrition Tracker to be some much easier since it's a one time entry for foods not on the list and many are there already. I'm just curious. The nutrition tracker can be a bit painful to use at times and the reports aren't great, but if I had to rely on doing it in Excel, I'm not sure I would do it. For some reason, the SP Food tracker is the first thing that has gotten me to successfully track my food.

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I track my meals in excel - tracking calories, fat, fiber, sodium, carbs, and sugar. I'm only now getting back into that routine after the holidays. My sugar and sodium intake has been so drastically reduced I have a hard time with anything too sugary or salty now.

Dealing with unrespecting bosses. That is a hard one. I do that every day where I'm at too. I've been there 16 years. The first 8 were wonderful - but I had good bosses during that stretch. Now, I'm finding sometimes I wake up about 3 am dreading going into work just a few hours later.

I've had to focus on the fact I like what I do and I know I do it well. Coworkers tell me thank you & that I do a good job. So that helps. But, I also know if I another viable position was to come my way outside of my current employer, I would not hesitate to leave.

In the meantime though, I'm having to work at remaining positive and even more challenging is I'm having to work at maintaining healthy food habits.

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Good morning ladies! Thanks so much for the input. It is so nice to have someone to talk to about this!

Sadly, it looks like I need to tell myself the sugary coffee has got to go - for good. I cannot lie to myself that I can have a little bit every now and then. It is exactly like you say....I get started on that stuff and it just spirals out of control. Yesterday I ran back to the store and got a second cup. (24 ounce cup!) I woke up thinking about it! Even now, I'm telling myself that I can quit tomorrow - so I can go have one more today! How sick is that?

I do wonder if this also has something to do with the fact that Monday I go back to work after being laid off. I am dreading it. The way they've treated me and the rest of my co-workers has been awful. The only reason I'm doing it is because I can work from home, it's seasonal so I only have to do it until May. I'm just sick thinking about it, so I'll bet you anything it's why I'm spiraling out of control with the Cappuccinos.

Any ideas how to deal with bosses you have no respect for? And how to handle the stress?

Thanks guys! I appreciate it - so, so much!

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M_A and BrightPath - ain't that the truth! I threw all my good habits out the window when I moved to AR and after moving back to TX a year ago, I'm working really hard on recovering them. I also think the refined flour plays a part in it.

Oddly enough, if I eat bread these days, esp in a sandwich, I wind up picking off all the crust. Bread doesn't really appeal to me, unless I'm out and it's the really good stuff. I've been doing an English Muffin with breakfast and that's not leading to anything horrible, thank heavens. Course, I do it with a poached egg, so I think the protein is helping out. For me, it's the truly yummy baked goodies that are my downfall.

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I agree about the carbs. Again, it's the refined stuff that gets ya. Whole grain foods don't have that effect on me, just refined flour - which is why I avoid that, too (whenever possible).

Oh, and high fructose corn syrup. That stuff is TERRIBLE for you, and it's in nearly every prepared food on the shelf. I always pooh-poohed the complaints of my organic-food-eating friends, but no more.

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I'm like that with carbs in general. I have to be REALLY careful, or I'll find myself over-indulging in bread, biscuits, cookies, bagels, etc. As long as I keep my carbs whole grain, or fruit etc I'm fine, but if I have even ONE biscuit or bagel, the cravings start up immediately. I do still eat biscuits, but ONLY with dinner on occasion. So far that's manageable, but we'll see. Every time I've slipped up on healthy eating in the past it was a carb-crazed slide into madness. I really have to be careful. That being said, I don't avoid carbs. I just make sure they're complex, healthful foods, not empty, refined treats.

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Martha - definitely check out the Nutrition tracker! I'm currently also tracking fiber, Vitamin D, cholesterol, and sodium. In addition, it automatically tracks Fat, Carbohydrates, calories, and Protein.

And, I agree whole heartedly with My_Agreement. I haven't totally given up refined sugar, but I did go cold turkey on the candy - I mean all the lovely little chocolate candies, candy bars, etc. Number one, it was always at least two pieces, not just one, and I'd keep going back. I don't even buy it for Halloween because I'll eat the leftovers! And, M_A is also right that when you start cutting it back, you won't crave it. I rarely want chocolate anymore. Since I still allow baked goodies, I usually get some type of treat on the weekend, but there are times when I really don't want it, so even though I "allow" it, I don't always get it. I also don't buy pre-packaged cookies, etc. I only get my goodies for a deli/bakery that I adore or I bake it. If I bake it, I usually reduce the amount of sugar and never even notice. I can also substitute a whole wheat flour for part of the white flour.

Have said that, I'm a diet Coke junkie, and while I've cut back, that is my only major vice as I don't drink coffee. I'm not ready to go cold turkey with that yet. But, most days I still get my 8-10 glasses of water. A really good book about Sugar addiction/sugar sensitivity is Potatoes not Prozac by Kathleen DesMaisons, www.amazon.com/gp/product/141655615X
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I stopped eating refined sugar, period. (I use small amounts of maple syrup, honey, and occasionally evaporated cane juice.) I always thought I had this persistent "sweet tooth," and that I would always crave sweet things, but it's just not so. I have actually stopped craving ice cream, which might qualify as a miracle. What DOES happen is that if I have refined sugar (like my mom's cookies at Christmas), I crave it for DAYS afterward. I have another friend who has stopped eating refined sugar and she notices the same thing. It really is like an addiction.

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I've not been doing the greatest this past week - I am back on the convenience store french vanilla cappuccino. I swear - I wish I could just allow myself that as an extra treat every now and then. For some reason, if I have it one day - I end up having it for several days in a row. I feel like an addict! I'm fine with all my other food choices. Does anyone else have a problem like this? What do you do? Do you just tell yourself you can never have it again - like an alcoholic? Or what?

 
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Hi Adlins - I use Excel. I've been on here for a month and a half now - still have not learned all the things I can do on here! I will have to check that out. I would really like to start using it on here because I think it will evaluate certain things - like fiber, calcium, protein, etc.



 
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Oh wow Martha. Do you use Excel or the SP Nutrition Planner? I do it in the Nutrition planner. I wish I'd done it for a couple of days. I'm behind tonight and still have to plan for tomorrow. Fortunately, I pretty much know what it is, I just have to enter it.

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Brightpath - Thanks for the ideas! Great info! I hear you with the shopping cart - lol

 
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Hi Adlins - sorry for the late reply. For the past two weeks I have meal planned the entire week. It's helped a lot, although I admit I went off this weekend!

Here's how I did it - In column 1 I put my outline for meals:

MEAL 1
Protein
Fruit
Carb
Dairy

MEAL 2
Protein
Dairy


etc., etc, for 5 meals a day. Then I went across and made columns for Sunday - Friday. I've edited twice - cannot get it to show up like I want - hopefully you get the idea!


.....Sunday........Monday.........etc.

Meal 1
Protein.......HB Egg......Sausage Patty
Fruit.........Juice.......Juice

I hope this helps! I then printed it off in landscape and hung it on the fridge.

I appreciate any others ideas on how to do this - and how to stick to it! I really slipped up, french vanilla cappuccino is my downfall!!


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I sort of "loosely" meal plan for a week. I use allrecipes.com for most of my recipes and ideas, so Saturday morning I sit down at the computer, figure out what I want for the coming week. 2 biggish dinners (that will provide leftovers) several veggie dishes, a couple of small fish dinners, etc. I always keep lowfat cottage cheese, yogurt, whole wheat bread, fruit and old-fashioned oatmeal on hand for breakfasts. I usually bring leftovers and/or veggie dishes to work for lunch. So far this is working great for me. Oh, and doing this early on Saturday morning allows me to get to the grocery store before the hordes, so it's relatively peaceful and I don't have to fight the urge to bash annoying people with my shopping cart! :)

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I tried doing it for a full week once. It didn't quite work out, but making the adjustments did actually make preparing that evening's meal a bit easier somehow.

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I'm trying to modify my routine to get to bed earlier (more than 5 1/2 hours would be nice) and need to eliminate computer time. But, I love the meal planning feature.

Has anyone ever planned for a week or several days and PRINTED it out? If so, did it work for you?


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Hi,

I just found this team - perfect timing! Sunday, I FINALLY sat down and wrote a whole weeks menu plan. Now to find this challenge is great, maybe it will keep me on track and we can give each other ideas. I have a really hard time eating "normal". I will just go to the fridge or cupboard and grab whatever is convenient at the time. When I cook meals, it's always on the fly. Yesterday was my first day - I ate regular meals/snacks and did not run low on energy all day! Last night was nice - I went to the kitchen and actually knew what was for dinner!

 
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I just got done planning tomorrow's food. I'm still just doing a day in advance, though I did really like it when I did 2-3 days in advance, I just haven't gotten there, plus if something changes, deleting is a pain in the rear.

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My attempt to plan in advance has failed miserably.

Although I am eating decent meals so guess I'm not doing all that bad.



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I always say i am going to plan our meals out in advance. But with the little one I never get around to doing it. But that is one of my new goals starting this week.

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Hello15 - my experience has been a little different - if I plan it, I tend to eat, but my schedule hasn't gone completely wonky yet, either.

I wish we could add items to more than one day at a time and I get really frustrated by removing one item at a time if something changes with what I planned. Am I missing something in the planner? It is day by day right?

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I've yet to make a meal plan for an entire week. I seem to do ok (except last week) to plan out 3 days worth and then plan the next 3 from there, with the 7th day as a free day (usually Sunday).

But... last week that didn't even work out with the speed of the schedule. Will try it again though this week and see how I do.

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I want to sit down and make the meal plans but I only manage to do it for the one day while I'm eating breakfast. I guess I could make about 14 daily menus and pick one each day! That way I'd know for sure what to buy for my groceries.

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Well... my intent was good, but my meal planning for this week completely did not work.

It was quite the hectic week and by the time I got home from work all I wanted was whatever was quick.

I did manage to substitute healthy choices (for the most part) for what I had initially planned - but, I did have my weak moments too.

Will try this again for next week and see if I do any better. emoticon

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I'm making the effort this week to plan again too.

I'm planned as far as Wednesday so far.

Will see how I do at the end of the week.

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I managed to plan almost a week in advance once and liked it. But, I need to make time for it. This week, I've got two days scheduled and will try to do two more. However, with this tracker, if you need to change anything, especially if there are a lot of "parts," it's time consuming to move them or delete them.

And, I love sweet potatoes.

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It seems that I plan about one day in advance and make a committment to the diner meal when I defrost the main course of meat/fish early in the morning. However, when I grocery shop, about once a week, I try to make smart purchases of low calorie nutrition foods that will help me make healthy day to day choices. I buy maily fish, chicken and lean red meats. I shop for fruits twice a week since I like very fresh fruit and eat lots of it. I stay away from baked goods - except whole wheat and rye breads - and no candy or chocolates. I buy low cal snacks - 100 cal microwave popcorns, 60 cal. pudding packs, jumbo hard pretzels, 60 cal. fudgecicles are my favorites. Oh, and sweet potatoes are my new found, golden starch!

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My dietician told me the same thing ref eating the same amounts of food at the same times of day. I've actually done fairly well with that aspect of things. Although I'm pretty consistent with tracking what I eat. As a result, I've been able to go back and see where my carb intake has not been consistent. So am working harder on that this week and as of this morning this seems to be making a difference.

I also am pretty good about getting that morning meal in within the first hour. I have to keep a pretty regular routine - mainly because I have this very schedule oriented cat that lives with me. If the schedule is off then she just gets even more quirky than what she is normally.

So... I keep the schedule pretty consistent. Shower, feed the cat, check the glucose levels, feed me, and then coffee. emoticon

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Boy - I'm also back to one day at a time, if that. Of course, I'm using this week as an excuse with it being Thanksgiving. But... I do think planning out the meals worked well for me last week so will need to get after it again.

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Good luck with the eating within an hour of getting up. I can only do that on the weekend. I'm not much for getting up and immediately eating.

I didn't plan as far in advance this week. Actually, I'm back to one day at at a time cause I didn't make the time to do it. I really liked it last week though.

Right now, I don't know what I want... nothing sounds good. And, then I plug in what seems reasonable and I'm barely hitting the minimum calories. I try to at least hit the middle range on days that I exercise cause I think I need the extra fuel on those days. Oh, well, I'm sure this too shall pass.

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Hello~ I had a Dietitian that was A-R about eating the same amounts of food at the same times of day. I think she might just have something...I have found when I do that,my blood sugar level is EVEN! And you're supposed to eat within an hour of awaking. I'm going to try that out this week,if I'm up to it. I've been sick for 3 weeks,and I've had about enough of it!
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Well.... I failed miserably with the meal planning this week. However... there is always something to learn when we fail. The learning experience in this is my blood sugar levels have really been weird this week. So... I'm wondering if the meal planning last week actually made a bigger difference in that regard than I realized.

So will be working on meal planning next week. Of course the Thanksgiving meal challenge will be to eat well but not overly so. emoticon

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Well, freshly back from my conference (with some good and some bad choices) and sat down and planned through Wednesday. (patting myself on the back). I usually only do one day at a time. I also did it BEFORE I went grocery shopping, and I really liked that I was getting basically what I'm eating this week.

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This is a great challenge! Like almost everyone else, I plan about 1 day ahead ... sometimes not even that. We're going grocery shopping later on, so we will actually have food to make the planned meals. ;) Will let you know how I do next weekend!

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After 1 week of meal planning, I have to say I stayed with it better than I thought. Although, I found planning for the whole week a bit daunting. So... I planned Monday - Wednesday and then planned Thursday and Friday on Wednesday.

I always give myself Saturday's off unless I get too lax and then I hold myself to things even on Saturday. Today wasn't too bad - local craft show with LOTS & LOTS of walking, plus walking for exercise before hitting the craft show.

Anyway... back to the meal planning. For my first time out doing this, it went pretty well. Although, I didn't notice it impacting blood sugar readings much. I did, however, see where some days where I had tuna for lunch and then a bowl of soup for supper that I didn't get enough calories (and other nutrients) in that day. So... something I learned from it is not to go overly lean on nutrients in my attempt to eat healthy.

So... I think I'll try this again for the upcoming week too.

Hopefully I can start a new habit - that will become a new way of living too. emoticon

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Here's my take on meal planning. I sometimes switch things around, due to time limits,or I'm just not in the mood for what I had planned, BUT,the upside is that if I substitute, I always have the food on hand! I've always been a meal planning advocate...I'm sometimes too lazy to cook something that's time-consuming. So meal planning gets a emoticon in my book!

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Hm, I thought I'd buy one and try it to see if it really works. Not sure though if it's worth wasting money though if its not all that effective.



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My Mom & Sis bought one of those Reynold's bag sealer. My mother is very weak,and she said that she could compress it as much as the attachment does. She said it was around $15-$20.

I bought one of those One-Touch can openers,and it never did work. You get what you pay for, I guess!

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If your ever interested in getting one, I bought my box freezer at a yard sale for 75.00 BRAND NEW. I couldn't believe it. So Estate sales and yards sales are a great way to get them. I alway try to make a deal. In this case, it paid off as it has with several other things we have in the house. We even went to a holiday craft bazaar and I made a deal with a vender when I told him I'd buy two of something but what kind of deal would he give me. HE GAVE ME A DEAL. Haha.

As for the vaccuum sealers. I too have wanted one. I've recently learned how to can with a water bath canner and would like to save up for a pressure canner to branch out and can meats and other non acidic veggies and fruits but that will be quite a ways away at 250.00. Unless of course I can find one at an estate sale, In which case I'll replace the bands on the old one and have almost a brand new one at much less of a cost.

Anyways, I'm getting off track here.Haha sorry. I was going to say that I think its Reynolds that now has a new vaccuum sealer to go with their bags. I'm sure walmart or target would have them. I saw the commercials the past week and would like to try that in place of the expence of the regular vaccuum sealers. It looks like they do the job with meat and veggies and would be more than half the cost. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

We had our freezer compacted in our smaller kitchen in our one bedroom rental for the past 3 years until we moved here to Central NY. It was certainely a tight squeeze but it was awesome to have the already prepared meals ahead of time.

I don't think I'd suggest it for either of you though since it sounds like your places are much smaller than what we had in Ohio. But try the new Reynolds vaccuum sealers.

Here's the site for them:
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I also do not have a freezer. I live in a mobile home. I'm also currently looking to make an employment change in the near future (God-willing) so don't see the purchase of one coming very soon. Although, one would be nice. Perhaps someday.

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REBEKAH-
I have an efficiency apartment,so the freezer is out of the question.I have been hinting around to my Ma that I'd really like a FoodSaver,but they cost around $100.With one of those,packages of food would be more compact,so more things would fit in the freezer.Plus...I buy Schwans every 2 weeks.I love their veggies,fruit,salmon,&chicken.As I get used to planning,I think I'll figure out how to store things
...when to purchase things,so I won't buy all the big things the same week!

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Do either of you have a box freezer? Having that extra box freezer REALLY helps to organize meals. I buy bulk meat when it's on sale. ESPECIALLY chicken and the upcoming sales for turkey I buy more than one turkey to roast for the meat. It's neat to just pick one day out of the week when your at home and if you have children, get them all together to help with the preparations. Cook for a day eat for a month. Have you ever heard of that book?

Also, Milk can be put in the freezer as well. I don't suggest skim milk as it will be watery. However, if you usually drink a one percent, go to a two percent to freeze, if you use a two percent, freeze the whole milk. Tastes the same once its thawed.

I have a friend who canned goats milk. I think Crystal, the lady who's website I suggested below also tried it and actually has pictures.

If you have the money...which nowadays I'm sure we're all using the extras to pay for gas these days, haha, there are several new businesses which you can go to with friends, prepare meals for the week and freeze them. I suggest that for working moms who are really tired and don't like to cook all the time.





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I also shop for the month. I get paid once a month so typically do the shopping all at once too. Of course, there are a few trips back for milk when it expires mid way through the month.

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As an "Only",I find that there are advantages to weekly planning,but you still need to go through the same process,BUT as soon as I get more of my recipes entered into my favorites,it will be much easier.It really helps me to keep my staples stocked,and then just buy my meat & produce weekly and then put some in the freezer,if there's room!Otherwise,since a trip to the grocery store is 1.5 hr.ONE way,I like to do monthly grocery shopping.

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Perhaps this website could help everyone!! I met this lady on my blogging community. She has a larger family and wanted to save money while feeding them whole foods. In the process with a big family she wanted to organize schedules including menus. She describes how to create menus and also has a calendar that she lets everyone download and print out for themselves monthly. Here's her URL: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/2weekpla
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Hi Rebekah!
I didn't realize that you were on this team. So I have my week's menu down on paper, but I'm gonna need to use the Recipe counter so I'll know the exchanges on some of the recipes.

I'll let ya'll know how I come out. It won't be tonight.

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I'm having to work up to planning for an entire week to as I'm finding out.

Although after Wednesday my traveling (work and leisure both) should be done until Christmas. No doubt that will make a difference in meal planning attempts and getting the glucose levels back in balance too.

I've cooked for just myself for so long that my planning of meals involved at best deciding in the morning before leaving for work what I wanted for supper that evening. Lunch was decided on the fly.

Meal planning is requiring some baby steps for me.

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Hello15 - that's great! I'm still planning a day in advance, but when I get back from my trip I'm hoping to do more than one day at a time. I may have to build up to a whole week, but what a time saver. For some reason it's easier for me if I plan it out, which is a big surprise for me.

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So far for me - trying to plan for the full week has turned out to be more than what I can do right now. However, I do have meals planned out through Wednesday of this week. I'll look at Thursday and Friday Wednesday and see what's in cupboards & what hasn't been a repeat.

So far I've done well at staying with it but am seeing where I may need to make some adjustments.

Just from doing yesterday and today though I am seeing some stability return to my blood glucose levels which have been a bit off since I went on a mini vacation last month and then followed it up by being on the road so much for work too.

So... it is helping to regain control over glucose levels - which makes the attempt worth it in itself.

Will keep going and let you know how I did at the end of the week. emoticon

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Oh I LOVE meal planning! I too am a diabetic and I have struggled with coming up with meals that are healthy, good tasting and consistently preparing ahead of time.

How is everyone doing so far?



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COOL!

I've just been planning ahead 1-2 days in advance. It really is easier to plan a week ahead,plus,now I have bought plenty of groceries.I should own stock in Hy-Vee! Hopefully...this will get me(us!)in the habit.

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Good challenge. Right now, I plan a day in advance, but time wise would love to do a week or even several days in advance. If I do a day in advance, I rarely go astray.



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Great Idea!! I am going to try and do this...

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Adding a new challenge for the team emoticon .

Many find meal planning an ongoing challenge. I have to admit it is a challenge for me as well. I've not yet acclimated to the new way of eating in my own attempt to control diabetes. Meal planning is one of my weakest areas in this lifestyle change.

So... I thought I would challenge the team (and myself too) to plan out their meals. As this is an on-going challenge for many, we will make this an on-going challenge for the team.

The challenge is to plan your meals for an entire week. Then, tell us how well you did at (1) the planning,(2) how closely you followed your plan, and (3) any challenges/successes you encountered and lessons you learned in the process.







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