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7/9/13 1:03 P

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We plan meals - make a list and stick with it. It works for us.

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3/5/13 4:31 A

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I have always made grocery lists. However, the past 2 weeks I have been sticking by them (with the exception of 1 extra item). I have been able to resist temptations. I swear the chocolate follows me throughout the store, haha.

I have also been meal planning the past 2 weeks, which has made it so much easier. It's easier to follow through and cook, knowing what's on the agenda for that evening.



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2/27/13 10:07 A

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For new recipes I head to spark recipes first. there are a wealth of different recipes. Most are very easy. I have been going there a lot to battle food rut. It is really helping.

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." -Socrates


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2/25/13 12:16 P

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I also keep my list on the fridge, it's extremely helpful.

This weekend I was able to buy fresh veggies, fruits and meats for the week. I bought chicken for the first time in a while (I'm not a big chicken fan), so I need some good chicken recipes for the week. I figure we can do a chicken parm one night, I bought stuff for stir fry so I can add chicken to that and then maybe do a chicken pasta dish another night.

I also cleaned out my kitchen this wekeend, such a BIG help. I now have a fruit bowl on the counter so when I'm snacky or need a boost I just grab something from the bowl. Feels so much better than grabbing a bag of chips or some other box of snacks from the pantry!

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2/25/13 8:19 A

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I keep my list on the refrigerator also. That is so helpful. As soon as I am out of something I can put it on the list before I forget about it. I also have my menu on the refrigerator as well. I plan a week at a time and enlist the help of everyone who is eating here. Shopping the perimeter of the store is time saving as well. Just going down the aisles you need to saves big money. That way I am not tempted to pick up items I do not need.

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2/24/13 9:34 P

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I like the list on the refrigerator. I am still amazed at the site of my posted menu plan for the week. For a while now, I have been focusing on shopping around the outside of the store (as much as possible). This week I will also be buying some dried beans to cook and then freeze them in smaller units.

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2/18/13 9:16 A

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I've been doing very well shopping for food & the idea of planning my menu for the week on SP then just printing my shopping list out is wonderful! I'm ready for week 2 & excited to learn different recipes & make new meals I've never tried. I also like all the advice & ideas that other SP members give out they're great! emoticon

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2/15/13 1:53 A

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That's a great idea. I love chickpeas but I've been buying the canned ones and rinsing them off to control the amount of sodium.

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2/14/13 10:27 A

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I have been doing well with the meal planning & shopping list. I, for the most part, get only what is on my list. I do have trouble though when I see something & I think "Oh yea, that was supposed to be on my list!" & then I buy it. And, sometimes, it's not really needed & sometimes it is. I need to do better about putting EVERYTHING on my list & not picking up stuff randomly. I need to start keeping track of what we run out of during the week better too (things like spices & cooking spray) so I don't have to make a separate trip to the store during the week. But, I am better than I used to be!

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2/13/13 9:23 P

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i bought a 1 lb bag of dried chickpeas and cooked them up. . then i put them in small bags and then put those in a freezer bag. they last for several months and then i have a single serving any time i need them.

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2/12/13 6:16 P

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I love all of these great ideas!

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2/12/13 5:52 P

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I just learnt that you can cook black beans and put them in small serving bags(1/2 cup) and put in the freezer. They too are good to get your proteins in for the day without the fat. They are great in salads or to eat alone. emoticon



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2/12/13 5:06 P

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I like the idea of packaging nuts and dried fruit, etc. into individual snack sizes. I'm going to try that.

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1/31/13 5:51 P

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I used to have food shopping easy and organized. We have moved to a different state, and the grocery stores are different. This is taking way more time, and more brain time than it should!

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1/22/13 4:46 A

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I have always used a list when I go to the grocery- mostly because I'd forget something if I don't! In the past I have planned the week's meals, made the list, and gone shopping, but not consistently. Now I try to maintain the routine of planning the menu on Sunday, preparing the list and shopping on Monday. Food prices just keep going up, so I try to plan meals based on the sales flyers that come out on Friday. I bake my own bread every day and make my own pasta, buying the flours in bulk. I'm lucky to have the time to do so.

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1/20/13 6:12 P

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This week I will Organize my list.

Avoid shopping when I'm are hungry emoticon

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1/15/13 7:59 P

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I get off easy by being in a CSA. I don't pick my groceries - I just pick up the box...

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1/3/13 11:24 A

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I started this challenge in the fall and I am doing some catch up. Food shopping can be tough. It seems prices are going up. I used to be able to shop for us for about 75.00 and now we are up around 120.00. I make the list and follow it. But I also have to buy more fish and lean meats for health reasons. The lower fat cheeses are more expensive or less likely to be included in a sale. I do need to get this under control. But I desperately need to buy healthy items. I find that planning the menu for the following week and only getting what is needed is helpful. I am having trouble seeing a good deal and loading up on something. Like whole wheat pasta.--more expensive- was on sale and I loaded up on it. I am not sure if this is smart shopping or not because I usually break the budget. The same thing with 95% lean ground beef. It was a dollar off per pound. It seems smart a the time until I have to deal with the checkbook.

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1/3/13 6:28 A

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Good job this week, Paula! Keep up the great work!

Coach Jen

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1/3/13 3:58 A

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I make out a list of what I need and stick to it as much as possible. I may have to make a few alterations but that is fine provided I stick to the plan.
Whole wheat pasta and rice
Whole grain cereals
Lots of fruit and vegetables
Canned beans
Meats are things like Chicken, fish or turkey with the occaisional Lamb or beef both are expensive so I don't get them often.

Bread is wholegrain and there are so many varieties to chose from you cannot get fed up with it.

Snacks means fruit or nuts so Iget some nuts in and weigh them out into small snck bags so I get the correct amount. Same goes with dried fruit I weigh it out that way I don't munch my way through more than I need.

Temptation is always there with various offers but I look at the food on offer and very often find it is high fat so it is off the menu.

This week I did well I stayed within the shopping list and bought nothing that was not on the list.


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