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9/2/14 2:12 P

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Tried a new muffin recipe from spark yesterday and I think it was good. My daughter wasn't impressed but she will get there! Just need to keep trying new ones ;o)

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8/30/14 6:05 P

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My work hours have increased so making a new recipe isn't easy but I plan on tryig some new stuff once my horrible work week is over.

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8/3/14 10:07 P

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I have done batch cooking, prepped produce as soon as I bring it home from the market, made a few new recipes and learned some great tips to carry on after the challenge is accomplished.
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7/29/14 9:13 P

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As this challenge is coming to a close I'm glad I did this. I've learned lots of new tips and I have really enjoyed cooking more often. Batch cooking has made meals easier to plan now that I have some essentials on hand.

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6/19/14 8:38 A

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I love the crock pot ideas!

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6/15/14 1:11 P

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Today is day 1 of week four. I am really enjoying this challenge!

More cooking - less ready to eat junk food.

Looking forward to this week.

On my way to a healthier life.

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4/23/14 8:46 P

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I have eaten every meal at home and cooked by me this is going very well.

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4/7/14 9:15 P

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I have tried many new recipes found in Sparkpeople recipes. I have ordered the cookbook.

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3/20/14 8:53 P

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Week 4 is going well. My main goal in cooking (stated in another thread) is to find new gluten free foods and recipes to expand my batch cooking repertoire as I get bored with my same old, same old.

Today I tried a new gluten free pasta made with just organic corn and quinoa flours. I am trying to not overeat brown rice products so this pasta seemed like a good idea. It was excellent, the best gluten free pasta I've tried and I made one serving and divided it into two meals and topped each with a wedge of Laughing Cow Light and some veggies, froze one and ate one. Very pleased with this.

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3/13/14 10:33 P

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I loved this challenge :-) Really helped me keep things in perspective, found a couple new recipes (microwave potato chips anyone?) and realized I've been on the right track, just needed the accountability to keep motivation going :-)

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I found through this challenge that I have been cooking healthy meals for several years
I also exercise as much as my arthritic body will allow.
My weight comes off very slowly and that is ok, I am happy to see it move down no matter how much or how little.
I have enjoyed this challenge and have learned some very good things from it.
Thank everyone involved for this wonderful challenge.

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11/20/13 9:10 A

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I agree with the last poster that I have been doing all of the right things all along. My metabolism has slowed so much as I have gotten older that my process will be very slow. However, I am prepared to manage the slow weight loss and adjust as I go along. My main goal is health and I am doing that.

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11/15/13 5:08 P

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I am making it a point to try at least one new recipe a week. We have found lots of great new low cal recipes and the whole family likes them. The one exception was the broiled parmasen tilapia. My husband and I loved the recipe but my son didnt like the fish so this week I made the recipe using chicken breasts instead of tilapia. He loved it. This was a great challenge. I was doing most of this stuff before the challenge. It just confirmed to me that I was doing the right thing.

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10/27/13 12:53 P

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I am closing week 4. This one was very hard, because we were traveling, and the 'cooking' we did was microwave part of the time, though we did have a full kitchen in one hotel, and had access to a home kitchen part of the time also....but, not MY kitchen, which of course changes things a bit.
But, this challenge has been very helpful as far as planning meals, working them around leftovers, and crazy schedules. I do like having everything written down, and shopped for. That way, if my schedule changes, the 'alternate plan' has already been scheduled for another day, and I can just switch them, since I already have the groceries on hand. I also have a couple meal plans that come strictly from cans in my cupboard, so I don't even have to fret about thawing things. No excuse to go out....yet, I can go out if I choose to, simply by planning for it.

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9/15/13 8:40 A

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I feel almost like I should start this challenge over again because week 4 brings a significant change to my life- my partner who did all the shopping and cooked dinners has started working again.

It was easy for me to cook healthy for myself but now I'll take over some of the cooking for him as well and that is more difficult.

I'm starting the weekend with some meatloaf muffins which I think are brilliant because they let me make two kinds of mini meatloafs (using ground turkey) to match both our tastes.

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9/13/13 12:45 P

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Found this challenge to be very helpful! I have started making healthier meals, making a menu for the upcoming week and making a groc list according to my menu! Thanks for the help! emoticon

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9/1/13 5:05 A

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Just finished week 4. So glad I joined this challenge. I learned a lot from it. I am cooking a bit different and am having fun trying new fruits and veggies.

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8/7/13 8:58 A

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Yesterday I discovered fresh fruit and spinach smoothies. Adding a protein powder (I use non-whey) and almond milk. A new treat that helps me pack in super foods, energy, and low calories. Yum. I also have tried new recipes 3 times this week. Last night was a spinach and bean warm salad paired with Costco rotisserie chicken. Yum. My Magic Bullet based died on me, so I rediscovered an old KTEC - Champ sitting in the garage. What a great device that is! It really does a much better job on smoothies than the magic bullet. The week is going great!

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7/16/13 8:27 A

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So far so good. I kept my plan for the weekend and cooked 2 dishes that can be eaten multiple times during the week and bought items that would make a few quick meals.

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6/17/13 8:27 P

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Never really cooked before, if it didn't come in a box forget it
I have learned so much and continue learning
Between this challenge and the spark solution how can I go wrong
I also just got the cookbook, so I am armed and dangerous
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6/5/13 9:34 A

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This is really an eye opening experience. I'm finding out how badly I've been sabotaging myself in the kitchen. It never occurred to me that such small changes in the way I prepared food could make such a big difference.

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5/27/13 11:45 P

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This has been very enlightening. I have learned so many new tricks for cutting fat, and adding flavours.
I now mix things into my salads I never even considered before....like nuts, and seeds, and fruits. It makes them so much more interesting and flavourful. I have also learned that you don't have to give up certain foods.....you just have to learn how to cook and prepare them properly.
I will definitely be able to continue eating this healthy new way.

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5/12/13 1:03 P

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Yesterday was the last week of challenge for me. This was a very helpful challenge; it pushed me into doing what I knew I should be doing; I've cut back tremendously on cooking fats, and, as I said before, am using more herbs and spices for flavor. Today, I no longer miss the taste of foods cooked in oil. Thank you.

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5/8/13 12:56 A

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So far, so good. I'm re-learning how to cook fat free. At first I really missed the flavor of olive oil, so I'm learning to combine more flavors, using different herbs & spices. Now that it's Spring, I'm mixing different fresh veggies together.
The downside? dh prefers to be as veggie-free as possible, and/or wants them smothered in fatty sauces. This is challenging, but I made a meatloaf and put bacon and ketchup on 3/4 and left 1/4 plain for me. I'm cooking veggie medlies and take my half out of the pan before I junk up his half.
He's as over-weight as I, and complains about it, but is not ready to take action, yet. No problem.

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4/10/13 12:39 P

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Completed week 4 last week and it has only gotten better. I am learning to mix and match veggies and throw in fruits in meals like I did not do before. My family is so impressed with the variety of meals and how good it taste that no one really fussing when we don't eat out. I am going to continue to implement new things weekly.

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Thanks all....finished week 4 and off to explore new horizons. All the best to everyone!!
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4/1/13 11:20 A

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Cooking healthly meals has not been as much of a challenge like I thought it would be. It has not been hard at all to make the changes and my husband said he enjoys eating fresh veggies. I have found now that I really don't want to eat out because I feel like my food taste better and is better for us.

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We have completed week four! :)

We ate together five times during the week (suppers) and we ate together for breakfast, dinner & supper on the weekend. We've been adding variety to our meals by something as simple as different types of fruit/veggies to a whole new meal.
Our daughter is involved with the meal preparations and she also enjoys setting the table :)
My husband and I have decided to continue our weekly Friday weigh ins.

We have taken advantage of having a slow cooker and made soup in "bulk"; we had enough for the current meal and froze enough for three other meals.
We've tried the cooking substitutions. We bake our homemade pancakes instead of frying them. They come out in great serving sizes (like mini muffins :)) And we bake our eggs instead of frying them (they taste so much better and it's so easy to do!)

March was a great month for us nutritional wise. We've made many changes and have stuck with them.

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Back on track and really excited about the progress I am making not only in the cooking realm but in my overall approach to food. I am not feeling like this new way of eating is a burden or requires discipline anymore. I used to have huge cravings after dinner for sugar followed by a salt craving later in the evening. Now....I eat dinner and can often forget to eat my planned evening snack!!!
Last night, watching a movie with my partner, I observed him satisfying both his sugar, salt and alcohol cravings and was not once drawn into any of them :)
This is definitely a 2 steps forward day for me.
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3/28/13 11:12 P

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This week has been more challenging because I have been cooking at my daughter's and not familiar with the location of her utensils and staples because she recently moved. Have had to shop more frequently than I hoped but have been making sure dinners with my 2 year old grandson are healthy and fun. He is a delight to cook for because he eats everything including a hefty portion of veggies of all varieties!
Lunches have been harder this week because I have not been as prepared to make food for myself to take with me and have had appointments back to back. Good lesson in managing the weeks I am away when I am not able to prep in the same way. Noticed more cravings as a consequence because I wasn't eating regularly and then starved. Most unsatisfying. But am home now and can reflect on how to make these trips better!
Live and learn!!!
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3/26/13 7:33 A

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YES - I'm adding variety to my weekly meal plans.....more veggies/fruits

YES - I set my long-term goals - (on the Long-Term Goals Post)

YES - I keep a running list of items I need; organized my list; shop on Monday Mornings and avoid shopping while hungry!

I'm also switching to different healthier brands of butter spreads, reduced fat shredded cheese.

This challenge has really HELPED me out a lot!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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3/21/13 12:29 P

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Thank you for the tip CRAFTSFAN1. I will check it out. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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3/19/13 7:22 P

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CJYOUCANDOIT, you can check in Youtube There are some videos about how to make yogurt at home. Some show how to make it in the crock pot. There are also videos about how to make almond milk out of almond butter.

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3/19/13 11:30 A

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WOW! HARVESTER54 you are really ambitious. I would like to try to make my own yogurt. Is it cost efficient? I suspect it would be since the store bought is so expensive and full of "stuff". Where did you get your recipe to make it yourself?

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I started to make my own greek yogurt using the bread proof setting on my oven, then straining it with a cofee filter in a small colender. It worked well, and the yogurt is so yummy. I mixied a half cup yogurt, 1 teaspoon sugar and a whole ripe mango. WONDERFUL.
So my goals are significantly decreased food waste. Using the menue plans and grocery slit is helping me with that. I have been taking my lunches to work for years, but am using more left overs. Weekly new recepies. My DH is really enjoying the food adventure.

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2/20/13 12:16 A

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I made the Baked Oatmeal from the Sparks recipes. I keep it refrigerated and can heat it in the morning, add some plain yogurt and fresh fruit and have a great breakfast really quick!
I am using plain yogurt in place of sour cream, and mixing it half & half with mayo for my sandwiches.

No fad diets for me!

No one said it'll be easy. It may be really hard. Let's do it right and make it a new lifestyle.

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very well

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Long term goal;

Enjoy a new recipe every week.
Spending time tracking and printing grocery lists from the nutrient tracker.
Watching the amounts of nutrients including sodium.
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This week I am making my own salad dressing. Less sodium and healthier fat from olive oil.
Now substituting sour cream with plain yogurt and chives.
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This challenge has really helped me alot. I needed these tools to start eating properly. I was eating junk food all the time and now I am buying fruits , vegetables, meat and low fat dairy emoticon And I am losing weight and feeling better about myself.

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1/31/13 11:02 A

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Week 4 is going very well. I have been using at least one sparkrecipe per day, keeping an organized running grocery list each week and mostly sticking to it, using substitutions to make favorite recipes healthier, and reacquainting myself with cooking techniques I do not usually use such as broiling. I love to grill but forget I can broil in the winter when it is too cold to grill. This has been a fun challenge for me because I love to experiment and cook. Thanks for all the great ideas.
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1/12/13 10:08 P

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Here to report that I have thoroughly enjoyed this challenge! Each week has brought new and exciting changes and challenges. It has been fun to try new recipes, cooking techniques, foods, and gadgets. And, I have always found it fun to try new, successful healthier substitutions in recipes. That still holds true! emoticon

AND... I LOVE being able to cook in batches and then just freeze and go ... and grab and go... and heat and go... and eat and go... :) and go... go... go... :) lol Only thing is... My freezer is just NOT BIG enough!!!! Too many yummy recipes to try!

I am very thankful for this site and all it offers and all I've been able to learn and accomplish. emoticon

Bon Appetit everyone and may you too have much success in all your healthy endeavors! emoticon

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Is anyone out there? This thread seems to be inactive. But I do want to commit, so I'll post here.

In the three weeks of this challenge I have cooked MUCH healthier and much more often. I have discovered that I enjoy cooking and shopping. I look forward to cooking! Now I want to try some more substitutions--especially applesauce.

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Still going strong. Decided to try and revamp my white cake recipe with healthier substitutes, like applesauce for the fat and sugar substitute for real sugar. Than make smaller serving sizes and top with fresh fruit instead of frosting. Why didn't I think of this sooner? Better late than never. Life doesn't have to be boring just different. Will check the stats on SP recipes and see what the calories would be.

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Doing well. I've started incorporating a weekly vegetarian meal with my husband. I'm trying to do vegetarian at least 4 meals a week. He's enjoyed some of the substitutions I've made. A lot of falafel/chickpea substitutions worked for him. I also started switching up our carbs to healthier carbs. He really enjoyed the quinoa I cooked with instead of the rice. He ate less of it since it was filling.

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it all went really well

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going good, leanred some good tips

2014 Ruby-lite of the YEAR
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I made it yay!

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wrong place to post I am on week 3...sorry

Edited by: KITT52 at: 10/23/2012 (15:11)
2014 Ruby-lite of the YEAR
In GOD WE TRUST...
MOTIVATION REALLY IS--- TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR CONSCIOUS ACTION
FOOD NEVER SOLVES ANY ISSUE EXCEPT HUNGER.



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Week 4 is going fine. I am now shopping twice a week because I can't do batch cooking since I don't have a large enough fridge. I am also sticking more to my meal plans

"A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her."

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After not working for almost two months I went back to work (3rd shift) Monday night. I have used what I have learned the last few weeks and some new "favorite" recipes to plan the weeks meals around my work schedule and my son's school schedule. I used the grocery list from the nutrition tracker to make one stop at the grocery store. Now all I have to do when I get home is cook and eat what is planned without the last minutes "what's for dinner" that I am used to. When I have leftovers I put them away in single serving size containers for days when my husband or son can't or don't want to eat what I have planned. Then on Saturday when I plan my meals for the next week we have leftover Sunday or I have lunches to take to work for me.

This has been a fun and interesting challenge. Thank you to everyone for all the tips and ideas.

Edited by: DISKATDREAMER at: 10/17/2012 (11:01)
Another day another step closer to a healthy life.

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I was 'stuck' for a week, but I re-calculated my goals and actually found that I wasn't eating enough. I think that it was because I'm exercising more than I expected...kind of hooked on it now emoticon
Tried something new last night...I made stuffed peppers, but instead of using rice, I used quinoa and I added some shredded carrots. They were yummy!! The next time, though, I'm going to try ground turkey. I didn't want to put my husband's system into total shock emoticon He's pretty good with the healthier foods now. He's learned to enjoy fruits and yogurt instead of chips and ice cream...plus he's losing a few extra pounds, too.

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9/30/12 9:26 A

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Yesterday I got a mini-workout doing community gardening, then 10 mins on the elliptical, and burpees throughout the day (GO NERDFITNESS RANGERS!)
Husband and I took the dog for a 3 mile walk. We almost ate alright, but I had extra cookies and ice cream and he "punchbowled" cereal. We fell off the food/exercise wagon during this recent family emergency, but are working on it. Planning the weekly meals today and shopping tomorrow, then cooking for the week on Tuesday. Currently have a two week casserole planned (for me mainly) and a white-bean crockpot pot-pie for him!
Our fall goal is giving up alcohol. Figures.. right when pumpkin beers come out. (wink)

Rest of week goals:
More burpees for me. Another family walk or two. He's running today and I'll be spinning twice this week!

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made lamb curry with basmati rice tonight, the base of the curry was onions garlic and ginger blended into a paste. A very good dish for someone that can't take the texture of cooked onions.

““Life is not easy for any of us, but what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves.”


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I have tried a number of new recipes and loved everyone of them. I've renewed my taste for Indian food and my recipe collection is growing. When i went to plan my menu for the week this morning, i turned to my recipe collection first to see what strikes my fancy. Relying on these new recipes has weaned me quickly from my old unhealthy foods with double portions. these are tasty enough and i'm eating slow enough that I am satisfied with smaller portions and bigger flavor.

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I've been enjoying this challenge. This is the time of year I find myself wanting to cook more. Its encouraged me to try new things.
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It's great to have made new habits and using the time savin ideas, menu planning and being prepared.

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"So far, so good" is the common expression. I say, "So far, so much better!"

Week 4's challenge to use time-saving tips or substitutions on a regular basis got me to thinking. Yes, I'm doing that without an effort. My ever-present 2 tubs of sour cream disappeared from the refrigerator and were replaced by ever-present yougurt, first store-bought and now homemade. My mayonnaise jar will take months to empty, because I use either Greek yogurt or mustard now (and mustard's going to be on my shopping list a lot more often!). Gone are the Doritos; pita chips bags stand in their spot in the pantry.

I could go on and on as I gaze around my kitchen and see reminders pointing out how my diet and cooking style have changed. Baby steps, each of them. But, how they've added up!

This has been a most worthwhile Challenge!

Life is a Journey, not a Destination. Plan the trip wisely!
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Week 4 was the easiest because most of these things I was already incorporating due to Weeks 1-3 and the challenges they gave to me. It took me a minute to get through Week 3, but Week 1 was the hardest. I'm proud to say I've begun meal planning for myself as well as my family weekly now.

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Yesterday I picked up Chris Downie's "The Spark" from my county library--and spent the day reading it, cover to cover. One particular page in the cooking section struck me as something very new and different, a list of 100 "Super Foods," foods that do an exception job of packing a lot of nutrition into a few calories. I was pleased to find that same list on the SP website in a nutritional section article, printed it out and posted it next to my shopping list on the refrigerator.

Every week when I finish off my shopping list, I'm going to make sure to add a couple of those Super Foods to use during the week.

My long term goals are to gradually continue to change over my pantry, replacing the high sodium cans with lower sodium ones, replacing my white flour pastas with whole grains, full fat condiments with healthier alternatives. Moving forward through meals, they will only become healthier!

I've learned that all that oil is really not necessary to saute up meats and veggies in a pan.

I've learned to save and freeze the water used to steam or cook vegetables--and use it as stock for homemade soup.

I've learned that cooking healthy is only half the job: portion control is joined at the hip with the cooking process, and tracking your food intake will probably be something I do from now on.

For me, my most important longterm change is swapping out sour cream for Greek yogurt. I had no idea how much sour cream I ate in the course of a week, until I started tracking food. And I had no idea how tasty Greek yogurt was. This may be just a little change, but for me it represents all the other changes I've made this past month.

Life is a Journey, not a Destination. Plan the trip wisely!
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Since I cook most of my meals at home, this challenge was a real asset to me. I've been changing up a lot of my old recipes at home. My family even said that the new way of doing it tastes fresher and yummier to them. I am going to keep these techniques for the rest of my life. I can cook healthy and tasty. One of my tricks i learned is for a lot of my meats and veggies, instead of cooking oil, I've been using lemon or lime juice. The added taste is wonderful. We add veggies to almost all of my old recipes now. I love the experimentation I get to do in the kitchen now. The results have been amazing and actually quite easy.

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