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10/4/10 9:52 A

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I dont like to count calories but keeping track of what you eat is very helpful. I would suggest keeping a diary of what you eat and since you dont like to count calories maybe measure out your food so you dont over eat.

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MOTHERANDSON's Photo MOTHERANDSON Posts: 429
8/15/10 6:47 P

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Also, as a person who refuses to count calories, I do keep these measuring cups handy and I keep myself to 1/2 or 1/4 of things that I know are laden with fat, cheese or starch. I only eat one serving and I put as many veggies on my plate as possible. With meats, I eat one piece of chicken, serving of meatloaf or again, my "handy cups" to portion out food. I don't eat a lot of sugar and I drink water! water! water! I have found that ground buffalo or 1/2 ground buffalo and white meat ground turkey mix work well for meatloaf, spaghetti, sloppy joes and so forth. Also, invest in some good low call cookbooks. I just got the Cuisine at Home book for low cal dishes and they are gourmet and fabulous!! I made grilled pork loin, sauteed radishes with shallots, steamed brocoli and quinoa with toasted almonds and golden raisins along with a dijon tarragon mustard sauce for dinner today. Quinoa is a "mother grain" and has 11 grams of fiber for a 1/4 cup serving and lots of protein. I had two thin slices of pork and the sauteed radishes were so good. Also, the sauce from the cookbook was very tasty and a little went a long way. In my "eat with abandon days"..I would have loaded up on two plates, but by eating small frequent meals and a nutritionally dense meal. I am stuffed.

I will be honest, I got a little too carried away with summer fun this summer, and put on a few pounds and I felt awful. I just got back from vacation and those Midori Sours, skipping meals, and not eating my veggies and not getting my water in caught up with me to the tune of 6 pounds. I was active in Vermont at our vacation place and hiked and fished. But, I was "slacking" with every meal. I was feeling absolutely rotten, gassy, and had stomach distress. I didn't dwell on the last 3 weeks of out of control FUN! I just went shopping on Saturday morning and picked up foods that I knew to be true to eating for health. HIgh fiber soups, white meat ground turkey, ground buffalo, beans, green tea, hibiscus tea, fresh veggies, Lactaid milk (YEAH! I am happy to be able to have cow's milk again, I did not realize I missed it!) It is not "rocket science". It is practice and practicing a good approach to health.

I know me, and counting calories works very well for others, but that is not what I am able to do. I just know what works for me and knowing what you can and cannot do will help you be successful with your journey.

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8/15/10 6:42 P

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Also, as a person who refuses to count calories, I do keep these measuring cups handy and I keep myself to 1/2 or 1/4 of things that I know are laden with fat, cheese or starch. I only eat one serving and I put as many veggies on my plate as possible. With meats, I eat one piece of chicken, serving of meatloaf or again, my "handy cups" to portion out food. I don't eat a lot of sugar and I drink water! water! water! I have found that ground buffalo or 1/2 ground buffalo and white meat ground turkey mix work well for meatloaf, spaghetti, sloppy joes and so forth. Also, invest in some good low call cookbooks. I just got the Cuisine at Home book for low cal dishes and they are gourmet and fabulous!! I made grilled pork loin, sauteed radishes with shallots, steamed brocoli and quinoa with toasted almonds and golden raisins along with a dijon tarragon mustard sauce for dinner today. Quinoa is a "mother grain" and has 11 grams of fiber for a 1/4 cup serving and lots of protein. I had two thin slices of pork and the sauteed radishes were so good. Also, the sauce from the cookbook was very tasty and a little went a long way. In my "eat with abandon days"..I would have loaded up on two plates, but by eating small frequent meals and a nutritionally dense meal. I am stuffed.

I will be honest, I got a little too carried away with summer fun this summer, and put on a few pounds and I felt awful. I just got back from vacation and those Midori Sours, skipping meals, and not eating my veggies and not getting my water in caught up with me to the tune of 6 pounds. I was active in Vermont at our vacation place and hiked and fished. But, I was "slacking" with every meal. I was feeling absolutely rotten, gassy, and had stomach distress. I didn't dwell on the last 3 weeks of out of control FUN! I just went shopping on Saturday morning and picked up foods that I knew to be true to eating for health. HIgh fiber soups, white meat ground turkey, ground buffalo, beans, green tea, hibiscus tea, fresh veggies, Lactaid milk (YEAH! I am happy to be able to have cow's milk again, I did not realize I missed it!) It is not "rocket science". It is practice and practicing a good approach to health.

I know me, and counting calories works very well for others, but that is not what I am able to do. I just know what works for me and knowing what you can and cannot do will help you be successful with your journey.

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8/2/10 9:58 P

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Hey,

Thanks for all the advice. I'm moving in the direction of tracking my food intake.

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MSSIMONE1 Posts: 26
7/30/10 1:17 P

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something you can try is to get a little journal and just write down everything that you put in your mouth, you dont have to write the calories or fat grams down just write what you are eating and drinking. Another thing is portion control, get a small kitchen scale, some measuring cups, and spoons and measure out the correct portions. Buying healthy food is essintial also, if you have cookies and chips in your house and you want a snack that is what you are going to grab. I hate cutting and chopping a whole lot so i buy precut veggies, and fruit (melons). Or you could try and preplanning all your meals and snacks for the day so that way you eat what is on your menu and dont stray from that. Those are just a few suggestions. Good Luck!!!

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7/30/10 12:04 P

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I am not very good at tracking or counting calories myself, because it's so hard to figure out how many calories are in food that is prepared for me. So, I suggest to at least get familiar with portion sizes. I eat pretty good most days, but too much according to reccomendations for weight loss. Try to eat foods that are as close to the natural source as possible.(clean eating). Even though calorie counting is a drag to some of us, it is necessary to have an idea of how many calories we need, and approximately how many we are consuming. I try to learn the caloric content of my favorite foods, and the portion size and stick to those foods for most of my meals. It's a start. You have to figure out what works for you.
You can also try to follow the plan meals that they provide for you here on Sparkpeople. It does all of the calorie counting for you, and it's according to your current weight,level of activity, and personal goals. Good Luck!

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7/30/10 9:30 A

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I strongly suggest you track your intake for one week. You will be amazed of the amount of calories and sodium you put in your body. I'm a faithful tracker and I keep my food scale, measuring cups, and spoon at arms reach at all times. I have my different size containers when I packing my meals for work. Tracking is the key it will make you more aware. You got to stay hydrated as well.

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7/30/10 9:14 A

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I know you say you don't want to count calories but you still should track your food consumption in the Nutrition Tracker. I think you'll be surprised of just how good or bad you're watching what you eat. If you track every morsel you put in your mouth you may find that you're not doing as well as you think you are. Then again you could have a slow metabolism. There are a lot of factors. But I advise you to commit to tracking your food for 2 weeks and then evaluate it.

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SMBOWENS's Photo SMBOWENS Posts: 14
7/30/10 4:27 A

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Hello Ladies,

How do I get started eating right or following a diet? I DO NOT want to count calories! I'm exercising most days of the week but I am not seeing a significant weight loss. I've given up sodas and candy bars and I do try to watch what I eat but I still have a long way to go.

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