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8/27/07 11:07 P

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i think you are very organized. i could never figure that stuff out. i'm more of an on-the-go estimator. i deleted the meal plans the first day and just winged it with whatever i felt and knew to be healthy. the only standard is my morning coffee. everything else differs.

generally, i try to get a couple hundred calories in for breakfast, possible a snack before lunch, or not, then lunch for several hundred calories, then definitely a snack before leaving for the day, then i've got a bunch to play around with for dinner, snacks, drinks, whatever. but if i got more organized and created a meal plan, i bet i'd get more protein!

you organized people are fantastic. i'm lucky to be in the ballpark.

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8/27/07 9:40 P

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Switch put all the refined carbs for higher protien complex cabs such as quinoa, brown rice, 100% whole grain breads and, of course, beans.

Also, make sure you have a variety of fruits and veggies (making sure to include the green leafy ones). Try to use fresh spinach or spring mix lettuce instead od iceberg.


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8/27/07 10:40 A

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stuffed portabellas are always a treat and i have served them to company as both appetizer or main course depending on the occasion. when i am asked to provide a course just for the few vegetarians in a group, the others in the crowd are jealous of us and this beautiful dish.
i have rarely used spark's veg. meal plan. it is limited and unimaginative. i have never seen any of the other plans so i don't know if this is typical or just the veg. that is uninspired.
i do prefer eating simply but i like variety of foods and flavours.i use it as a guide, choosing my own protein, carbs, veg and fruit then add in the food myself.
it is time consuming but has been worth it to me. i have lost weight and regained control of my eating and nutrition . i feel much better about me now and i have spark to thank.

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8/26/07 8:37 P

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I just made the greatest dinner and had to share.

I made the following stuffed portobella mushroom recipe:

http://food.yahoo.com/recipes/kraft/6618
0/spinach-stuffed-portobello-mushrooms

I used Newman's Own Lite Red Wine dressing instead of the Kraft dressing it calls for (can't stand Kraft dressings - nasty) and used a little extra parmesan. I served it with wild rice and french beans. A little extra virgin olive oil on everything and a glass of red wine and I was in HEAVEN! All you have to do to make it vegan is omit the parmesan. All that (shroom, beans, rice) for under 500 calories. (Even less if you have smaller portions - mine were a little bigger than usual - or use less olive oil than I did.) Filling, healthy and oh so tasty. Oh, yeah baby. This was such a great combo that I would serve this to guests if I ever had a dinner party :)

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8/26/07 3:01 A

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Personally, I wouldn't limit myself to just a specific set of foods all the time. Even rotating between six or eight dinners all the time would eventually get boring to me.

My suggestion is to get some vegetarian cookbooks and search online for vegetarian and vegan recipes that sound good to you (and hopefully provide calorie content) and then just experiment.

I try to make two or three new recipes a month. I love doing this as I usually find something that I just LOVE.

In any case, variety is the spice of life. You've got a decent base there, but like you said about the Spark meal plans - you don't want to just recycle through the same foods all the time. Change it up with new recipes - set a goal to try something new... once a month, once a week... whatever. But try new things.

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8/25/07 10:09 P

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Hi Pink Pixie,
If you aren't vegan, you could add in dairy, yogurt and cheese (esp feta, mozzarella, parmesean)... Also, I don't see any pasta, rice, cous cous etc. My meals are usually sauted vegies with various spices depending on the ethnic direction I'm taking that night: Mediterranean, Indian, Mexican, Asian...
Then serve over brown rice, whole wheat pasta... I love cous cous so fast and great w raisins and slivered almonds and a touch of cinnamon and coriander. Maybe sprinkle some cheese or nuts on top.

peace & joy,
sherrie


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If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you always got. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. (Albert Einstein)



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8/25/07 6:33 A

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You've got lots of meat substitutes in your plan. Nothing wrong with that if you don't have any problems with sodium. Many of them are very high in sodium.

I'd like to see more vegetables - broccoli, cauliflower, beans, spinach - the dark green veggies pack a huge nutritional punch.

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8/25/07 6:16 A

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Your meal plans look very good. Only thing you missed is Fresh fruits. May be you should add thgose fruits somewhere as snacks.

Sunil

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8/24/07 10:40 P

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It seems like SP gives me the same meal plan everyday! So I created this meal plan instead. I'd love any suggestions. Thanks!

Breakfast- one daily (200-290 calories)
1 serving cereal (100-150 calories)
1 cup low-calorie soy milk (70 calories)
1+ cups water

1 english muffin (130 calories)
1 cup low-calorie soy milk (70 calories)
1+ cups water

1 english muffin (130 calories)
1 vegetarian sausage patty (80 calories)
1 slice soy cheese (40 calories)
1+ cups water

2 slices bread with spray butter (180 calories)
1 cup low-calorie soy milk (70 calories)

1 cup low-calorie soy milk (70 calories)
1 serving fruit (80-130 calories)
1 slice bread with spray butter (90 calories)

Lunch- one daily (275-380 calories)
2+ cups lettuce (15 calories)
2T fat free Italian dressing (10 calories)
1 serving vegetarian meat substitute (70-140 calories)
1 serving fruit (80-130 calories)
1 serving crackers, any (100-150 calories)
1+ cups water

2 slices bread (180 calories)
1 slice soy cheese (40 calories)
3 slices/one serving soy lunch meat (70 calories)
1 serving vegetables such as baby carrots (50 calories)
1+ cups water

1 hamburger bun (150 calories)
1 veggie burger (70 calories)
Lettuce, tomato, mustard, and ketchup (30 calories)
1 serving of fruit (80-130 calories)
1+ cups water

Snacks- two or three daily (50-150 calories each)
1 Curves granola bar (100 calories)
1+ cups water

1 serving any vegetables (50 calories)
1+ cups water

1 bag of popcorn (100 calories)
1+ cups water

1 serving of fruit (80-130 calories)
1+ cups water

1 serving any crackers (100-150 calories)
1+ cups water

1 100 calorie pack, any (100 calories)
1+ cups water

1 Fiber One granola bar (140 calories)
1+ cups water

1 cup low-calorie soy milk (70 calories)
1 graham cracker (70 calories)

Vegetable juice (100 calories)

Dinners- one daily (250-390 calories)
3+ cups lettuce (15 calories)
2T fat free Italian dressing (10 calories)
1 serving vegetarian meat substitute (70-140 calories)
1 cup assorted vegetables (50 calories)
1 slice soy cheese (40 calories)
1+ cups water

1 serving vegetarian meat substitute (70-140 calories)
1 slice of bread (100-150 calories)
1 cup assorted vegetables (50 calories)
1+ cups water

1 cup pasta (200 calories)
1/2 cup tomato sauce (100 calories)
1+ cups lettuce (15 calories)
2T fat free Italian dressing (10 calories)
1+ cups water

1 serving vegetarian meat substitute (70-140 calories)
1/2 cup pasta (100 calories)
1/2 cup tomato sauce (100 calories)
1 cup assorted vegetables (50 calories)
1+ cups water

1 serving vegetarian meat substitute (70-140 calories)
1+ cups lettuce (15 calories)
2T fat free Italian dressing (10 calories)
1 serving of fruit (80-130 calories)
1+ cups water

1 prepackaged meal (up to 350 calories)
1+ cups lettuce (15 calories)
2T fat free Italian dressing (10 calories)
1+ cups water

1 baked potato with spray butter (200 calories)
1+ cups lettuce (15 calories)
2T fat free Italian dressing (10 calories)
1 serving of fruit (80-130 calories)
1+ cups water

Soup (up to 250 calories)
Crackers (100 calories)
1+ cups water

Dessert- one daily (15-40 calories)
1 sugar free fudgesicle (40 calories)

1 popsicle (15-30 calories)


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