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If you have a "gram/oz" scale here is a time saving tip for you. Today I had an English Muffin with cream cheese & jam. To measure cream cheese, I place the entire pack of it on my scale before using & reset the scale to zero, then I re-measure it after I use the amount I want. The scale read "minus 18" grams, thus showing me that I used 18 grams on my muffin! You can do this with jam, sour cream, cottage cheese...or any food that is messy when trying to calculate your calories!!
On grocery day, I do the prep work for the week.
I find that the more i cook using real ingredients, the weight comes off easier without being ridiculous about calorie counting. the longer a food can sit on the shelf without going bad, the worse it is for you. (Except for oatmeal and rice lol those are very healthy and last forever hehe)
I love onions, but hate crying like a baby when I chop them.
When serving a dish that calls for pasta or rice, steam an extra amount of veggies. Cut your own rice/pasta serving in half, mix in the veggies and not only do you get more veggies, you also have not deprived yourself of the good stuff either. Works real good with spaghetti and rice a roni dishes.
I had to change how I cooked and ate to maintain my weight loss. Gone are the casseroles and mushroom soup sauces and cheese sauces that drowned my vegetable dishes. I added variety too! No more boring mashed potatoes and gravy and peas!