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Turn Your Meal Tracker Into A Meal Planner


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Instead of tracking the food I eat AFTER I eat it, I plan out my meals a week in advance.

I take an hour, take stock of what I have in my pantry, and search through SparkRecipes and other recipe sites that offer nutrition facts, finding recipes that look good.

Then, I plan out where those meals will fit into each day, arranging and rearranging until I get the right combo of nutrients for each day.

Finally, I shop based on a list, cook ahead of time, and look forward to eating again!

Leftovers are your friend. There's a "goldilocks" zone for leftovers where they still taste good, but they're not exciting anymore. That's when you really learn to recognize satiation; you're not just eating because it's new and interesting.
- Submitted by MAGPIENESSA 7/11/2012 in Using SparkPeople | 4 Comments
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SASSY_N_CLASSY 9/14/2012 5:23:00 PM

    I have been using the tracker as a planner but I hadn't thought yet to modify it with different recipes! I am going to try this for next week, this week was more about just getting started.
DISKATDREAMER 9/11/2012 7:44:00 PM

    This is definately my goal. I've only been really into tracking my food for almost 3 weeks. Today was the first that I had planned ahead but I still had to change a few things as the day went along. Meal planning is still a work in progress.
RRCLUBB 8/10/2012 2:19:00 PM

    Awesome! Great idea.
KOMBUCHAMOM 7/27/2012 8:04:00 AM

    I don't do this on a weekly basis, however I do plan out dinners based on sale flyers & then each morning when I'm cooking breakfast I plan out my entire day. Very helpful & it allows me to balance the variety of foods that I eat. Great idea!

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