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LOTTERYTICKET44 SparkPoints: (3,037)
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2/2/13 10:50 A

Thanks for all the great tips and information.The mix and match meal planner is a great tool that I find very helpful

PAT4PROG Posts: 652
2/1/13 9:24 A

Most important, in my opinion, measure your servings. You'll be surprised, or at least I was, that I was just eating too large servings, not necessarily wrong foods. If you don't exercise, start now----just move your body and you are on your road to a more healthy you!

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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2/1/13 8:00 A

I've never followed the meal plans (they're optional). There has been the odd time one popped up and I thought, that looks interesting I'll give it a try and I modified it a bit. But I've always entered my own meals. It's probably better because you can't rely on the same rotation of spark meals for the rest of your life. You need to learn how to eat healthy, how to modify recipes to be healthier and how to make these choices on your own and for yourself. I think the meal plans are great for beginners to teach you what a balanced diet consists of but eventually it's time to graduate to the next level.

Just take your time and learn the arts of eating healthy, arm yourself with knowledge and do plenty of research on what a healthy, balanced diet contains. What types and combination of foods are going to be most beneficial to your body and health. How to balance your macro nutrients and how to ensure you're getting your recommended vitamins and minerals. What you should limit your consumption of. There are endless healthy recipes out there on the web. You can pretty much take any recipe and turn it healthy with a little creativity.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 2/1/2013 (08:03)
MRSJACRAWFORD SparkPoints: (1,696)
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2/1/13 7:08 A

Check out! I use it constantly to find new and interesting meals to keep things interesting. And you can do a recipe makeover if you want to substitute ingredients you don't like for one's you do.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
1/31/13 9:41 P

Yes absolutely you can still lose! :)

The meal plans are simply a guide if you have no idea how to put together healthy meals or how much to eat. Feel absolutely free to turn them off and not use them, if you don't need them.

You do NOT have to follow any particular "plan" to achieve success. Just ensure your daily totals are within the guides, and that your diet is overall well balanced and healthy.

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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1/31/13 9:37 P


The meal plans are a guide, however, you do have the options of turning them off and tracking your own foods. Just remember you want to eat a variety of food products including fruit, veggies, lean protein, whole grains and healthy fats.

You may want to try using SparkPeople's Mix and Match Meal planner (see link below) to help you meet your calorie and nutrient goals.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (199,734)
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Posts: 15,862
1/31/13 9:36 P

most people don't use the meal plans. Just track what you eat and try to stay in your ranges.

LOTTERYTICKET44 SparkPoints: (3,037)
Fitness Minutes: (791)
Posts: 5
1/31/13 9:20 P

I am finding it hard to follow the meal plans.I usually eat my own food and manually put in the numbers.I have only been a member for three weeks and have lost two pounds.Will I be able to still lose?

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