Meal planning doesn't work very well for me, even if I'm using my own recipes. And pre-planning meals is a disaster.
I've changed the way I eat now to eating only when I'm hungry - not "when it's time" for a meal. When my body tells me it needs nutrition, it tells me *what* nutrition it needs, too. Sometimes that's just some veggies and dip, or a cup of fruit. Sometimes it's nothing but a hearty portion of meat, or a couple eggs. Many times I'm just craving fluids! Soup or broth is great for that too, and I love those.
If you mean an overall plan for what foods I will eat, then yes... but I don't eat on a schedule, and don't try to put together "meals." I eat what I need, and that seems to work for me.
No. I've built up a group of recipes that I like to eat. In 2-3 week bursts, I plan out what I am going to eat those weeks for the main dish. I will then buy all of the dry goods, and shop weekly for fresh, consulting store ads for what veggies and fruits are on sale, etc.
1/17/14 9:00 A
I don't use the SP menu planner and I try to create and follow my own plan for the week. Sometimes I'm successful and other times not. I've noticed that when I *do* plan my meals and stick to it, less food goes to waste and I feel a sense of pride in "mission accomplished".
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1/15/14 6:47 P
At the beginning of each week, my DH lists the supper menu for the whole week. He does all the cooking. I eat the same thing for breakfast everyday....oatmeal. Lunch is pretty easy to figure out between salad, greek yogurt, etc.
More like I start them, but never really follow through or finish them. lol. I just judge it all and keep track of the things I eat in a diary. Sometimes I may have to guesstimate certain items, but otherwise I find using a diary helps.
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1/15/14 2:05 P
No, but do consider some of the SP menu suggestions.
1/15/14 1:06 P
No but I normally eat many of the same foods which makes it easier to track
1/15/14 12:55 P
most of the time
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1/15/14 12:53 P
No, never have. I make my own menus and track.
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1/15/14 12:41 P
It feels good to hear someone who feels like I do ! I am single and do not like cooking. I find it much easiler to buy the good stuff as I find/can afford it and go from there.
1/15/14 12:37 P
No, I do not and never have followed the Spark Menu Plan (or any other menu plan for that matter). I *do* follow the Spark guidelines for daily calorie, protein, fat and carb intake, but I cook whatever I like, whenever I want it (so long as it fits calorie- and nutrition-wise).
Some people like the security and guidance of a meal plan, but to me they always feel so very restrictive and controlling. They don't tend to account for things like "seasonal foods" (i.e. will tell you to eat a nectarine in December, or a pomegranate in July), nor "personal tastes and preferences." I much prefer to go to the produce store, load up on what looks good, and craft some meal plans around what I came home from the store with. Crafting the plan first and then trying to shop for all the required ingredients is more frustrating to me.
1/15/14 12:12 P
No but I do cook extra staples to have on hand . Always have extra proteins ready and build from that
I make my own menu plan. That's what I disliked about most menu plans, they are of foods I don't like and they don't take leftovers into account. A lot of wasted food. I do track everyday and find that to be Sparks best feature.
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816 1/15/14 8:15 A
I really haven't and my weight loss has been slow and I've had a lot of set backs. It's awesome I came across this topic because starting today I'm really going to try to track my food.
The Spark meal planner is the same as on E-Diets which I did in 2007. I was disappointed by the listing of many items which I would use in limited quantities per week yet could only buy in large quantities at the store.
Do I make up my own meal plan? No. But what I do many times is eat the same foods for certain meals a week at a time.
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1/15/14 6:49 A
Yes. hubby & I write out dinner menu for the up coming week, lunch & breakfast options, as well as snack items.
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73,136 1/15/14 5:35 A
Only the tracking on here but I do like to change things around
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138,068 1/15/14 3:50 A
I do which consists of my first drink of the day and the end of the day is , my breakfast has fruit every day and a balance of protein, daily and a limited amount of carbs.My lunch and dinner are half plate of veggies, 1/4 protein and maybe lentils or a small amount of rice. I drink with every meal and if I want a dessert, I make sure it is within the calorie range of the day and something worth using the calories on. Everything in moderation!
1/15/14 3:44 A
No but I am hoping to put together one at the beginning of the week so I can know what is for supper so I don't have to decide everyday what is for supper in the afternoons~
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306 1/14/14 10:24 P
I do not follow a plan as I like to eat what I'm in the mood for at any given day as long as I keep it mostly on the healthy side. I just follow a calorie diet and try not to go over a certain number in my head each day.