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MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,272)
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8/10/12 6:16 A

I think that's well-stated advice Iamlovedbyyou.

8/9/12 6:20 P

Personally, I would start with whatever is easier. If you find it easier to eat healthy foods, then start that. If eating at regular times will be easier, then start with that. Set yourself up for success.

For example, the first goals that I had were to walk for ten minutes every day, and eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. For a month, that's all I did! But I learned to like vegetables, got into better eating habits, and made exercise a regular part of my life. And in that first month, I lost 10 lbs! I didn't track calories or anything.

If eating lean cuisine meals is an easy way to eat healthy at this point in your life, then eat them! They really are an easy, healthy thing to grab to take for lunch at work. I think what people here caution against is doing the "lean cuisine diet", when you pledge to eat nothing but lean cuisine until you lose 50 pounds, that isn't realistic. But things like that are a great tool to rely on as you get healthier habits, Once you get used to this lifestyle, you will find that your preferences and options expand.

Also, don't get overwhelmed! Congratulations on starting a new lifestyle! Stay strong :)

Edited by: IAMLOVEDBYYOU at: 8/9/2012 (18:25)
TACDGB Posts: 6,136
8/9/12 6:11 P

I would eat 3 meals a day plus a snack. I would eat whole grains lots of fruits and veggies plus some proteins like nuts & lean meats. I would eat what sparks recomends for calories.

R_ADAME Posts: 12
8/9/12 9:17 A

Thanks for everyone's help. I don't know how to clarify my question without sounding all melodramatic so I will let it be for now.

Edited by: R_ADAME at: 8/9/2012 (09:29)
MAGGIEMURPHY4 SparkPoints: (0)
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8/8/12 7:24 A


My point is if you learn healthy eating habits now, you will be able to keep the weight off. Yes you can loose weight by eating 2 Lean Cuisines a day with a sensible breakfast...but are you going to eat that the rest of your life? If you expect to keep the weight off, you need to learn how to make good choices. Why not learn them now. An occasional prepackaged meal is good in a pinch...but relying on it as a healthy eating habit, is not going to hold out in the long run. (in my opinion)

NIRERIN Posts: 14,297
8/8/12 7:20 A

when you say your focus is going to be on eating regularly, even if it's not as healthy, exactly what are you talking about here? because pbjs [you do have to do some label reading in the store for this one], cheese and crackers, fruit and cheese, or veggies with hummus or yogurt dip are all pretty good for you and easily accessible and not a lot to eat at once. is this what you're talking about? because the way you worded your post it sounds like you're heading out to outback to have a bloomin onion by yourself or are planning on only having a pint of ice cream, just spreading it out over the day. which isn't going to do you any favors. which isn't to say you can't go out to taco bell for a snack, just that all the time is going to be very difficult to work in what you need with.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,272)
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8/8/12 7:10 A

My friend lost all her weight eating 2 lean cuisines and a sensible breakfast everyday. To each his own.

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8/8/12 6:52 A

What's a salad? Its a mix of vegetables and other things consisting of....whatever you want! Nuts, dressing, chicken, shrimp, steak, berries, egg...anything...if you want lots of nutritional value, it isn't hard.

Based on what you said, if you stock your fridge with healthy foods (ie for the most part, non-packaged stuff), you can pretty much eat what you want all day long. I eat 5 meals a day plus snacks, and I have to try to hit my calorie minimum. What does this do? As previous poster said, it increases your metabolism, gives you more energy, allows you to do more exercise, and burns that fat faster.

You don't even have to be a good cook to get away from pre-packaged food and meals. If you can use a knife without slicing yourself silly, you can do this.

Just start by tracking what you are eating now, and plug the info into the Sparks nutrition that for a week or two...and start chugging that water! You will learn so very much just by doing that.

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8/8/12 6:41 A

Salad can be a meal in itself...but I usually add a protein...You could bring in a can of tuna to add to it or hard boiled eggs. If they have some sliced turkey meat at the school that would be an option. Just be careful of the salad dressings they can add lots of fat and calories. As far as lettuces goes choice romaine it is a good source of Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Folate, Iron, Potassium and Manganese. (I plucked this off the nutrition label)

Lean Cuisine type meals have a lot of salt and in my experience they never filled me up or maybe it was satisfied me. My goal was not only to lose the extra weight but make healthier choices. Lean Cuisine type meals in my opinion are not a "healthy choice" mainly due to the sodium content. But they are better than school food. LOL

R_ADAME Posts: 12
8/8/12 6:11 A

I am a teacher so will have at least a regular lunch hour, which will help. I have been told that a protein in the morning will help keep my energy up and help keep me from being hungry. My friend suggested eggs or some kind of meat.

Also, I've been told that teachers eat for free at the school I'll be at but that the food is, of course, school food. One teacher commented that she eats "lots of salads." My question is, is salad a meal by itself? I've always heard that lettuce is practically void of nutritional value.

I'm also thinking about pre-packaged meals (Lean Cuisine, etc).

Any comments on any of this?

I really appreciate your help. I've done so much research on my own that now I'm confused about what is true or not and I feel that I know even less than before I ever started thinking about all of this!!

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7/29/12 11:27 A

Yes, you should. Studies have shown time and time again that skipping meals has the opposite of the intended effect. There's a couple of things going on that can happen.

1) You skip meals, then at the end of the day, end up on a calorie binge as your body tries to make up for it. Your willpower is less, because you're weak and underfueled, and you're more likely to go with something cheap and filling.

2) When you undereat consistently, you slow your metabolism, making weight loss slower and more difficult, and causing a yoyo effect when you do start eating again that will make future weight loss more difficult.

I think in your case, you should focus first on developing regular eating habits. I don't think this has to be an either/or situation; you shouldn't be eating junk just for the sake of eating, because that will just start you on another bad habit you'll have to fix.

Why not stock up on healthy foods, things you enjoy (it doesn't have to be "health" food, just better for you. More whole, less processed, that sort of thing. Smaller portions.) and focus on eating those?

The quality of your food is just as important as the frequency. So it's tough to say which is "more" important. What matters is that you fuel your body the way it needs to be fueled. When you eat is actually not as important, although science has shown that for many people, regular, small meals are best for keeping your metabolism moving.

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7/29/12 9:05 A

For me I have to eat every few hours, small healthy meals/snacks. It is important to focus on better choices, when you eat them depends on you and your eating habits. To be truly successful, measuring and tracking all your foods and staying in your ranges is a guarantee for success, slowly but surely.

The one good thing about establishing a eating schedule is that you feed your body on a regular schedule which will boost your metabolism. It will also prevent over eating or making bad choices because you are so hungry. Good luck with everything!!!! You can do it!

R_ADAME Posts: 12
7/29/12 6:31 A

I am 50 years old and about 60 lbs. overweight, mostly around my middle. (For example, when I buy pants, if the waist fits, the legs are huge on me. If I buy a blouse, the bottom portion must be bigger and then the top either falls off my shoulders or dips too much in front.) I've been off work for about a year, fighting depression. I've spent hours on end holed up in my bedroom, either sleeping or just sitting there. Now, I'm getting my act together. I am starting a new job soon and am planning a special weekend getaway around November. I am NOT looking for a quick weight loss plan. I AM looking for advice on how to re-establish eating habits. I currently have little interest in food (the other day I had a bowl of cereal at 5 am and then fast food tacos and nachos at 9 pm, with literally nothing in between). So my question is this: Should I focus on eating regular meals, with more emphasis on eating "something" at regular times even if it isn't as healthy as it should be OR should I focus on eating healthier foods and not worry so much about regular times? I know my limitations--the stress of the new job and being out and about after so many months of being a recluse will take a toll so I will need to take babysteps in this situation. I'm not sure which is more important, though--the healthy-ness of my food or the regularity of eating....... Comments? TIA.

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