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Friday, September 29, 2017

My sister and I have decided to make a change. We have both been unhappy with the way we eat and spend our money on food. She has several mental/ physical disorders that require a fairly ridged meal plan and she needs to know what shes supposed to eat before she wakes up. So after a lot of planning and testing we have reached phase two of the long term meal planning changes. We have a menu ready for the whole month, we are recording food eaten and any difficulties we have along the way.
This is a planned long term change, changes are very slow one month minimum between steps. Sep19- Oct 19 is Record everything you eat. Oct 19-Dec 19 is to drop 500 calories off the avg of the Sep month. in Dec the goal is to be off fast food entirely (or chose healthier low sodium options-max 1x wk) and to remove processed food from our kitchen.The months start mid month because that is when the food stamp money hits and therefore when I need to have my meal plans planed. The current plan to add walking is not until the 3rd week of logging so Oct 8th at the earliest. I am starting slow this time because when I started with everything I didn't stay on track and just quit working toward any goals.
We have encounter some setbacks along the way and are working toward confronting them head on. Our meals are fairly repetitive, same breakfast lunch dinner and two snacks for the entire week. I discovered that I can usually do 3 of the 5 every day but I have to change the other two about halfway thru the week. We also discovered that fried rice makes a lovely dinner but not for a week straight and that enchiladas get soggy if made too far in advance. Right now I am breaking up the monotony with McD's emoticon emoticon or the like but will soon have to figure out another solution, But we have already discussed it and have a few "emergency" meals frozen in case of a needed change. So far we have work arounds for most of the issues we have encountered, but if you guys have any good processes that work I'd love to hear them.
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  • GODMYPORTIONNOW
    Mostly my addiction to "fast food' is the fact I can get it on the go and not have dirty dishes. I also like holding my food (chicken finger, fries, sandwiches) rather than using a fork. I hate doing dishes which is weird cause I'm not even the one who does dishes in the house, but I'd rather buy something prepared and not have dishes even thou I like my own cooking better I just don t want to deal with it.
    1041 days ago
  • GRACED777
    I forgot to tell you my fast food breakfast idea.

    I have half a low cal English muffin with turkey bacon and a poached egg and a half slice of cheese in my toaster oven some mornings along with a side of fruit. I toast the muffin half a little first, then add my toppings, letting the cheese melt a little on top.

    For a “fast food” Subway lunch, I make my own chopped salad with tuna or chicken and pickles, green pepper, cucumber, spinach, etc.

    I love finding ways to have my fast food and my healthy choices at the same time!
    1045 days ago
  • GRACED777
    Good luck with your new plan!

    In place of McD’s, I have an original Boca burger in low cal bread with lots of fixings and a side vegetable I like. It’s quick and easy, and I do it on food stamps. Just had it last night with mushrooms, onion, lettuce and a tomato slice with a splash of ketchup and a side of sauerkraut. I can have a sugar free pudding as a dessert.
    1045 days ago
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