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11/23/18 3:37 P

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emoticon hear you on "pressed for time"

I do/use a lot of convenience tricks & tips
-- single serving htings like cheese sticks, apples, bannanas, yogurts, tangerines, precooked/sliced deli meats/cheese, pre-cut/bagged/frozen veggies, cans of soup, things that are easy to grab/take, heat and eat... peanut butter... keep these on hand...

also do "batch cooking" - to me, means cook enough for several meals. I often make double meals to eat that day and again next

I like to pre-cook up veggies (frozen, add spices to taste, broth, heat until tender, keep in fridge to scoop & add to soup, for meals). same for a pot of rice to use for a week or noodles or whatever food I'm doing that week - cook/buy a whole chicken then add to soups, eat with tortillas & beans/veggies as tacos/burritos...

order groceries online to pick up or delivered from store

-- figure good alternatives for when you're out and about - are there meals you can grab at the cafeteria that are reasonable or on the way home. Actually 1 of our groceries has the best salad bar around, and I'll sometimes stop there and get that instead of trying to do at home...

eat what you like and enjoy, there's a world of yummilicious foods available to nourish our bodies & our souls



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-- today I'm here, today I'm trying! Making this, making me a priority! We Got This!
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11/17/18 2:48 P

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Hi Butterflies,

I am working on a master's degree myself so I am right there with you on having very little spare time. What I do for meal planning is to schedule it just as I would a class or homework session.

I don't have time to meal prep on one specific day for the week (like Sunday) since my schedule changes frequently. What helps me is that I cook in small batches 3-4 times a week and this gives me leftovers for at least a day or two, and then this way I also don't get burned out eating the same food all week. It takes less time (one hour each time I cook as opposed to 3 hours on one day). This Sunday meal prep works for a lot of people, but for me, scheduling the time and cooking more frequently works better for me. Planning is key, so that I don't spend a lot of time wondering what to cook on my cooking days. I'll have all my ingredients ready to go.

The main thing is to find what works for you and try and be consistent.

I also don't have only one store I shop at, I rotate between 2-3 different stores. Much of it depends on their sales, the locations (all are reasonably close, but it depends on my day-to-day schedule and where I am at on certain days).

Perhaps you could look into grocery delivery so that you can get your groceries at home before your market closes.

I utilize my freezer quite a bit. This way I warm up portioned leftovers from a homemade meal rather than relying on take-out or TV dinners.



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11/17/18 12:47 A

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> I actually take a 2 to 3 hours on Sunday mornings to prep meals for the week.

To build on this, take a look into "meal prep". Reddit has a "meal prep sunday" board that may help. Search on "crockpot meal prep" for recipes and ideas. Planning your meals and making home cooked meals can help you lose weight -- it certainly did for me!

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11/16/18 4:14 P

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BUTTERFLIES13,
I also "cheat" on cooking, so it takes less time. I often buy already cooked chicken from Walmart, or the grocery store. It took me a little while to realize that the grocery store closer to me often has slightly overcooked chickens (consistently) and the ones at my Walmart are a little bigger and not overcooked and juicier. Need to shop around.

Another time cheat is to buy a premixed salad mix. Most of the prep is done. One might "fortify" it with other veggies, or some meat, or shredded cheese (also bought already shredded).



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11/16/18 1:44 P

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Thank you for your reply James. No, I don't watch TV. I'm also getting my masters degree so any spare moment is spent on homework. I'm going to start paying a friend (stay at home mom) to help prepare healthy soups and salads for me to eat thoughout the week. Maybe that will help. I live in a small town that the market closes down early so I have to drive to a bigger town to shop. The crock pot may help...I do plan to try that.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.



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11/16/18 11:04 A

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BUTTERFILES13,
you wrote:
" I've tried low carb, but do not have time to prep that much food and sometimes need to eat a bowl of cereal."

Consider cooking at home in general, never mind low carb. Do you have time to cook? I suspect the time aspect has nothing to do with low carb.

I'm ultra-low carb, I'm keto. What do I eat for breakfast? Often bacon and eggs (maybe an omelette) pretty normal except the toast is missing. If you don't have time to makes some eggs, then your time problem is pretty big.

The other thing I make for breakfast is very low carb waffles, I make them from protein powder rather than wheat flour. I make a batch one day, and it lasts about 3 days, so on the other two days its no prep time at all. If you make home made waffles, even not Keto type, it is the same time.

As for the crock pot idea brought up, I sometimes put beef, low carb veggies, store-bought beef broth in my slow cooker, and have a stew by supper time. Again, as much prep time as the same thing not being low carb.

If you ever watch TV, then I'd say you have time.

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11/16/18 9:40 A

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Archimedes, thank you. Water is a big one for me. I don't drink 8 glasses of water in a month.
So, here's to H20 for today. :)


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11/16/18 9:34 A

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I do have a new love for fruit that I haven't had before. Thank you, good idea.


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I do have a crockpot and thank you for a different approach. :)

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11/16/18 8:35 A



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BUTTERFLIES13,

I give all members one piece of advice and it's this,"don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.

Losing weight or achieving good health is not "all or nothing". Stop trying to be perfect. Instead, just start with some simple goals you CAN stick to. Example, if you haven't been drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you haven't been eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. if you haven't been exercising, don't start with an hour a day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week.

Once you've achieved these goals, you do them again or you create new ones. Setting simple goals is how a person SLOWLY eases back into a healthy set of habits.

If you are ready to take care of yourself, start by setting some simple goals for the day. If you are not ready, there is nothing we can say that will encourage you to do the right thing. YOU need to make that decision. We can't make it for you.


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11/16/18 8:04 A

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I understand your frustration--starting out it seems like all this takes more time than we have. Is it possible you're trying to make too many changes at once, or changes that are so big they feel overwhelming? If that's the case, it may be that getting a handle on one thing at a time might be for you. Maybe set a goal to make one small change--something you're sure you can handle, like packing a piece of fruit or two each day for a week to eat between jobs--write it down and check it off when you do it. Then set another small goal. Building one small success upon another seems to make all this feel doable. This is something I learned from the SparkCoach program, and it's helped me. Perhaps it can do the same for you.



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11/16/18 6:59 A

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A lot of us are busy and we manage. I work 3 jobs myself and yet still have time to work out and prepare healthy meals. I don't do low carb either; it's too restrictive for my needs and lifestyle.

I actually take a 2 to 3 hours on Sunday mornings to prep meals for the week. If I am cooking, I make large batches of things like chillis and stews and other things that are easy to freeze in single servings.

Do you have a crockpot or electric pressure cooker? You can even prep batch meals that you store in the freezer. Here are some ideas:

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11/15/18 9:57 P

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Frustrated and not sure where to begin. Recently, I broke out in a terrible rash caused by stress. The doc put me on some major steroids. It was awful mentally and physically and I gained 15 lbs. Now I cannot get going or motivated again. I've tried low carb, but do not have time to prep that much food and sometimes need to eat a bowl of cereal. I work 2 jobs and coach a high school sports team, and time is a luxury I do not have. Anyone in the same boat? Any advice?
Thanks in advance.

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