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12/30/18 9:20 A

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Back in the day when I did freezer cooking - cooking in bulk and then freezing meals, I always doubled or even tripled recipes. This meant eating the same meals within a specific time frame.

It is said by many that we often eat the same meals over and over and to start with meal planning to pick about 10 meals and then rotate them throughout the month.

As for weight loss, some suggest limiting the types of foods you eat for about 10 days to jumpstart your weight loss.

I like Becky's suggestion as to picking 2-3 breakfasts and lunches, then having a variety for the dinner meal to make sure you get all the nutrients you need


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12/28/18 12:35 A

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We do not mind leftovers so I cook with the idea that we will eat the same meal for two days. After the second day, I get a little tired of the same thing an cook something different.

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12/27/18 12:30 A

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Variety is the spice of life!

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12/10/18 9:11 P

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emoticon this has been interesting to read and ponder... when I (re)start, I tend to find "go to meals" to help me get going and on a roll... then add new meals/foods as I go along... Batch cooking enough for a few days helps with the cooking/time/prep part of it, and I like to explore seasonal foods/recipes which helps keep me feeling good about being able to eat foods I enjoy.

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11/30/18 7:38 A

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Your body responds better with a variety of foods.



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11/30/18 2:04 A

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I can't do what some do and eat chicken, broccoli and brown rice every single day. I like to cook, and I also freeze a lot of things so there is no reason to be monotonous in my household. DH, however, likes to be monotonous and he struggles with change...but he needs to because his weight and bloodwork say so!

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11/21/18 9:32 A

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Personally, I get bored!

That said, I do tend to make one or two dishes to then eat for lunch for the week, so I do eat "the same thing" every day - but only for a week straight.

My husband, on the other hand, has eaten basically the same breakfast and lunch every weekday since we met over 12 years ago. He gets plenty of variety in dinner and on the weekends, but having that routine and regularity works for him.

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There are some things that I could eat everyday and I don't think I would ever get tired of eating it.

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I found a certain amount of eating the same thing for one meal a day helped a lot... I tended to go in spurts of the same things for breakfast and was quite happy with a streak of oatmeal and fruit or egg white omelets or even a week or two of whole wheat cheerios and fruit.

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I cook enough of a dish to last me a week. So each week I eat mostly the same thing each day, and then the next week will be different.

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11/15/18 1:37 P

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I don't eat the same thing every day, but the same few things. My food plan is no starches (bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, etc), lots of (non starchy) fresh fruits and veggies, lots of lean protein. It isn't keto, because it isn't high fat. I'm vegetarian, so lean protein is hard. I eat lots of non-fat yoghurt and cottage cheese, and lots of soy products -- tofu, and vegetarian meat substitutes like not-dogs and veggie burgers. Some hard boiled eggs and some beans and nuts, but in very small amounts. So you can see it is limiting and a lot the same stuff all the time. I've lost 24 pounds in 16 weeks, so it is working. But it is hard. Boring, not very yummy. I'm learning to not make food so central in my life. Makes it very difficult to socialize with food, since I eat so little of what "normal" people eat -- no meat, no cheese, no pasta or other starches, no grains ....



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11/14/18 4:58 P

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WOW~~SCRIMP~~ 42 pounds since Sept 1st! WTG~~
I want your 1200 calorie diet... emoticon
That is an average of over 4 lbs a week! WOW~~

I follow a 1200 calorie diet since last year ( Oct 2017 ) and it has taken me a whole year to lose 57 pounds!~~

Besides your go to Breakfast~~what else do you eat on your 1200 calorie diet to lose weight like that....
I want to follow your diet.... emoticon emoticon

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11/11/18 10:25 P

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It sounds like you have a good plan! I like that you have alternates as well.

I've tried this before with my breakfast, and gotten bored, because I just had one meal planned out. I need to work on an alternate plan as well!

I think you will probably get the right vitamins and minerals if you take a multivitamin. Maybe. Or you could wait until your next doctor appointment, and have them check for any dietary deficiencies and amend them from there. You might be doing fine! Or you might need extra Vitamin D or potassium or whatever. Perhaps in amounts higher than you can get in most multivitamins. And you can get an opinion on whether there is a multivitamin that they recommend for someone in your age range and gender.

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11/11/18 4:20 P

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living alone it can be hard to have something different everyday (because I do not make small enough to be just one serving.) I do not like to waste food so I will eat it until it is gone and then make something else. I just make sure it is something I can and will eat as leftovers.



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11/11/18 10:16 A

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I love to cook and usually make myself something different for my main meal of the day. If I make soup I'll eat it once a day until its gone.

For breakfast, 9 times out of then 10 I go with this 275 calories meal:
2 soft boiled eggs-140
2 Multigrain WASA crackers-70
1 wedge Laughing cow swiss cheese-30
2 tbsp Trader Joe's Bruschetta-35
I love my cheese crackers with brushetta--tastes like pizza.

I've lost 42 punds since Sep 1, 2018, so I know this meal is helping me stay under 1200 cals a day. It helps cut down on grocery costs.

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For nutrition and variety, I think it's best to have a rotation. I ate basically the same healthy meals for over a year, and I think it was detrimental to my ability to metabolize and digest. Now, I usually have the same meal plans for lunches and dinners for 1 week. (I eat the same thing for lunch every day, same dinner every day.) This saves time since I can batch cook. (I'm cooking for 1.) The next week, I switch. I keep track of my meal plans so I get some variety and I incorporate seasonal produce, which I believe is important for our health.

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MARYJOANNA's Photo MARYJOANNA Posts: 11,093
11/9/18 10:38 A

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I like variety so I eat something different most days.



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If you like it then do it.



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You could try it. Look at your nutrition report and tweak your diet as needed. I think we all have a tendency to eat the same foods regularly so you may not be experiencing a big change. And just think, It would save on groceries if you didn't have as much variety to choose from.

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Great job!



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I've tried this in the past and ended up gaining back the weight. This time around I am trying to eat more variety and not thinking of this as dieting. So far so good!



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wow.......... I like it.

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I can see the value in this approach and I do that on a modified basis. I have a rotation of pre-planned breakfasts, lunches, and snacks that I eat on a daily basis. These are meals where I've already figured out the portions, calories, and macro-nutrient ratios. I know that out of several breakfast or lunch options, each has about 300 calories, for example, so I don't have to track my food intake as long as I stick with those.

For dinner, I switch it up a little more, but try to stick to a formula of lean protein and vegetables. As long as I have a sensible portion of each, I know I'm staying on target.

Eating the same few meal choices most days does make it easier to stick with a sensible eating plan without having to track and count every calorie.



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11/3/18 7:14 A

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I have the same breakfast (basically) each day, different lunch and dinner, though. I've heard in the past that if you hit a plateau in your weight loss you should NOT eat the same meals each day - not sure how accurate that is.

For now, having my fav breakfast comforts me and I'm losing weight. Blessings, Bella

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11/3/18 12:14 A

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Forgot to mention that reddit has a "meal prep sunday" group, where you essentially prepare your entire week's meal for your entire family all on a Sunday afternoon! A common option is to make several servings of a meal and split it into individual servings, eaten throughout the week. Search on "meal prep sunday" for various articles how to do your planning!

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11/3/18 12:04 A

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I like to eat mostly the same breakfast and lunch everyday. Then I change breakfast or lunch. Dinner is about the same. I have about 9 to 10 different main dishes depending on the time of year. Every time I make a new recipe my husband doesn’t like it so I have it just that one time. I have started eating fish a couple of times a week. Usually salmon,shrimp, or flounder. I don’t like cod but next I am trying sea bass. We love catfish and my husband loves catching it but he wasn’t able to fish this summer as he has health problems. I am always looking for new chicken recipes to change up chicken.I need easy recipes to save time

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I could absolutely see this working for many people, especially people who find they fall off the wagon when they get busy or overwhelmed This technique takes a lot of the work out of eating..."work" being the extra effort it takes to plan meals, decide what to get at the store, etc. If you are always getting and making the same things, this becomes routine and I bet a lot of people would be successful with that.

I think of course it also depends on what those things that you're eating every day are, and in what quantities.


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11/2/18 7:37 P

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So, I have no problem eating the same things every day. Breakfast is either a fruit smoothie that I have made with pea protein. Alternatively I eat two eggs (farm fresh from a friend) and whatever left over veggies I have. Sometimes it is fresh kale, left over fresh cooked broccoli, three pieces of Canadian bacon torn up.
Lunch is almost always a fresh chopped kale salad, grapes on it, sometimes mushrooms, chicken breast and olive oil and balsamic.
Dinner can vary. Steelhead trout, occasionally a burger (fresh farm meat), chicken. A large amount of some sort of fresh veggie and Vietnamese red rice or potato.

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11/2/18 7:09 A

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This has been an interesting discussion. I’ve settled on one or two breakfasts and lunches that I always seem to eat. Dinner will be my variety.

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I know many people would be terrified by the thought of eating the same thing over and over.
Others like routines and repetitions - I'm in this group.
My favorite breakfast is oatmeal, flaxseed, sunflower seed, fruit.
I love it, and eat it 99% of the time - 1% when I'm traveling and it is not available... it has been more than 5 years and I still love it.

My favorite work lunch is butter-cheese rye bread sandwich, cucumber sticks and a banana. I eat this on ever working day, also for many years.

All variety is dinners and weekend lunches, and I can't say I enjoy these meals more than the repetitive ones.

I don't think I lack any nutrients, despite eating the same food combinations.
My breakfast and workday lunch consist of 10 different foods and are nutritionally balanced.

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11/1/18 9:08 P

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Making all those daily food decisions can be very over-whelming and stressful for many people starting out on a weight loss program. It is why "meal replacement type programs" work well.
You are told exactly what to eat or you purchase the specific foods to eat (shakes, entrees, etc).
Examples include: Slim Fast, Medifast, HMR, Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, etc.


So what you are planning to do is design your own version of a meal replacement program. I’m guessing you will come up with 1-2 breakfast options, 2-3 lunch options, and then a sensible dinner---all within your calorie range.
If well-planned and nutritionally balanced, it could work very well for you.


When people use these type programs, I always encourage a slow transition phase. The person needs to develop the skills to continue with weight loss or weight maintenance, once he/she returns to a more traditional eating plan. You need to know how to meal plan, grocery shop, cook meals, order at restaurants, calorie count, track food, eat out a parties, etc etc.

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It's probably why some people temporarily lose weight. Bored out of their gourds with their repetitive meal.

Not for me. I love food, and I love learning new creative and healthy recipes! AND discovering new items at my farmers' markets.




Working on healthy: Nutritious, sustainable, day to day, low carb-ish living. AND getting out and about and exercising... Yep, better do that!



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I think this is where "know thyself" really comes in handy. Some people prefer not having to think about meals and for other people that familiarity breeds contempt. I also think that having a group of staples that lend themselves to easy adjustments can also make a world of difference in what you can tolerate. Oatmeal is a great example. You can add in pumpkin and cinnamon, peanut butter and jelly/raisins, figs and creme fraiche, nuts and maple, blueberries, or apples and cinnamon. Oatmeal calories stay the same, add ins are portioned out so that each option has the same calories, and it's the same breakfast but different. You can make a different quiche each week and have it with different sides. You could do a simple salad, you could do soup, you could do fruit and nuts, you could do more sauteed vegetables and eat both on an English Muffin (or the bread product of your choice). Pasta plus sauce plus protein plus vegetable is a really great base meal plan. You could have linguine with tomato sauce, ground beef and cabbage. You could have orzo with teriyaki, tvp, and mixed vegetables. You could have macaroni with cheese, beans and peas. You could have shells with curry sauce, cauliflower and chicken. You could have lasagna with tomato sauce, cheese and eggplant. You could have spaghetti with sausage and brussels sprouts. You could have ziti with pesto and spinach. You could have egg noodles in a cream sauce with mushrooms and beef. Again you decide the calories and you portion so that the your total meal is 350 calories: 80 protein, 100 pasta, 100 sauce and 100 vegetables. Keeping the same formula with different ingredients, especially as the seasons change, keeps it fresh and familiar at the same time.

I also think that having backups can be a big help. Some day you might not want oatmeal, so having huevos rancheros, quiche, fruit/yogurt/granola, dinner leftovers or even a sandwich in your back pocket gives you more chances to succeed.

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10/31/18 8:18 P

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I too tend to eat the same or similar meals everyday. I do like to change it up now and then so I do not get bored. When I am bored I have a tendency to look for foods that I should not eat.



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Well, I personally do enjoy having leftovers for a couple of days, and do tend to have the same SORT of meal every day, but couldn't imagine just repeating the same meals every day for even a full week! I find that any meal becomes less satisfying / satiating after it has been repeated a couple of times --- which is either because my body is looking for more variety / nutrients, or I'm just plain getting bored.

My breakfast and snacks are pretty consistent, with a few different types of lunches and dinners mixed in.

Breakfast is always a baked custard with yogurt (but I always have 3 or 4 different varieties on the go, alternate between them, and never make them the same twice).

My morning snack is either a couple of slices of homemade bread (pumpernickel or wholewheat) or a homemade muffin, with almond butter and a couple of tangerines.

My main afternoon snack is always a serving of homemade yogurt mixed with peanut butter and sunflower seeds and baked spiced pears - but I'll choose a variety of other options as extras if I am still hungry.

Lunches vary between scrambles (using up leftover meat and veg from preceding dinners), poached egg sandwiches and fruit, or soup / stew.

Dinners are generally pretty simple: veggies and meat, sometimes with a sauce. I do big batches of mixed roasted veggies, sauteed veggies, and steamed veggies (so that I can have a different mix of 3-5 types with each dinner for a few days), along with enough meat for a few dinners (I'll slice and freeze what I don't use that night --- and will pull out previously frozen for variety for the next couple of days). I also do batch sauces (citrus cream sauce, almond hoisin sauce, onion mushroom gravy, maple balsamic, etc.) and freeze in servings, so I can add one on to a second or third day of leftovers and still feel like I'm having a different meal.

I do believe that we need a variety of foods in order to get in not just the main nutrients (vitamins and minerals), but also the varying micro-environments that those nutrients exist in with each different plant or animal. Current evidence seems to show that our own gut biomes are healthier (making us healthier) when presented with a wide variety of different foods, and I prefer to eat for health and not "weight loss" (which, honestly, can be achieved with just less calories and adding in supplements to at least get in the main known nutrients). I find that my current approach gives a pretty good mix of ease with batch cooking, and variety.

Really, I think it is most important to know yourself, what you enjoy, and what you are most likely to stick with!

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I read an article saying that we tend to eat more if we have a variety of foods. So, if your meals supply the nutrition you need, then you're fine.

Too bad this wasn't a thread about sardines. I'd eat those as my midnight snack every day! :D

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I don't think there's a thing wrong with eating the same thing ... for a short time period. Doing that for a jump start period (a few weeks) is totally acceptable in my book, but I'm no expert.

In addition to the con of missing certain nutrients, I think our bodies get used to eating routines, just like in exercise. If you do the same thing with exercise for long periods, the body normally goes toward a plateau. I would GUESS that the same thing applies with food.

Maybe our resident nutrition expert can weigh in?



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I’ve ran across a couple articles that suggest eating the same meals everyday can help with weight loss. The pros are of course easy tracking, the cons I would think are it’s boring and you risk missing certain nutrients.

I’m thinking of having the same breakfast and lunch to help me once again jump start weight loss. Any thoughts?

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