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5/24/19 7:03 P

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I am an emotional eater. I give myself a couple choices for each meal. That way I don't feel like i'm stuck in a meal plan. Crazy, I know!

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5/24/19 6:31 P

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I'll expand on our free form planning. We do a lot of Lean Cuisine/Smart Ones/Compleats and similar fairly healthy prepackaged meals/entrees as well as reduced sodium soups. That's typically not enough, even with rice cakes or bread... so, we keep add ons/ins on hand like precooked barley, rice, noodles, etc for starches; big bowl of salad for greens, pre-cooked bacon and small bags of meat, poultry, fish that are frozen from the pressure cooker or even canned. Add in some home canned or store bought (frozen or canned with "no salt added") veggies and you get a complete balanced meal for eight hundred or fewer calories. Kind of mix and match. Tonight I had Compleats Spaghetti with extra pasta, salad w/vinegar and oil plus rice cakes. (... and spices, very important to me). All I had to do was boil the pasta, nuke the Compleats meal, dish out the salad and add my spices and salad dressing. 606 calories. (+45 more for sugar-free popsicles, 651 total.)

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5/24/19 11:26 A

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F8CONE8, I told feel the same way with me and my hubby. We love trying new recipes and I am always buying deals thinking I will use them. I also forget to pull stuff out of the freezer for tonight meals.

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5/24/19 10:51 A

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DH and I both seriously need to lose weight. I make way too many quickie (fattening) meals and it would be a perfect plan for me to start making and freezing meals for the week or month. I don't plan and I buy too many good deals which then means eating stuff that isn't healthy.

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5/23/19 5:02 P

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I don't plan my meals ahead. I just eat what is available. I guess I should plan and then I might remember to take something out of the freezer soon enough to get it thawed so I can fix it. Lately what I've been having is toast either as cinnamon toast or peanut butter sandwich or grilled cheese sandwich.



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CD23833959 Posts: 2,364
5/23/19 4:55 P

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I like that idea of the calendar. It also gives some new ideas for us to try

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5/23/19 4:39 P

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We eat mostly what each of us wrangles up for themselves and my parttime kitchen Goddess does a meal for both of us several times a week, but no matter what the manner of preparation, we eat mostly the same ingredients in various combinations. That's where I come in. I keep the shelves stocked and like already mentioned, that restocking is done based on the best deals I can find, price-wise. I have to walk that fine line between keeping stocked up and getting too far ahead to the point where expiration dates start to go past. Since that and a few household chores are my only duties anymore, I'm pretty efficient at it. So I guess the short answer is yes, we plan... kinda'.

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5/23/19 4:21 P

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It is a good idea but our meals have more to do with what is on sale for the week.




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5/23/19 4:14 P

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yes I think it is a good idea. I buy the stuff for all my meals for 2 weeks, but don't plan what order I'm going to serve them.

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5/23/19 4:02 P

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Spark People recommends that you take time each week to plan your meals ahead for the week before you go grocery shopping. What do you think of this idea? Do you do it?



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