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1/20/13 11:50 P

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Eating mini meals and drinking water keeps me full.

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CD13435655 Posts: 528
1/19/13 7:18 A

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CAROL3SAN- I made those mini pizzas friday afternoon. Delicious! Even my boyfriend ate some and he normally stays clear of my diet meals.

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Stuffed tomatoes are awesome, healthy meals! Good job.

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Stuffed tomatoes are awesome, healthy meals! Good job.


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Check out my just posted vegetarian stuffed tomatoes recipe.
Just created it and it is fantastic.
Filling too.

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Hi,

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I make low calorie pizza often. I use hormel turkey pepperoni. It's so good my 20 yr old DD can't tell it's turkey. I use light string cheese which is only 50 calories. I mix in a bunch of spinach with the sauce to get more veggies and load it with tomatoes, onions, peppers, mushrooms. I have put it on whole wheat naan before but the flatouts are a lower calorie version. My mouth is watering. Time for my workout then lunch!

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Pizza sounds wonderful.
Will make it tonite using a Flat Out Wrap.
Only 90 calories!

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I've been eating this pizz almost every day. It is yummy and it is guilt free. I'm so glad you ladies seem to like the recipe.
Another thing I do is to make my own soups. I make put a combination of any veggies I like together in the pot and cook them in chicken broth. Sometimes I add tomatoes to the pot also. I eat a big bowl of the soup with my meal ...it is both delicious and filling, and I'm inclined not to over eat on the other foods.


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1/17/13 4:03 A

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CAROL3SAN- I have been craving pizza all week! I have not had pizza in over a month which sadly was highly unusual for me pre-Spark. I will definitely try your Sara Lee suggestion though. It sounds like a quick and easy meal. Thanks for sharing.

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Sounds yummy Carol...I just watched Hungry Girl on Food Network and she made a pizzafied chicken breast that I want to try too :)



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I read an article recently that if we eat some of the foods for pizza ingredients, we can lose a ton of weight. Unbelievable...or is it? So what's in a pizza? Tomatoes, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, pizza sauce or pasta sauce (the low calorie ones), low sodium/ low fat mozzarella cheese (1/4 cup serving is only 80 calories), and turkey peperonni, ot turkey sausage (1 serving size is way under 100 calories) and any othe toping you may want to add.

I've been making my own pizza using Sara Lee's multigrain bread for 45 calories a slice (toasted) I use 2 slices for a total of 90 calories and it is very filling. The pizza I end up making is never more than 300 calories for the 2 slices combined.

Edited by: CAROL3SAN at: 1/16/2013 (09:18)

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SMARTIN77- I am glad you have been seeing results. Thats great! And I have also heard about "tricking" your metabolism by eating more than normal periodically. I have always been too scared to try it though, I am afraid I will not be able to stop myself from eating that much each day. Maybe after I have been on Spark for a month and have more self control I will try it.

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SMARTIN77- I am glad you have been seeing results. Thats great! And I have also heard about "tricking" your metabolism by eating more than normal periodically. I have always been too scared to try it though, I am afraid I will not be able to stop myself from eating that much each day. Maybe after I have been on Spark for a month and have more self control I will try it.

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1/15/13 11:08 A

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I've been doing two things that seem counter-productive to weight loss. One, I found an article by Jillian Michaels about busting through weight loss plateaus. She recommends eating MORE calories for a 3 days - 1800 to 2400 calories and then going back to lower calorie range. I did this, and saw results.

www.everydayhealth.com/fitness-speci
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I've also been adding juicing to my daily routine. I'm not doing a full-out juice fast, but I will use it as a meal replacement or a small shot as a snack. Again, I'm seeing a change in the scale.

The past 3 days I've also not been tracking (it's harder to track actual juice calories). I've been faithfully tracking for over two months, but I gave myself a break because I think my tracking was also becoming a quest for perfectionism. I found I was still making good choices and watching my portions (I'm trained now to know what a real portion size looks like!) Again, I'm seeing results.

I won't "officially" weigh-in yet, but I think giving myself a break helped me overcome a hurdle and also reboot to a healthier mindset. I'm ready to start tracking today and also get in some good cardio and toning.

P.S. I may make no tracking a weekend habit. Not an excuse to overindulge, but mentally get a break and also spend more time with loved ones.

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JENAE954: I actually have slowly been cutting myself down to nothing but fruits and vegetables without even realizing it. I think it is a good way to cleanse and restart your taste buds though. I haven't eaten any meat in 3 weeks, but I don't eat meat too often anyway. But I also have been trying to cut out processed foods. My only downfall has been using frozen vegetables a lot due to convenience and I also have been having oatmeal every morning for breakfast, but it is plain oatmeal with blueberries and honey added. Good luck on continuing your challenge, I think it is a great idea that I might try for a week at least. :)

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I gave myself a challenge a few weeks ago.
Decided to eat only fresh fruits and vegetables for a week.
That meant no canned or frozen produce.
No meat, chicken or fish.
It has been two weeks and I'm still enjoying my self imposed challenge.

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Jenae, just like you, I too am in love with everything produce...at least most of everything.

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define eating normal? eating normal as back to our old ways of high fat and calories? or eating normal as we should eat which is sensible!

I guess that is what I am discovering right now my def of eating normal, vegies is a challenge for me , it does help I cook recipes and add all k inds of vegies to it I roast them or slightly cook them and I found out how to get my daily intake of vegies in.

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1/14/13 10:38 A

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Pick and choose diet tips that work for you. If you hate cabbage, the cabbage diet is not for you! In other words, choose tips and tricks you can stay with for the long haul, not a diet that you go on and expect to go off of. As my friend Hoosiergirlindy says, "If you have to ask when can I eat normally again..." you are on the wrong track.

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Am madly in love with everything produce.

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1/11/13 2:44 P

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I love these too! You're right, they are all delicious!

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I absolutely love the Green Giant Health Blends. They are delicious and they all take under 5 minutes to microwave. My favorite is the Healthy Weight blend. It has carrots, sugar snap peas, edamame, and black beans. So good and there are two servings to each box, but the whole box of the Healthy Weight blend is only 180 calories. I think this is the highest calorie of the 6 different kinds available. And my boyfriend loves them too, which is always a plus.


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I was given a ton of organic dark salad greens.
I chopped them in the food processor and used them just as I would frozen chopped spinach.
Made another fritatta with them and used egg whites instead of the whole egg.
Added a bit of feta cheese for flavor and topped it with fresh tomato slices.
Very low in calories, nutritious and yummy.
That is a triple winner.

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1/10/13 11:42 P

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Buy PRE MEASURED glasswear, like 8oz tumblers or 10 oz, 16oz... so you already know how much you are drinking and don't have to measure.

For glasses you already have, fill them with water and see what they hold. Visualize your portion size and you have portion control ware.



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I enjoy creating tasty and low calorie foods.
I make it fun and then enjoy the 'fruits' of my labor but not too much.

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1/9/13 10:59 P

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Yes, tracking my food really helps as well as prep for being on the road. Not much out there to eat for me with all the sodium ladened food, so bringing healthy food really helps. Thanks

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1/9/13 2:48 P

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When going out for the day I pack a thermal bag with fresh fruits and vegetables.
Also, have been into making fritattas lately and will take it along for lunch. They are really good cold as well as hot.

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1/9/13 12:19 P

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Track your food- it really helps

If I'm going out, I may track ahead of time and plan for a more fattening meal. Then I plan the rest of my day around my goodies.

Don't kill yourself to stay in calories every special day, adjust out by exercising more or eating just a few bites less at each meal during that week you went over.

Edited by: ~INDYGIRL at: 1/9/2013 (12:22)
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1/7/13 7:41 P

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I have to plan my snacks - otherwise the vending machines get me every time!

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wouldn't it be great for us to post all the produce eaten daily?
I'll start:

Blueberries
dried apples
spinach
kale
parsley
broccoli
dried cranberries
tangerine
tomato

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Thanks BIGREDANGEL, for the link. I read and agree there are some good tips in it. I am going to start trying to eat fruit and nuts for a snack instead of junk food. Thanks again.

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What has worked for me really well is to bring my lunch and snacks every day to work. I make my lunch the night before because I am not a morning person. This way I won't be tempted to not bring my lunch. We use to order lunch in every day of the week.

I also only allow myself to eat at a restaurant once a week. I try to plan all of my meals for the week so that I have all of the ingredients in the house to cook my weekly menu.

I usually cook something big-pot on Sundays so I can freeze some of it. This way if I am too busy to cook I won't be tempted to order pizza. I can just pull my meal out of the freezer.

I also always stock my kitchen with tons of fresh veggies and fruit.

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emoticon emoticon article-It reminded me of a lot of things that I will be doing from now on out. Spark On! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Here's an article about how to get started eating healthy for those just starting or starting over :)

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
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emoticon Thanks to everyone for the support. Update on grocery shopping-I bought fresh fruits, veggies and lean meat. I came home and divided the large portion stuff. Again, thanks for the support-I really do need it. Spark On! emoticon emoticon

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beth(indygirl has just posted a very helpful and informative blog on bing eating and if you look halfway down my spark page there is a section there i put to help me when i binge/emotionally eat.it is a little pep talk i give to myself and usually does the trick.hope this helps.

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I need to get a new scale. Binges are a problem for me , as are sweets. I don't keep many of them in the house, so they're not easily available. That helps, but the cravings get worse instead of going away. Does anyone have any ideas to help me? I am so glad to find this team. Indygirl, you are a real inspriation to me! Looking at this team every day will be a good reminder of what a person can do when they put their mind to it, and keep me from feeling so alone. I know a lot of overweight people, but not all of them try to change their habits. I have about 50 pounds to lose and want to keep it off and stop depending on food as an emotional crutch and boredom buster! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Yep I got a scale too...cheap one from Lakeside Collection, I think is where I got it lol



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Thanks-I am going to Amazon tonight and order one. If you think of anything else, please let me know-I need all the help that I can get! emoticon

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Digital scale in kitchen is such a big help for me.
Portion distortion seems to run rampant in people who want to lose weight.
Would be lost without it.

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Yes, this makes a lot of sense. I have snack bags so I could use them-maybe I can prefill them. I will go to Amazon and look for the plate. I also thought about buying a food scale. Not sure about that? Does anyone have any feelings about the food scale? emoticon

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When I joined SP there were a few things that really worked for me when it came to portion control.
I have lots of different size measuring cups and measuring spoons within easy reach along with two digital scales. One of the scales are for food and the other one is for __.


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I buy the bigger units bc they're cheaper and buy baggies and portion it out!! If you're having a portion control issue...use smaller plates or buy some of those plastic plates that are divided, does that make sense? (IDK how else to describe them lol)



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emoticon I am new and I just read this thread. WOW! You all have so much insight-thank you for sharing. Tomorrow I am going to the grocery store. Does anyone have any tips for me? I find that my biggest problem is portion control. I am eating more than I think I am. I ask my hubby and he confirms this (in a loving and kind way). Even though I know that one serving items (like 100 cal pack of nuts) are higher in price than the bigger units is it better to buy the single serving items? Any ideas? emoticon Thanks for your help! emoticon

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I am working on ONE month at a time ............. actually, one week doing all I can and know to do ............... in the month of January. Tracking and exercise ....... and 'snubbing' goodies' that STILL seem to be coming into the workplace!
Enough!!

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Never cut things out completely...if you crave something eat it just remember portion control and to stay within your calories :)



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NEVER ever give up for good. Pause, take a break, but get back to it. It's a journey, not a diet.

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