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SUUSSUUSSUUS Posts: 14
1/23/07 5:22 P

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I am learning to not be lazy about snacks. So instead of grabbing a piece of bread or a cracker or a slice of salami, I throw together a mix of crudités and a little bowl of Greek yogurt with some kind of flavoring (I'm liking chopped hot peppers and garam masala at the moment). Or some grapefruit segments with a bit of honey. Or some apple slices with a little piece of cheese. Totally satisfying.
I also love radishes with a bit of fleur de sel for dipping. Love. LOVE. And it's no more than 10 calories for a substantial portion, if that.

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SARAHLAND Posts: 37
1/23/07 12:18 P

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Since my biggest cravings are for sweets I made homemade pudding pops the other night. I used fat free/sugar free instant pudding with skim milk and poured them into popsicle molds, making 8. And since the box makes 4 servings I am actually eating half a serving - I don't think I've ever done that.

I figure I can slowly ween myself off too much sugar and sweeteners.

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1/23/07 9:25 A

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It's all estimated (and sometimes I change it a bit), but it's just a basic vinaigrette. It's so easy to make yourself, and better than anything you can get in a bottle (unless you really like thick cream based dressings, which I don't).

Usually it's two parts olive oil to one part vinegar (I usually use just a tiny bit of balsamic vinegar, and use a red or white wine vinegar for the rest), salt, pepper, one minced clove of garlic, and some Dijon mustard. I mix all that together in the bottom of my big salad bowl, toss with the greens and whatever else, then just before serving, squeeze half a lemon or so all over and toss again.




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1/23/07 2:41 A

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This isn't really a snack, but I like to put some fresh broccoli in a bowl (i dunno, like 2 cups worth? I fill the bowl to the top), and then put a teeny bit of water in and microwave it, covered, for 3 minutes. Then I drain the water and just sprinkle some garlic salt on it and eat it. It has so few calories, and you get to eat a ton of it. It's not mushy, but it's not totally raw. I guess it's kind of al dente.

But for snacking, I usually turn to an apple (cut with a corer/slicer thing - easy!) and one Tablespoon of peanut butter.

Knuckles: what's your awesome salad dressing recipe?

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1/22/07 7:23 P

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i'm usually always a bit hungry when i come home from work, but the boy is never ready to eat. i've taken to eating a salad, and while it's not a typical snack, it really seems to help.

as far as a more typical snack type thing goes, i really like the nature valley healthy heart oatmeal raisin granola bars. they taste like oatmeal raisin cookies. when i get the craving for chips and dip, i usually eat low-fat wheat thins with cottage cheese on them. it sounds gross, but it works.

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1/22/07 5:29 P

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Let's talk snacks! I've found that eating snacks helps me not go overboard when it's time to eat a meal. What are some good (hopefully filling) low-calorie snacks?

Today I had some corn thins (like rice cakes, but made from corn) for my morning snack, and yogurt for my afternoon snack. Not terribly satisfying, but OK I guess.




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1/17/07 12:08 P

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Mussels are fairly high in iron, as are canned sardines (I love those, but I know a lot of people don't).

Otherwise, whole grains, broccoli, dark leafy greans, and legumes are all good sources. Have you considered taking an iron supplement?




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1/17/07 11:59 A

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I'm having a really hard time getting enough iron in my diet. As of January 1, I went back to cutting red meat and poultry out of my diet; I'm still eating fish, dairy and eggs.

What yummy veggie recipes can you suggest that have a high source of iron?

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1/17/07 9:25 A

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Last night I made tilapia served over sauteed cherry tomatoes, a spinach salad with bosc pears and gouda, with a little bit of bread. Tonight I think I'm going to use up the leftover tomatoes and tilapia to make a seafood soup with some shrimp I have in the freezer.




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SUUSSUUSSUUS Posts: 14
1/14/07 8:10 A

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I'm making a moroccan vegetable stew with red onion, garlic, sweet potato, broccoli, zucchini and cannelini beans, and with moroccan spices (ras-el-hanout). Only about 190 calories per serving, so I can still add Chairs' whole wheat dumplings with parsley and stay within my limit easily.
This stuff is so good that I could eat it every day. And I actually do eat some kind of variation on the vegetable theme about three times a week, four is there are leftovers.
I mix it up by using different vegetables and different herb/spice mixes. One day it's Italian, the next it's Thai. Most versatile dish ever.

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1/13/07 12:03 A

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Well, I totally f'ed myself today. Did my cardio and strength training, and was well on my way to easily hitting my calorie target...then we went out for dinner to use up an Xmas gift certificate for a fancy Vietnamese restaurant. I'm not going to even bother to try to count the calories in it. At least tomorrow is another day...




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PEGGYHOLE Posts: 2
1/12/07 2:22 P

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Mmmm hero burgers...

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1/12/07 11:32 A

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Thanks righteous, I think I've got it figured out now!




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1/12/07 10:57 A

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KTD - when you go to "Add a Food" into your Nutrition tracker, there is a tab on the pop-up window that says "Food Groupings."

You may have to add your meal one more time for it to save it in this setting, but once you input it in that tab, it will be there permanently.

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1/12/07 10:38 A

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Last night I had a big salad (I really love salad, but it's because I make great salad dressing) and I made lemon ricotta dill pancakes that I topped with black pepper garlic lemon shrimp. Hot dawg, it was good.

Does anybody know...When you put in a recipe and it figures all the calories for you and everything, I know it has to be "approved" before it will show up in a public food search, but is there a way for you to access it yourself, or do you just have to do the tedious work of filling in all the nutritional values of a "food not listed"?




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1/11/07 5:17 P

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I lost about 30 pounds 3 years ago & I couldn't stop telling people how awesome I felt & I joined a Running Group & I was running 30 minutes non-stop & I was all into how amazing my body felt (which was totally new to me since for as long as I can remember I've hated my body & resented being given a *fat* body while my sister had the *skinny* body)

Anyhoo - I gained it all, plus 20 pounds back & yeah, I know what you mean Vikarious, now it feels so *hard* because I have 20 pounds to go before I even get to the weight I was before I lost the 30!

But I think it's during this weight/get healthy stuff that the cheesiest of old adages actually apply

"the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"

"Rome wasn't built in a day"

etc...

and one I made up myself "you can't complete a sweater without casting on first."

I'm *SO* glad there's this little group of us, I think the whole concept of being part of a group with the same goals as you is awesome & really motivational.

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SARAHLAND Posts: 37
1/11/07 4:56 P

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When I was a freshman in college I did the anti-freshman 15 and lost 50lbs between the day I graduated high school and that Thanksgiving. Of course, I have gained that all back plus butI know in the back of my head that it's possible. Harder now that I'm older but possible.


Goal 1- 10% - 232 lbs
Goal 2 -10% - 209 lbs
Goal 3 - 10% - 188 lbs


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1/11/07 4:28 P

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About 5 years ago I dropped 35lbs. over the summer. It was - dare I say - easy! It seriously melted off SO FAST, and all I did was exercise and change my diet.
I thought "Why does everyone complain that losing weight is so hard? This was easy!"

HA!

I KNOW I can do it, so that makes me not want to completely give up, but on the other hand, the first time around was so easy that this is making it really hard.

When I went to WW meetings, there was a guy there who had lost like 150lbs! Totally amazing.

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1/11/07 4:16 P

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That looks tasty righteous!

Reading through some of the message boards, I am both really inspired and really...shocked? A lot of people have come so far! Sometimes I feel like it would be impossible to lose 50 lbs, but clearly, it's not. It's also really interesting to see the diversity of food that people choose. Everything from Hot Pockets (!) to cereal for dinner.




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1/11/07 1:43 P

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Ooh...look at this recipe, it looks too good to be true, for those of us with a sweet tooth!

It's for Baked Fake Apple Pie!

https://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/reci
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1/11/07 1:22 P

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I usually have some Kashi GoLean cereal & a cup of soy milk in the morning. Sometimes I have some no fat vanilla yogurt with blueberries & a little maple syrup.

For lunch I've been trying to bring stuff from home, but today I had a Vegetarian Hero Burger (I didn't order fries!) If I eat a high calorie lunch (which is bound to happen sometimes since my work is surrounded by some crazy places) then I try to balance everything out at night with only have soup & a piece of pita bread for dinner.

oh! The other night the boy made some popcorn (in a pot! I was amazed!) & since he is the ultimate food combiner he put *soy sauce* (Waaahhh?) and pieces of sushi nori on it & it was *freaking* delicious. Better than butter!

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1/11/07 1:14 P

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I've been eating plain low-fat yogurt with sliced up kiwi, strawberries and bananas for breakfast this week, usually with a slice of whole wheat toast and sugar free jam.

I find that if I eat a big breakfast (with some fibre), I stay on track for the rest of the day, because I'm not starving by noon.

I made a big batch of chickpea salad w. citrus dressing last night that I've taken for lunch today and I'll have leftovers for tomorrow, too.

I've also stocked oranges, apples and cans of soup at my office, so that I don't run out to the store and buy junk...so far, so good.

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1/11/07 12:11 P

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I really like the Kashi Heart to Heart cereal (dry) but I seem to have problems only eating 1 serving.

I drink a FRS plus low-cal orange drink with breakfast. Regardless of what I'm having to eat.

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1/11/07 11:43 A

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I wake up insanely early, so I usually have two breakfasts. At 5am I have a smoothie, and then by 9am I have some high fiber cereal w/ soy milk and 1/2 a banana (when I remember to buy them).

Lunch is more problematic this week because I did zero planning over the weekend and have stuff to do every night this week. I grabbed a can of soup on my way out the door this morning. It's right were I want it to be calorie-wise, but not such health/fresh-wise.

Cocktails and sushi for dinner. But I'm going to take a very long walk from the train to dinner to try to work of the cocktail.


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1/11/07 11:25 A

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It does work with no oil - though I've never had much luck with it either way.

For breakfasts this week I've been having and english muffin (white until I can get cheap wheat ones) with a Tbs. whipped cinnamon cream cheese. Usually I eat PB but this is lower in fat. And usuall a piece of fruit with that.

I used to really like breakfast burritos - nuke up some eggs, throw in a tortilla with salsa, roll it up.

Otherwise I go with cereal.



I haven't really been eating many snacks besides fruit/veggies and the occasional hard boiled egg or string cheese. I think right now I'm better just NOT eating snack stuff than I am trying to find healthier versions of them.


I'm going to Chili's for lunch today and I'll have to use all the strength I have not to order a hamburger!

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1/11/07 10:47 A

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What are you eating lately? Favorite recipes? Low-cal snacks? Post it here.

This weekend I made 5 days' worth of egg white omelettes with veggies for breakfasts, let them cool, and I can take one with me each morning to work. I really like fixing my breakfasts in bulk, in advance, so that I don't have to think about it every day. Any ideas for what I can eat next week? I'm pretty sick of omelettes!

Did you know you can make your own microwave popcorn? In a brown paper lunch bag, put 1/4 cup popcorn, 2t olive oil, and popcorn salt or whatever seasoning you like. Narrowly fold over the top a couple of times and secure with one or two staples (the metal is such a small amount it's OK for the microwave). Nuke on high for 2-3 minutes, until there are 2-3 seconds between pops. Most of the oil ends up getting absorbed by the bag. Then you can season with more salt, nutritional yeast, whatever you like.

Tonight I'm going to see if it works with no oil.




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