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10/18/07 5:23 A

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It's fun exploring the articles, isn't it! I go back and reread them and learn a little something new each time.

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10/16/07 8:46 A

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The article on making your own frozen dinners was very good. I am going to go buy some containers that are compartmentalized and try a few things. I will keep you posted on how it goes.

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10/15/07 8:20 P

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Good job guys! I've found that if it's not in my house I won't go out of my way to get it. I like filling my cart with healthy food and feeling really good about it.

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10/15/07 11:21 A

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KARASANTONA,

I don't know about batch cooking. I am an emotional eater and tend to if something upsets me, grab leftovers and start chowing down!! emoticon And, I don't emoticon until it is gone, or I am physically sick.

I used to do quite a bit of batch cooking making up homemade spaghetti sauce, freezing 2 or 3 lazangas, homemade meatballs, etc. it became an excuse not to cook fresh food and good meals. I will check out the article though! Thanks for the advice.

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10/15/07 11:16 A

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Keep up the great attitude!! I am also an emotional eater!! I keep only a small box of brown sugar, I like it on rice as a snack sometimes. I don't care for raw dough, so I am good on that. My downfall is Bread and Pasta!! I own a bread machine and love to keep stuff on hand for it and like to make fresh pasta!! We will have to tough this one out together!!

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Great Job Ravyn!! I am getting ready to head to my kitchen right now:) I have banana muffins and zuchini muffins to make for the kids. While those are cooking and the kids are schooling, I am going to clean out the pantries and fridge. We have done really well the last couple of years in keeping "bad" stuff out of the kitchen, but sometimes they sneak in. I have to be so careful with brown sugar and white sugar because I can make anything out of those. LOL Sometimes when I am having a bad day with a kids I tend to make dough and eat it. SIGH....so I need to PLAN on making stuff and only buy why I need. I am working out of this emotional eating but sometimes it is hard. But this is day 11...I am learning to deal with my emotions in healthy ways...anyway...GREAT JOB! Keep on moving!!

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10/15/07 5:31 A

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Ravyn,

Awesome hard work and problem solving! I know the initial re-working of the fridge, pantry, and freezer can get pretty expensive. Think, though, what eating all those unhealthy foods really costs in everything to bigger clothes, more health care costs, more gas for the car to haul around heavier people, and on and on. It's SO worth it!

My husband doesn't work, so he does most of our cooking, but I do the big shopping trips, work with him on meal planning and organizing, etc. He had a hard time with initial expenses since he comes from a culture where you go to the store daily, sometimes several times a day, and buy everything fresh. But he's noticed that overall, having a stocked freezer and pantry saves quite a bit of both money and time. Now he likes the convenience of often times having everything on hand to make a recipe!

Check out HEALTHY LIFESTYLE then NUTRITION. There are articles there about making your own frozen dinners, big batch cooking, Tools for a Healthy Kitchen, etc. Look under the Quick and Easy heading --- lots of good stuff there. There's one up higher in the Nutrition article list called Eating Healthy on a Budget.

Kara

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I did replace a lot of staples in my cabinets too. I had to get flour, sugar, oil, etc. but I bought cannola oil instead of vegetable. Whole wheat flour instead of bleached white flour. We have always seemed to have some whole wheat pasta in the cabinet, but I bought extra as we love carbs!! Anyway, thanks for the advice!

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10/12/07 7:28 P

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Ravyn - that's okay, you are re-stocking your kitchen. Think about it that way, and once you have some of those things, you won't have to buy them again for a while.

I also find when my cupboards are bare, I'm more likely to over-buy, so make a meal plan and keep it in check

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Problem solved. My father-in-law works with a family that is having hard times!! We send about 4 grocery sacks full of stuff to them. We told them that we were trying to watch our cholestol and sodium intake and that these things didn't fit into our diets anymore, which is true!! My husband has high blood pressure due partly to his very high salt intake!!

Now the problem is that I spent a small fortune on groceries!! I am not sure how to explain that one to my husband!! emoticon

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I agree that you could give to the local food bank charity.
You could also see if a friend or neighbor has pigs/hogs or chickens to give the opened items to. That way it's not totaly wasted.

I just want to say - GOOD FOR YOU! IT"S HARD, BUT YOU DID IT!!!!

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10/12/07 11:37 A

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I gave most of the unopened non-perishable stuff to the local food bank. The rest, already opened, I threw out.

I know this might seem like a waste, but it's really just the first step to a healthier you!

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10/11/07 6:05 P

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I would check the calories for a serving and see if you can only eat one serving. This way you will know if it is worth it. Or you could fix it for your family and you have a small portion along with a chicken breast and salad or something like that. I read Suzanne Somers once said that when you go grocery shopping just walk the edge of the store. There you will find produce, milk and dairy, meat etc. Only go to the interior for whole grains such as bread and pasta. So I try to do that when I am shopping. I don't go down every isle. Hope this helps some.

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10/11/07 5:06 P

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With stuff like the pasta, maybe you can cook a mixed pot? You know, cook 70% whole wheat and 30% refined flour. That way you're not just throwing out perfectly good groceries, but you're also not getting the full high-calorie experience at any given meal. I'm really not sure what to suggest about the Homestyle Bakes and such.

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I got on a cleaning spree today and decided to clean out the kitchen cabinets. As I was throwing out old stale stuff, I was also trying to eliminate all the junk in the cabinet. I realized that 90% of the food in my cabinet was junk. Hamburger helpers, Homestyle Bake meals, TONS of pasta that was refined flour. Question is, do I throw out a hundred $ worth of groceries or is there some way that I can make them HEALTHIER for my family and me? So of the stuff isn't soo bad, but I have high cholestrol also, and have to watch how much of it I eat also! emoticon

Any suggestions? I am doing a Cambell's supper bake tonight and stirred in leftover veggies. I also left a portion of meat without the sauce over it for me! I used pork instead of chicken because my husband has complained that I cook too much chicken. emoticon

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