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Turn Your Meal Tracker Into A Meal Planner



Instead of tracking the food I eat AFTER I eat it, I plan out my meals a week in advance.

I take an hour, take stock of what I have in my pantry, and search through SparkRecipes and other recipe sites that offer nutrition facts, finding recipes that look good.

Then, I plan out where those meals will fit into each day, arranging and rearranging until I get the right combo of nutrients for each day.

Finally, I shop based on a list, cook ahead of time, and look forward to eating again!

More Information:

Leftovers are your friend. There's a "goldilocks" zone for leftovers where they still taste good, but they're not exciting anymore. That's when you really learn to recognize satiation; you're not just eating because it's new and interesting.

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  • I have been using the tracker as a planner but I hadn't thought yet to modify it with different recipes! I am going to try this for next week, this week was more about just getting started.
  • This is definately my goal. I've only been really into tracking my food for almost 3 weeks. Today was the first that I had planned ahead but I still had to change a few things as the day went along. Meal planning is still a work in progress. - by DISKATDREAMER
  • Awesome! Great idea. - by RRCLUBB
  • I don't do this on a weekly basis, however I do plan out dinners based on sale flyers & then each morning when I'm cooking breakfast I plan out my entire day. Very helpful & it allows me to balance the variety of foods that I eat. Great idea! - by KOMBUCHAMOM

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