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3/18/12 10:05 A

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Here's the thing to keep in mind: EVERYTHING is fattening, if cooked wrong and/or overeaten.

Likewise, everything can be eaten within a healthful lifestyle plan if it is planned for and portioned correctly.

Going to the grocery store with the idea that one is only going to buy "nonfattening" foods generally leads to a cart full of overprocessed, artificial foods that are not only unsatisfying but are generally chockful of chemicals that have nothing to do with actual food!

Instead of feeling like you have to change everything about the way you eat, recognize that you should be making gradual changes to more healthful choices: fresh or frozen fruits and veggies without added sugar, elimination of processed foods and the fat and sugar they contain, and portion control of the energy-dense foods such as meats and fats, while filling in with whole grains and fruits and veggies for balance.

There is nothing inherently wrong with a "meat and potatoes" kind of meal: our grandparents lived on it and were generally much slimmer and healthier than we are. What they didn't have was all the processed "snacks" around the edge of those meals that provide another 1,000 calories in an eyeblink. So instead of thinking of "nonfattening" think of "nutritious."

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3/17/12 9:29 P

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I definitely keep the kitchen stocked with spices, particularly ginger, onion and garlic powder. My go-to items are usually large bags of frozen chicken and fish that cost about $10 but last my husband and myself a long time. Frozen and canned veggies are usually inexpensive and always a good idea to keep around. I do keep reduced fat triscuits and hummus in the house because I still love chips and dip, this being the better alternative for me. A couple lean cuisines or healthy choice dinners for when we have late nights where one of us won't be home for cooking.

I'm raiding the SP recipe section, though, and find myself cooking a LOT, and constantly trying new things.

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3/1/12 9:28 P

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Hubby and I like to experiment with new recipes. We will pick out a new recipe for each week. Some weeks two. We check the grocery ads for the specials and sometime that is the deciding factor on the one that we try. We purchase what is on sale and hardly ever purchase anything that is not on the specials. If we like the recipe we keep and if not we put a big black X across it so that we will not make that mistake again. This keeps our menu exciting for us and we are not tempted to eat out etc.

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2/15/12 9:10 A

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SO how did your trip go? I was soo intimidated by my first shopping trip with the new goals in mind. I'm always planning meals ahead of time though, so I had a mega brain-cramp trying to figure out a week of more healthful foods! It's gotten much easier with time and practice, many of the meals we used to have all the time are rare now, such as cheeseburgers with fries. I subbed turkey burgers for mine the last few times we had them, and cut up potatoes for the fries versus buying a bag of frozen ones.
hope your trip was a success!

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2/8/12 8:20 P

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I'm know I'm late chiming in here, but along with many of the great staples listed below, I would offer a couple of pieces of advice.

When changing up your pantry…

1. Don't go buy a ton of food you've never eaten. Try to stick to healthier versions of what you know (1% milk instead of 2%, lowfat yogurt instead of full-fat, etc), and add 2-3 "new foods" each trip. This will keep you from find your pantry overflowing (and your wallet empty) in a few months with a bunch of stuff you don't like, and won't eat.

2. Buy new foods in small portions. Based on tip #1 - if you like the ingredient, you can always go back and buy more, but a 25lb bag of brown rice takes up a LOT of space, especially if you won't eat it.

3. Buy what you like to eat (referring to "real food"), and practice portion control instead of deprivation. Butter is NOT bad for you...pour a half a cup of it on your "steamed" veggies is. A baked potato is NOT bad for you...a bag of frozen French fries in one serving, is. Portion control is key, you have trained your body and your mind to respond to certain "drugs"...you can't just expect to cut them off cold turkey (pardon the pun, lol). In the long term, deprivation will lead to failure every time.

Hope that helps!

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2/6/12 11:52 A

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My pantry staples include: dried lentils, canned garbanzo beans, canned kidney beans, whole grain and/or whole wheat pasta, canned tuna, peanut butter, brown rice, panko bread crumbs, pasta sauce.
In the fridge I always have: eggs, skim milk or almond milk, butter, Olivio Light margarine, greek yogurt, low sodium cottage cheese, Cabot 75% reduced fat cheese, brocolli, kale, carrots, ginger, apples, oranges, grapefruit.

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2/6/12 11:44 A

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I keep condiments, skim milk, Greek yogurt, eggs, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat couscous, brown rice, olive oil, a variety of vinegars on hand. I plan my menues each week and supplement the list with things I need for those meals.

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2/6/12 10:41 A

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My pantry is pretty well supplied: flour, sugar, various kinds of rice, a dozen different kinds of dried beans, a couple of cartons of beef and chicken stock, various pastas, kasha, couscous, a bunch of vinegars, the list goes on. My freezer is primarily frozen corn, peas and spinach, and meat I have separated into pieces. My fridge always has butter, milk, buttermilk, cottage cheese, eggs, two kinds of yogurt, and various pickles, relishes and condiments. I always plan my meals at week in advance then go to the store (actually about 5 stores) twice a week to get everything I need for each recipe. I still have to excavate once in awhile to find out if I still have the molasses or corn syrup I bought the last time I needed them.

For me the key is planning down to the minute. I love to cook, so I carefully read each recipe to be sure I have everything I'll need, and that it is ready to go: thaw something the day before, put beans on to soak the night before, be prepared to prepare some dishes hours in advance for long cooking. I never eat between meals, and I cannot handle being hungry toward dinner and not having everything all lined up. It took time to get into a rhythm of planning and accumulate a reliable pantry, but the work and the patience have paid off with dinners better than any restaurant. As a matter of fact, I HATE eating out because the food is better and cheaper and better for me at home.

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2/6/12 9:40 A

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I like to keep lots of frozen veggies on hand as well as whole wheat pasta and brown rice. I also use EggBeaters regularly. Scrambled eggs with whatever veggies I might have on hand is a go to meal for us on a busy weeknight.

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2/6/12 9:04 A

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Olive Oil is fattening BUT better for you than butter. I like using a little when I cooke my veggies.
Brown Rice is a must.
100% Whole Wheat Bread
Green Tea - I drink decaf
Cashew Nuts - again fattening but good for you
Raisins, I like to mix with the cashew nuts
Greek Yogurt is usually my treat after dinner with cinnamon and a cut up apple

I hope this gets you started.
Good luck and explore with different foods, especially in the vegetable department.

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2/6/12 8:03 A

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Today I am going to the grocery store (finally) what are your staples for shopping?? What are some good ingredients to keep on hand at all time that is not fattening? Thanks in advanced

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