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7/24/19 8:59 A



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JUSTEATREALFOOD,

I will occasionally eat a bowl of cereal (low sugar, high fiber, high protein, no added preservatives or artificial sweeteners, organic if on sale) for dinner.

Some days I'm too tired to cook once I get home from work. I'll just have a small bowl of cereal with some fruit or maybe a sandwich.

And I agree, I love adding chickpeas (black beans, roman beans) to my salads. I love a good bean salad.



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7/24/19 8:31 A

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I agree KRIS the plans have very little in the way of fruit and veggies.

LE_SIGH - For me even 1/3 cup oatmeal eaten without a substantial amount of fat and protein is enough to mess my blood sugar up. The suggestion was for 3/4 of a cup with O.J. and low-fat milk. That would be a disaster!

ZELDA13 - I quite enjoy chick peas, they are great in Chana Masala and soups. I may add spinach to it the next time I make it. I haven’t done that before but that would be yummy!


I was reading the meals to my husband and daughter this morning and we thought the 1/2 small box of raisins at some of the meals was super funny.


Oh and a thought about my higher calorie breakfast. I don’t eat snacks so if you were to add the breakfast and snack calories together that about equals my breakfast.



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7/24/19 3:33 A



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I just turned mine on to see what was suggested. Man, I would HATE to have to go by them ... very little in the way of fruit/vege and really not at all any appetizing suggestions. Given what was suggested, I would totally starve.

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7/23/19 11:05 P

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I stopped using their menu suggestions as I got more comfortable with my own choices. Where did their breakfast idea come from? What you had is much more in line with what my choices are. I always add chia seeds to my yogurt. Love it. My next guess would be pasta with sauce and cheese, a side of spinach with chick peas, sauce and grated cheese and then maybe watermelon and chick peas? Not sure, but again why I don't use their suggestions. I will say that I do like spinach with beans and tomato sauce as a dish. Grated cheese is a bonus. It's like they randomly add what they need to hit the macro goals.


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7/23/19 8:17 P

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I eat 1/2 cup of oatmeal most days. On its own it's not satisfying but when I add chia seeds and fruit I'm able to make that last through a few hours til I have a mid-morning snack. If it's a hungry day I might add egg whites scrambled with veggies and nutritional yeast.

The meal plans have all seemed weird and focused on overly processed things since I joined in 2008. I realize that this feature is probably aimed at people who are learning how to eat well gradually, but the suggestions don't even line up with SP articles recommendations. For example, orange juice has as much sugar as soda. Fine, it's derived from fruit but then it's heavily processed and pasteurized, and stored in a ginormous tank for months and months. Vitamins are added back forcibly at the end. Oranges are clearly superior and it's not like that would be a weird suggestion for SP to make so...?

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7/23/19 7:24 P

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ARCHIMEDESII - We are on the same wave length. Yogurt with ground chia seeds and raspberries with 3 soft boiled eggs and 2 potato pancakes. I thought about adding spinach to the pancakes because it’s hard to add them to soft boiled eggs but decided against it. I had spinach at lunch and dinner instead.

My cholesterol is a-ok so I opt for natural fats over seed oils.

I haven’t eaten cereal in years so it’s odd to me that the plan has it at almost every breakfast. Do people really find it that filling?

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7/23/19 3:55 P



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Actually, it didn't seem that weird a meal selection for breakfast.

From that list of ingredients, I'd have made an omelet with the eggs/onions. The leftover potatoes would have been turned into a side of hash browns with the lard.

Add the chia and raspberries to the yogurt.

Personally, I would have added some sauted spinach to the egg/onions to increase my intake of green leafy veggies and maybe some mushrooms for minerals. I'd also have used EEVO instead of lard. my poor arteries can only
take so much. LOL

It just seems odd when you just look at ingredients. When you turn those ingredients into a meal, not so weird.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 7/23/2019 (15:56)
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7/23/19 2:06 P

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I assume that SP uses more "common" foods for the average person to create these meal plans. Though I don't necessarily want 100 grams of Total Carb in my meal, 20 grams of Fiber is okay for me. Usually it's not quite THAT high, but a bean-rich meal can be if there are veggies and/or fruit included! Beans are awesome!!

I am not one to eat lard nor bacon fat (with the exception of what is in the strip of bacon on rare occasion) and coconut oil is something we use very occasionally in cooking. We don't eat a lot of saturated fat, if we can help it.

I also cannot eat 600 calories at a meal right now, so a 300 calorie meal is more reasonable. That said, I have NEVER used the SP recommendations for meals. It has always been turned off. I just enter my own. I'm not one to eat much pasta, rice, potatoes, bread, red meat, and some others that may be considered more "common," so I find it hard to use the plans.

I do see where the plans can be super helpful for some though! You take what someone is used to eating and have them eat what SP recommends - definite weight loss and that is a major first step towards better health!!



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7/23/19 10:28 A

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True enough!

I had leftover mashed sweet potato and potato from dinner a few nights ago so I added an egg and onions and made potato pancakes

As for the lard I ran out of bacon fat and coconut oil so I had to use what I had in hand

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7/23/19 10:19 A

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Weird is very subjective.
What is weird to me (like lard and two kinds of potatoes) is totally fine for you.
As long as we eat within our range, and avoid processed foods as much as possible, we all do fine! No matter who thinks what.

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I don’t use the meal plan however every now and then I turn them on and am always surprised by what SP suggests I eat.

Here’s what I ate for breakfast -


Here’s what SP suggested I eat -


This meal is just weird -


1 cup chickpeas, 1/2 cup sauce and 0.6 of a cup of pasta. Besides the ewww factor there is over 100g of carbohydrates in this one meal and only 9g of fat! With 20g of fiber = Sore tummy alert!


Do you think the plans are weird? If so what’s the strangest meal that has been suggested to you?




Edited by: JUSTEATREALFOOD at: 7/23/2019 (10:20)
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