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Meal Planning With The Food Tracker

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Recently I have been recording my meals prior to eating them, so that I can plan in advance meals that serve me and my goals.

This has several advantages:
My computer is on the second floor, the food is on the first, so I am working without any tempting visual cues, and I am less likely to include foods that are not the best choices.
The tracker calculates and displays the food values and categories, so I can easily see what effects each food I am contemplating will have and how it fits or doesn't fit my plan
I can easily change portion sizes up or down as appropriate BEFORE I start dishing them up on my plate
It helps me balance my various food goals. Because I am diabetic, for example, I have to particularly watch carbs.
The recording is already done before I eat the meal! This is a bonus for me...I can easily make changes if I didn't eat exactly to plan.
It helps me balance the entire day's food choices much more easily....right now I am working one meal at a time, but I am considering the effects of each meal choice as I go along. Soon I will experiment with planning the whole day in the morning
I find I can plan for "treats" from time to time by adjusting the meal around them, from time to time. This makes me feel less "deprived" and more in control.
I am actually beginning to enjoy meal planning and meal times more....which is a surprise to me, because I originally resisted the idea as too regimented and too orderly for my personality. I am beginning to think that some of my resistance to orderliness, routine, and planning is because it always before made me feel that I was not in control of my own life if I bowed to those things that were imposed by someone else's standards. it is a happy surprise to find that if I take control of the process, it can serve me and my needs. emoticon

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Member Comments

  • SDEMERS7
    That's a good idea. I'm going to try it today. - by SDEMERS7
  • WEEZERMAC
    I too am diabetic and think this is the best program! I tried Weight Watchers several times and it is si expensive and this is so much more user friendly.By tracking first ia allows you to see the big picture and as you said you can go back and tweak your choices which is wonderful because seriously, life happens. - by WEEZERMAC
  • Good suggestion! - by MMEEK2019
  • I have decided this the way to go. emoticon emoticon - by ASHENPOND2
  • TOMATOCAFEGAL
    Awesome - by TOMATOCAFEGAL
  • Great ideas! Thanks! - by KHALIA2
  • I just discovered this trick yesterday. It's a wonderful tool. Thanks for sharing. emoticon - by OSCARWRITER

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