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STARGAZER420 Posts: 114
6/15/12 9:57 P

well after re-evaluating my servings of fruits/veggies, todays meals seem more realistic in terms of quantity of food, and I'm within all my ranges. Except sodium. curse you sodium!

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6/15/12 8:45 P

Add in some brown rice, half an avocado or some mixed nuts and you'll be in your recommended range in no time!

STARGAZER420 Posts: 114
6/15/12 8:32 P

well, one of my problems was that I had been seriously underestimating my serving sizes for fruits and veggies. I was trying to pack away 4 cups of spinach with 4 oz of chicken for a salad and 2 cups of strawberries as a snack! I'm aiming for 5-8 fruit/veggie servings and I was getting 10+ a day! Nothing wrong with that....except I was so FULL!!

IMAREADER SparkPoints: (224,842)
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6/15/12 12:01 P

I usually don't have a problem meeting my minumum (LOL!), but occasionally I do. That's when the nutrition tracker can really help. If I need to take in a few more calories, I check the nutrition to see if I'm lacking anywhere else. If I need more calcium, I'll have some fat free milk. If I need protein, I'll have a boiled egg, etc.

I agee about looking at high calorie items and mentally weighing whether or not to 'waste' calories on something that might not fill me up or 'saving' those calories to spend on a nice big filling meal. (I do that with the occasional packaged snacks, too. I look at a package of crackers that have 10 in one serving and realize that I can have 52 goldfish crackers for the same calories. They may be the same serving size in ounces, but I feel like I'm getting more with the goldfish.)

Edited by: IMAREADER at: 6/15/2012 (12:02)
DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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6/15/12 10:37 A

I already knew what problem you were having when I clicked!

This is common, especially when you're starting out. In general... your body will catch up. LOL. Mine sure did

Now, in the mean time, here are some great ideas for boosting your calories when you can't quite make the minimums.

HAPPYERIN Posts: 335
6/15/12 9:40 A

I often have the same problem! When I come up short, I usually use 1% milk to get me into my range -- I'll figure out how much I need to drink by adding it into the tracker first. Or, if I'm more than a cup's worth down, I'll have some reduced fat peanut butter.

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6/15/12 9:32 A

I have the same's crazy how much more food you can eat when you stick to the "good" stuff and avoid the junk! SP has made me more aware of what I should and shouldn't I see a package of cookies or some kind of junk food and say "why should I waste 500 calories on this when I can eat a whole and satisfying meal for around the same calories?"

STARGAZER420 Posts: 114
6/15/12 8:32 A

Of all the issues I've expected to encounter, this never even occured to me.......I'm finding it very difficult to meet the minimum calorie requirements! All these fruits, veggies and protiens are VERY filling!

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