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June 13th, 2013, 07:10 AM
HeatherLopez's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I have always struggled with this. I definitely know how to BINGE eat like an 800 lb man, but I struggle with finding the right balance between eating ENOUGH and eating TOO MUCH.

I use MFP to plan my meals out. For my size, it says I am supposed to get 1230 calories per day. Add in the cardio I did today +400 calories= 1630 calories. The idea of that just seems daunting to me. Don't get me wrong. I can easily scarf down 1630 calories of the wrong types of food. But what are some healthy foods I can add to my diet?

This is today's meal plan, that has me eating every 3 hours...and I am still 500 calories short.

Breakfast: Whole grain oatmeal, half serving of pecans, cinnamon

snack 1 : whole baked sweet potato

Lunch: Lean turkey burger

snack 2 : serving of greek yogurt and a cup of watermelon

dinner 3 : two scrambled eggs, with mushroom, pepper, and onion

snack 3: popcorn with garlic.

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June 13th, 2013, 07:31 AM
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I can totally relate! I was having the same problem for a while and now I'm eating plenty. I'm eating more in my meals now than I was before but for a while I was drinking protein drinks and eating protein bars to get in the extra calories. Your meals look really light. For your lunch could you add something like a cup or rice or maybe eat the sweet potato with your lunch and then eat something else for a snack. It does take a little extra planning but you can do it. Just try to work in a 100 calories here and there.
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June 13th, 2013, 07:36 AM
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yeah before I did MFP I wasn't eating enough either.....but a handful of nuts will help fill the void, some cheese, maybe some apples with peanut butter?? and honestly unless you have a HRM to really track your calories burned I would not worry about eating back all 400 of those calories as MFP likes to overestimate what you burn sometimes....I would say eat back about 200-250....

also for your dinner you could add in some ham or something to the eggs.....
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June 13th, 2013, 07:43 AM
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awesome tips! Thanks ladies! I forgot I could add in a proetin shake, and apple slices with peanut butter sounds delicious.
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June 13th, 2013, 08:31 AM
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Nuts and peanut butter for sure. You can also cook your eggs in extra virgin olive oil (don't forget to log it ) to help you get some good fats and calories as well.
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June 13th, 2013, 09:37 AM
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I have the same problem some days. On those days I just try to squeeze in an extra cheese stick, some ham, or some almonds here and there. Sometimes I even let myself have a treat (something sweet and not so healthy) when I have those extra calories. Some days I also use those extra calories to allow myself a sweet tea or some other drink with calories.
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June 13th, 2013, 02:32 PM
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Ditto to the others. I like to keep things like almonds or other nuts, cheese, hummus, etc around to fill the gaps. Also, I've been buying single serve ice cream cups (so I don't go overboard), and will have one of those sometimes if I have the calories to spare.

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June 13th, 2013, 04:46 PM
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Oh...and if you look up in the recipe subforum, there's a recipe for no bake energy bites...I just made those the other day, and they're yum and a good little filler.

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June 14th, 2013, 04:49 AM
2pinks&ablue's Avatar Chantelle
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I have the same issue! I use a lot of the same ssuggestions as already mentioned, and I still have a hard time! It's definitely a planning issue for me!
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