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    Quote Originally Posted by Benji View Post
    It was a saviour for me - it would have been takeaway expensive lunches for me if I didn't get up that little bit earlier to pack a lunchbox. Everyone at work used to tease me but it really helps motivate you. I used to find it easier to stick to the lunchbox simply because it was 'there' whereas I'm seriously the kind of person who could easily walk down to the shops for sushi and a chocolate bar every day!

    It is hard on your own, but just being that little bit organised beforehand can help. Hopefully if you fill it with iron-rich and vitamin C rich foods it will help with your energy levels. I feel sluggish when I go through phases of bad eating, and I also fall into the trap of feeling tired and relying on coffee - which I find makes it worse (caffeine also counteracts iron - so it would be doing you far more harm than good but it's a hard habit to overcome). Dried apricots might also help you, they're good for iron.


    The organizing bit is what I'm struggling with & finding time for myself. I don't think I can give up coffee but now I know it stuffs with iron levels ill cut back to 3 -4 cups a day rather than my usual 6-8 Off to google vitamin c& iron rich foods

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    Quote Originally Posted by jagamoe View Post
    I'm a stay at home mum studying so packing the lunch box & sitting on bench is what I'll be doing I manage to pack DP food feed kids etc but always forget about myself.

    I think for me I need more meat in my diet which is really hard to do considering I was veg for years n only started eating meat again 4 yrs ago cause I was over needing injections n fainting.

    What's an average snack & meal portion size ? Cause when I do eat I eat lots rather than small meals & snacks
    Not really sure...I just eat so that I'm comfortably full.

    I like being aware of how much energy is in a snack...ie. nuts are high in kj so you don't want to eat handful after handful at a time (like my DH does!). I measure out a mix of different nuts (a few of each: brazil nuts, walnuts, peacans etc) with a few dried apricots, cransberries & dates into a small lunch bag. Because I'm out all day I know if I have or haven't packed enough by how starving I am when driving home...

    I'm always iron difficient so I take supplements... though I still usually only have meat/protein at dinner time so eating meat can be a problem for me if I don't plan dinner. Now I'm pregnant I've been snacking on boiled eggs to get more protein. Spinach & broccoli are great for putting in meals (like pasta, curry...anything). I keep some frozen spinach in the freezer so I always have it on hand to put in dinner (its nice in scrambled eggs too).

    If you're curious I usually take a vegemite sandwich, an apple, a banana, the small bag of nuts/fruit & a museli bar to uni everyday. But how much you need to eat between breakfast & dinner probably varies a lot from person to person & what foods you eat breakfast/dinner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlotchedTabby View Post
    Not really sure...I just eat so that I'm comfortably full.

    I like being aware of how much energy is in a snack...ie. nuts are high in kj so you don't want to eat handful after handful at a time (like my DH does!). I measure out a mix of different nuts (a few of each: brazil nuts, walnuts, peacans etc) with a few dried apricots, cransberries & dates into a small lunch bag. Because I'm out all day I know if I have or haven't packed enough by how starving I am when driving home...

    I'm always iron difficient so I take supplements... though I still usually only have meat/protein at dinner time so eating meat can be a problem for me if I don't plan dinner. Now I'm pregnant I've been snacking on boiled eggs to get more protein. Spinach & broccoli are great for putting in meals (like pasta, curry...anything). I keep some frozen spinach in the freezer so I always have it on hand to put in dinner (its nice in scrambled eggs too).

    If you're curious I usually take a vegemite sandwich, an apple, a banana, the small bag of nuts/fruit & a museli bar to uni everyday. But how much you need to eat between breakfast & dinner probably varies a lot from person to person & what foods you eat breakfast/dinner.

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    My dietician told me that 40g is a serve of a nut,fruit, seed mix. Hope that helps. I've just had my afternoon snack of the mix with an apple.

    The key to any healthy regime is to eat regularly whether you are looking to lose or gain weight.

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    Thanks I've found my appetite is pretty much non existent ATM so today I've made a conscious effort to eat & actually ate a fair bit more than i normally do & mostly healthy too. Hoping dd goes to sleep soon so I can prepare myself a lunchbox for tomorrow. Not too keen on nuts but def including dried apricots
    Have googled how many kj and diet plans n they all seem like a Lot of effort there's gotta be an easier way lol

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    A great rule of thumb if your not wanting to loose weight but maintain is to divide your plate into quarters and each quarter to contain something from a major food group. Eg 1 quarter protein so meat or fish, 1 quarter vege - fruit, you get it.

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