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  • February 28, 2013 5:15 PM
    Message # 1230198

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    • 7 servings of yellow vegetables
    • 7 servings of fruit
    • 7 servings of citrus fruit
    • 14 servings of green vegetables
    • 14 servings of grain, including cereal
    • 14 servings of protein, including eggs, beans and legumes

    Daunting isn’t it? But these servings should crossover: carrots can be added to a salad or baked or steamed and one carrot is a daily serving, the same with potatoes and most vegetables. Cook extra vegetables and they’re a quick add in to grain dishes, what I like to call doing double duty.

    Juice: be aware that it takes 8 oranges to fill a small glass, you couldn’t eat 8 oranges in a sitting and you shouldn’t drink that much orange juice, unless you’re fighting a cold or getting ready to get on an airplane where you’re immune system will be fighting a biological invasion.

    Once you’ve mapped out your vegetables it will be easy to round out your protein. Did you know that 4 oz. is an adult serving of most proteins? So a pound is 4 adult servings or 2 adults and 3 or 4 small children.

    I have a Sprouts near me, this supermarket chain carries thousands of gluten free items and they run sales several times a year. I take advantage of their sales to try new packaged gluten free items; saving 60% doesn’t hurt as bad as paying full price if the item is what I consider to be undesirable. I have discovered many condiments and bottled sauces that are not only delicious but they keep in my dry good cabinet for a quick fix when I don’t have time to put in a few hours to get a meal ready.

    Being organized when grocery shopping saves time, money and frustration. When I get a flyer from a store that I like, I take a red marker and put an x on the sale items that will work for me. You will find that with a little effort you're ready to easily prepare meals even if you want to include guests with meals that are good2eat4U.

    Last modified: February 28, 2013 5:32 PM | Anonymous
  • March 30, 2013 10:07 PM
    Reply # 1255281 on 1230198
    A million takhns for posting this information.
  • May 21, 2013 5:59 AM
    Reply # 1297655 on 1230198
    That really is a good way to think of it instead of my impulsive shopping every other day.
    Last modified: June 04, 2013 12:47 PM | Anonymous
  • May 21, 2013 5:59 AM
    Reply # 1297656 on 1230198
    I'm going to use this list to help shop for 6 hungry athletes, thank you.
    Last modified: June 04, 2013 12:48 PM | Anonymous
  • May 21, 2013 5:59 AM
    Reply # 1297657 on 1230198
    i printed out the daily needs chart i know this will help keep track of what the kids are eating, great idea. thanks
    Last modified: June 04, 2013 12:51 PM | Anonymous
  • June 01, 2013 1:33 PM
    Reply # 1306965 on 1230198
    good help i love this website!
    Last modified: June 04, 2013 12:52 PM | Anonymous
  • June 02, 2013 10:14 AM
    Reply # 1307414 on 1230198
    How can I stop food shopping while I'm hungry? I go after work and I'm so starving that I will buy anything that is ready to eat NOW! Most of what is ready now is heavy on the salt, fat, sweet and low on nutritional value. Gotta get over this.
    Last modified: June 04, 2013 12:50 PM | Anonymous
  • June 27, 2013 12:36 PM
    Reply # 1328508 on 1230198
    I find that I'm usually short of fruit servings at the end of the day so a piece of fruit might help ward off the 'S T A R V I N G   B U Y  E V E R Y T H I N G' Impulsive shopping mania. I grab apples on my way out for a long day, they can be put in a cup holder. I buy small apples on purpose, especially as my Picky Princess will not accept a cut or half of any fruit, she's 3 and can't finish a big apple or a whole banana between meals without it interfering with getting a more rounded nutritious meal finished.
    A handful of nuts is great with the apple as a protein to stabilize the blood sugar and will hold your hunger at bay a little longer. 
    Protein bar nutrition labels should be read, some are high in salt and sugar and some contain milk solids and gluten. If you can find one that is safe for you they're good as a snack before you walk into the store as well.
    Hope this helps, and maybe you should know that markets know that those that come in around dinner time are hungry and they roast their chickens and bake their cinnamon buns in time for the aroma to trigger impulsive buying so beware!

  • June 27, 2013 2:37 PM
    Reply # 1328568 on 1230198
    We have an autistic son and we've found a big difference in his ability to focus and communicate with a gluten and casein and sugar free diet. That's what brought us to yourr website, we are so thankful that it's here and are taking full advantage of all of the information that you have.
    I do the family shopping, on my way home from work. I spend the entire experience on the phone with my wife, trying to decipher her directions to the specific item as she describes the packaging. It is tedious and frustrating. We just went through your list of items to avoid and realized that we had missed some obvious labeled items like milk in Skippy Peanut Butter, it never even occurred to us to check a peanut butter label. 
    I can't tell you how daunting it is to feel like we've been giving him something that is hurting him and slowing him down. 
    We have found it easier to keep the whole kitchen GFCF and we honestly all feel better on this diet. My teen girls claim that their morning classes are much easier now, that they have more energy and they've lost their belly bloat. 
    We can't thank you enough for making this easier for all of us and I just wanted you to know that all of your efforts are appreciated. Keep up the good2eat4u work.

    Last modified: June 28, 2013 1:03 PM | Anonymous
  • July 23, 2013 7:23 PM
    Reply # 1350083 on 1297655
    Amazing amount of information, my wife and I keep coming back to your site and finding more knowledge that we missed. She lost 6 pounds the first week she gave up gluten and dairy.
    Last modified: July 24, 2013 8:49 PM | Anonymous
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