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What are your Top 5 foods or items that make your life easier?

AmyC2288AmyC2288 Posts: 386Member Member Posts: 386Member Member
Hello All! I thought this would be a fun way to get ideas about what everyone finds to be the most useful on this journey! Any specific foods that are your go to that help keep you in check? Can you not live without your Fitbit? As we know, what works for one may not work for another, so let's keep things nice and civil :) Also- feel free to give more or less than 5! I'll start!

1. To my absolute surprise- my gym membership. I'm still very much a gym noob, but I have a small kids and find it much harder to get a great workout in at home without being distracted (are they screaming out of joy or pain?!?!) Also, I love that it allows me to eat a little more!

2. KIND Bars. If you haven't tried these, you totally should! I love them for breakfast or a snack! I have tried lots of flavors and have yet to be disappointed!

3. Digital Food Scale- I'm sure this is no shocker to anyone but it's true! I tried going for a while without the thought of using a food scale until someone here was like---ummm what are you doing? Picked one up and what a difference it has made (not to mention being an eye-opener on serving sizes!)

4. Salad- I eat so. much. salad. and somehow never get tired of it! A fun recent thing I've been doing to cut back on actual dressing is to use salsa which is super low calorie and tastes yummy!

6. Switching my super sugary creamer to half and half! I have always been a French vanilla nut, but I've been using the Land O Lakes "Mini Moos" for my morning coffee at work for several months now and I don't really miss the other stuff at all! The calorie savings are shocking! :open_mouth:

Okay, let's keep this going! What are your current must haves?
edited July 2018


  • sardelsasardelsa Posts: 8,467Member Member Posts: 8,467Member Member
    1. My home gym
    2. My espresso machine/coffee
    3. Food scale (even though I don't really use it often)
    4. MFP
    5. Libra (weight trend app)
  • madwells1madwells1 Posts: 509Member, Premium Member Posts: 509Member, Premium Member
    1. MFP
    2. Digital Scale
    3. Gym Membership
    4. Fitbit
    5. Hoka Running Shoes
    6. Coffee
    7. Home gym (dumb bells and weight bench)
  • fitoverfortymomfitoverfortymom Posts: 3,400Member, Premium Member Posts: 3,400Member, Premium Member
    1. MFP
    2. Food Scale
    3. Libra
    4. Running Shoes (+ attire)
    5. Reusable food prep containers
    6. Online grocery shopping
  • sgt1372sgt1372 Posts: 3,290Member Member Posts: 3,290Member Member
    Bathroom scale
    Food scale & other food measurement tools
    Protein bars, powders & drinks
    Concept2 rower & weight lifting gear
    edited July 2018
  • New_Heavens_EarthNew_Heavens_Earth Posts: 565Member Member Posts: 565Member Member
    Kitchen scale
    Bathroom scale
    Home and away gyms
    Walmart and Aldis (good food finds there)
    MFP (natch)
    TJ Maxx for workout clothes and gear
    edited July 2018
  • Running_and_CoffeeRunning_and_Coffee Posts: 811Member Member Posts: 811Member Member
    The right running shoes for my stride (Brooks Adrenaline girl over here!)
    Apps: MFP and the Studio app (treadmill runs)
    Orangetheory & YMCA memberships
    Food scale & body weight scale
    Sparkling water
    Trader Joe's Chili Lime Pepper
  • Diatonic12Diatonic12 Posts: 3,396Member Member Posts: 3,396Member Member
    Cottage Cheese

    Portable and doable ^

    Bread, sourdough rye crackers

    ^Makes all of this bearable and bare-able

    Roasted and grilled vegetables
    Balsamic reductions
    Grilled chicken, steaks, burgers
    Roasted turkey
    Colman's Mustard


    Large stand-on scale at the Veterinarian's for accuracy
    Port of Entry - weigh myself in my car for fun
    Digi food scale
    Springloaded plastic scale for backup
    Tape Measure


  • kommodevarankommodevaran Posts: 17,960Member Member Posts: 17,960Member Member
    1. Access to a wide variety of delicious foods
    2. Sufficient cooking skills
    3. Living in a walkable town
    4. Food scale and bathroom scale
    5. Creativity, curiosity and an eye for details
    Your list goes directly from 4 to 6 BTW :D
  • nikkichenmfpnikkichenmfp Posts: 9Member Member Posts: 9Member Member
    1. MFP app
    2. Green tea
    3. Shiratake noodle + soups
    4. Oil spray
    5. Oven and everything baked / grilled rather than fried

    I'm Asian and we eat a lot of rice or noodle, and by changing into Shirataki, I'm able to cut down more than 400 calories everyday! :wink:
  • chris_in_calchris_in_cal Posts: 505Member Member Posts: 505Member Member
    1) MFP - using my cheap digital scale and logging food - Shockingly helpful
    2) Vivoactive 3 - Garmin
    3) Rescuing an active dog whilst living in an apartment and thus getting lots and lots of unstructured daily steps.
    4) Communicating with other people on the journey
    5) Signing up and paying for events to keep a short-term goal in mind.
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