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7 Reasons Moms Should Use Reusable Storage Bags

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This post is going to explore seven reasons why all moms should be using reusable food storage bags- and specifically the Ziparoos Reusable Bags set found on Amazon. For full disclosure, Simple Home Gifts is the parent company of the Food Tracking Momma and the Ziparoos brand. But I’m not just affiliated with this product, I am a mom who loves these bags!

When a friend told me about reusable food bags, I wanted to try out the product. Six months ago I started using reusable bags and my whole family loves them! Now I can’t get enough of the Ziparoos bags! Let me share seven reason why you will love these bags also.

Food Tracking Momma 7 Reasons to Use Reusable Storage Bags

They are Good for the Environment

As a mom of a three-year-old toddler, being eco-friendly is important to me. I am far from a person who would take a political approach on environmental issues, but I believe that God has given all of us a gift of the Earth and we should take care of that gift.

Reusable sandwich bags help lower my family’s plastic waste. This is important since I use food storage bags every day. I can’t even imagine how many bags I have thrown away in my lifetime. Those Ziploc bags aren’t biodegradable. They are plastic and I’m certain they are just filling up a landfill with unnecessary waste.

By using reusable bags, I no longer need the plastic one-time use bags. I can use the reusable bags over and over, thus reducing my family’s waste. It’s a small change that is good for the environment, and it’s something I can do to help make this world slightly better for the next generation.

Reusable Bags Save Money

As a mom, I love to save money. Using Ziploc bags every day is a waste of money. Every time you throw that bag in the trashcan, you throw money away. Say you use one box of sandwich bags and one box of snack bags a month. You are probably spending around $6 a month on those products. In a year, you have spent $72 on food storage bags that are now in the trashcan.

The Ziparoos Reusable Bags are priced around $15. If you purchase just one set and use that for a year, you have potentially saved your family $57 for the year. How’s that for a return of investment?

Saves calories

OK, I am the Food Tracking Momma, and it would be remiss of me not to bring up this very valid reason for using reusable food storage bags. They encourage you to pack your lunch! There is no doubt that making your lunch helps you control portion sizes and the calories in the food you eat while on the go.

When I track my lunch after eating at a restaurant, it is not uncommon to log anywhere between 600-1000 calories for that meal alone. But when I pack my lunch, I almost always can keep the calories between 400-500 for that meal. Restaurants are liberal with fatty/high calorie ingredients and therefore the meals are so caloric. Avoid eating lunch out and pack your lunch. Your budget and your daily calories will thank you.

The Generosity of Ziparoos

For me, brands and the company behind the brand matters. Especially for national brands, the company will influence my buying decision regarding a product.

Simple Home Gifts is a small, mom-owned business. The company has a value of giving 10% of its profits to non-profit charities. This matters to me in that I know my purchase will eventually bless those who have less than I do.  

Ziparoos Keep Food Fresh

There is a problem with some reusable food storage bags- they don’t keep food fresh. Not so with the Ziparoos Reusable Bags. The difference is the seal at the top of the bag. Some bags have a removable slider (which my toddler would lose in one day) and often those types of bags don’t seal well and don’t keep food fresh. The same is true with the bags that are made of cloth.

The Ziparoos bags has a built-in double-lock seal that is made for freshness. The food stays fresh and the seal is so good, you can even store liquids in the bags. If there was one negative to write about, it’s that you need to handwash these bags. This is to preserve the double-lock seal. For me, taking 30 seconds to wash a bag, dry it, and put it away is no big deal, especially when compared to the many reasons to use a reusable food storage bag.

Multi-functional Uses

When I first started to use my Ziparoos bags, I mainly used them for sandwiches and snacks. Then I started using them for other food items. I have put pie dough in them to store in the freezer. I have used them to store leftovers. Well, you get the idea.

But the bags are so useful for much more than food storage! My first day with the bags, I was rushing out the door with my son for an hour-long car ride. I grabbed a handful of his miniature cars and threw them in a bag. He loved it and now I pack a quick “go” bag whenever we are out and I need a quick distraction for him.

I could go on and on, but let me relay two more great uses. First, travel makeup storage! It is so nice to have a little bag for just those essentials for a quick touch-up of makeup. These reasons alone are enough for me to buy these bags. Second, if you are notorious for losing your keys and cellphone, keep both in a bag in your purse, and you will not be near as prone to losing these items. The uses are endless. Medicine? Sure. Band aids? You bet. You get the idea!

Cute/Kid Friendly

When I first started using reusable bags, the six reasons above were enough to convince me as a mom to use this product. But when I started looking on Amazon, most of the bags that were there were… well, plain. A few had images, but they just weren’t cute and many of those were made of cloth. Cloth bags are not going to keep my food fresh or be leak-proof.

Enter the Ziparoos Reusable Bags! The bags are so cute and my son loves them. One theme is nautical and my son has picked the anchors bag as his favorite. How often are items kid-friendly but rather silly for an adult to use? Do you really want to pack your sandwich for work with a dinosaur bag? The Ziparoos bags are designed for kids to love them and adults to be able to keep their dignity when using them also.

Thanks for letting me share with you some of the reasons I use the Ziparoos Reusable Bags. I hope you will love them as much as I do. Now, speaking of sandwiches, my son is hungry and it’s lunch time. Time for this momma to get back to mom duties.

Blessings! Andrea

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Instant Pot Apple Raisin Oatmeal

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Yesterday I posted a new, healthy, breakfast recipe for the Instant Pot. If you missed it, check out Instant Pot Blueberry Oatmeal. I have two favorite oatmeal recipes I make in the mornings and this post is featuring the second, Apple Raisin Oatmeal. It is a delicious (and healthy), family friendly, low fat, low calorie and anti-inflammatory breakfast.

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Instant Pot Blueberry Oatmeal

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I’m sorry I haven’t posted since January. Without going into too much details, I went through a time of extensive dental work and a lot of pain accompanied the many procedures. But I’m starting to feel better and wanted to share this new, healthy recipe I worked on during my hiatus. It is a delicious (and healthy), family friendly, low fat, low calorie and anti-inflammatory breakfast. My toddler son loves it as much as we do! It’s not super sweet (which my family prefers) so feel free to add more maple syrup.

Food Tracking Momma Instant Pot Blueberry Oatmeal

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Instant Pot Blueberry Oatmeal Steps
(Recipe below steps)

This is one of two quick and easy Instant Pot oatmeal recipes that I prepare in the mornings. It takes about 10 minutes to prepare and then I let it cook while I go get ready for the day. You will need a baking dish that fits inside of your Instant Pot. If you don’t have one, I recommend this one. I use Old Fashioned Oats for this recipe. You can also use Steel Cut Oats but you will want to slightly increase cooking time.

Combine all of the ingredients, except the blueberries, in the baking dish. Add two cups of hot water to the bottom of the Instant Pot (hot water from the tap is fine- will allow the pressure cooker to come to pressure more quickly) and then place the dish with the oatmeal on the trivet and lower both into the Instant Pot.

Set the Instant Pot to Pressure Cook (or Manual) for 10 minutes and then let it naturally release for 15 minutes. Release any remaining pressure and remove the trivet and oatmeal. Add the blueberries and stir. It may look a little soupy but this is normal. It will firm up as it cools (usually within 3-5 minutes).

Instant Pot Blueberry Oatmeal

Instant Pot Blueberry Oatmeal

This is a kid-friendly and easy breakfast oatmeal. It is healthy, low fat, low calorie, and anti-inflammatory. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Natural Release15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Anti-inflammatory, Blueberry, Healthy, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Oatmeal
Servings: 4
Calories: 104kcal
Author: Food Tracking Momma

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup blueberries

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients except blueberries in a dish that fits inside the Instant Pot.
  • Add 2 cups of hot water to the bottom of the Instant Pot. Add the trivet and the dish of oatmeal.
  • Pressure cook for 10 minutes. Let natural release for 15 minutes. Lift the trivet out, add the blueberries and stir the oatmeal. It will thicken as it cools (usually less than 5 minutes)

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Artificial Food Dyes and Toddler Aggression

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I love being a mom to my 2-year old son. The name of this blog is the Food Tracking Momma and although I mostly write about counting and logging calories to lose weight, I don’t want to lose the “momma” aspect of this blog. So today I wanted to share my family’s struggles with finding the source of my son’s dramatic mood swings and early signs of ADHD. After months of trials, my husband and I found that artificial food dyes were the source of his behaviors.

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Charleston Shrimp and Grits

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My husband and I lived in the Charleston area of South Carolina for 11 years. We loved the low country and especially the cuisine. Every year, for our anniversary, we would go downtown for some authentic shrimp and grits at a fine dining restaurant. So good!

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10 Surprising Low-Calorie Dinner Ideas

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Beef Stew? Chili? Chicken Enchiladas? These 10 dinner ideas are not only delicious, but surprisingly are less than 400 calories per serving! I am always on the lookout for recipes that will please my family yet fit into my food tracking lifestyle.

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1. Instant Pot Chili con Carne– 285 calories per serving

food tracking momma instant pot chili con carne

This is a delicious chili made with ground beef and beans that is easily adaptable to the tastes of your family. The recipe calls for 90% lean ground beef and the beef flavor is enhanced with bone broth. And because it is cooked in the Instant Pot, this low-calorie meal is ready in a short time and infused with great flavor. Click here for the recipe!

2. Oven Baked Chicken Breast– 286 calories per serving

Recipe Tin Eats oven baked chicken breasts

This recipe is a new favorite of my family. My toddler is not a picky eater, but he tends to eat less animal protein than anything else on his plate. Well, he gobbled up this chicken! The spice rub is sweet with just a touch of heat. And the chicken breasts were the most moist oven-baked chicken breasts I’ve ever eaten! Click here for the recipe (photo credit: www.recipetineats.com)

3. Instant Pot Ham Balls– 359 calories per serving

food tracking momma instant pot ham balls

This recipe is so delicious and only takes 10 minutes of pressure cooking time! The ham balls are salty and moist while the sauce is sweet and sour. It’s the perfect combination of flavors. This low-calorie recipe always brings back good memories of my Grandma who would always make them for family gatherings. Click here for the recipe.

4. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Veggie Burgers– 380 calories for burger and bun

cookie and kate veggie burger

When my family first tried a veggie burger, we made it to “be good” and eat a healthy meal. But after tasting the burger, we were amazed at how much we enjoyed it! In fact, in the summer (although it can be any time), veggie burgers make a regular appearance at our house. This recipe is 180 calories for the veggie burger and I allotted 200 calories for a large hamburger roll. Click here for the recipe (photo credit: www.cookieandkate.com)

5. The Best Crockpot BBQ Chicken– 342 calories per serving

family fresh meals best crockpot bbq chicken

I love, love, love this recipe. It is so quick and easy to make. You will have it put together in your slow cooker in less than five minutes! The picture above shows it as a sandwich, but this bbq chicken is just as good served straight with a side a vegetables. The calories are for the bbq chicken only (no hamburger roll). Click here for the recipe (photo credit https://www.familyfreshmeals.com).

6. Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Taco Slaw– 158 calories per serving

well plated shrimp tacos with creamy taco slaw

My husband and I like fish tacos, but even more we love shrimp tacos. I do have to admit, my toddler won’t eat the spice in these, but I am able to adapt his serving so his shrimp and sauce is not spicy (simply saute in butter and ranch dressing for him). This low-calorie recipe is so delicious and the calories are so low, I know you will enjoy it! Click here for the recipe (photo credit: www.wellplated.com).

7. Chicken Enchiladas– 194 calories per serving

skinny taste chicken enchiladas

Chicken enchiladas make a frequent appearance as a dinner entree in my house because they are a great, low-calorie meal. The seasonings add dimensions in flavor and the part-skim (low fat) cheese and sour cream help cut calories. Serve with a side of Spanish rice and you have a complete meal for under 400 calories! Click here for the recipe (photo credit
www.skinnytaste.com).

8. Pumpkin Sausage Lasagna– 332 calories per serving

food tracking momma pumpkin sausage lasagna

The first time I had pumpkin ravioli, I was at a fine-dining restaurant and it was so delicious! I committed to finding and replicating that recipe. Although I love to cook, I’m just not a fan of making homemade ravioli. Enter this recipe! The sausage balances the taste of the pumpkin which is then smoothed with the cheeses. Add in the taste of sage and you have the perfect Autumn bite that even your children will enjoy. My toddler ate his entire piece! And you can enjoy it knowing that this lasagna is less than 350 calories! Click here for the recipe!

9. Slow Cooker Tangy Beef Stew– 364 calories per serving

food tracking momma slow cooker tangy beef stew

This is the slow cooker beef stew recipe I pull out whenever my family is hungry for a hearty, all-in-one beef dinner. Yes, it is possible to eat beef stew yet stay under 400 calories. The beef is just enough to satisfy and the additional veggies help fill you up. The highlight of this low-calorie recipe is the sauce! It is so good and my family has to be served bread with this stew just to help sop up the sauce. Click here for the recipe.

10. Spinach Stuffed Shells with Meat Sauce– 234 calories per serving

pop culture spinach stuffed shells with meat sauce

I love anything pasta (I get my love for carbs from my mom). So I allow myself to eat carbs but still stay within my daily calories for the day. This recipe is perfect. The slight bitter of the spinach is balanced with the creaminess of the cheese. And then top it all with the tang of the meat sauce and you have a balanced dinner. And you get to enjoy your carbs too! Click here for the recipe (photo credit: www.popculture.com).

If you enjoyed this post or tried any of these recipes, let me know! I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks, Andrea
The Food Tracking Momma

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Using Online Grocery Services for Weight Loss

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Online Grocery shopping is a convenient and modern way to shop for groceries. I use Walmart Grocery and I will write this article from my experience with their service. The price for items is identical to those inside the store, the service is free for orders over $30, and the app is friendly and easy to use. For those who are committed to a low-calorie lifestyle, online groceries offer ways to help you resist impulsive buying decisions of high-calorie junk foods and you may even save money! Remember, low-calorie meals plus food tracking results in weight loss.

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A few weeks ago, I made a rare trip into my local grocery store. I just needed a couple of items and my goal was to run in and run out with just those few necessities. As I approached the end cap of an aisle, I spotted the new Cinnamon Bun Oreos which were strategically placed so I would have to pass by them. Oh… Oreos. And in a moment of lost impulse control, they were placed in my basket for me to consume later.

Grocery stores are counting on all of us to make impulsive purchases. It’s big business and it not only impacts our wallet, but it impacts our weight loss and weight control strategies. As the Food Tracking Momma, I am here to help you lose weight by counting calories and logging them in a food diary. One way to lose weight is to limit the junk and high-calorie foods that you purchase.

I have been using Walmart’s Online Grocery and pickup for six months now. You will find many positives to online groceries, but the one I want to emphasize most in this article is your ability to limit impulse buying of processed/high-calorie foods.

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Impulse Buying Equals More Calories

According to a CNBC report, consumers pay an additional $5400 a year on impulse purchases. In the survey, 70.5 percent of respondents identify food as their biggest impulse purchase. That is a lot of money a year. But how many additional calories does this represent? That is the problem for all of us living a food tracking lifestyle. Impulse purchases equal extra (and unnecessary) calories.

The physical layout of a grocery store is designed for impulse buying! One way to combat this is to go in with a grocery list and have a ton of willpower so that you do not deviate at all from that list. Oh, and leave your husband and toddler at home because you can guarantee there will be many extra items if you bring them along.

When you walk in the store, you smell the bread and cookies. You see the enticing products strategically placed on the end caps of the aisles (Oreo cookies anyone?) The meat and dairy are placed in the back to force you to walk through the store to obtain those essential items. Even the music played in the background has been researched to influence you to buy more items! For more information into the science of grocery shopping, please reference this link.

Positive Aspects to Online Grocery Services

There are many positive aspects to using an online grocery service. Let me summarize my favorites:

Little to no impulse buying
I summarized above the tactics grocery stores employ to entice you to make impulsive purchases. By never entering the store, you completely remove most of the marketing tactics that influence you to make an unplanned purchase. At the time of writing this article, the Walmart app does offer product suggestions when you are ready to close out your order, but they are based on previous purchases, not random advertisements of junk food.

Convenience
It is convenient to input a grocery list into the easy to use Walmart Grocery app, pay electronically, and then about six hours later go pick up the bagged and completed groceries. If it’s raining you don’t have to get wet. You don’t have to take grumpy children into the store. If you are limited on time, you only expend the time it takes to input your items into the app and then drive to the pickup area. It is a modern way to grocery shop and it is an epitome of convenience.

Adding needed items as you go
As I type this article, I know that I just ran out of eggs and brown sugar. In the past, I would keep a separate list to track the kitchen items I need. Now all I do is open my online grocery app and quickly add the items as they run out. This way I don’t worry about keeping multiple lists, and I don’t have to worry about forgetting to add any essential items. The Walmart app allows you to track your needed grocery items throughout the week.

Toddlers!
I love my little guy. He brings joy to my life. And he is just shy of three years old and is asserting his new found will, usually in the form of a screaming fit. God bless him! So, the thought of taking him into the grocery store makes me a little queasy right now. Don’t worry, we are working on this and he is improving, but to make life simpler on this stay-at-home mom, I love that I can complete my grocery shopping without ever taking the little guy into the store. Thank you online grocery! Your other customers who don’t have to observe a toddler fit thank you also.

Limiting impulsive purchases
If you don’t go into the store, you don’t smell the bakery goods (donuts!) and you aren’t tempted with the newest junk foods. Using Walmart Grocery reduces impulsive purchases that costs money and adds unnecessary calories.

Meal Planning
Meal planning is having a menu (low calorie and healthy, of course) for however many days you are buying for and creating a grocery list based on that menu. I encourage you to meal plan before you grocery shop. This way you can plan out your low-calorie meals and shop only for the ingredients needed for your menus. Once you have your meal plan completed, then simply open your grocery app and quickly input the ingredients. This is convenient and supports a low-calorie lifestyle. Do you need some low-calorie meal options? I recommend Instant Pot Chili con Carne and Slow Cooker Tangy Beef Stew. Yes, you can eat beef as part of a low-calorie lifestyle.

Negatives to online grocery services

So, I’ve mentioned the positives, are there any negatives? I can only assess Walmart Online Grocery but for me, the negatives are far less than the positives. First, there is a $30 minimum purchase. I completely understand this restriction. It would drive them nuts to have to shop every time someone needed a cup of sugar. Another problem I’ve experienced is that their app lists an item in inventory, but it runs out before the associate can shop for it. You can help negate this problem by allowing substitutions, but even then, sometimes they just don’t have an item that you’ve purchased (you will be refunded the cost of the item but now you must run to another store if the item is essential). This is an error between their app and their live inventory software. Hopefully in the future they will include a warning that the item is low in stock, so you can choose something else. The final negative is, you are allowing someone else to make subjective choices for you. If you are a control freak, this may not work for you. For me, I’ve been satisfied, and I think they put much time and effort into making great choices.

Online grocery services have many positive aspects. As the Food Tracking Momma, I am most grateful for the ability to reduce impulsive purchases of high-calorie junk foods. By only buying the ingredients that support my low-calorie lifestyle, I can lose weight. Therefore I recommend using an online grocery service to help you lose weight.

If this article was helpful to you, please comment and let me know. I understand that online grocery services are not available everywhere. Hopefully they will come to a location near you soon.

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Instant Pot Ham Balls

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I previously posted my Grandma’s recipe for Ham Balls with Sweet and Sour Sauce. Oh, I wish she was here so I could share this new preparation of her recipe! My Grandma would wait one hour for the traditional recipe to cook in the oven. But now, with the beauty of the Instant Pot, I am happy to share with you a new 10-minute cook time for ham balls!

food tracking momma instant pot ham balls

As with all of my recipes, the nutritional information for this dish is listed just below the recipe. A serving of 5 Instant Pot Ham Balls comes in at 359 calories and 14.7 grams of fat. If you are on a low-sodium diet, let me say “I’m sorry.” This is pretty high in sodium.

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Instant Pot Ham Balls- Steps (Recipe below steps)

One of the first challenges when making this recipe is finding ground ham. You have a couple of options. First, if you live near a grocery store that sells ground ham, then it will be easy. For me, it’s difficult to find ground ham. So the second option is to ask your grocery store to grind some ham for you. The final option is to use a food grinder or a food processor to chop the ham to mimic a ground ham. For this recipe, I had my meat department grind the ham for me. Also, I crushed up Ritz crackers (about 10 of them) in a sandwich bag.

food tracking momma instant pot ham balls ingredients

Combine the first five ingredients in a large mixing bowl. To shape them into meatballs, I used a large cookie scoop. This step took me about 20 minutes. Set the uncooked ham balls aside.

In the Instant Pot (or whatever electric pressure cooker you use), add the remaining four ingredients. Whisk together to combine. The mustard wasn’t fully mixed for me but it cooked up just fine. Don’t worry about it.

Add the uncooked meatballs (it’s OK if some don’t get down in the sauce).

food tracking momma instant pot ham balls in the pot

Close the lid and set the valve to seal. Pressure cook (manual) for 10 minutes. When finished, go ahead and do a quick release. Gently stir or re-position the ham balls so all of them get glazed.

Instant Pot Ham Balls Recipe

Instant Pot Ham Balls

Instant pot ham balls with sweet and sour sauce
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ham Balls, Instant Pot
Servings: 7
Calories: 360kcal
Author: Food Tracking Momma

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds smoked ham (ground)
  • 3/4 cup cracker crumbs
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup (10 3/4 oz)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  • Combine the first 5 ingredients and shape into ham balls. Set aside.
  • Add the remaining 4 ingredients into the Instant Pot and whisk to combine. 
  • Add the ham balls and secure the lid. Turn pressure valve to seal and set to pressure cook (manual) for 10 minutes. When finished, do a quick release and carefully stir to coat all of the ham balls in the glaze.
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I hope you enjoy this recipe. If you make it, please let me know by leaving me a comment and a rating!

Thanks, Andrea- The Food Tracking Momma

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Food Tracking to Gain Weight

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I asked my sister Michelle to share her story of using food tracking to help her maintain and even gain weight as she lives with the disease of gastroparesis. As the Food Tracking Momma, I know that counting and logging your calories will help with many different issues including losing weight, maintaining your weight, and even gaining weight if you are an athlete or in the case of my sister, fighting a medical condition.

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Lose Weight For Free

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