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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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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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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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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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As a weight loss blogger, I am often on many different social media channels researching information and supporting the followers of this blog. Currently, as I spend time online, I am inundated with various weight loss programs advertising their programs to help people lose weight. Most of these programs are subtle variations of counting calories and logging your food in an electronic diary (food tracking). Food tracking doesn’t have to cost you money. You can lose weight for free by counting calories!

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Non-Scale Victories

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I am pleased to again introduce my friend Robin as a guest writer for the Food Tracking Momma blog. She is going to teach us today a new way to measure weight loss success. Non-scale victories (NSVs) are a way to focus our weight loss process onto more than weighing ourselves and having the scale dictate our response and mood.

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10 Ways for Maintaining Weight Loss

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I don’t want to discourage you, but I must be honest. Losing weight is great, but it’s only half of the battle. Equally important is the process of maintaining weight loss. When I lost 70 pounds, I was determined to not gain it back. Below are 10 ways I have used to successfully maintain my weight loss. I have included professional sources to support that these ways are applicable to most anyone for maintaining weight loss.

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New Year’s Focus Word- Identity

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With this new year, I have heard many people recommend choosing one focus word as opposed to setting traditional new year’s resolutions. This is not a focus quote but a word that you will meditate on for the entire year. After some contemplation, I have determined my new year’s focus word is “identity”. Let me tell you why this word is applicable to both you and me.

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New You Challenge for the New Year

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The new year is such a great time to commit to new beginnings! Some people discourage making New Year’s resolutions, but I encourage you to consider a new way, a new habit, a new healthier lifestyle that will lead to a healthier, new you. For this New You challenge, I would like you to join me this New Year in learning ways to lose weight and become a healthier person.

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Fast Versus Slow Weight Loss

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When I made the decision to lose weight, I considered either a fast weight loss diet to lose weight quickly or a slow weight loss method to lose weight over time. For me, I knew I did not want to lose weight to only gain it back after a short period of time. I needed a weight management solution that would help me successfully lose weight and keep the weight off long term.

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