Thread Tools
Old 01-09-2010, 03:08 PM   #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
xMeaganx's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Hungary /Indiana
Posts: 243

S/C/G: 286/ticker/180

Height: 5'6

Default Food Shopping...

Okay, I know this question is asked a lot and there are many, many replies on it but I'm having a problem shopping for food. I've never been a cook, in fact I just don't do it. I never had a problem when I lived in the US because I knew how to shop for food, I'd buy frozen WW meals when I didn't want to cook, fruits, and if I was craving something sweet 100 cal packs. I was using WW so I tracked my points and did splendid.

The problem is now. This country (and as much as I love it) doesn't have anything that is weight loss supportive! They don't have frozen meals (unless you count the pizza!), no 100 cal packs, no skim milk (1.5% is the lowest),they don't even have calories! (some other unit of measurements!), not to mention when I go to buy food and try to make an effort to pick things low in calories I have no idea what it is saying.

I'm already dreading shopping tomorrow because I want to make a good effort into getting the right food, it just doesn't seem possible. I was thinking to buy some common things and try to prepare easy meals that I can freeze. But I have no idea what to make! Does anyone have any suggestions on the type of foods I should buy? I'm already planning on the fruits/veggies and no bread or chocolate! Any help would be great! I'm going to try to look around the site as well and hopefully find something!!!
xMeaganx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2010, 04:12 PM   #2  
lottie63's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 2,709

S/C/G: 344/321/220

Height: 5'5


I'd recommend learning to cook. I mean, if you absolutely CAN NOT count your calories, eating something like saute'd zucchini in a splash of olive oil is pretty safe, as opposed to something pre made that you have no idea if it's 'diet friendly' or not.

I love cooking, but I didn't always. :P
lottie63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2010, 04:52 PM   #3  
Ready for Change
SNMomof1's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: East Coast, USA
Posts: 239

S/C/G: 216.6 / 208.2 / 116

Height: 5'1


Have you tried asking around to see what the strange numbers are?

I also recommend learning to cook. Most low calorie cookbooks tell you how many calories are in each serving.
SNMomof1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2010, 05:13 PM   #4  
Calorie counter
Eliana's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 5,679

Height: 5'4.5"


I would learn several different ways to make chicken or any other hunk of meat. You can find calorie information for foods like that online. Chicken is chicken regardless of country. Vegetables are the same way. Perhaps a meal of a hunk of meat and a side of veggies and fruit is the way to go until you figure something out. Big chicken salads with your own homemade salad dressing is a great option or you can even just use olive oil and vinegar with a splash of lemon as a great dressing. You could just force yourself to cook up some meat one time per week and then freeze it in portioned amounts. (Unless Hungary is anything like Holland in which everything, including freezers, are teeny tiny or nonexistent.)

Does that help?
Eliana is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2010, 05:27 PM   #5  
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: The Hill Country
Posts: 2,579

S/C/G: 218/175/155

Height: 5'6"


If they use the kcal measurement there, then 1 kcal=1 calorie. The thing I've noticed about European foods, is that the kcal (calorie) info isn't for a serving size, it's almost always for 100 grams. So, I'd suggest getting a kitchen scale and a calculator. Measure out 100 grams and then measure out an actual serving (whatever the package says.) You'll just have to do the math accordingly.

I would also recommend learning to cook. Try searching the internet for basic recipes that have regular ingredients (veggies, whole grains, etc.,) so you don't have to look for low calorie equivalents. and have calorie counts on their sites as well. There is also an allrecipes site that is specifically for Germany, but it's in German so you'd need a translator.

I hope that helps!
zenor77 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2010, 06:07 PM   #6  
Never surrender
dragonwoman64's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Posts: 2,751

S/C/G: 251 current/237 minigoal/180

Height: 5' 9"


no bread or chocolate in Germany, yikes! the land of the best bread and ritter bars (not to mention all the good beer and wurst). I'd be toast.

think simple with your dinner meals, a starch (potato, sweet potato, yams, rice, pasta), protein (including beans, fish, lean read meats, lean pork cuts, chicken), veggie. fruit for snacks, or carrots and such, crackers, small low fat cheeses like swiss. check out to get an idea of the calories of the foods. you could make beans (lentil soup). a pot of veggie soup. salads (as long as you don't put dressing on it, a salad will last a couple of days in your fridge)

ham tends to be lean, eggs, for breakfast, or wheat toast with peanut butter and a piece of fruit, a bowl of cereal (granola can be high in sugars and fats, so I'd skip that), yogurt

once you get a routine down, shopping should be much easier. I think (I could be wrong) vegan eating is fairly common in Germany too, lots of healthy, lower cal alternatives that way.
dragonwoman64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2010, 06:11 PM   #7  
Senior Member
medinazarley's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Medina, Oh
Posts: 234

S/C/G: 267/ticker/145

Height: 5'9"


it is not hard to learn to cook!! I was raised in a home where both parents worked full time, often opposite shifts, and we typically ate things that looking back i don't consider food. Chicken baked in a pan of soup, while it can be tastey, is not thought provoking enough for me to feed my family.

I never took a cooking class, never found a cook-book i liked enough to used, i just started adding things to things to see what worked. I now am a semi-homemade cook, i add things to everything to add flavor and make the meals better. Cooking it with my own trial and error ways makes me appreciate the food more & slow down to really taste it.

think about this, when you get a frozen dinner, you put a slit in the film, push a couple buttons, check e-mail, thewn go back and stir, wait two minutes after the beep and then eat it. The only decision to make based on taste is whether ot not you'll buty it again. if you spend 20-45 mins cooking a meal your more likely to really savor it thinking about maybe more garlic, pepper, salt, onion, add some cheese, try oregano, toss in spinach or broccolli next time.

the meal will become yours. Remember spa-peggy and meatballs on king of the hill? maybe meganated chicken with stir-fry veggies is in your future.
medinazarley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2010, 07:34 PM   #8  
Senior Member
kaplods's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Wausau, WI
Posts: 13,383

S/C/G: SW:394/310/180

Height: 5'6"


Is the other measurement joules? 1 calorie = 4.1868 Joules (in the grocery store, it would be easiest to guestimate by dividing the Joules number by 4).

So 400 joules would be about 100 calories (about 96 actually)

Here's an online conversion calculater if you want to be more precise when you're at home

Vegetable soups and stews are very tasty, and very forgiving. If you have a crockpot (or a large pot to keep on the back burner on low heat), there are hundreds of soups that are easy to make, and low in calorie.

My simplest soup is to cut all sorts of veggies (an assortment, I haven't found a combination that tasted bad, yet) and toss them into a can of tomato juice or can of chicken broth, or water with bouillon cubes in them.

There are hundreds and hundreds of recipes online, so you're bound to find dozens of recipes based on ingredients you do have available. Before long, you'll find it pretty easy to improvise.

Last edited by kaplods; 01-09-2010 at 07:37 PM.
kaplods is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2010, 06:01 AM   #9  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
xMeaganx's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Hungary /Indiana
Posts: 243

S/C/G: 286/ticker/180

Height: 5'6


Thanks everyone! I really appreciate the help you have given me! I know I should learn to cook, but I'm they type of person that can burn water! Since I do want to make a valid effort at weight loss I know that I must learn to cook. The links everyone provided were very helpful.

I will be heading to the store soon, so hopefully I can make some good decisions. I've started to think about salads with chicken breasts and vegetable soups!

Also I'm in Hungary now, no longer in Germany! Trust me it was easier shopping there as I could understand the language and they have skim milk! Luckily though we are close enough to Austria that I could shop there if things get to desperate!

Thanks again everyone!
xMeaganx is offline   Reply With Quote

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pre-surgery Shopping List for WLS POOKIE88 Weight Loss Surgery 52 05-05-2016 02:16 PM
Be Accountable! Post your food diary -- August 2005 paperclippy Weight Loss Support 111 09-08-2005 10:37 AM

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:40 AM.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.