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post #31 of 75 (permalink) Old 02-20-2017, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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Love eggs...I eat eggs everyday and my cholesterol is not bad. At my physical last November it was slightly elevated but not because of eggs but having 30 lbs of weight to lose (as of Saturday)...yay!!!

My goal since last fall is to lose 5 lbs every two months and again I met that goal last week..next goal is down another 5 lbs by April 15th and so on...

It will take me a year from now to lose the 30 lbs but considering that as of last September I weighed 15 lbs more than I do now, I am stoked.
The dr. agrees with me that slower is better. I feel good and the changes I am making to lose weight are very sustainable...moderation and exercise.

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I am all about hard boiled eggs. Their easy, full of protein and can be A quick snack.
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I eat lots of eggs. A raw one every morning in my smoothy, almond or coconut milk, seeds, nuts, brown rice protein pwder and other stuff. Eggs are high in iron which is good as I'm a veggo.

We do eat vegetarian fed eggs (our own chickens) and the reading I have done indicates that while the nutrient level is pretty much the same as non vege fed chickens I do prefer to have eggs from vege fed chickens. The issue around vege fed chickens is that unless they are kept caged (which seriously goes against my beliefs) they they are still eating bugs, worms etc so cannot be called vegetarian (neither can any human on Earth but that is another issue). Anyway I probably have at least 10 eggs a week.

We have chia seed puddings which are a great, healthy option fro breakky or lunch. i make a big batch and freeze them in serving sizes.
Healthy smoothies as I said above.
Home made yoghurt.
Gluten free zucchini muffins are easy to make and freeze well. We grown a lot of our own veggies so making batches of things like muffins is a great way to be organised and use up lots of our own veggies.
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I second chia seed pudding for breakfast!
I always try to maximize my sleep for my breakfasts are always grab and go. Fruit, hard boiled eggs, vanilla chia pudding and oatmeal made the night before.

It's all about planned meals and convenience.
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I am all about hard boiled eggs. Their easy, full of protein and can be A quick snack.
I don't dare bring them to the office though. Stinky!
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Something else that I think people need to start addressing is the amount of processed foods in their diets. Things like almond and soy milk are HIGHLY processed. Look at practically any ingredient list - ESPECIALLY the ones that make health claims like LOW FAT!!! or VEGAN FRIENDLY!!! and half the ingredients aren't even pronounceable. Even when there are few ingredients, we need to start questioning how it's made.

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I don't recall who said that wheat bread tasted like cardboard... yeah, the CHEAP wheat bread that they stock right next to the white bread is AWFUL. But if you spring for one of the more expensive brands, like Pepperidge Farms, it's actually pretty tasty. (You can see a list with food ratings here: Lose weight & improve your health with a real food diet | Fooducate) I read somewhere that breads like rye and pumpernickel can be just as beneficial as whole wheat, if they are made with whole grains. I don't think this applies to Pepperidge farms rye and pumpernickel (I find labels SO confusing), which makes me sad, because they have the most AMAZING pumpernickel rye deli swirl bread.

I just stay away from bread in general, to make my life easier.

My favorite breakfast is a smoothie: 2 c. frozen fruit, 5 oz. vanilla greek yogurt, a big handful of baby spinach, 3/4 c passion fruit juice (my fave flavor!), and topped off with green tea. It has protein, veggies, and fruit. It's a BIG smoothie, but all healthy stuff, and this is the only way I'll get my fruit in for the day. (We only rarely had fruit in my house growing up, so I never really developed a habit for eating fruit.)

I bought a new inverted blender just for my smoothies, because it has a to-go lid that goes right onto the blender cup, and this blender cup has a 28-oz capacity, which makes this girl very happy (almost twice the size of my NutriBullet).

When I have my act together and actually pack my lunch, I like to pack a salad: romaine, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, 1 chopped egg, 3 oz. diced chicken, and 2 Tbsp blue cheese crumbles, with a balsamic or olive oil based dressing. I try not to get the "light" dressings because of the extra chemicals and stuff they put in, but if you read the labels, you can find regular dressings with none of that crap, but the calorie count is generally pretty low.

It may seem boring, but for me, eating the same thing every day takes a lot of the guessing work out of things... when I have my act together (which, admittedly, isn't often), I'll pack all my salads for the week on Sunday so I don't have to think about it, I just throw everything in my lunchbox and go.

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FIP why don't you just make your own dressings? Super easy, just a splash of olive or other good oil (sesame, avocado etc), spalsh of balsamic, teaspoon or whatever of whole seed mustard, salt and pepper, lime or lemon juice if you want. Mix it in a glass jar with lid, shake, shake, shake and there you are. Keeps in the fridge for 3 or 4 days.

We make all of our own dressings, chutneys etc. I make the best mayo ever, no sugar, no chemicals.

Actually we eat very well, no/ very little packaged foods. cook fresh most nights unless we are going out. Take away maybe once or twice a month at most. I save my chemicals and bad quota for wine, bubbly and cocktails
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FIP why don't you just make your own dressings? Super easy, just a splash of olive or other good oil (sesame, avocado etc), spalsh of balsamic, teaspoon or whatever of whole seed mustard, salt and pepper, lime or lemon juice if you want. Mix it in a glass jar with lid, shake, shake, shake and there you are. Keeps in the fridge for 3 or 4 days.

We make all of our own dressings, chutneys etc. I make the best mayo ever, no sugar, no chemicals.

Actually we eat very well, no/ very little packaged foods. cook fresh most nights unless we are going out. Take away maybe once or twice a month at most. I save my chemicals and bad quota for wine, bubbly and cocktails
Making my own dressings is part of the next phase... consistently making the choice to eat healthy is VERY difficult for me, and so I am doing whatever I can to make it easier. One of the ways to make it easier on myself is taking advantage of small conveniences. I buy the eggs for my salad already hard-boiled; I buy the Perdue Short Cuts cooked chicken breast; I buy the onion pre-diced; I buy my dressing pre-made. Trying to eat healthy is overwhelming enough for me as it is... making stuff from scratch would make it way worse.

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I've been on the Ketogenic diet (low carb high fat) for two months now and I feel incredible. The first week was hard. I did have the "keto flu" (just felt really run down) but now? I don't ever want to go back. I do not have a large amount of weight that I want to lose, but I just wanted to be healthier. I was depending far too much on carbohydrates in my diet.

You do not have to go on the diet, but you can google Keto recipes for ideas to cut carbs. Eggs, meat, cheese, avocado, olives (etc) are a large part of my diet. I've slimmed down and have more energy than I can ever recall having in my late teens (I'm in my early 30's). I sleep better, too! I used to wake up multiple times during the night, but now I sleep like a rock.

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Making my own dressings is part of the next phase... consistently making the choice to eat healthy is VERY difficult for me, and so I am doing whatever I can to make it easier. One of the ways to make it easier on myself is taking advantage of small conveniences. I buy the eggs for my salad already hard-boiled; I buy the Perdue Short Cuts cooked chicken breast; I buy the onion pre-diced; I buy my dressing pre-made. Trying to eat healthy is overwhelming enough for me as it is... making stuff from scratch would make it way worse.
Was a bit presumptuous of me. We were forced to remove all chemicals (including many naturally occurring ones) from our food many years ago when 2 of the kids had major food allergy/intolerance issues, guess it is just second nature to me now.

The difference in taste is worth having a go though when you are up for it.
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Was a bit presumptuous of me. We were forced to remove all chemicals (including many naturally occurring ones) from our food many years ago when 2 of the kids had major food allergy/intolerance issues, guess it is just second nature to me now.

The difference in taste is worth having a go though when you are up for it.
I know you meant well! I grew up in a household where we pretty much never had fruit, and when we did, it was usually out of a can. My mother hated vegetable when she was growing up, so similarly, vegetables were mostly absent from our diet, but when we did have vegetables, which was always at dinner, it was always out of a can. She thought she was a good cook, but she's really not, and many meals consisted of things like Lipton rice and microwaveable salsbury steak and such. I ate a LOT of hot dogs and ramen growing up. And my mother struggled a lot with her weight, vacillating from eating puffed rice cereal, carrots, and grapefruits one day, to binge eating junk food the next. My dad didn't struggle with weight like my mom did, but his eating habits weren't much better. It didn't help that we were poor, and "healthy" food was too expensive. When we would go somewhere that the food was free, or it was an all-you-can-eat buffet, my mother would encourage me to eat as much as I could... she didn't want to hear me complaining that I was hungry a couple hours later. And somewhere along the line, I learned to self-sooth with food.

So I learned bad eating habits from a really early age, and when you grow up in that way with no one to teach you any better, you have to figure it out for yourself, and that's really hard. Even when you DO know better, breaking those habits is even harder, because when you fail in making the right choice, there's all the shame and guilt that comes along with it. I just do the best that I can. Food is just... it's a really complicated thing for me. Incredibly complicated, and it's a struggle every day, and so it exhausts me and overwhelms me. Every meal and every food choice is an inner battle of wills.

From my perspective, I don't understand how someone can eat healthy food all the time, because in my mind, I'm thinking, HOW IS YOUR WILLPOWER SO STRONG? That you win that battle against yourself EVERY TIME? HOW??? And then I remember, they don't have that same never-ending swordfight going on in their head. They just DO.

But I do love fresh salad dressing. I'll do half balsamic and olive oil with some salt and pepper on a salad, and it's great. I love cooking, too. I'm actually a really good cook! I'm thinking of taking a cooking course to improve and develop my skills and better understand how it all works... my current skills are pretty hodge-podge. I actually like healthy food. Like, when I eat my salad, after a bite or two, I'm thinking, this is really tasty? Why was I fighting this so hard? This tastes way better than [whatever crap the other part of my brain was pushing for]! I should eat this every day! But then my brain forgets, and the next time, it's the same freaking battle all over again.

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I think it is moderation that has to be learnt. Right now at work we are doing an outdoor exercise and nutrition challenge, the nutrition component is that the more fruits and veggies you get per day at least 7 the more points. I was curious where that 7 servings of f & v came in and sure enough up here in Canada that is the recommened guideline per day...apparently the benefits are huge. My suggestion for those that struggle with healthy eating is at the very least get your 7 f & v in per day so even if you are eating junk during the rest of the day at least you are getting your veggies in.
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Something else that I think people need to start addressing is the amount of processed foods in their diets. Things like almond and soy milk are HIGHLY processed. Look at practically any ingredient list - ESPECIALLY the ones that make health claims like LOW FAT!!! or VEGAN FRIENDLY!!! and half the ingredients aren't even pronounceable. Even when there are few ingredients, we need to start questioning how it's made.

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So is this one Nourishing Traditions

and this one Omnivores Dilemma

and this one ESPECIALLY (this one is also a movie) In Defense of Food
I checked out the Nina Planck one and it looks good.
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Well, I bought Doritos in the cafe this morning... but I also bought two bananas. And I ate one of the bananas first to make sure that I actually ate it. So, that's something.

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