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Old 01-09-2014, 01:28 PM   #16
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I don't know your age, but for your height is your diet is mostly fast food and frozen meals you are doing relatively OK. But your body could change and you could find yourself at 250-300.

Also fast food and frozen meals have A LOT of salt. You might be setting yourself up for high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, I will be frank a shorter life or at best a worse quality of life.

How much would medications cost? And Dr. visits? How much is health worth? When we look at things holistically veggies are a bargin many times over. Plus a serving of veggies is comparable to or less than junk food. A little veggies go a long way.

If you look for sales and frozen is fine, even canned but do not buy canned tomatoes from what I hear, I bet your budget would not take much of a hit at all.

I call the 99 cent burgers the most expensive meal on the planet because you will pay, with health costs and quality of life down the road.

And I had heard this before but the last time I read it, it stuck. The modern fast food beef is using animals that they are using every trick in the book to get them as fast as possible as fast as possible: lowest quality possible diet, every hormone in the world that will get them to gain weight the fastest, and of course antibiotics. That is low quality meat to make it 99 cents.

I can't sit her and say that those hormones are still in the meat. I do know study after study shows a real increase in mortality for people who eat fast food regularly. I do know stopping eating at fast food coincided with my weight loss. I did/am doing many other things beside, but I am sure that was huge.
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Plan for a garden this spring if you have the room for it, do some canning and freeze some for the winter
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Old 02-16-2014, 04:01 PM   #18
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In addition to these great tips above, I've also discovered that unusual veggies like kohlrabi, celery root, and jicama offer a lot of possibilities for very little $$$. I've been grating combinations of these with carrots, onions, perhaps a little cabbage or beets, and making cole slaw out of it. I thought it would taste weird, but it's DELICIOUS - and tastes incredibly good on a sandwich. or even just wrapped with some sliced deli meat.

Also save all those scraps and peelings for either stock or for soup. Tough broccoli ends can be turned into really good soup with a little onion and chicken broth or water plus seasonings. so can carrots, celery root, tomatoes, and all kinds of veggies. Get out your handy blender/stick blender/potato masher to turn it into something thick and luscious.

you can add all kinds of stuff to soup. even topping some of these soups with some plain yogurt for added protein and mouthfeel. Oh. did you know that most 'cream' soups are made with a small amount of roux mixed with milk? neither did i. it was a nice surprise.

in fact i'm going to be making a carrot and red lentil soup tomorrow - it has cumin and another 'warm' spice or two, and it sounds DELISH.
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In addition to these great tips above, I've also discovered that unusual veggies like kohlrabi, celery root, and jicama offer a lot of possibilities for very little $$$. I've been grating combinations of these with carrots, onions, perhaps a little cabbage or beets, and making cole slaw out of it. I thought it would taste weird, but it's DELICIOUS - and tastes incredibly good on a sandwich. or even just wrapped with some sliced deli meat.

Also save all those scraps and peelings for either stock or for soup. Tough broccoli ends can be turned into really good soup with a little onion and chicken broth or water plus seasonings. so can carrots, celery root, tomatoes, and all kinds of veggies. Get out your handy blender/stick blender/potato masher to turn it into something thick and luscious.

you can add all kinds of stuff to soup. even topping some of these soups with some plain yogurt for added protein and mouthfeel. Oh. did you know that most 'cream' soups are made with a small amount of roux mixed with milk? neither did i. it was a nice surprise.

in fact i'm going to be making a carrot and red lentil soup tomorrow - it has cumin and another 'warm' spice or two, and it sounds DELISH.
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