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Old 02-02-2011, 10:11 AM   #1
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I can't cook, so I have had to rely a lot on frozen meals. And I would buy Weight Watchers ice cream. But I notice that they make me ill. I get a horrible taste in my mouth, a bad headache, and nauseous after awhile when I eat them. So I have made the decision to cut back drastically and try to start cooking little by litte. Some people exaggerate when they say they can't cook, but I REALLY can't.

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Old 02-02-2011, 10:23 AM   #2
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Look at a slow cooker.

It's hard to mess that up.

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Old 02-02-2011, 10:23 AM   #3
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Anyone can cook, really. Do you have a friend you can cook with? Start out simple.

It's true, premade foods are crap and diet food chemicals are not things you want to be making a mainstay of your diet. Really... it's not hard. Follow directions PRECISELY and you'll get it.
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Old 02-02-2011, 10:30 AM   #4
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Those Weight Watchers treats have the sugar substitute sorbitol in them, which is linked to headaches.

Rice cookers (for brown rice), vegetable steamers, and slow cookers are a good place to start when making your own food. They do the work for you.

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Old 02-02-2011, 10:34 AM   #5
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Are you physically unable to cook? Or just haven't found the right recipes?

Try finding cooking classes in your area.
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Old 02-02-2011, 10:59 AM   #6
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I hear that you really believe that you can't cook, but what does that mean? You set things on fire? You lose appendages when you slice veggies? Cavemen could cook- over an open flame no less, I have a great deal of faith in you!

I agree with seagirl, take a class to increase your confidence in the kitchen or ask a friend or relative to help you learn. Until then, look for no-brainer recipes to try. Bean salad with canned beans and store bought dressing will do your body a whole lot more good than any frozen meal- it's cheaper too. Anything rolled into a whole wheat wrap works for a meal (eggs, sandwich meat, veggies). I know you can do that!
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:05 AM   #7
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I hear you on the headache front! I get full blown migraines with artificial sweeteners of any kind and I don't get migraines ordinarily.

I swore of "diet" foods (non-sweeteners variety) because they made me constipated and lethargic. Best switch I ever made! But convenience foods (lean cuisines, protein bars, Slim Fast) got me through the first few months because they were easy to count.

Learn to cook one new thing a week, or even once a month. Your skills will deepen. Chicken is pretty easy to start with. Stir fries are easy and hard to mess up. Just put a Tbsp of oil in a Wok or skillet, cook small pieces of chicken about three minutes after there is no longer any pink, then toss in favorite veggies, fresh or frozen. Sometimes I throw in spices (garlic, cayenne pepper, chili pepper, ginger) and sometimes I just leave it as is. Serve with brown rice.

Another easy chicken dish is to throw some BBQ sauce over chicken breasts and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. I like to butterfly my chicken because 1/2 a breast is a serving, but you don't have to do that.
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Dutch Oven!!

I buy organic soup mixes with low sodium, add veggies and boneless skinless chicken breast...voila...a great soup. AND you can not mess that one up, even if you simmer it for hours
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:15 AM   #9
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Cooking just makes me kinda confused, too. I am working on upping my skills on this area. I started really small. The other day, I put in skinless boneless chicken breast, a cup or so of salsa, and some chopped up peppers, mushrooms and onions in a slow cooker. I put it on low and stirred once in a while - in a couple of hours, it seemed cooked, so I made some brown minute rice and fed it to my family, they loved it! SUCCESS! And then I tried a turkey meatloaf, which I messed up the cooking time on (it wasn't cooked) so I put it back in for a while. Then I forgot about it, and it burned. Anyways, I tried again, and the second time, it came out nicely! Anyways just to completely embarrass myself and tell you that others struggle in this area too! We can do it together!
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I agree with the slow cooker idea! I also love my steamer - it's just a steamer insert for any pot or pan which is nice and not expensive. I don't have a rice cooker, but I have heard only fabulous things about them - and several friends have wondered how they ever lived without one (so I might need to get one!)

I used to be terrible at cooking. But, once I started learning a little I enjoyed it. I followed recipes and it was a blast! Now, I cook ALL the time - prefer it over anything else, even going out to eat - and I create my own dishes now.

Try simple and go from there. It's fun!
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I think some diet foods also have selenium in them which makes my sister very sick. She can't eat them either.

I love to cook but am super busy so I take a lot of shortcuts. I buy that precooked chicken and frozen, steam in the bag veggies. Toss together and you have a super healthy meal with no cooking! If you want carbs with it get some boil in the bag rice...easy peasy...
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:31 AM   #12
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but, if you DO have the time, get a cookbook...if you can read, you can cook...seriously... The recipe doesnt always work out the first time you try it but then just make notes about what went wrong and it'll work the next time.
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When I was in my 20's, I used to say the same.

BUT I learned one thing, because I could read and measure, cooking was not that hard

Get recipes and follow them. You will be surprised
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Old 02-02-2011, 12:02 PM   #14
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I can't have most diet foods - whether its the Splenda or anything else, it just gives me a migraine and very similar symptoms to what you've described.

I can cook, but I don't have time, so I've started to rely on my slow cooker and microwave steamer bags. Very simple, very fast and non-diet.

For the steamer bags, you can just take a chicken breast and put it in one, and frozen veggies in another and throw them in the microwave. You have something healthy, low cal and low fat in less than 10 minutes.

I also use my slow-cooker over night. Before I go to bed, I throw stuff in there, set it on slow, and when I wake up I have my lunch and/or dinner ready for the week. They make cook books specifically designed for slow cookers, so you can check those out
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Google things like "easy chicken recipes", look for websites that do it all for you, like saving dinner-- I think they several free sample weekly menus from vegetarian, to lower calorie, to frugal, and crockpot their stuff comes with a shopping list, easy directions, nutritional information and substitutions. There are other sites like it- good luck! You can do this!!!
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