What do you really eat?

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    Jun 27, 2010 8:08 PM GMT
    So I have been losing weight for several months now. I have already lost 30 and want to lose another 50. I have been doing extensive cardio and weight training. I need to work on my ridiculous diet. I have read all these suggested diets and I don't see how anyone can do it. I work and am in a difficult post graduate program. I usually fall victim to fast food or something quick. If I do cook its good ole home-cooked meals that aren't much better for you. What do ya'll eat and how do make the time to do iticon_question.gif
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    Jun 27, 2010 10:33 PM GMT
    You can eat healthy in fast food too.
    Ban french fries and onion rings.
    Large salads are good, add an burger if you are really badly hungry.
    Home cooked meal are good, what's bad is large serving.

    If you are in no position to choose what's available for you to it, you still can decide how much of it you eat.

    Ordering a sandwish and eating only half of it (when there is no smaller serving), is not indecent.

    I agree a lot of people starve, to death,but putting food to trash when you can't order just the amount you need sound less direspectful than exibiting it in my love handles.
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    Jun 27, 2010 10:35 PM GMT
    You can't take a cookie-cutter "healthy diet" off the net and expect that you're going to suddenly be eating raw spinach and broccoli 3 times a day if what you're craving is pizza and beer. You have to retrain yourself to genuinely want to follow a clean eating regimen. I don't eat fast food because I don't want it and I don't crave it. I want my meat and spinach dammit. And I have it.

    How to train yourself off the crap? I don't know if I can answer that. It was a slow process for me. You make small changes and learn to like those small changes, learn to love them and want them and need them. And then you make more and more.
  • 1man

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    Jun 27, 2010 10:45 PM GMT
    oatmeal for breakfast, lots of fruit or nuts for snacking, brown rice and veggies for dinner, sometimes beans and brown rice. turkey or seafood when I crave meat. I avoid all kinds wheat products.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Jun 27, 2010 10:55 PM GMT
    The antidote to lack of time is proper planning. Get a crock pot, and you can spend a minute taking things out of the freezer to thaw overnight, then 5 minutes in the morning to throw ingredients in the crock pot and turn it on when you leave the house. You'll have a hot meal waiting for you when you get home, and it's easy to increase the quantity you make so that way you'll have leftovers available for lunches. You can also use the less expensive and fattier cuts of meat in it, because the very long, slow cooking process will make most of the fat melt and run right out, leaving the meat itself tender and lean (though the juices at the bottom of the crockpot will be rather fatty). Beans and frozen vegetables will fill out the meals to be quite healthy.

    Alternately, if you have some sort of objection to the crockpot, take a look at things like Rachel Ray's 30 Minute Meals. You really can cook virtually anything in there in 30 minutes -- maybe 40 the first time, when you have to take time to look up the instructions. Quite a number of those meals are on the healthy side, and a good number can be made ahead of time and then either refrigerated or frozen for the night you need them. When you've got a hectic work week, it's often a good idea to make a couple of meals on the weekend and then keep them around for use during the coming week.
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    Jun 27, 2010 11:03 PM GMT
    Ciarsolo saidYou can't take a cookie-cutter "healthy diet" off the net and expect that you're going to suddenly be eating raw spinach and broccoli 3 times a day if what you're craving is pizza and beer. You have to retrain yourself to genuinely want to follow a clean eating regimen. I don't eat fast food because I don't want it and I don't crave it. I want my meat and spinach dammit. And I have it.

    How to train yourself off the crap? I don't know if I can answer that. It was a slow process for me. You make small changes and learn to like those small changes, learn to love them and want them and need them. And then you make more and more.


    I agree...used to have an huge sweet tooth and a bigger hankering for fast food. Now, I only seldom crave it and seldom even finish. Its about conditioning...
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    Jun 28, 2010 12:12 AM GMT
    Eating healthy has to become a habit. It's a habit a lot of people are not used to. I grew up eating "convenience" food, before I was on my own and knew better.

    I don't see home cooked meals as bad meals. In fact, I prefer cooking at home because I know what goes in it and I have control over how much fat, calories, salt and sugar I use.

    I second the crock pot idea. I have one and use it all the time. I also recommend a George Foreman grill, which I also have and use all the time. Using the crock pot I'll make chili or pork and beans fairly often and eat that for lunch. Using lean meats and no added fat, it makes for a very tasty low calorie lunch.

    For dinner I typically have some kind of lean meat (pork, chicken, or fish) with steamed vegetables or salad. Keeping fresh vegetables on hand, I just cut some up and throw them in a steam bag with a little seasoning while I'm grilling the meat. I have a healthy dinner in about five minutes.

    Breakfast is usually oatmeal or some healthy cereal. I also keep oatmeal in my desk at work in case I'm running late.

    I take fruit, cottage cheese, or yogurt to work for between meal snacks.
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    Jun 28, 2010 12:14 AM GMT
    Just had a snack... few bits of broccoli with fat free ranch. icon_razz.gif
  • neosyllogy

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    Jun 28, 2010 12:19 AM GMT
    Can you give a better example of a "ridiculous diet"?
    I'm pursuing (and near the end of my pursuit of) my doctorate degree, and I feel like I eat pretty well.

    I am a big believer in powdered meals (lots of people have irrational (imo) dislikes of them). I keep a few few different mixes in the desk and mix and match to the right carb/fat/protein ratios. Other easy to make foods like microwaveable steam veggies, oatmeal, etc. can also be kept in office and prepared. Even lean pockets (the healthier hot pockets) are great occasionally. (Indeed when I first started eating right I depended heavily on microwaveable meals to help ease the transition -- made calorie and component counting easier.)
    <-- all those options are much less time consuming than going across the street for food and cheaper.

    There's often edible fast food, you just have to order it right. (e.g. it's really easy to get super healthy mexican - chicken, beans, rice, pico de gallo)

    As for making poor food at home... well there's really just no reasonable excuse for that at all is there?

    [ps: grats on losing the 30lbs!]
  • neosyllogy

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    Jun 28, 2010 12:26 AM GMT
    Ciarsolo saidYou have to retrain yourself to genuinely want to follow a clean eating regimen. I don't eat fast food because I don't want it and I don't crave it. I want my meat and spinach dammit. And I have it.


    QFT
    Eating healthy, like lifting, doing sports, etc. is not punishment healthy people endure. It's something they enjoy. There are temptations every now and then to slack or eat junk, but once you've associatted foods/habits with health/unhealth the pleasures change accordingly. (e.g. I see people eating normal sized cupcakes covered in frosting and I feel a bit nauseated.)

    People act like our tastes are hardwired.
    BS.
    People learn to like cigarettes, alcohol, crazy spicy foods, and rough sex.
    Enjoyment of something is very much mental/contextual. I like eating healthy -- just like I like feeling a bit sore after a workout -- they make me happy and are pleasurable by themselves.
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    Jun 28, 2010 12:55 AM GMT
    Thanks for the well wishes and advice so far.

    Responding to neosyllogy's request for an example of the ridiculous diet:
    Now I am going to sound like a slob AND a crazy person. For the last month or so of each semester I have no time. (In law school dont know why I said post graduate program). During that time its high calorie, high fat, made to order stuff. Large combo meals mostly (although I dont eat fries. I hate things I have to eat individually or cram in bunches). The rest of the school year food is a social event usually coupled with alcohol.
    Since summer has started I have cleaned my diet up a little. Cooking at home a lot more. But a lot of the meals are southern family recipes (beef stroganoff, fried venison, meat loaf, etc) . Taste heavenly, but have unholy amounts of calories.
    Portion control is probably the largest problem. I am bad about eating twice a day until I am full. Everything I have seen on dieting says that is very wrong. Do you eat a little when you are hungry or try to eat healthy snacks on a timed basis?
    I never eat breakfast though I am trying to start. Usually food is the farthest thing from my mind first thing in the morning. Any tips?
    Also what is a powdered meal? It sounds awful.
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    Jun 28, 2010 1:05 AM GMT
    If you want to cook and eat healthy at home, you need to start by buying healthy food at the grocery store.

    Here's a forum on what people buy at the grocery store:http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/16454