Thursday, December 15, 2011

Preparing healthy meals when you're broke

Here's an eating situation to deal with.  I mean a time in which money is short, as the money from your paycheck has been used for bill payments and taxes. Now, you have no cash for food because you've drawn out enough money from your savings. Yet, you have to eat healthy foods til that paycheck (hopefully) arrives the next day.

To cope successfully, you should have packages of cheese, rice, spaghetti and/or macaroni in your cupboard, along with cans of vegetables, soup, tomato sauce, stew, tuna fish. Making sure that there is bread or rolls ahead of time, along with fresh produce like potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc. is a great idea.

Naturally, you won't need to eat all of the foods mentioned above. But just by having them available, you'll have better options in combining those foods into delicious, healthy meals the day before payday. Here are a few sample combinations to consider: Each sample meal is plain, simple to prepare and will satisfy your appetite in minutes.

- tuna fish salad and fresh tomato slices
- rice and "Veg-all" (peas, carrots, diced potatoes) combined together make an excellent meal that is quick to prepare and will fill you up.
- canned stew and rice
- rice in tomato sauce
- potato salad and cucumbers
- grilled cheese\
- mashed potatoes and corn or stringbeans or carrots

Please share your favorite combinations!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Foods that fill you up

Those calorie-filled in-between snacks that cost so much, come in a tiny bag and sold as treats just don't do the job of filling you up temporarily and keeping your satisfied until your next meal. I found that out the hard way --- in terms of paying more and then craving more after consuming several little bags of those snacks. And other snacks, such as large bags of potato chips, still fail to satisfy.

On a more positive note, there are a few foods that can be eaten in between that are filling. They include:

- Salads, such as potato, macaroni salads These salads frequently include bits of raw carrots that are healthy.

- Potatoes:  mashed potatoes, baked potatoes are filling and satisfying.

- Cold cereal in milk.

- Smoothies

Eating the foods mentioned above is a healthier and more appetite-satisfying alternative than chips, cookies, candy, cake, pie, pretzels, etc. Some nutrition experts suggest eating raw carrots or apples, which is also fine. But my question for them is, suppose I'm not in the mood for those foods? Suppose I prefer other foods that happen to contain more calories and fat, but at least fill me up until the next meal? It's not that I dislike raw veggies. It's that I prefer something that is more appealing at the moment. Just because I like and eat that given food, I don't make a habit of eating it.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Fat Loss Moves: Why you shouldn't follow diet books

Fat Loss Moves: Why you shouldn't follow diet books: Books with titles similar to "Lose Weight in 14 Days" are clearly unrealistic. Authors of those books assume that everyone's health, body ma...

Why you shouldn't follow diet books

Books with titles similar to "Lose Weight in 14 Days" are clearly unrealistic. Authors of those books assume that everyone's health, body mass and needs are exactly the same, and that results will be the same. That is blatantly untrue. The authors don't know, or really give a damn, about your personal situation. So how can they suggest diets and foods that may or may not work for you?

Diet books very often feature foods that you don't like and won't eat and/or food combinations that you don't like and/or won/t eat. Ditto for seasonings such as garlic.

Diet books don't substantiate their so-called facts with reliable information.

If a given diet book really worked, would there be any need for more similar diet books?

Author'c credentials as "doctor:"or "nutritionist" can not be verified.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Prepare a Care package for yourself now

Of course, it's easier to think that you will be able to maintain good eating habits all of the time. But what about those times that left you stressed out and with an insatiable urge to chew on something?  If you were prepared for those times, most likely you went to the fridge or pantry and found something to tie you over, like crackers, peanuts, chips or even dry cereal. There was something.

On the other hand, there may not have been anything. Not even a stale roll or stray cookie or pretzel.

Being desperate, you may have followed the path of least resistance and visited the closest convenience store and bought calorie-filled treats. They weren't cheap but they were convenient.

So why not prepare for all of those in-between times by stocking up on foods that you will likely look for when you just need to have something to chew on. I/m talking about stuff that you like and will eat only if there is nothing handy around. It's got to be a food that you won't likely to go overboard eating a lot of in a single sitting, such as Cheezits. And instead of a small box or package, buy a large jar or bag of the stuff. Then bring it home and place it in the corner of a pantry shelf. Now you have a sort of "Care" package to turn to in time of need and stress. Sure, you just may consume more ot if than you anticipated doing, but once you were done and satisfied, that was it.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Go ahead --- Spoil your appetite!

Remember being told as a child not to eat those cookies or whatever between meals?  The reason given was that if you did, you would spoil your appetite for that upcoming lunch or supper.  And if you ignored the advice and continued eating, you found out at regular meal time that you could not eat everything on your plate. You just weren't hungry, not even for the smallest portion of your favorite vegetable, for example.

Fast forward to the present. You'd like to lose some weight. You've probably tried halving portions at meal time or have simply eaten less and were still hungry. You've used a lot of willpower in doing that, yet find yourself eating more than ever!

Eating or nibbling crackers or a sandwich or fruit or jello or whatever between breakfast and lunch might make all of the difference in the world. If you've eaten some food between those meals, you'll find that at lunch time, you don't really feel that hungry. You could, however, go for something light, say soup and a sandwich and beverage. See how effective that is? You've trimmed your appetite to a point at which you are more likely to resist eating that cheeseburger and opt for a light meal instead.