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Healthy already cooked foods

Discussion in 'Health & Healing' started by Riders, Sep 26, 2022.

  1. Riders

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    So Sean, a patient from My 600 Pound Life who died a couple of years ago, had this to say about why he kept falling off the wagon and gaining his weight back. He said": I don´t know how to cook so I have no choice but eat sausage I microwave.¨ He also complained about grocery store food not being as convenient as fast food

    So here are some foods he could have chosen instead of doing what he did, which was to kill himself.

    So for starters the fattening summer sausage he ate, he ate more than half of it and it was huge along with a 2-liter coke. He could replace that with chicken sausage and microwave it instead, 1 small serving, and buy a 2-liter diet drink.
    I am eating an already-cooked baked chicken this week from Krogers. All I need to do is microwave it. It's on the obesity surgery diet he was supposed to be on.

    He could also get canned chicken in water, canned Tuna in water, lunch meat that is low-fat, there is
    usually a package of cooked grilled chicken in the lunch meat section, there is already cooked low-fat hams, eggs, sausage, and turkey bacon can all be microwaved, last most grocery stores have already
    cooked ground beef patty, I also get already cooked hard-boiled eggs from the store,

    So sense some people claim they can not eat healthy because they don´t know how to cook I figure this would be a good thread to put up easy to cook healthy recipes and already cooked foods from the grocery store.
     
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  2. Father Heathen

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    Buy some veggies (sweet potatoes, bell peppers, carrots, parsnips, brussels sprouts, etc.), dice the larger ones, place them on a backing sheet, season (I prefer garlic and black pepper) and drizzle lightly with olive oil, then roast in the oven.
    If you know how to bake a frozen pizza you can do this.
     
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  3. Shadow Wolf

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    Those are going to be highly processed and loaded with sodium. Not healthy.
    Diet drinks are terribly unhealthy.
    That's likely processed and has chemicals amd additives that make it not a healthy choice.
    Processed, high in sodium, often high in saturated fats and not healthy.
    Processed, lots of sodium, lots of saturated fat and not healthy.
    Healthy food is generally whole or modified little and not prepared in a factory. Factory stuff especially is going to have chemicals and additives that aren't good for the body. Like peanut butter. Homemade peanut butter can be made with just peanuts. Not even organic store peanut butter will be that pure and unadultered.
     
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  4. Father Heathen

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    Diet soda is preferable over regular soda, right? Since I began my dietary changes I try to drink primarily water, although I'll drink the occasional diet soda when I want a little caffeine. Also, grilled/baked chicken is preferable to fried. The key is moderation and portion sizes. I still occasionally eat junk, but in much smaller amounts and far less often.
     
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    Diet soda is linked to type 2 diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, sugar cravings and weight gain. It's the artificial sugars, which can be harder on the body than real sugars.
     
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    The trouble is that anyone who claims they "don't know how to cook" is either feeble-minded or just doesn't care about what they eat. With such people you are fighting a losing battle. Anyone can cook pasta, boil an egg or cook corn on the cob for example, at least after a couple of tries.

    In the US environment, the first thing I would do is stop the carbonated drinks. 100%. They are addictive, culturally embedded and terrible for health. If you have to have something, drink (unsweetened) tea or fizzy water with a slice of lemon etc.

    As for cooked protein, yes tinned fish of all sort is excellent: tuna, sardines, mackerel......They also often come in olive oil which is important, as a modest element of oil or fat in food is vital to make it palatable.(pasta without some oil in the dressing is practically inedible for instance.) Don't go for fish in water. You need the oil, at least a bit of it. Tinned meat is generally lousy, full of fat, salt and artificial emulsifiers. Baked beans are good, but get a reduced sugar version.

    Any kind of steamed green vegetable (or sweetcorn) is delicious with a bit of butter and pepper. Don't be afraid of butter: just use a bit - you don't need much. It lifts the taste to another level of interest and makes them far more satisfying. (Steaming is dead easy: just need to poke the veggies with a knife to see if they are starting to soften and then stop before they are overdone.) As an alternative, bit of olive oil with lightly fried chopped garlic also makes things satisfying and again a little goes a long way. Same for chillies. None of this takes more than 20 mins to prepare, so there is really no excuse not to try it if you care at all about your health.

    But if you don't, well you're in trouble and nobody can wave a magic wand for you. .
     
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  7. stvdv

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    Best would be peanuts that are not baked/fried, as heating above 120 °C can be carcinogenic for some people

    But @Riders trying to replace "horror" foods by less "horror" foods is already a very good first step. 2L Cola is indeed a big "horror" for any body. Start with 0,2L would be already a big improvement

    Avoiding "killing yourself" starts with reducing quantities, and eating less of the bad foods, macro nutrients, is more important than focusing on micro nutrients
     
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    I agree with these, though it might be too big/huge a step/change to take for those in this "My 600 pound life" program

    The food industry, with all the bad additions to cooked meals they provide (especially overdose of salt and harmful, bad oils), seems to want us to become a client of Big Pharma. Which does make sense in a way; I can see that

    And of course they do provide healthy choices, though the so called healthy food is in Holland still overloaded with salt and harmful oils, and really plain and dull. They should follow a food course with Iskon Hare Krishna, they do prepare delicious vegetarian healthy dishes...so much better than what the supermarkets have

    But agreed, the supermarket is cheap and easy

    The worst has yet to come, Genetical Manipulated foods. They seem to want to impose this more and more on us. That's really bad
     
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    A standard around here, especially in winter. Tofu cubes as well, right in with the veggies.
     
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    One of my daughter's favorite items is to make a miniature size Keish, using only egg whites. She uses a miniature size muffin pan, pours in the beaten egg whites and add peppers, onions, cheese etc. Great for snacks. She also eats a lot of tuna, salmon, but fresh grilled never canned. She eats little bread or not much of anything with carbs, never soft drinks, but loves her wine. ;)
     
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    Couldn't agree more.

    Improving your diet and increasing your exercise are vital for anybody needing to lose weight but the changes need to be long term. Smaller changes built up over time tend to be more manageable and therefore more sustainable than completely turning your lifestyle around in one fell swoop.
     
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  12. stvdv

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    I completely turned around my diet at once, but gradually change usually is much smarter, because emotionally too radical changes can be too much for most people, and they sometimes end up with yo-yo effect

    I never would advice too radical changes. Usually avoiding "bad stuff" gives already a huge improvement, and that positive experience empowers to take further steps

    Also taking smaller steps makes you aware about the different effects of certain changes

    Exercise indeed is important for me too and I need it to be practical (a home trainer or just running or cycling in rounds are not my thing), so I do just 10 km bicycle daily (nearest shop, 5km), and once a week 20km (shopping nearest city 10km), and once a week 40km (sunday visiting a Mega Church nearby). Not much, but sufficient to keep me physical well.
     
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    Damn i was going to say that or similar, it's what is cooking in the oven right now. Diced seasonal veg, carrots, aubergine (eggplant), tomato, potatoes, onion sprinked with oil and... Not garlic but herbes de Provence and ground black pepper.
     
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    Exactly. A buddy of mine drank a 2 liter bottle of diet soda er day because he was having weight gain, and thought it better that sugar soda, but it got worse. He ended up with diabetes and other health problems. I suggested if he wants the taste and bubbles to buy flavored seltzer water. Still, you can't beat filtered water. And daily fiber, as it helps clean out the instines and make them more efficient. It's not just food, it is a healthy system.
     
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    That's how it also is in America. Many of the things labeled healthy or appearing healthy simply are not.
     
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    That's a good point. Like with a pinch of salt, you only need a small smear of butter to make a big difference.
     
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    You can get bagged, pre-washed spinach, arugua, baby kale, or mixed power greens from the store. Toss the greens of your choice with bottled ranch dressing (or other salad dressing) and add some store-bought roastery chicken to it for a chicken ranch salad. You can add your choice of other fresh packaged prepared veggies (like grape tomatoes,) dried fruits (like dried cranberries,) nuts, or even frozen kernels of sweet corn (run them under cold water to thaw) or drained canned beans (black beans or garbanzo beans) to add extra flavors and texture to your salad.

    Replace the soda with iced tea or lemonade.

    Buy packaged frozen fruits and put them in your blender with yogurt or liquid of your choice to make smoothies.
     
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    You can also buy packaged, prepared fresh vegetable medleys in your produce department. Take a storage bowl and put 1 part olive oil and 3 parts vinegar (I like to use white balsamic vinegar) in it, and mix in salt, pepper, celery seed, and other seasonings of your choice. Add the packaged fresh vegetable to it, stir to coat, put the lid on it, and put in the refrigerator to marinate. It will keep for a week. You can use the marinated veggies to add to salads or noodle bowls as needed throughout the week.

    If you don't mind spending some time chopping veggies, you can chop cucumbers, tomatoes, onions (or green onions) and other veggies, along with some drained canned beans, and marinade them as above. This makes a tasty topping for open-faced sandwiches: Simply spread some cream cheese on some sturdy bread (or flatbread or crackers) and top with the marinated veggies and a sprinkle of parmesan.
     
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    This is good advice. I put on some weight the last couple of years and on a recent doctors visit she wanted me to lose 5 to 10kg over 3 months. I've managed to lose 10kg in a couple of months just by cutting back on portion size.
     
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    Congratulations, that's quite an achievement
     
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