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LISAH101 Posts: 77
9/21/13 12:59 P

I agree with the previous poster - my dad would have a fit if you tried to feed him vegetables or anything healthy. Take small steps to get them there. We have a grocery list on the fridge every week, not sure if you do, but start small by just asking for one item for your snack.

Also - I love keeping hard boiled eggs around for a quick protein if I'm really busy and don't have time to make lunch. 2 hard boiled eggs and a handful of cherry tomatoes has been my "busy" lunch on several occasions.

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9/21/13 5:28 A

one recommendation though, since my parents are somewhat like yours (I gained 10kg back home despite trying my best not to);
Don't jump immediately onto the super healthy track, or they'll not be able to adjust. Start with making stuff from scratch, but make the kind of stuff they eat in the tv dinners, then go from there. Even 'unhealthy foods' made from scratch are way better for you when made fresh than when they're mass produced.
Still use a bit more butter/salt than you'd like, still buy them *some* junk food so they aren't deprived of their favorites right out the gate...
If your first day you serve up ultra healthy, it'll be so far from their pallets that they will hate it.

Also, do your parents eat that way because they like that stuff, or because that stuff is the fastest way to make food?

ANARIE Posts: 13,185
9/21/13 2:50 A

Nobody can afford their own apartment on what you get paid for a first job these days, but sharing one with three or four other students might be a good deal-- something to look into.

If that's not an option, then sit down with your parents and say, "Mom, Dad, I feel like I should be contributing something to the household. I can't pay rent, but I could at least take over the shopping and cooking. I think I could save us a lot of money compared to what we're spending now."

It's true. Frozen dinners and Pop-Tarts and that kind of stuff cost five or six times what it would cost to cook dinner and snacks from scratch. You don't have to even mention that you're buying healthy things; talk about it being cheaper and you'll have them on board. Look through this forum and you'll find dozens of threads asking how to eat healthy on a tight budget-- information you can use whether you move out or stay at home.

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9/20/13 6:45 P

kudos to you for developing a taste for healthy foods despite growing up in such an unhealthy environment.

But I agree with the others: get a job!

9/20/13 5:02 P

I understand how you feel as I've dealt with something similar. My recommendation is to emphasize to them how important this is to you, why you're doing it, etc. If they're not willing to budge, maybe they can at least meet you somewhere in between, even if it's only small, gradual changes. Maybe make a request for a few things that you don't already have (and possibly things that you think your parents would also enjoy). If you have the means, you can always buy some things yourself, even if it's only a little bit just to get you started. Make any small changes where you can and try to work with the resources that you have.

9/20/13 4:14 P

You could ask to go shopping with your mom (or dad, if he is the shopper). Healthy foods don't have to be expensive. Frozen veggies can save a lot of $, and you can get grains and beans from bulk bins, if the store has any. Cans of beans are inexpensive. cooking light's website has a lot of really easy meals with 4-5 ingredients, and they don't taste "diety".

You could eat what they eat in small quantities and add two servings of veggies to every meal. Grab a head of lettuce (usually $1) and for instance if they are having ham for dinner, take a 4 oz. peice, cut it up, and put it in with the lettuce or rice that you bought, and mix with 1/2 cup of beans and you are good to go. Then you could heat up 1 cup of frozen snap peas in the microwave as a side and put a little butter (1/2 tsp) and some pepper and yum. (I also like to put a little sea salt and vinegar on them instead of butter)

see if you can get snacks such as apples, peanut butter, almonds, popcorn, cottage cheese or yogurt.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
9/20/13 4:13 P

good for you. Maybe if you show them how yummy veggies can be without all the added butter and salt, they may be pleasantly surprised.

EEVEELY23 Posts: 6
9/20/13 4:07 P

I could try making them dinner. I do like cooking :)

EEVEELY23 Posts: 6
9/20/13 4:07 P

I could try making them dinner. I do like cooking :)

EEVEELY23 Posts: 6
9/20/13 4:06 P

I could try making them dinner. I do like cooking :)

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
9/20/13 3:55 P

make them dinner and don't add all the fluff. As I said, show them what healthy eating is.

EEVEELY23 Posts: 6
9/20/13 3:54 P

It's backwards at my house. My parents don't like vegetables, and when we do have fruits and veggies, they coat them in butter, salt, and sugar.

EEVEELY23 Posts: 6
9/20/13 3:52 P

No fresh fruits or veggies -- I'm the only one who likes them -- there may be some canned green beans, but that's about it.
We rarely have meat, no chicken or beef, maybe only a can of tuna every now and then.
Only white bread too.

All we have is frozen meals, tv dinners, hot dogs, bologna, peanut butter, kids' cereals, poptarts etc.

I'm a college student and have no job at the moment, therefore I can't buy my own food.

Basically I guess what I need to know is, if I have the bad food in small portions, will it mess up my attempt at losing weight?

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
9/20/13 3:51 P

what parents refuse to buy healthy foods. Getting my folks to buy junk is like pulling teeth.

take this opportunity to teach them.

9/20/13 3:31 P

Any chicken breast, canned tuna, lean ground beef?

Any fruits or veggies: fresh, canned or frozen?

Any oatmeal, whole wheat bread?

Do you have a job? Can you purchase some foods to supplement what your parent have?

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CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (107,273)
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9/20/13 3:19 P

Go out and buy your own food.

Eat small portions of the unhealthy food so that you stay in your Spark calorie range.

EEVEELY23 Posts: 6
9/20/13 2:32 P parents won't buy healthy food. What am I supposed to eat?

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