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Fast to the stomach fast to the grave....

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

So I finally took my gluten test a week ago. I've done some serious thinking though and I have come to the conclusion that it may not even be the gluten but instead my lousy diet that's the cause of all my health problems. I eat out almost every day, sometimes twice a day. That's 6 to 14 times a week. Most of it is fast food too. Even when I get food from the grocery store most is processed and in boxes. I read that eating this way can cause depression and I believe I could be suffering. I'm tired all the time, I'm grumpy, and I cry for no reason. I have no motivation to do anything. Therefore, I've decided to start eating better. I'm giving up eating at fast food restaurants and giving up processed foods. Of course this means I'm going to need to learn how to cook. I'm starting easy and learning how to make dried beans.

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KOSHKALET 4/19/2012 2:33AM

    I used to do a lot of fast food, too. I've really cut back, and I have noticed a difference in my mood.

I'm still working on getting my 5-a-day veggies/fruits in, but even just not eating out helps.

One trick that I used to do when I was single was just have a cooking day on the weekend when I made a couple of casseroles and then freeze them for use throughout the week.

Also, another idea - for all the money you spend on fast food, I bet you could trade that for a session or two with a personal chef! I have a friend who does it and focuses on healthy meals - lots of veg, but also really, really tasty!

I'm happy to share recipes or cooking tips any time - feel free to send me a message anytime!

You CAN do it - and I bet within a week of even just cutting down the # of fast food meals you will feel much better...

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EGALITAIRE 4/18/2012 9:02PM

    Congrats on making the decision to be healthier - that is for sure the first step, and a big one.

Making healthy food at home probably seems like an overwhelming thing. I suggest just starting with simple things like salads - you really can't go wrong. If you put in something you don't like, just don't put it in next time.

Next easiest is steaming veggies - again, can't really go wrong. Too crisp, put them back on for a minute or two, too mushy, take them off sooner next time.

I know this is advice and unsolicited, so feel free to take anything that works and discard anything that doesn't sit right.

I suggest starting with simple goals like 3 or 4 meals a week, or even 1 if 3 seem daunting and work your way up from there. If you keep focused on your goals and continue to progress, in no time you will be making the majority of your food at home.

Stay Strong and Spark On

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LOPEYP 4/18/2012 6:16PM

    There are lots of simple good recipes on spark. Also you can do something simple like open a bag of salad and add some tomatoes. Good luck with your new healthy eating. emoticon

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