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Trying different foods?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I've been following the Eat to Live program since the end of April.

I'm amazed that I've stuck to it. Ok, let's be honest; I have not been 100% on program the whole time. But who really is? Life gets in the way. A few meals eaten out, office birthday parties, dinners at friends and relatives… There are more of these than I'd have thought! Still, I get right back on program after a ...ahem… less than healthy meal.

On the other end of the scale, I've been eating a LOT of fruits and veggies. I used to have just about none. Unless french fries count.

Now that it's warm out, on most mornings I'll have a smoothie. With spinach hiding in it! This morning I made a lime one with key lime Greek yogurt, spinach and mango. (It's very rare for me to have dairy, but I wanted to try it.)

I've tried all kinds of new foods. Many I like, or tolerate. Like GREEN smoothies, vegetarian chili, quinoa, nutritional yeast, and more. (What IS that anyhow, or maybe I don't want to know!) And of course there are things I've tried and not been really gung-ho about. Like kale chips. But I'm willing to try again.

Still, one of my biggest challenges to this program is all the shopping and food prep. I have many things I want to do in my free time, and cooking is not one of them.

But finding new foods, and easy ways to make them is like an adventure. On the weekends I'll make a big batch of veggie chili, or try a new recipe, so I'm making it work. I want this plan to work - FOREVER.

What new foods have you tried? And loved or hated?
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    good blog.... when I'm in my local (not national food store) I see things I might want to try but have no clue how to fix or what to do with it, I ask whoever is buying it how to prepare or what to do with it. they are always helpful and tell me.

    prickly pair fruit, to much work for so little taste or fruit.
    1532 days ago
    I had to change my diet around when I found out I had a gluten intolerance. I tried quinoa and I really liked it. I love tofu!
    1533 days ago
    Oh! I forgot tofu! *blech*
    Me too!!! :(
    1533 days ago
    Wow, I think that is great that you can be on program and then go off for one meal now and then and then GO BACK to the plan.

    I wonder if you're noticing the benefits (beside weight loss which I assume you're experiencing) that come from eating lots more fruit and vegetables? One thing I noticed is that my nails were growing faster and were stronger, for example. And that it was easier for me to go to bed on time because I noticed my fatigue more, unblurred by sugar and other foods that gave me (temporary) energy boosts.

    New foods I tried... Green smoothies! I love them. I have tried goji berries, frozen cherries and berries, brussels sprouts, frozen pumpkin (saves me a lot of work peeling and cutting the pumpkin), chia seeds, flax seeds, grinding sunflower seeds, chicory coffee, soy milk, rice milk... I could go on. Most or all of these I liked.
    One thing I do NOT like and can't find my way with is tofu. I only eat it as a processed product, a 'mock meat'. I just cannot figure out how to use it or prepare it and have it be tasty. I found one way to do it but that was too much work / trouble.
    1533 days ago
    I tried papaya.

    It works well in smoothies, but not real tasty...
    1533 days ago
  • DS9KIE
    mango's are yummy if you can manage to get in them...lol
    1533 days ago
    I never bought mango before! Love it!
    What will I do in the winter?!?
    1533 days ago
  • DS9KIE
    I have tried spinach, kale , collards, swiss chard, bok choy, turnip (and the greens), mustard greens, sweet potato, squash, mushrooms, eggplant , red, yellow, orange pepper, onions, leeks, asparagus, artichoke....

    My favorite is sweet potato, butternut squash, peas, eggplant, the one I didn't like was mustard greens...I'm still trying like beans more.

    What I like is some combination of foods like mushrooms, onions, red pepper, greens, zucchini, asparagus, eggplant on top of a sweet potato (I add beans but I'm not to thrilled about the beans)...yummy

    I like all fruits... emoticon is my favorite...peaches are my least favorite.

    There are a few more veggies I need to try.

    What are your favorites?
    1533 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/16/2013 7:55:51 AM
    1533 days ago
    It is the fruit that really interest me and in most cases there is not too much prep time. Regularly we get bananas, apples, melon and in season - blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. But there are so many more to try. We went through a period of time where we would get a different fruit just to be different. Like a pear or plum or apricot or peach. We do not get oranges too often either. There so many options and only seven days a week and you cannot get too much or you will be just throwing it away. I like fresh pineapple too but there is a lot of fruit in one pineapple. Bing cherries and grapes to go on and I am sure you could list more that are appealing. Thank you for your BLOG. Keep up your good work.
    1533 days ago
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