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Balancing Consistency and Creativity

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

So my biggest setback lately has been with my food. This has always been my biggest area that I need to improve on, but now I have a new challenge: being creative with what I eat while also staying consistent with my calories.

I gained a lot of cooking skills these past two years. I am actually pretty good at it; I used to cook before, but I've definitely gotten better and more creative with what I make. This is a two part problem.

#1: Creativity that turns indulgent.
I can now make anything with very little ingredients. That means cookies, cakes, breads... Very high calorie foods. These are usually fairly easy recipes that take little effort on my part- just mix and stick in the oven!

#2: Trying new recipes that take more effort and money with little to show for it.
Have you seen those "84 Healthy recipe ideas", etc? Have you seen the shopping lists?? It will say, buy salmon, talapia, steak, chicken, turkey sausage... just for one week's protein! There is no way I can afford that! Just protein-wise, we're talking like $50! Then there's everything else- nutella, asparagus, hummus, waffles... do they not realize how hard that is for someone whose salary is under $15,000?
Then the recipe says to cut and chop and slice and dice and cook then mix, so I'm spending a lot of money, a lot of time, and I'm ending up with something that is not too different than what I'm used to. But when I try to go back to simple foods (the sparkpeople list is expensive too, but more simple) I get bored easily and it's harder for me to stay on track.

So what I do is I pick out certain things from the list that I can probably afford for groceries, then try to get creative with that, but not too-many-calories-creative. Usually it ends up as the same things every week because I know how much I can afford when I get the usual veggies and fruits, carbs, and protein (chicken breast and ground turkey).

I don't know... I guess it just takes a lot of effort and planning and sometimes I'd rather just be lazy and eat some leftover breakfast burritos from work. I like having all the sweets from the cafe because it's not a lot of extra time and work and planning and cooking... and all the ideas for "cheap and easy" meals from the articles calls for a lot of premade stuff that I can't afford.
So it's either buy expensive stuff and lose weight with a smile,
or buy cheap stuff and struggle every day with food.

Guh. Ideas?!?! What are your favorite cheap and easy snacks? Meals? I only eat poultry and fish and vegetarian food. I'm dying here! My brain is fried!! ((Mmm.. fried...))
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    I like rice bowl. you use brown rice, chicken, frozen peas and frozen corn, little olive oil I like to use sesame oil to, and some low sodium soy sauce. I season my chicken as its cooking in the oil, I steam the veggies, and microwave the brown rice. When all is done I add veggies to the chicken and stir some soy sauce in, then i add my rice give a good stir so all the flavors come together. I only use 1 table spoon of each oil, a cup of each veggie, and about 4 oz. of boneless skinless chicken cut in strips. That's one of my favorites and I like to add hot sauce to mine. Enjoy!! emoticon
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