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I prefer cooking fresh foods at home.
I find it is much healthier and tastes better!

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11/18/13 3:51 P

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I've been at my dad's for 6 months, now. My sister cooks low fat. I keep canned meat in my bedroom to provide more fat. I also bought my own bottle of Olive Oil, and also buy extra butter and mayo to keep my fat up. It's real hard to say no to potatoes every meal, and always feeling guilty for using up all the butter or whatever. When the meal leaves me hungry I eat a can of potted meat or vienna sausages to get more fat. Sometimes sneak a bit more butter or olive oil, or whatever. I miss cooking stuff my way. She steams all the stupid vegetables and then by the time they're served they're to cold to melt butter on. when she's gone for the eveing I cook the veg in the frypan with oil or butter. LOL then Dad and I have good food.


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I cook at home almost every day, every meal! Unless a friend invites me to lunch or dinner (which usually happens maybe once a week), every meal is from my house. We have a cafeteria at work and in the year that i've worked there, I have only ever eaten TWO lunches from there! I always have a packed lunch. Saves money and then I know exactly what's gone into it.

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I cook at home! Saves money! We also eat out at least once a week. We travel frequently, so I pack our lunches. Most of my time is spent prepping healthy food, buying it, or reading about it.

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7/27/13 11:27 P

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Interesting that you asked this. Two things started nudging us in this direction, first of all was gluten sensitivity (nudge 1), then we started the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University plan (nudge 2, stop eating out to save more$chaChing) and nudge 3 was per hubby's request to have dinner ready by 5:30.... so we did eventually get to doing this more and more--- and I found out I can cook pretty well.. much to my mother's delight- as she started to think I didn't get that fabulous cooking gene that her side of the family has ;) So we have found some pretty amazing and delicious, easy recipes. And, homemade cooking is one of those things I wish I had started sooner. Baking chicken breast is so much easier and tastier than on the stove, just put some crushed garlic in the pan with some good oil (we use grapeseed oil), add seasoning, and maybe lemon if you like... and we will never steam asparagus again, baked in oil, seasoned with sea salt and pepper ( 350 for 20 min) so satisfying and delicious- it rarely makes it to the plates, because everyone is clamoring for it as it comes out of the oven.



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We rarely eat out...



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1/9/13 7:43 P

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I Love to cook! I am in the kitchen at least 6 nights out of 7 cooking. I get a lot of recipes from this site : http://mariahealth.blogspot.com/ She is like a mad scientist when it comes to food and has all sorts of desserts and breads and meals.... plus she is a great blogger! I am trying to get my family on board with low carb too.

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12/19/12 1:17 A

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whenever i go on the low carb anything i always suprise myself and my boyfriend by comming up with new dishes he looks at me sometimes in wonder how did i come up with that lately its just been little sauces one of my favorites is meat balls in any flaver the other night we had asian with brocoli on the side i found an asian herb tastes just like real thing with zero carbs beef or chicken with homemade sauces. still on the look out for a good low carb bbQ sauce the ones in the stores are just too high in sugar and carbs. one of my favorites is replacing califlower for potato craving i fried califlower in the pan with some herbs an olive oil and viola fried potato sortof tast good enough for me.

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yes you have to treat yourself on occasions... my birthday is the 20th.. i have not had potato in over 2mos.. bu bf is taking me out to lone star and i will have a bake potato and cheese cake that one day...

enjoy your/his birthday and anniversary...

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9/7/12 10:04 P

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Yes I do cook homemade healthy foods!! In large amounts for my freezer. I even make my own tv dinners,(the flat narrow size plastic containers are so good & stack so well in the freezer.) I used to be an Atkins loser, several years ago. The past year I just counted calories, and I fooled around from 185 trying to get down to 180..I just spun my wheels..I kept at about 1200 cals..So help me, if I ate it, I wrote it down. It has to be my age. I just turned 80 in August. I do all my own housework, yard work, walk around the lake every morning, up by 4;30-5 am to get the day started. I have a must be back from walk to watch Joyce Meyers tv, an excellent christian speaker-leader. Then the I pad I go to David Jeremaih, & by 6;30 I have a proper breakfast. cal.wise, I never over eat, but I absolutely do eat 3 meals per day, plus 2 snacks. My husband is very lean, always has been, can eat 3 helpings of scalloped pot..& so on. I do once or twice a week, have a dessert not on the reg.list, but with all my activity I should have lost. I am starting to really get motivated again, & I checked out our pool a block away in our retirement community. Its time for me to do more than walk, and/or talk/ I need to get with MY Program. My hubby b'day is tomorrow,8th, & our 62 annv. is Sunday 9th.so its . 2 desserts sat.& Sun. from there on its an Atkins dessert, legal...I have all his books, but perhaps the one you mentioned is the latest? don't know& will keep checking it all out. I have all the Dana Carpenter cook books, low carb.,etc. more web sites have low carb, About.com is excellent.
I even ordered the wonderful bread from California..and the cost is way too much but after a few weeks, I like a 1 slice sandwich, with veggies, or protein, & a romaine lettuce topping to pretend its a 2nd piece of bread. I do not miss breads, potatoes, but after a few weeks it is nice to have 1 slice of toast.( only 1 carb & it is very good, better than any other carb breads.It is from the Julian Bakery...I freeze it, 2 slices to a zip lock bag. freezing a whole loaf does not taste as good as my way. I have cooked my entire lifetime from 12 years old. Lived on a farm, and my folks always sent me up from farm work 45 min.early to start our meals.. I married, worked 3 years, and then 4 kids, all under 5 1/2 years of age. So there were always 6 at our tables. We lived in a fruit belt in lower Midchigan. Lots of veggies free from my folks farm, and fruits, & we always had our meat supply in the freezer. I still cannot shake that habit, as I have a freezer always full. I can make a meal in a flash, as I took classes, studied nutrition, spent time at Duke Univ. doing that..and so help me, at 5'8 I just have to get 20-25 lbs. off. God has to help me as I have not done a good job. I think I can manage the web site,as I am not computer proficient.but .at age 78, I bought an I pad, and got that down really well. I read 147 books on it the first year. (One of the advantages of being retired. All our family lives in other states than Az. ) so I plan on learning from all your posts. Just call me Joyce, & I will try to navigate the spark site and fill in the measurements,weights,etc. I would really be happy if I could get down to a size 14. At present, slacks are a 16, tops are 20 & I do not have large thighs(probably the walking keeps them down.) so I start my journey as many of you have started yours..Start at the very beginning..as the song goes from Sound of Music.
Thank you for sharing all your hints. Joyce

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Just checked out LINDA'S LOW CARB MENUS & RECIPES. Some really tasty looking recipes, and she let's you know which ones are good for the Induction Phase.

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i am trying the atkins plan.. we eat out once week... what i cook at home is nutritous.. i use cooking spray for my ''frying'' bake or broil most of our meats... got rid of our fryer years ago.. when you cook at home you know what is going into any dish you prepare... specially if you are watching your sodium... or sugar

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I am going to check out LINDA'S LOW CARB MENUS & RECIPES. I have my New Atkins Cookbook now, and I am trying to prepare more meals at home now. I used to cook all the time, but when my daughter got married, my hubby and I have been eating out more. And you don't really know what they are cooking with. I'm allergic to soy products and soy is being put into so many foods now, even at the grocery store. I have to really look at the label ingredients. Soy isn't good for my thyroid (suppresses the thyroid). My family loves my apple pies, and this is apple picking time. I guess I'll make the pie for them, but I know I won't be able to resist a bite.

Does anyone have a low-carb apple pie recipe? I'm sure it's not allowed during the Induction Phase. emoticon

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hi! I have a site..LINDA'S LOW CARB MENUS & RECIPES. There are a lot of recipes and she had made everyone of them and tells you whether she like them! some of them are REALLY good!


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I love my crockpot as well but find it hard to have low-carb recipes that work and are good - got any to share?? And when I say low carb I mean under 10 carbs - - - I typically eat as induction as much as possible. I find that I remember only so much - and the LOW-LOW carb recipes seem to stick in my head.

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7/19/12 11:33 P

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Cooking is always difficult, especially when you are already tired. I really love turkey meatballs, eggs, and using my crock pot!

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6/25/12 1:31 A

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It IS really hard to cook 3 meals a day for atkins - because you really can't trust others for what you put in your mouth - Batch cooking helps me alot - I cook breakfast meatballs (30) in advance, so I always have something on hand to go with eggs for breakfast when I am lazy (I am a chicken lover in any form) The hardest party is my garden planting to be easy - it does save money but is a whole lot more work.... I generally cook one dinner to have for the next day's lunch and if I am lucky do something with it for supper - - - 2 of us - so although I can just chow on the same old for days - my dh won't

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I cook most of my own meals as well, don't eat processed foods (seldom anyhow). I use the crockpot a lot, will make a larger batch of something, then freeze in individual portions.. Same with roasting meat too in the oven. Pork shoulder, beef roast, chickens - whatever.

My one splurge is the rotisserie chickens from Costco!

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I haven't been reading the boards for a long time, and just started back today. This topic is one of my favorites. I've been cooking all my own meals for years and it's extremely rare that I'll eat out. There is so much junk in the fast food and the processed food, and since I make all mine (including my own bread) processed food tastes bad to me. My daughter does all her own cooking, too. Years ago I did go through a period where we ate frozen dinners, but that didn't last long. I started my own herb garden from seeds this year, and who knows, if I get ambitious next year may grow some veggies!

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4/22/12 1:21 A

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Didn't realize how much I was liking my own cooking until ate out a couple of times this week--the off-plan meals were not anywhere near as good as what I've been making lately.
Allergic to wheat so have no business eating out much, anyway. Have come up with tricks to minimize cleanup (aluminum foil and cooking spray are my best friends--husband refuses to do hand dishes so have learned how to make LOTS of things in bowls in the microwave and glass or foil-lined dishes/pans in the oven so most go in the dishwasher). Don't be intimidated by cleanup--there are ways to get around it.
However, anything that requires actual boiling (new potatoes, beans/lentils etc) gets saved for my nights off when actually have some energy to clean up (amazing what you can accomplish during TV commercials). Will make a couple of meal's worth of potatoes for hubs
or make a big batch of lentils and freeze in manageable portions.
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Can anyone suggest a good cookbook that lists net carbs? Look for all dishes . Main, side and desert

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I like to keep it simple. I buy chicken breast on sale ... they are so big that one last two lunches. Add a tablespoon of mayo to the diced meat the top with lots of lettuce and salad garnishes. I never get tire of this as I can change the taste with different spices. It is quick and easy.



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We never eat out (except when we have to be away from home during meal time.) Tt used to be fun to go to a nice restaurant for a change but the food just doean't taste as good when you have to pay for someone else to cook it.



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i usually only buy enough meat for 2 weeks with a day or two where i dont cook each week so about$100 of meat. i would love to have a freezer i can fill with lots of extras but i live in an apartment.


i dont really find lots of good recipes i like. so when i do find some im like omg gotta make it! im alot better at making desserts (healthy ones) normally the ones i make i dont have to put alot of stuff in them. when making entrees i like to make simpler things. as soon as i see an ingrident list that long i always feel like it will be to hard to make........ even though i know its not. lately these past few weeks ive been really into cooking so i think ill be trying out more complimented dishes soon.

im actually making christmas dinner for my parents! im so excited about that!

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JD, Just keep it up, practice makes perfect as the saying goes.

I used to cook a lot (raising 4 kids), but now that I'm alone, I buy frozen veggies, they keep better, frozen fruit except in summer when it's fresh locally, I like to get meat at a meat market too, but right now am trying to use up what I've got on hand before I go out and stock up on more. (I had a freezer full, now it's down to about half - I'm using it up).

Cooking just takes practice and recipes and things... and if you enjoy doing it, you'll thrive at it and if not - well, you'll still survive....... At least you're working at it!

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ive cooked for my self since 2007. ( not long i know )

growing up my mom always cooked! shes such a great cook! i didnt get the great cook gene lol most of the time ill make easy dishes. i make enough for my boyfriend and his brother. well for dinner... breakfast and luch they have to fend for them selves. i work full time and get up at 4am so i only cook dinner for 3 people everything else is just me.

i am the bread winner so i buy the grocerys. lately ive been buying my meat from a meat market. it taste so much better fresh! i love going every two weeks buying all my meat and bringing it home. its my favorit errand LOL.

i still get my eggs from walmart, 2 -5dozen boxes.

i buy frozen veggies....ilove fresh ones but ive had some many go bad and that adds up to be alot of $$ in the trash!

try to keep healthy foods in the house for us but they still get fast food alot. like usually once a day. some times 3 times a day.

i tried makng my own bread but it didnt rise :(

maybe wednesday ill try making homemade soup. again, i made chicken soup once and did not like it at all!

so yes i cook homemae healthy foods im just not a gret cook haha!

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I love to cook at home! My husband and I alternate who is responsible for cooking each week - it works out well with grocery planning, lunch planning, etc.

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I won 50 Goodie Points today so I bought a Turkey for our Thanksgiving Meal! LOL!

Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving all! I want to Welcome all our new members!

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We used to have a meat grinder attachment on our first oster Kitchen center. When the motor died we bought a stand alone model for about 50 dollars from the Shopper pages. that thing has ground our deer burger and some other stuff over the years, for the last 8-10 years. invaluable.

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We ordered a meat grinder which came on Friday. Yesterday, Dear Hubby cubed a deer hind quarter which we will grind into hamburger today. The freezer had some big plants sitting on it and I found some great veggies that I had frozen from the garden.



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Hi, I do cook at home. I've found recently that I'm allergic to wheat and dairy and need to watch salt as well. I cook plain food, plain meat, plain frozen and fresh veggies, sometimes a can of veg. even salted, canned veg seem ok, maybe cause I don't eat them every day.

And with the economy what it is, we eat out less than we ever did. We have other priorities, like a new roof, and energy efficient windows rather than eating out. I have to admit, it drags me down sometimes, but I feel more in control by spending my money wisely than I would by wasting it at a restaurant or buying packaged foods.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all they ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6


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I run a daycare out of my home and on average cook for 14 people a day when you include my own family. In spite of that almost everything here is homecooked and not from pre-packed. I find home cooked tastes so much better, I have the opportunity to teach the children what food really tastes like and I can control exactly what they are eating.

My youngest son has high blood pressure and has had all of his life so making sure of how much salt he gets has always been a priority, as well he does not do well with sugar. As well having worked in many large commercial day cares, I have see the behavioral effects of fast processed meals on the children. The dyes, additives, sugars, and salts really have a large impact on various aspects of their behavior:, their impulsivity control, inability to calm, inability to sleep, mood swings etc. Which is why I promised I would never feed children in my care the way those other day care centers did.



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love love to cook at home but hate to mess up my clean kitchen :)

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We just planted a cherry tomato. Our other bushes aren't producing as DH over fertilized.



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Brheart, last year I had two Cherry Tomato bushes in pots by the front porch steps. you should have seen how much the kids loved eating those. this year hubby stuck them in the garden and I don't think they're as interested. they blend in to much. still, they're not on yet so maybe when they're on the kids will get interested.

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Since eating the Atkins way i don't enjoy eating out as much I used to.
We would always go out for Breakfast every Sunday morning and Carb yourself to death and feel YUKKY! Now, We stay home, enjoy better conversation with my family and feel energized for the day.

We just had a great protein breakfast and now going for a 12 mile bike ride by the South shores of Rhode Island. The Summers are beautiful.

Enjoy your Weekend everyone!

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I am a stay at home mom and I cook all the meals.. I hate packaged food as it does not even taste like food to me. My mom was a great cook but stopped when she went to work in my teens.. then the food turned to canned and frozen..YUCK...lol Just think how small kitchen used to be.. now we have so many cupboards to hold all those packaged foods. Such a shame everything is biggy sized.. cars, food and homes.. arrg.. funny .. I lived in Germany for 11 yrs and saw a completely different side of life.. I also lived in Australia.. they eat much the same as the brits.. deep fried with a egg on top.. but such lovely people. The french eat the best.. small on the plates but the most delish food ... Yum

Great topic..Debbie

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Hubby took the car to have some warranty work done on it and planned to go by the feed store to get some flower plants that were 50% off ... he got a whole flat of periwinkles and a few marigolds. He saw the Farmers Market was open so he got some beautiful tomatoes, squash, zucchini and new potatoes.

Yes, most of what we eat is "homemade, healthy foods"!

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We eat out MAYBE once or twice in a month. Most of the time if we go out it's becuase we are meeting some other family members or friends for special occations. (there seems to be so many of those) Other wise I cook the meals at home and for about a year now I have been very aware of organic and clean eatting and try my best, based on what is available in my area and budget. My kids love it and even tell everyone that for the most part they would rather eat what Mom cooks at home than go out. They say it tastes better and I have to agree. Now they do still ask for fast food and would love nothing better than eat chicken nuggets from the big bad M all the time but that is even a more rare treat, I'd say they get that about once every three to four months. For our imedeate family special occations we keep it home and invite everyone here. It used to surprise everyone but now they are used to how we celebrate. To me it's much more relaxed and the kids are much happier. I ask them each year what they want for their birthday and they pick things I need to cook and want a "house party" lol
We do have a garden that has been slowly expanding every year and we went organic with it last year. (ran into lots of issues but are slowing learning and working them out) The kids love love love picking fresh things from the garden to have for dinner. I always plant some cherry tomatoes and get a kick out of them telling their friends while they play, "if you want a snack go pick a few. . . yes you can eat them!!!"

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This has been a great topic. I, too, remember going to restaurants/fast food as a treat! I was a skinny kid and have been trying to remember what we ate. I remember roast beef and occasionally fried chicken. I remember Mom making meatloaf muffins with a can of vegetable soup. I remember chicken and dumplings made with canned biscuits. I remember canned soup for lunch.

My mother liked to splurge maybe one or twice a years with a Whataburger! We got the burger, brought our own drinks. I don't remember getting fries.

When I married, I tried to fix balanced meals. What I remember 'balanced' was to fix a meat with a green & yellow veggie. We didn't know about protein, fat, sodium, etc. back then. I still now have problems with what a balanced meal is so I don't worry about it.



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yeah, and probably MSG so they taste better than home made ones.

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Hmmmm, so maybe they DO soak their food in extra calories!

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Oh, forgot to add. if you look at the ingredient list for a mcdonalds hamburger you'll find transfats in the meat. it's "beef" and transfats? I believe they might spray crisco on them to make them cook and stay juicy while doing it.

so there's where some of the calories comes from I'm sure, and also where the unhealthy and heart disease, come from. FWIW,

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Shari, it's because when we make it at home we do automatic portion control that they don't do at the FF joints.

I learned a LONG time ago that if the kids got a "happy meal" that I didn't need to buy a "meal" for myself, I just ate half their fries. and if I was short on cash, I bought them each an entre and myself a sandwich and we all shared a REGULAR fry, because that's really all anyone wanted. They always tossed some of the fries if they each had a whole meal.

BUT, until I learned that we'd each get a fry, and guess who ate them. I've always eaten any left over food in sight,. I don't know if it was a learned response to the "clean your plate" syndrome or if I was just a greedy girl who always wanted MORE!! LOL maybe I was the original carb addict.

About five years ago it dawned on me that in the sixties we'd have a hamburger and Frenchfry meal and be content with a regular hamburger and a small fry and a 12 oz drink, (no free refills back then) and only the linebackers ate more, now everybody buys the "big sandwich" and Supersized fry and drink and no one thinks twice about consuming all that. it's normal the Line backers eat two or three of those and it's a wonder sumo wrestling isn't the national sport now.


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P.S. I don't mean to sound like such a snob either. I do understand the need for fast and convenient meals from time to time. I don't blame the customer, I blame the greedy, underhanded industry. They could very easily offer healthy food that tastes good too, and the customer could have a good, quickly made meal on the run, but they are not honorable enough to do it.

Hey! I think I just thought up a new business venture--anyone got about $20,000 to get started? emoticon

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Uck, hard to believe anyone would eat that way on a regular basis. I've always hoped that some of the BIG high calorie items are bought and shared by more than one person, like the Carl's Jr Footlong. A lot of families, including mine, will buy a supersize meal and a single burger from the 99cent menu and then divi it up between two people. I sure hope some of these are being used this way. And, btw, why on earth are their menu items so caloric? When we make the equivilent at home they're not anywhere near that high in calories. What are they doing, SOAKING the stuff in a bucket of extra calories before they sell it?

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There was quite an article in our local newspaper (The Register Guard) this morning about the fast food industry and foods. It said that "A Big Mac without cheese has 540 calories, twice as many calories as in one of the company's smallish regular hamburgers. By comparison, the company's new Angus Bacon Cheese Wrap has 790" Then it goes on to say that Jack in the Box has a new sandwich to debut during the Super Bowl which is two jumbo beef patties and two kinds of cheese with 840 calories. Make it a meal for $4.99 and the calorie count goes up to 1,400!! Taco Bell's Beefy Crunch Burrito meal including cinnamon twists and a medium soft drink has a total of 1100 calories. Car's Jr. Footlong Cheeseburger (three cheese burgers laid end to end on a 12' soft roll was a hit in Orange county testing, It was 850 calories and under consideration to be a regular on their menus. Burger Kind stuffed steakhouse which is a third ound of beef, stuffed with jalapenos and cheese is 600 calories, Fries and a drink make it 1,200 calories. KFC's "Double Down" with two fried chicken patties with bacon and two kinds of cheese stuffed inside has been a wildly popular hit with KFC chains. Then it goes on to say that "healthy foods" are availab,e most places such as McDonalds now has oatmeal all day and most fast food places do offer salads, but..that's not what most people go in to those places for.

And it also indicated now that there is a recession and that food is cheap, even more people are eating that way. They said that a lot of people consider a hamburger as "comfort food".

What a shame that our society and the fast food places are feeding into it. In something else I read (not the same article) it said that the fast food industry is in it for the $$$ that it brings in as a whole and the more they offer CHEAP the more customers they'll have and be the "top dog" as far as being a fast food chain!

Not only are they taking advantage us the public, the food is so processed and so many chemicals, makes you wonder how they can sell it with a clear conscience...

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Good points, Kitty. But remember, when you were enjoying McDonalds as a child, and when I was enjoying McDonalds as a child, it really WASN'T that bad. Since then, they've invented so many non-food ingredients to add to the food that it's barely food anymore. At the beginning of the fast food industry, the ingredients were much more pure, the oils they fried in were healthier (they used to use lard, which is a much better fat to fry in than most fats used today); the potatoes they used were not saturated with pesticides and void of minerals; the beef they used was not "manufactured" at a "beef manufacturing plant", it was raised by real ranchers, fed real food, butchered humanely and cleanly, and minimally processed. We can't even get a good slice of tomato anymore......

Ooops, I almost forgot my promise to be more positive. emoticon

OK, attempting to switch gears.....

Shoot, it's harder than I thought it would be.....

Well, regarding the very good point you made about believing the lie that we're all too busy, I've been working on that myself. My husband has been strongly against fast food or prepared foods for much longer than I have. If we're all in town together and need to eat he'll NEVER pull into a drive thru, he will always take us to a restaurant where we know that we can at least get less processed, more real food, maybe a salad bar or homemade soup.

So I started following his example, but then the economy tanked and we couldn't afford to do that at all anymore. Now I make every attempt to pack a lunch for us to take if we're going to be in town all day and if eating b/f we go is not an option. The kids love it! We pull over at a park or under a shady tree and have a quick picnic. My 15 y/o son has even become the family bread baker and takes much pride in filling the freezer with homemade bread. I'm going to make it a goal to start making all my own lunch meat too, so I can take it one step healthier.


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I think when we were kids going to a restaurant was SUCH a treat, and McDonalds was therefore a treat, but cheap enough to have more often.
when we felt that we were doing well we "treated" ourselves more often than we should have cause it was cheap and convenient.
As we went along, we let ourselves think if we were busy we were industrious and if we were eating "out" we were having fun.

I know some people are lazy, many are childish, and a LOT have bought the lies. Lies that fast food is nutritious or at least that it's good enough, or lies that they don't have time, or even that fast food or convenience foods are time savers and/or tasty.

My middle daughter is ADD. it's very hard for her to focus long enough to care about something as ephemeral as nutrion. it's just easier to keep herself occupied by watching a movie or even a foot ball game. LOL

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LOL, well, I guess chili beans are a good compromise between spaghetti and taco salad, heehee, that gave me a chuckle--I was expecting you to say you made the spaghetti for him.

I'll bet if you ate Wendy's today it would not taste the way you remember it. I was never totally opposed to fast food until recently when I gradually realized how really unhealthy it is. I knew it wasn't healthy to rely on it regularly, but I thought it was ok once in awhile when you need it and felt like, "how bad can a hb patty, some lettuce, tomato, onion, and a cheap, pasty bun really be?" Hold the fries and soda, order water instead....how bad could that be? I make hamburgers at home and they're actually quite healthy--except for the bun, which CAN be sorta healthy too if you use the right ones. But the fast food industry cruds it all up with artificial ingredients and cheap crappy meat, mucking up their own product to the point where Taco Bell can't even legally call their meat "beef"!!! RIDICULOUS!!! Why can't they just grind up some beef for their paying customers, for Pete's sake?!

Did any of you see the documentary Supersize Me? It made me feel bad b/c I know there are people who eat fast food every day, but I hope that isn't the majority of us. And even if it IS the majority of us, I think many people have been fooled by Industry b/c they innocently believe we're protected here in this country and the food we are sold is actually "food" and that makes it ok to eat. Bad news is: just b/c something is fed to you doesn't mean it's food. We SHOULD be protected from eating roadkill and artificial ingredients, but we're really not.

When I speak to people here from other countries and I see they feel we're all a bunch of lazy dumbutts, I try to help them see that we are NOT what people see on TV. (I like the show "The Middle", a silly little family-oriented sit-com, but that struggling mom and dad bring home bags of burgers & fries for their family's dinner every single night, pop toaster waffles in the toaster for their kids' breakfast, and set a very bad stereotypical example of "middle America" when it comes to feeding their family.) I try to help people see that many of us are like you, Xanadu, and we are smart enough to know how to cook and keep our families healthy. It seems to me that poor countries have no "engineered" foods, so they only have whole food available, (although they definitely have their own health issues) and more advanced countries--like Germany & Australia--have outlawed additives that have been proven detrimental so their country doesn't become an unhealthy, overweight nation. It's probably due to socialized medicine; I doubt the govt wants to pay the medical bills for rampant diet-related diseases for their entire country.

In this country, greed has gotten out of control, and now as long as the Fat Cats get their pockets lined and their toilets dipped in gold, they'll sell out their citizens and give us poison to eat. Sounds a little over the top? But check out the history or margarine, flouride, even canola oil, not to mention the overuse of msg, gluten, corn fillers, cement in the meat, hormones, antibiotics, pestacides, genetically modified produce, Teflon coatings, soy products, and the list goes on and on. It's all for greed and the convenience of the Fat Cats. And innocent, hard working folks pay the price with their health and the world looks on.

I hope I don't sound "political" b/c I'm truly not a politically-minded person and this is not a political statement. I am just observing what's happening around me and it feels like a runaway train. I'm tired of our kids being known around the world as obese, I'm tired of our families being known around the world as lazy. I know for a fact, and most low-carbers know this, that the obesity epidemic started and picked up huge momentum b/c of that stupid government food pyramid (thanks loads Uncle Sam) that was started to bail out the wheat farmers who needed help during an ailing economy. Later healthy oils like coconut oil & palm oil, which were used for all packaged products until about the mid-80's, were labeled as dangerous and soybean oil & corn oil took over everything, further fueling the heart disease and obesity train. Why? Because soy & corn crops were profitable. Profit over health and intelligence, every time.

Well, I'm proud of those of us who don't just swallow what's stuck in our faces and who put intelligence and health above convenience. I think years ago, when GreyAsh was being raised, it wasn't so clear to people how bad convenience foods can be and it was easier to take advantage of the things that were there supposedly to make our lives easier. But now we are hopefully starting to see things more clearly.

We can't just follow blindly or we'll end up at the morgue.

OK, I'm off the soap box---I promise to be more positive from now on! PROMISE! emoticon

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I haven't been in a restaurant since Mother's Day. I haven't had fast food since October. I am convinced that fast food is what has made America (&other places) have a weight problem.

I don't buy box mixes or processed foods at the grocery store, except for a few of my DH favorites. I find the already prepared foods like mash potatoes, mac/cheese way too expensive, too many carbs and sodium.

I eat fresh meats, mostly deer, but I buy some beef, pork and chicken. We have a garden so I eat mostly fresh veggies, supplemented by some frozen or canned.

I don't work, but even if I did, I could prepare meals in about the same amount of time that it takes to stop at the fast food joint. With some planning and the use of the crockpot and George Forman Grill, it is easy.

I took out pork chops several days ago, DH doesn't like them, so he said lets have spaghetti. When I frowned, he said "You used to love spaghetti, it was your favorite." No, my all time favorite is and has always been taco salad and hamburgers, I could eat them everyday (homemade)! So I put the pork chops back and made "Chili Beans", my homemade version of Wendy's chili. I haven't had Wendy's in 20 years so I don't know if it still tastes the same.

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Usually I work, not now sadly...but I cook for myself and my husband...and dogs. My kids are grown but when they were young I did cook for them. I'm confused about people not cooking as well or about their not even monitoring what their kids eat. It's frustrating to me when I hear my daughter saying to my grand son "no more reece cups 'til after dinner" when she was a girl candy was a rare treat.
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emoticon Jeanne! emoticon There's so much satisfaction in doing something healthy for yourself and your family. Do you work outside the home? Do you have a family to take care of?

I really want to believe that Americans are smarter than we're portrayed! Most of my friends are very health conscious and take feeding their family seriously. But I do also have some friends who, for no apparent reason, have never learned to cook a thing and have no interest in changing that. So, if they don't (or won't) cook, WHAT are they eating.....

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I do!
Tonight I made the George Stella Moc-and-Cheese and Hungry Girl's chocolate muffins.
Last night I made Roasted Butternut Squash and Spinach Salad, Chef Megs Italian Chicken with Olives. Earlier this week I had Acorn Squash stuff with ground turkey and vegetables.
None of these things were tough, but super healthy and low carb.

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Kitty, it seems like it might be hard to keep motivated to go to the extra work to cook healthy foods for only yourself and not just eat whatever is around that can't get away. Good for you that you're actually doing it, and keeping it simple and healthy. emoticon

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Betty, that is so great that you slice your own meat, that's a really good thing to do. I have had that as a goal and have to admit, even though I cook homemade about 90% of the time, don't use mixes, rarely use canned foods or any prepared foods....I have for some reason felt doing my own lunch meats is too complicated! Thanks for the nudge in the right direction with that.

The economy has pushed some of us toward more healthy choices in some ways: making your own lunch meat is a perfect example. It's not only healthier, but cheaper as well. About 3 years ago I actually got fed up with the egg industry and went out and bought 6 baby chicks, learned how to take care of them, asked (forced, lol) my husband to build them a safe pen & hen house, and now we enjoy our own eggs. Do you know how triumphant that made me feel?! It was like, "Take THAT, Egg Industry!" (Don't ask me what I was all fired up about, I can't even remember now, lol.)

Then I got miffed about the lack of organic produce in our little town, and the ridiculous price of the few we do have, so I "asked" my husband again to help me dig up a bunch of our yard so we can make it into a nice garden. Now that garden has expanded to my front yard and took over my flower beds and pots too. So, "HA! Produce People who charge way too much for good veggies!" emoticon

We actually had a chance at some good, homegrown beef, raised at my BILs house, but when it came time to buy 1/2 of it we couldn't come up w/ the money. That's a good way to get healthy beef though and we'll have to try that again.

I bought a dehydrator and learned how to use it. This year, if I get a good garden, I am hoping to learn to can any extras I manage to grow (but will have to find a cheap pressure canner one of these days first). It's a goal.

Most of the time, all I can do is buy whole foods, grow what I can, and make them from scratch. I have the luxury of being a stay at home mom, though, and I know not everyone is in that position. (We "do without" in order to be in that position, though, and have made many sacrifices. But it's well worth it.)

I just really want to encourage everyone in this country to think for themselves when it comes to what they feed their families and themselves. Don't believe that something is good for you just b/c the Billion Dollar Industry who markets it to us SAYS it is! It's shocking what this country allows to be called food.

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I cooked for my family but I did hamburger helper every once in a while. I always did a wide variety of vegetables for the kids, and taught them to like them, but I never know how to teach them to cook.

Now, One cooks from scratch with a strong leaning toward vegetarianism, one cooks but mostly skips the vegetables, and one I can't say what she does. I have a feeling it's hotdogs, and hamburgers and maybe boxed dinners.

I now cook a plain meat, and veg for my health and a salad if I feel like it.

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I do have to agree with you gals about the way we (as the American people) cook in general. I think our society has gotten in such a hurry for whatever reason..

When I was growing up, my Mother cooked 3 meals a day for my Dad and myself. It wasn't until high school that I was responsible to get my own breakfast, but she always had something nutritions out for me. Hard boiled eggs, tuna salad, peanut butter & jelly - things like that. After I was married and raising kids, I did the same thing for my family, after all - it was the way I was brought up. I got the kids beakfast and when and whoever was home got lunch, then we all sat down together for dinner. Not much processed foods and a restaurant or a fast food meal was a real treat because it didn't happen often.

And time forward to now, husband has died many years ago, kids have all grown and left home, I still cook for myself, although much simpler than when I was cooking for 6. I do not do deli meats at all, I will roast a turkey breast, a pork roast, beef roast, etc - then slice it and put it in individual servings. I do buy frozen veggies, but just the plain ones - not the ones with all of the sauces and other garbage on them.

I think times are so busy for younger people these days, they just don't take the time and I think that is why as a nation, so many people are obese... Too much processed foods and too much sugars, white flours, trans fats and all of that stuff..

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It's sad, but the fact that so many people have to work so much, and so many parents are single parents and very overworked, usuallyt underpaid, leads to compromising in the kitchen. I feel bad about that. But I can understand families in that position and I don't judge them, although I wish they could work on making better choices: there are SOME cheap, quick healthy foods when you give it thought, like homemade soups can be quite quick and easy and almost always health and cheap. Soups are "peasant food", afterall, and poor people all over the world live on them. But it's hard to live on soup 3 meals a day you're whole life....

It's tough to make good choices when the economy is bad too. My husband's work is very slow for the last 3 years and we are barely scraping by. I find it more and more difficult to NOT compromise my family's health when grocery shopping. (I could give in and buy pasta and white rice, starchy stuff is always cheap and some starchy stuff is healthy, like beans and potatoes, but our health seems to do better when we eat lots of veggies, some meat, and some fruit, so I try to stick w/ that.) But if we have to have to power cut off, I WILL NOT feed my family processed foods--their health is more important than having lights or television.

I love the movement toward "homesteading", have you heard of that? That's what we're doing, and, although I admit not everyone can do it, depending on what your living situation is, how much time you have to give it, etc, most people can do it to one degree or another. I really wish we could rescue our reputation. I don't think it's the average citizen that's idiotic, I think it's the politics and big businesses that have us under their thumb. I wish the world could understand that.





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Unfortunately, that seems to be our rep. Honestly, I can't blame them. I mean really, I'm 24 and my mother never really cooked for us. We had a lot of frozen dinners and ready made crap from the store. I think that mainly has to do with both parents working and not enough time to prepare a healthy meal every day 2-3 times a day. I remember eating a poptart for breakfast, a lunchable (full of salt and processed meat) and then a frozen skillet meal for dinner. It was like that almost everyday. That carried me into adulthood and now look where I am. It wasn't until 3 months ago that I learned about all other vegetables besides broccoli, carrots, and peas. However, lots of people now are trying to eat healthier, just look at how many people are here on SP. It's going to take a lot to turn other peoples views on us around. I honestly can't believe that fast food is even allowed to be served, b/c of how bad it is for us. But most people want things right now, they don't want to take the time out of their day to prepare themselves a healthy meal. And because it's not affecting them now they don't care. I mean I didn't until I got PCOS. I'm rambling and I hope this makes sense haha.

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PLEASE tell me there are still people in this country who cook from scratch! And who keep an eye on nutrition for their families. This has just been a bee in my bonnet for awhile now, and yesterday I got irritated by the subject again. I was working with a very nice gal who recently moved here from Costa Rica. She commented on how bad Americans eat and how lazy they are for not bothering to know how to cook. They'd rather rely on fast food, prepared foods, and other garbage. I felt bad b/c it seems nearly everyone in the world thinks we here in this country are STUPID and lazy.

I have several friends from Germany who feel the same way. Many of the foods we have here have not even been "invented" there and they have laws that keep their foods healthy. My German friends, mostly from small towns there, all learn how to cook when they're small and take nutrition seriously (as it should be taken), so they say Americans just don't care enough to learn how to eat healthfully.

I have cousins from Australia who visit about every 2 years. I always enjoy them immensely, but they too convey the idea that we must be idiots here to eat the crud we eat. Their stomachs literally get sick the whole time they're traveling here b/c they have to eat out while driving through the states and the food is low quality compared to what they get at home. most of the additives we have in our foods don't even exist where they come from. I feed them good, homemade foods when they're with me and try as hard as I can to let them know there are still citizens of America who know their nutrition and who know how to cook. I think that's the way we are represented and the way television makes us look. I can't believe we're as bad as people from other countries think.....Are we?

The only difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone is attitude

Oh, Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth!

So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains and we never even know we have the keys~~The Eagles, Already Gone


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