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10/10/11 10:24 P

I have learned to loathe the word "diet". It says temporary. I'm loving the word sparkpeople, which is permanently changing to healthy living!


BABAKAPUSTA SparkPoints: (17,353)
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10/10/11 9:31 P

Thanks there were some good ideas there. I will try the dating thing for sure. I think that is a bad problem I have. I do the empty the freezer thing but it is happening to quickly and not enough to be useful. I throw away a lot of fruit and veggies that have gone bad.

I know it is a lifestyle. That is why I'm missing the cooking. The food and diet is fine it just isn't that much fun to make. I'll have to try and pretty it up some or something.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
10/10/11 4:32 P

as a society we think a diet it the way to loose weight. I eat a clean diet (except I eat cheese). It's not a diet it's a lifestyle. I eat low sugar, low fat, low salt, lots of fruits and veggies. I also have lean meats and whole grains. I get plenty of chances to cook. I have even lost weight doing this. So remember it's not about a diet it's about a lifestyle change.

DROPCONE Posts: 1,592
10/10/11 2:17 P

What about fancying up the presentation a bit? I'm not really intricately familiar with the Eat to Live plan, but let's say you're supposed to make a salad. Get a really cute plate or bowl, cut your fruits & veggies into pleasing shapes and make a pattern, do a formal place setting for yourself (and others if you are sharing). For blended smoothies, maybe find really nice glassware. Get a placemat. Then, when you are finished making it all, "serve" it to yourself, spend a moment appreciating the good job you've done with all that slicing and dicing, how pretty it looks in the tableware you've selected, and how much good all that nutrition is going to do your body, and then eat kind of slowly. Maybe take a photo and share it here or elsewhere on the Internet.

I get the impression that this diet is great for people who really don't like cooking as you do, who just want simple, fast solutions to their nutrition. Maybe it's for you but only in moderation as others have suggested? Good luck!

10/10/11 1:47 P

I'm still working through the book, so take this from someone who doesn't know the ins and outs.

First, I agree that if you're unhappy with how you're eating, scale back. Commit to following his diet 80% of the time, but allow yourself some flexibility to cook some new things.

Second, one thing that helped me in adjusting my shopping was to take notes. When I bought a bag of carrots, for example, I wrote down the date I opened it and the date I finished it. Ditto oatmeal, fruits, veggies, tofu, etc. After about a month, month and a half, I had a pretty good handle on the amounts I actually consume. Maybe it would help you to do that, so that you feel you're wasting less food.

This is all supposed to be about finding a way we can live with, for the rest of our lives. It shouldn't be punishment; it should make us happy. Good luck!

NIRERIN Posts: 14,302
10/10/11 8:58 A
both these sites do eat to live recipes and some of the presentations are quite fancy.

and you could also look at the new recipes that you find in magazines, shows and on the web with an eye for tweaking them to fit eat to live principles. that way you get new recipes and get to experiment in the kitchen and fit the guidelines you want to try out.

buy less meat. if you do mess up and buy the same old amount, take out the overage and package it up for freezing for later use. once you know you have a buildup in the freezer, only buy half the meat. and every now and then do a pantry/freezer cleanup week. in other words, skip your regular grocery shopping and work on using up what you have. your wallet and your storage spaces will thank you.
also, with regard to fruits and veggies, buy some frozen or canned. this way you can use up the fresh and supplement with those longer lasting options til you can get to the store. and when you do buy these longer lasting options, cut your fresh in half. that way if you keep going into your canned and frozen, you can start bumping up your fresh purchases til you hit a good balance.

and it's mostly habit. if you've always done the same thing, it's hard to break and will take some time to do so.

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10/9/11 10:20 P

Going back to cooking the old way? Are you going to bring back lard, fatback and salted food? Now that is the diet I grew up on. I love salt. It is really hard to cut back because if I crave anything it is bacon and anything with salt in it. I've been fairly good. I've cut back a lot but I remember how my mom and grandmother cooked.

I showed my 1969 issue of Fannie Farmer to a 23 year old girl I work with and her comment after looking threw it was "nobody cooks like that anymore."

Little does she know.

-LINDA_S Posts: 4,504
10/9/11 8:03 P

Maybe it's not the right diet for you. I know it wouldn't work for me. As the weather cools off (finally!) I'm craving soups and stews and long-simmering things. Even maybe some hot cocoa soon. I'm more if a Nourishing Traditions person and think going back to cooking the old ways using pure ingredients is the way to go, at least for me.

10/9/11 7:28 P

I actually didn't read the Fuhrman book, just saw the PBS special. However, since watching it I have been devoting myself to his ideas. Loads and loads of salad and fruit-veggie smoothies. I have to admit I have an advantage over you, because I do not like to cook and this lifestyle actually suits me better than anything else I've done.
That said, I don't beat myself up for having a nice cooked meal once a week. Why not give yourself permission to cook the old way just once a week? It would be something to look forward to and plan one of your favorites. You can be the perfect Fuhrman student the other 6 days.
Just an idea and maybe this goes against everything he says in the book. I hope not.
Take good care:)

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10/9/11 7:17 P

I've been trying to follow the Furhman diet but I find I have a problem with it.

I love cooking new and exciting foods for my family. I love reading cookbooks and trying new kitchen gadgets,watching cooking shows, and cooking methods. I rarely follow a recipe exactly and seldom make the same thing the same way twice. Ask me for a recipe for something I make and it is a pinch of this and that and the other thing and to taste.

When I go shopping I buy the same quantity of meat that I bought previously, but I'm eating less. This leaves small amounts of leftovers, maybe enough for a lunch but often not enough. So it is clogging my freezer or getting thrown out.

I read a recipe and buy more fruits and veggies than even Dr. Furhman could eat and end up throwing them away because they go bad.

The Furhman diet is a lot of slicing and dicing but not cooking really interesting food that makes a good presentation. So I feel very frustrated in making the food. It isn't satisfying to me at all. I don't see the pleasure in blending spinach and a fruit together. It just isn't the same as smelling bread baking or spaghetti simmering on the stove.

So I'm not talking about eating the food. I am actually following it well, except for the last few days because I've been eating out a lot. But can any one help me with these psychological problems I'm having because cooking dinner used to be pleasurable for me and now it isn't.

Does anyone else share this problem? I miss cooking.

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