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A cleaner diet

Monday, July 29, 2019

I’ve been looking on the internet for hints to a cleaner diet since having polyps removed which were benign but which could have led to trouble if left long enough. My efforts are not scientific at all, and what I do may be irrelevant to the polyps but it’s probably healthy anyway.

I’m looking for ways to reduce frying, so I’m steaming more and intend to use the oven more. I don’t believe in cutting red meat completely because it has good things in it, but I’m avoiding fatty things like hamburger meat or anything junky or processed.

I’m not teaching at the moment, so I have time to concentrate on cooking healthy meals and cooking separate things from DH’s dialysis diet. I want to introduce more variety and experiment with new ways of cooking. Although I don’t have any particular reason to think so, I feel that a maximum of two coffees per day is enough, and I’ve cut out my one or two beers a week.

Some of my experiments have been delicious - steamed salmon - and others not so much. It would be good too to get down to nearer a recommended weight, but after years of intuitive eating, I don’t want to white knuckle it. I felt strongly tempted to buy a beer in the supermarket yesterday because something was bothering me. Now I can’t even remember what it was. I want to make sure to drink plenty of water.

I wonder if the changes will lead to any differences.
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    I'm very consistent about what I eat (the omelettes or Greek yogourts and berries, the lunch salads, the supper soups) BUT I really do experiment with what goes into the omelettes, salads and soups . . . different veggies, different herbs and spices. Works for me.

    I'm drinking MUCH more water just because the new fridge has a water and ice dispenser . . . but I still do drink a LOT of coffee!!
    165 days ago
    Are you enjoying your cooking experiments?
    We do veggies in the oven; broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, sweet potato slices - throw it all together, a little salt and pepper, drizzle with oil, put it in the oven, set the timer and done.
    Steamed salmon sounds delicious.
    Have fun with it!

    171 days ago
    I think they will - especially the drinking more water. Experimenting with food is always a good thing. Out of each foray into a new taste, cooking style, food selection - you'll learn something. I always use super lean ground beef and to make it juicy I grind up (or chop very fine) an equal amount of mushrooms and mix it with the meat. As the mushrooms cook they release a lot of juice that keeps the meat moist. It's not a fat kind of moistness but it really makes the meat tasty.
    174 days ago
    I try to eat whole foods and believe it does keep me healthier. I also limit myself to 2 cups of coffee each morning. I have tried to cut that down to one, but 2 is so much more satisfying!.
    174 days ago
    Do you have instant pot or air fryer?
    177 days ago
    emoticon This is the perfect time for you to be experimenting and taking care of yourself. You can get in some good practice and find what you like and how to make it fast and easy for when you get back to school! It's great that you are focusing on YOU!
    177 days ago
    Your experiments with the diet sound like they're off to a good start. The steamed salmon sounds wonderful. Salmon is one of my favorite fish. I eat red meat too. Not often; but, I do eat it. Do you have 100% grass fed and grass finished beef available? It's much leaner and higher in healthy essential fatty acids than the conventionally raised beef. I'm ignorant of the agricultural practices where you live. They may be much better than the U.S.

    Keep at it and no need to white knuckle it. emoticon
    177 days ago
    Since you're finished teaching and almost finished grading, this seems like a great time to experiment with new recipes and ways of cooking. I've been thinking, too, that I'm in a rut and just keep making the same things day after day, year after year. I really like all the stuff I make now, but I sure would like to expand my repertory. Steamed salmon does indeed sound great. I love stir fries as well, and they can be made with very little oil and taste so great when steamed for a minute at the end.

    Beer is my downfall. I can go about a week without drinking, but then feel the need for a "celebration" or a "forgetting." For only the second time since I started teaching business people eight years ago, I have a strange, rude student whom I don't like and who messes up the atmosphere in my Friday class. I'm polite to him in class but always feel uncomfortable and steamed on the way home, and this sets up a great longing for beer to get that relaxed, "who cares" feeling. But I'm proud of myself for resisting last Friday. Unusual for me, I truly realized it would make me weaker and lower my self-esteem if I tried to deflect my discomfort. I feel good!

    Sorry to write so much about myself in your comment section. Just want to say I'm wishing you lots of success in your quest for very healthy eating! You're in the right country to focus on delicious food and good health!
    177 days ago
    Atta girl! Sometimes we just have to let that impulse go for a bit then we don't even remember what was bother us to cause the impulse in the first place.

    I find eating whole foods really cleaned up my diet. Yes, it requires cooking more, but that's all right.

    177 days ago
    Try Weight Watchers!
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