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Healthy Eating

Now that the New Year is well under way, are you making a concentrated effort to "eat healthy" after the excesses of the holidays? Or, do you even bother? Do you eat the same way all the time? What dishes are you cooking up in January?

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  1. I didn't eat ridiculously unhealthy last year -- save for the occasional mid evening cheese plate :-D, but I have tried to include more fruit. It's tough, though. Pomegranates, kiwi... does pear in my salad count? Smaller portions maybe, less pasta ---

    1. I've reduced my hurry-induced carb dependance since the new year. As a vegetarian primarily, when i go off the rails, i tend to rely too much on simple carbs alone, and not get enough protein, veggies, etc etc. Reducing or removing alot of it, forces me to eat the good stuff.

      I am also one of those "vegetarians" who occasionally eats seafood. I've tried to be a bit more conscious of this, and have upped the proportions of non-seafood protein in my diet....have been eating more beans and soy products, and have moreso had the seafood as a "treat".

      1. Ive been told by my physician that it would help a lot if I lose some weight. So I am trying, but boy it is tough.. I am trying to reduce my portion sizes significantly, and I think that will help. We are also trying to reduce the amount of meat we eat, adn I have started cooking more from a very good vegetarian cookbook which has a lot of low fat meals. But every once in a while I have an unhealthy meal! Funny thing is, when we had this gigantic prime rib dinner, I noticed my stomach was a bit upset afterward. I had overeaten, and now I was paying! So the healthy smaller portions are now getting easier to accept.

        Had a great curried lentil squash soup the other day, and a Quinoa bake with vegetables. Also made some marinated tofu, with celery/snow pea stir fry on the side, with brown rice. So I am making headway! But not that much. I just ate a really yummy donut.

        1. I think for the new year I'm making it a point to make sure I have at least 3 McDonald's Fish-O-Filet's a week.

          Just seems to make life better.

          1. different people have differnt ideas as to what is "healthy" and what is not "healthy". For me any food, and drink in moderation is healthy, so I did not make grand plans to do anything different this year, other than the usual... cook as much as I can from scratch, and eat as little processed foods as possible

            So far this year we have been cooking:

            Prime Beef
            Crab Legs(king & snow)
            Fried Chicken
            Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
            etouffe's(shrimp, and crawfish)
            red benas and rice
            smoked bbq ribs
            pot roast

            all of the above homemade from scratch.

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            1. re: swsidejim


              I read a sign outside a coffee house yesterday that said "eat grits & potatoes, make your butt big" which is how I feel about your whole list! That being said I had the red beans and rice yesterday, gumbo and a 1/4 muff today and tomorrow will probably involve popeye's

              1. re: chef4hire

                you only live once, I say enjoy. Everything in moderation, and some exercise allows me to eat what I like, and allows me to steer clear of diet foods, and processed foods. Cook from scratch, you will live longer is my motto.

                1. re: swsidejim

                  I totall buy into this philosophy, and for a long time, exercise allowed me to eat what I wanted without any need to really worry about what I ate. I have never been thin, I have a bit of the chunk, but stayed reasonably in shape and ate everything I wanted. I like lots of fruits and veg, and I like to cook stuff from scratch but I also like fois and pork fat and bacon and like to indulge in the odd piece of fried chicken. But I did a lot of exercise.

                  But then I hit the thirties... Age does some crazy things. Now my metabolism has slowed down to the point that I would have to be training for an Olympic sport (and not curling!) to counteract my eating habits of the past! So I still do a lot of exercise, but I am working on bad eating habits like second helpings, large portions, skipping meals etc. It's getting better!

                  1. re: moh

                    I agree, I am 37 now, and if I do not stay on top of the exercise I would gain weight with my diet. I used to have more physically demanding jobs when I was younger, but now I am a desk jockey, and need to exercise to compensate.. I have always been good at pushing away from the table, and not feeling required to clean my plate if I am already full. A little self dicipline goes a long way.

                  2. re: swsidejim

                    I totally agree with you! Exercise is the key. I have ramped up my exercise routine even though I only go to the gym a couple of times a week and it allows me to eat what I want. I lost over 5% of my body weight over the holidays doing this.

              2. The BF decided to vacation in Miami a couple weeks after the holidays so I am on the have to be looking good in a bikini diet which includes lots of oatmeal, yougurt, fruit, soup. Also lots of night classes this semester so taking frozen diet meals to school or healthy leftovers. So yep. Also cooking lots of veggie dishes... but that doesn't mean I don't have a piece of chocolate and a burger or etc now and then.

                1. I think it's interesting to hear what foods people define as "healthy".

                  I'm trying to eat more protein and vegetables, and less carbohydrates. It's made me realize how carbohydrate-heavy my eating habits were last year.

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                  1. re: salmonfiend

                    I am doing the same. I realized that I am addicted to sugar and white flour. At this point, I am at least trying to cut refined carbs and only reserve them for special occasions. I have a genetically predisposed insulin resistance, and the only way to save my health while enjoying eating will be eating more protein heavy, lower GI foods.

                    Unfortunately, I also have developed this sudden interest in baking. Not the best timing perhaps, but I am hoping to learn restraining myself, eating a bite and sharing more. My officemates will love me.

                    1. re: emerilcantcook

                      The interest in baking can be a killer.... We have now instituted yet another food rule. We are only allowed to bake cookies and brownies and cakes if we are either having people over (a lot of people) or if we can dump a majority of the goods off on one of our sports teams. Sharing does go a long way!

                      1. re: moh

                        oddly enough....as much as i love to bake...i don't always love to eat my creations, not all of them tempt me. I've never been a huge cheesecake lover, just because i find it too filling of a dessert and a lot of variations just don't appeal to me ( i do love raspberry anything )...and that's what i sell on the side....so i'm not tempted !! Plus it'd be kind of like selling a piece of artwork with a bite taken out of it, hehe. I do love to bake and cook for company, so often when they leave and there's 3/4 of a cake or what not left over...in it goes to work....to happy co-workers. I can't freeze most of it..been known to eat a frozen brownie in the past, lol. Oddly, a big gooey cheesecake could sit in my fridge forever, but if i bring a box of mike and ike's into the house...watch out, they have a snowball's chance in hell of surviving the night, lol.

                        Sadly I too am insulin resistant....don't even have a chance of maintaining weight or losing it, unless i cut the carbs. I swear if i eat toast for breakfast, i gain ten pounds. However, on the flipside, i feel loads better when i manage to avoid them, and thankfully i love curries and stir fry's and such without the rice or noodles.

                        I think we sometimes crave the most..that is what is worst for us.

                        1. re: im_nomad

                          Mike and Ike's? I did a google search, are you referring to the candy? Darn, doesn't sound like diet food.

                          1. re: moh

                            sadly.....no......however they are i think fat free....lol.

                  2. I pretty much eat healthy but also have the daily treat i.e. ice cream, cake, cookie. I have been using white whole wheat flour, almond meal, and whole wheat flour in my baking. I am sneaking in nuts in baked goods - my kids say they don't like nuts but haven't noticed their addition.

                    I have been trying to get more variety in our diests - more fruit, vegetables, whole grains.

                    my blog http://www.dinnersforayear.blogspot.com

                    1. As a Registered Dietitian I too find it very interesting to read about other people's food habits! I totally agree with the everything in moderation school of thought and that a bit of exercise goes a loooong way to keeping everything where it should be and not facing south!!
                      I personally eat whole grains, lots of fruits and veggies and try to watch my saturated fat intake (I don;t fixate too much on plant fats....they're the good ones). I don't drink juices, sodas, commercially prepared smoothies, caramel mocha vanilla latte things but do drink tea (with caffeine), wine and good old H2O! I probably eat fast food once or twice a year.
                      Check out my blog for easy, healthy recipes:


                      Healthy New Year to y'all!

                      1. I didn't completely fall off the healthy eating wagon during the holidays, but I did overdo it on the sweets and alcohol. I am not taking responsibility as I was in Key West and there is a bakery that makes cookies the size of your head and the ever present tray of shots being passed around. It is amazing how those liquor calories add up so fast =D.
                        Anyhow, my diet hasn't changed drastically, just cutting out alcohol and trying to keep track of my calories until I am no longer pained by my jeans. For the first time EVER it seems to be coming off quickly, probably because I managed to maintain my fitness routine throughout the season.
                        So far this month it has been a lot of water, fruit, veggies, yogurt, and pb(a daily staple). I need to up my lean protein intake, but I am not a huge fan of meat, so that's a struggle. Last night I made a big pot of navy bean soup with kale so I wil probably be eating that for the next few days.

                        1. yes i'm on the healthy bandwagon right now. The concentrated effort pretty much involves making sure that all food intake is a decision, not a default. I find default = "i'm not the sort of girl to deprive herself" and therefore 'bring it on', but if i take a decision about it actively i don't feel deprived because i know over the course of the day i will have some things healthy and some things not so much. So lots of meal planning, lots of trade offs, lots of remembering that 'that was really good' rather than 'i would really like another', and lots of trying to remember that I physically need less calories than I think I need. I seem to have more energy these days so I reckon I've kicked the sugar crack thing (sugar seems to have crack like effects on me).

                          The discipline is totally tedious but I seem to not feel deprived most of the time. Or at least when i do feel deprived I can understand that its a reasonable level and we just can't have what we want all the time. I am a natural glutton.