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Date Posted: 9/6/2008 9:28 PM ET
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L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 9/7/2008 5:35 AM ET
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I'm not sure exactly what sort of information you are looking for.

If your goal is to eat more healthy, you need to focus on two things: what you eat and portion control. 

Portion control:  A good rule of thumb is to fill half of your plate with vegetables or salad, 1/4 with your starch (rice, potatoes, etc) and the other 1/4 for your meat.  A serving of meat is the size of a deck of cards.  It doesn't seem like much but when you get used to eating less meat, it's really pretty easy.

Stay away from fried foods - grill them if you can, or bake them.  Choose lean meats like lean chicken, pork or beef,  Avoid sausages hot dogs or anything with high fat content.  Ground turkey is a great substitute for ground beef.  Use lots of spices and seasonings - it will make up for the loss of taste from less fat.

For things like Pizza, make most of your toppings vegetables and mushrooms (if you like them)  Use meats sparingly.  Same goes for pasta sauces - use lots of vegetable and less meat.

Cut cheese out as much as you can. (This is a hard one for me - I love cheese!)

For snacks, choose low-fat baked chips and crackers, veggies or fruit.

Good luck - sounds like you are on the right road!

 

 



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As far as the cookbook itself.  Purchase a three ring binder and sheet protectors.  Type up the recipes you like, print them and store them within the sheet protectors.  

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Date Posted: 9/11/2008 10:08 AM ET
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Veggies are often a key to healthy eating - they fill you up, fill up your plate, give you water and fibedr to feel full, all with very low calories and lots of vitamins. Try new veggies. Try lots of veggies. Look for veggie recipies. Try veggies the way you haven't tried them: In our heads, we divide veggies into 'Veggies to eat raw' and 'Veggies to eat lightly cooked' and 'veggies to eat cooked to death' and 'Raw veggies that go into salad'. A very few that cross over amonst lists. Mix it up. Try the veggies in ways other than the list they 'belong' on in your head. look for recipies - i can send you recipies for cooking cucumbers, celery, and lettuce, for instance. Green Beans and Parshnips are awesome great raw with dip. I love different salads - what I call 'composed salads', which is (usually raw) veggies in certain combinations together - like the one I call 'Jersulam Salad', which is cucumbers, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes and sometimes radishes (just a few) chopped up fine (all simular in size and shape, that way) and marinated in a basalmic vinegar dressing. Look for things that will make you enjoy salad. Personally, I do not care for salad without a bit of crunch, but croutons and fried chow mein sticks and stuff add SO MUCH fat. So I make my own crunchy salad topper, in a big screwtop jar i combine special K with - whatever else I see that looks good, I always add the fake kind of bacon bits (the fake ones are fat free), maybe some dill mix, sesame seeds - just whatever. It makes me enjoy my salads. Also, I have to say, for years, I kept going back and forth between the extremes on salad dressing, it just didn't occur to me to try the middle ground. But regular salad dressing is SO high in fat - but fat free stuff is just NASTY. One day I got a sample of 'Just 2 good', and I discovered (and it is not just Kraft - its true of all kinds of brands) a couple of grams of fat and suddenly it tastes like salad dressing again! WOW!
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Date Posted: 9/18/2008 2:46 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/18/2008 6:00 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/18/2008 8:14 PM ET
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it hard to keep variety but i been buying what ever is on sale and make enough for few day and it help for me. and before i get comfortable i take off coat from work and start cook stuff. i bought some frozen vegetable and made some egg noodle and pork chop and had it for 2 meal .

carol

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