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NK612
09-28-2014, 07:19 PM
So I know I can't possibly be the only one that 'tries'. I'll buy things that are healthy but if I wasn't health conscious, chances are I would save my money.

Like kasha. It's like eating sticks from my front yard. Lol!

And Better'n Peanut Butter (low sodium) .. Because I luv peanut butter but it has so much preservatives and sugar .. But This stuff is 85% less fat. 40% fewer calories. GMO free ... But it looks like baby diarrhea. Pretty much.


So what stuff have you learned to love purposely for the sake of "Health" ?

MuseedesBeauxArts
09-28-2014, 07:43 PM
I don't. I currently have a fridge full of veggies, almond butter, cheese, eggs, home-made soup, miso, half and half, butter, whole milk. I try to avoid processed stuff and eat things I enjoy. I waste less money and food that way.

sandwitch
09-28-2014, 07:54 PM
^Yeah, I've been eating a lot more processed foods than usual because I've been traveling, and not only is it more expensive but I feel kind of gross.

Linnea
09-28-2014, 10:26 PM
So I know I can't possibly be the only one that 'tries'. I'll buy things that are healthy but if I wasn't health conscious, chances are I would save my money.

Like kasha. It's like eating sticks from my front yard. Lol!

I hadn't heard the word kasha before. Do you add anything to it? If you dislike eating it isn't there some other healthy food you could eat instead?

I got rye berries for the first time a while ago. I've made porridge from rye meal before but I've never cooked rye berries. They make a nice breakfast with apple jam and sunflower seeds :) I like the texture but mixing rye berries, apple jam and sunflower seeds does not make for a pretty food. It looks like puke. Still, tastes good.


And Better'n Peanut Butter (low sodium) .. Because I luv peanut butter but it has so much preservatives and sugar .. But This stuff is 85% less fat. 40% fewer calories. GMO free ... But it looks like baby diarrhea. Pretty much.

Less fat and less calories does not mean the same as more healthy. Looking at the ingredients the low sodium version has exactly the same amount of sugar (http://www.betternpeanutbutter.com/nutrition.php) as the regular one (2g/32g). Marketing claim "No Refined Sugars" is not the same as "no sugar". All the ingredients in bold are sugar (except glycerin, which is a sugar alcohol):

"PEANUTS (AS DEFATTED PEANUT FLOUR AND NATURAL PEANUT BUTTER), TAPIOCA SYRUP, PURE WATER, DEHYDRATED CANE JUICE, RICE SYRUP, VEGETABLE GLYCERIN, SOY FLOUR, SALT, TAPIOCA STARCH, NATURAL FOOD FLAVORS, PAPRIKA & ANNATO, CALCIUM CARBONATE, LECITHIN, VITAMINS E & C (ANTIOXIDANTS)."

It's interesting how US food labels announce a percentage of daily value to everything but sugar.

My recommendation: How to Make Peanut Butter (http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Peanut-Butter). You need a proper food mixer but the end result will be healthier. You can buy pre-roasted peanuts to make it even easier to make.


So what stuff have you learned to love purposely for the sake of "Health" ?

Nothing. I eat food that I like. (http://forums.intpcomplex.com/showthread.php?494-Composition-of-Your-Diet(s)&p=58726&viewfull=1#post58726) Which means I also occasionally eat chocolate, pastries, popcorn and other treats.

I make healthy choices more by avoiding unhealthy stuff than forcing myself to eat something I don't like just because it's considered healthy.


(While checking about glycerin I found it mildly intriguing that the Wikipedia article about sugar is extremely positive and at some point someone deemed it necessary to remove links to a pro-sugar lobby site. The rest still contains texts like these: "In most parts of the world, sugar is an important part of the human diet, making food more palatable and providing food energy." and "Some studies involving the health impact of sugars are effectively inconclusive. The WHO and FAO meta studies have shown directly contrasting impacts of sugar in refined and unrefined forms and since most studies do not use a population that do not consume any "free sugars" at all, the baseline is effectively flawed." Interesting also that the Wikipedia article about sugar does not mention the WHO recommendations for the daily sugar intake (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/notes/2014/consultation-sugar-guideline/en/). Sometimes Wikipedia articles are a lot more informative than the writer meant for them to be.)

stuck
09-28-2014, 10:32 PM
Kinda fucking hate greek yoghurt but it's got godly protein/calories so…

Yeah, I agree about that bettr'n peanut butter stuff. The macros on it are garbage.

Sometimes I'll pound carrots because I am hungry and overeating, but that's a slightly different beast.

Linnea
09-28-2014, 10:35 PM
Kinda fucking hate greek yoghurt but it's got godly protein/calories so…

Have you tried turkish yoghurt? It's creamier and not as tangy.

pensive_pilgrim
09-28-2014, 10:52 PM
Milk. I don't know about healthy but I've been pounding it even though it fucks up my stomach, just trying to gain weight.

stuck
09-28-2014, 11:04 PM
Have you tried turkish yoghurt? It's creamier and not as tangy.

I'm sure it's great, but defeats my purpose for eating greek yoghurt: my brand is 120 calories/22 grams of protein per serving.

NK612
09-29-2014, 01:39 AM
Milk. I don't know about healthy but I've been pounding it even though it fucks up my stomach, just trying to gain weight.

Milk is awful (so many hormones and I suppose I just don't trust it. Lots of studies , I'm overall incredibly dubious as to how we started on it to begin with). I grew up on rice milk so the switch to rice milk wasn't bad. It tastes the same to me cold.

NK612
09-29-2014, 01:47 AM
@Linnea

:) I know. I know ... For the most part my problem is I've always been weird with food in that I'll go from super disciplined to not. Ok, truth be told, I'm too all over the place these days. I no longer cook for anyone but me. Over time it's gotten to the point where I don't enjoy cooking anymore, really.

Point is ever since my eating habits stink. I'll forget to eat for really long times ( a few times it's been almost 2 days before I notice). Then I'm crazy hungry. Like a lion! Lol!! So I guess I try to stock healthy and stuff I can get to quick because I work lots now too. (It keeps me busy) but this means I'm either driving thinking in my head, researching thinking in my head, writing thinking in my head, working w/ public or working thinking in my head, or playing on the internet when I'm bored hoping to laugh to get out of my head :p. I probably should be cooking in those spare moments of down time. But I'm lazy and quite obviously not in tune with my body. Which might explain why I've convinced myself a product that looks like baby poop tastes just like Peter Pan or Jiff. The peanut butter mother chooses.

Limes
09-29-2014, 01:52 AM
High fiber cereal, because I don't want hemorrhoids, other than that, nothing. In-fact, I just had some of my fiber cereal last night and used five spoons of sugar and half-half instead of milk, because if we can't have hard arteries, then the terrorists will have won, or something.

MuseedesBeauxArts
09-29-2014, 02:07 AM
half-half instead of milk

I don't usually like cereal. But granola with half-and-half is awesome. Like dessert. Mmmmmmmm!

Light Leak
09-29-2014, 02:57 AM
Kale. I can tolerate it in small amounts, but I get sick of it very quickly and then feel like I'm just force feeding myself if I try to eat it.

Hephaestus
09-29-2014, 03:04 AM
^^Ditto. I want to like kale. But I don't. I've even tried making homemade kale chips. The result was "Tasty-ish. I don't want anymore. I do want to eat though." I have found I can hide it in some stir-fry dishes.

Other than that... vitamins? I try to take vitamins because my diet is atrocious, but I much of the time, I can't be bothered to remember. If only I could get my vitamins in passively somehow. Like, if they were in my food, I'd never even notice them! And then I'd have them because, I'm not going to forget to eat very often. And if I do, I'll get hungry and my body will remind me to eat, and bam! I get my vitamins.

Someone should invent a way to get vitamins into food.

Light Leak
09-29-2014, 03:09 AM
^
I take so many daily vitamins. It makes me feel old. When I take them I always think of those plastic daily pill things that old people use to remember to take their pills. I don't have that... but I feel like I could use it sometimes.

Hephaestus
09-29-2014, 03:12 AM
When I take them I always think of those plastic daily pill things that old people use to remember to take their pills. I don't have that... but I feel like I could use it sometimes.
I've tried that approach. End result: I occasionally run across daily pill containers mostly full of vitamins gone bad from pulling moisture out of the air.

lethe
09-29-2014, 04:12 AM
Like the others here, I also refuse to "force food down" and only eat what I genuinely enjoy. I also work to keep diet changes in sustainable increments instead of overhauls.

In the process I have forced myself to try healthier food options I normally wouldn't have and some of them have stayed. Specifically:

Greek Yogurt (as a replacement for mayo and sour cream, in smoothies, or anything, really)
Quinoa
Brown Rice
Some whole grain bread/pasta options
Kale and other leafy greens I wasn't previously familiar with (usually in soups)
Increasing my beans-as-ingredients
Increasing tofu
Veggies in smoothies
Fresh ginger
Ground turkey and turkey sausage
Nuts and dried fruits (make my own blends in tiny baggies for snacks)
Splenda, Agave nectar, sugar free jellos, and low-fat cool whip, sparkling water
And some pretty amazing recipes using these ingredients.


If vitamins count, I do take a chewable daily multivitamin, some days extra D and calcium, some days extra magnesium depending on diet. I'll also add some iron and extra protein if I start bruising easily/look superficially anemic. Oh, and occasionally those acidophiles pearls.

Linnea
09-29-2014, 09:41 AM
Milk. I don't know about healthy but I've been pounding it even though it fucks up my stomach, just trying to gain weight.

Doesn't it kind of defeat the purpose if it fucks up your stomach because won't that mean that you probably won't digest or absorb much of the milk?

Has it worked?


I'm sure it's great, but defeats my purpose for eating greek yoghurt: my brand is 120 calories/22 grams of protein per serving.

Is it a low fat protein enriched yoghurt? My favourite greek yoghurt has only 5,2 g of protein / 134 kcal. (It seems the manufacturer also has a new russian yoghurt which has 17% fat. The greek one only has 10% :D. I'll need to check it out.)


@Linnea

:) I know. I know ... For the most part my problem is I've always been weird with food in that I'll go from super disciplined to not. Ok, truth be told, I'm too all over the place these days. I no longer cook for anyone but me. Over time it's gotten to the point where I don't enjoy cooking anymore, really.

Point is ever since my eating habits stink. I'll forget to eat for really long times ( a few times it's been almost 2 days before I notice). Then I'm crazy hungry. Like a lion! Lol!! So I guess I try to stock healthy and stuff I can get to quick because I work lots now too. (It keeps me busy) but this means I'm either driving thinking in my head, researching thinking in my head, writing thinking in my head, working w/ public or working thinking in my head, or playing on the internet when I'm bored hoping to laugh to get out of my head :p. I probably should be cooking in those spare moments of down time. But I'm lazy and quite obviously not in tune with my body. Which might explain why I've convinced myself a product that looks like baby poop tastes just like Peter Pan or Jiff. The peanut butter mother chooses.

Carrots. They stay edible for a long time and washing or peeling one does not take long. You might even dip them in the peanut butter :D Would be healthier than just eating the peanut butter. And you could keep a few apples for snacks around. If I'm in a hurry I'll make oatmeal in the microwave and eat it with butter, a bit of sugar and whatever seeds I happen to have on hand.

Cooking in a thermos (http://www.thermoscooking.com/). You might end up forgetting about it once you set it up and might end up with a thermos full of mold. But it's an easy way to cook if you remember to actually eat the end result instead of forgetting it in the thermos.

Bartender
09-29-2014, 12:26 PM
Water - I used to live off Arizona Ice tea but apparently that's bad for you <_<

msg_v2
09-29-2014, 02:39 PM
Cooking in a thermos (http://www.thermoscooking.com/). You might end up forgetting about it once you set it up and might end up with a thermos full of mold. But it's an easy way to cook if you remember to actually eat the end result instead of forgetting it in the thermos.

This belongs on a "You might be an INTP list."

Oatmeal. (In the wintertime). It's inedible unless it's hot.

Senseye
09-29-2014, 04:32 PM
Leafy greens. Bland and boring, but I chew through them just to get them down. It's like eating your lawn clippings.

Some high fiber stuff, but I don't mind whole grain breads and cereals really. Soluble fiber is a bit more of a challenge. I don't like oatmeal. I've tried eating ground flax seed, but it's also pretty vile. Lately I've just been drinking water with Metamucil in it.

Eating things that are good for me is not my big problem, it's avoiding things that are bad for me. Let's face it, high fat, high salt, high sugar = highly delicious.

Vison
09-29-2014, 06:54 PM
Ack. Fiber is my problem too.

I either can't eat or I dislike the experience of eating pretty much all grains/pseudograins nor do I like most legumes. I generally find the tastes bland/waxy/cloying, I don't like the way they sit in my stomach for hours, the blood sugar spikes are uncomfortable and make me irritable. I think I have them subconsciously sorted as "starvation food," only a step up from eating cambium or clay except less tasty.

The exceptions, that I enjoy, in small amounts are: Unrefined rice or refined rice BURIED in some kind of sauce/curry, hummus, refried beans. Very small amounts of flax and hemp seeds. I like the first 3 bites of quinoa consistently. I will burn out on all those really fast though.



I get most of my fiber from veggies/nuts, but it just isnt always enough.