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    donnie27
    Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:10 am
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    I want to get away from the "breads and potatoes" type of meals. Just wondering what all of you serve? I have done the "meat and salad" meals, but would like some ideas of adding veggies. What kind are best or lower in carbs?

    I am not really wanting to go the Adkins.......suddenly taking away all the yummy but bad for you sides (like macaroni and cheese or baked potatoes). We did do the South Beach diet a few years ago and lost weight, but didn't really like what we were eating......always something missing

    I have always cooked meat, potatoes and gravy type meals, and don't want to present a plate that says DIET !! But I guess I'm finally forced to face the fact that we need to get away from the "bad stuff".

    Have any of you had to finally face this and wondered how to ease good
    eating into your meals?
    I'm just asking to see if I'm the only one who hates the idea of dieting but wants to change and start eating healthier.
    Thanks for any experiences you may have had or any advice.
    Donna
    Karyl Lee
    Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:55 pm
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    Here's the link to our resources page, which you might not have noticed before. links and resources
    The key to moving into a healthier diet is to be selective, and flexible. If you need to change a lot of things, changing them one at a time and sorting out what you like is better than throwing out all your previous behaviors at one shot, unless you never ate any vegetable.
    So, you normally have potatoes with gravy--how about making potatoes in some way that doesn't call for gravy? baked sweet potatoes (yeah, I know-sweet!) actually can be served as savories rather than sweets, just by baking them with sprinkle of basil, sea salt, and garlic powder. Half a potato per person will give a good amount of Vit A and fiber, both soluble and insoluble. Steaming baby new potatoes along with green beans, more beans than potatoes can also be a good switch.
    Almost all of the berries can be consumed even on a lower carb diet, as long as you don't add sugars to them. Strawberries have more water in them than you'd realize, one of the reasons their natural sugar count can be surprisingly low.
    I'm not making as much sense right now as I'd like, up too late last night--but I hope this opens a dialog and I can help you out over time.
    Best,
    Karyl
    donnie27
    Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:22 pm
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    Thanks Karyl
    That is pretty much what I have been doing so far.......I have given my potatoes to daughter. Have been using rice instead. Can't say we've totally given up on bread, but am working on that..and using it a lot less.
    The vegetable suggestion is great.....I know we don't eat enough of them, so will work on using more instead of starches.
    We're not showing much in the weight-loss area, but then I think it will come as we go along.
    I've been trying to prepare meats without breading or frying.....which is tricky for me. Instead I've started using more spices for flavoring .

    Thanks for the suggestion.....
    Donna
    Karyl Lee
    Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:40 pm
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    Broiling is better than frying, if you like the browned taste better--and one combo I like for flavor is to rub the meat lightly with a cut clove of garlic, some toasted sesame oil, and then a squirt of lemon. You let it rest a bit until it's more at room temperature, and then you cook it.Brown it well as you like, add worcestershire or soy sauce only at the table.
    If you eat enough rice, it will equal your potatoes for starch, so keep that in mind. I find steaming vegetables can be a nice way to break into eating more of them, as they are tender and as natural as can be that way. I used to do a combined steamer basket of carrots, onion, and broccoli, and then just a little butter, salt and pepper on top to eat them with. If you use the young carrots, they are sweeter--but you don't have get the peeled ones already cut down. Just buy the smaller and thinner carrots--big carrots are woodier and usually not as tasty.
    Also, if there are any community ed classes where you are on how to cook vegetables, you might like to have one run at a class.
    donnie27
    Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:02 pm
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    I used to fix more veggies....but in the last few years started steaming them.
    What a difference. There really is a lot more flavor that way.
    As for the rice.....I serve a lot less (amount of) rice than I used to. I figured that it was probably just as starchy as the potato. But with the rice, we are not as apt to start loading on butter or sour cream. icon_wink.gif
    Thanks again for the suggestions. They all have me thinking a bit differently about the food preparation.
    Donna
    TLu
    Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:41 am
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    Donna, I've gotten my family to increase their veggie consumption by roasting them. Very easy, I toss them with olive oil, spread on a baking sheet and season with garlic powder, sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Bake at 400-450 for 30-30 minutes, depends on your oven. I love cauliflower that way as well as peppers, carrots, broccoli, squash, eggplant, zucchini, etc. Don't add whole garlic as it tends to burn, I will sometimes put a whole head in foil with a drizzle of olive oil and bake it in the oven with the veggies. We've experimented with all sorts of veggies including sweet potatoes, delicious but we tend to stay away from them. Try it, you will be surprised at the taste. At the beginning of the week, I roast a huge pan and also roast 4-6 chicken breasts drizzled with olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Keep the skin on makes them much more juicy and flavorful. We've all lost weight by planning our meals and trying new things. Carrots are a huge favorite!
    donnie27
    Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:07 am
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    Thanks for lots of info.........I know that breakfast makes the rest of the day a breeze.....I wasn't snacking or really hungry at all.

    My problem is that I have never liked breakfast....and since I am a "night owl" , I sleep in.

    Guess I should change my time clock. I know that eating a meal at the end of the day is not a good idea. I should make dinner very light and not be wanting to munch in the evening.

    I guess that is where I lost track. When I was REALLY serious about this change in eating, I stuck to every rule. But I got lazy and now I can't figure out why I have gained again. Oh, I'm not obese or very overweight, but I am probably about 15 lbs over what I should weigh, and it really just slows me down. I just don't have the energy or incentive to "get going" everyday. So thank you for giving me a "wake up call"........now is the time to get started again., (I'm so sorry to say goodbye to bread !! icon_sad.gif ) but will try to get through it........ icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif
    duonyte
    Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:54 pm
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    My brother lost 40 lbs by making sure to eat a good breakfast and a hearty lunch, light dinner and nothing at all after 7 pm. No deliberate or conscious changes in diet, just shifting when he ate. So you are right in thinking that eating lighter at dinner will help.

    I find that eating soups really helps - they fill in the empty spaces and can be very low fat, etc. - plus it's a great way to load in veggies. We eat soup pretty much every day - cold soups now in the summer unless we are lucky enough to have a cool evening. It does help make a light dinner - a bowl of a healthy soup with a wrap or some other light entree choice leaves you really satisfied without a heavy calorie or carb load.
    duonyte
    Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:48 pm
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    Also look for some vegetarian dishes that might satisfy your family. We love potato pancakes which of course have potatoes in them, but Zucchini Pancakes are a really excellent substitute (one of several recipes posted).
    donnie27
    Sat Jul 14, 2012 5:20 pm
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    duonyte.......that is so funny that you mentioned these. I have been thinking of making them for a couple of days now, and you just reminded me. I have everything I need to make them, so today is the day !!
    Donna
    Karyl Lee
    Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:25 pm
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    One of the things I can somewhat successfully do is to make a pot of soup that centers on protein and less on starches. I usually put in less rice and use no flour as a thickener, but maybe add beans as well. This is of course a "middle" approach, neither low-carb nor full carb.
    Egbert2013
    Mon Dec 16, 2013 6:44 am
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    Hi Donnie,
    Eat fruits and vegetables more in your daily diet plans as they are effective in losing and stabilzing healthy body weight, boost metabolism and makes your skin healthy. You may find tons of recipes on internet and besides having diet meal plans, engage in regular physical activities.
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