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    The Food And Cooking Thread

    I like cooking, and at the same time am trying to complete my transformation from clydesdale to racehorse - or at least trotter.

    (Started at 214, got to 180, backslid to 189, now working my way down again with a goal of seeing 180 in April, as a springboard to 170.)

    We know that we can lose weight by eating plain salads, crudities, baked skinless chicken breast, and similar diet food. But, speaking for myself, I'm not willing to give up eating interesting food.

    So I thought I would start a thread for food and cooking tips, tricks, and ideas. The theme here is: tasty food, that is fun to eat and that you'd even be willing to serve to guests, but is also low calorie or low fat or low carb or whatever your particular dietary goal may be.

    To start us off:

    - Potatoes are one of life's great pleasures. Alas, it is a very starchy, high calorie food. Well, root vegetables have many potato-like qualities, which makes sense when you think about it. For example, rutabagas when peeled, boiled, and mashed with some butter and a little cream, with salt and white pepper to taste, make a nice substitute for mashed potatoes.

    - Greek yoghurt can be a reasonable substitute for mayonnaise in many applications, For example, canned tuna, mixed with 2% fat Greek yoghurt and a little salt and white pepper, makes a creditable filling for a tuna salad sandwich. Or, make a lower-calorie spicy salmon tartare using chopped raw salmon, Siriachi hot sauce, and Greek yoghurt instead of Japanese mayonnaise. I use this as a flavorful topper for baked salmon fillets, but you could use it in a sushi roll too.

    - Chicken skin is the source of most of the fat and much of the calories in a chicken. So the typical dieter eats all his chicken skinless. But chicken skin has so much flavor. If you remove the skin, then cook it over medium heat in a saute pan, pouring off the rendered fat, you will end up with crisp, brown, and remarkably low-fat chicken skin treats. You can do the same with salmon skin, by the way.

    - Pasta is another favorite food that goes straight to (my, anyway) waistline. The trick here is spaghetti squash, halved, baked, then shredded with a fork. It comes off in spaghetti-like strands, soaks up pasta sauce, and chews much like spaghetti. Also useful if you are on a gluten-free diet.

    Okay, your turn - contribute your food and cooking tips for the drafthorse on a slimming regimen.
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    Well, I don't want to hijack your thread or start pontificating about my personal solution, etc.. But I will say I'm intolerant of giving up happy hours, great craft beers, luscious & rich multi-course dinners, juicy steaks, fresh bread, and the occasional killer dessert. Obviously, I like to eat out..and I mean eat...not tip toe through the menu looking for vegan alternatives. I also have no interest in spending time in the kitchen preparing recipes, worrying about this or that substitute or any of that stuff. Unlike you, the kitchen is where I go to make coffee and that's about it. But like you, I am interested in being a hard body. So, I went the intermittent fasting route, simply no food 'til 5pm six days a week, (I like brunch on Sundays). Easy peasy. Not for everyone, but perfect for some people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrenchFit View Post
    Well, I don't want to hijack your thread or start pontificating about my personal solution, etc.. But I will say I'm intolerant of giving up happy hours, great craft beers, luscious & rich multi-course dinners, juicy steaks, fresh bread, and the occasional killer dessert. Obviously, I like to eat out..and I mean eat...not tip toe through the menu looking for vegan alternatives. I also have no interest in spending time in the kitchen preparing recipes, worrying about this or that substitute or any of that stuff. Unlike you, the kitchen is where I go to make coffee and that's about it. But like you, I am interested in being a hard body. So, I went the intermittent fasting route, simply no food 'til 5pm six days a week, (I like brunch on Sundays). Easy peasy. Not for everyone, but perfect for some people.
    There is nothing in live that everyone agrees to. There is always that one black sheep somewhere...and no...not talking about you lol
    Actually I'm OK with both solutions. I don't mind eating like a pig, fatty dinners with bunch of vegetables /Polish kitchen/, while trying to be a "French dog" from time to time eating fancy, expensive, low calories and sometimes just tasteless foods. I'm just a human.... Hahhahahahahahahahaahaha

    I will add some to the topic.

    - SKIP white chicken meat /breast/. Eat dark meat instead. Its much more tasty, and just better, "healthier" meat overall.

    - Mix your own, homemade "Gatorade": 5-10% of your favorite soda, juice or whatever you like for taste, add water 90-95%, add tea spoon or more /depending oin the size/ Mortons Lite Salt

    - Cook from scratch and fresh. SKIP packaged, canned, prepared foods...its all crap with not needed additives.

    - If you are tired of your current diet - visit some exotic market. You will be surprised what you can find there.

    - Avocado is a super fruit. It helps to keep joints healthy and is full of goodies. Cut in pieces, add tomatoes, leafy vegetables and dressing /may be just plain yogurt/. You may also add eggs, nuts to the mix....whatever you like. Don't forget about the salt/pepper.

    - frying? Use organic coconut "oil" instead of terrible margarine, regular oil or butter. It will add a lot of interesting taste to your food, and its one of the "good" greases out there lol It's only for low to med heat.

    - Cauliflower instead of potatoes. I love potatoes, but I'm OK with cauliflower. Just cook it, add some butter for taste. You can also mash it with plain yogurt or butter or sourcream...

    - one more tip for these who needs to lose some weight...I tried that many times and it was always working great and fast. My own invention lol..."Soup diet", any soup. Just stay away from creamy type lol. Since typical soup is mostly vegetables and water plus some meat depending on the type - its easy to digest and makes you feeling full quickly. I have no problem losing 20 lbs in a matter of week on this diet. And hey, its NOT boring at all which is a big plus.

    Do some research about how food is made...It's interesting and shocking at the same time. Many foods that we are eating should be considered toxic, and people responsible for misinforming us should end up in jail lol
    Simple example of very good, healthy thing messed up by processing it /all about money/, is Canola oil. Its one of the best oils you can get, but it smells terrible and doesn't look good...Yes, it IS healthy, but nobody would buy it in the natural form. They are processing it in the way that it strips it from most of the natural goodies, and adds crappy and unhealthy substances.
    Another one....Apples contains the highest amount of pesticides of any fruits /most 100% juices are based on apple juice, even if its a cherry, grape or punch juice/ And hey...most apple juices sold in North America are from...China! /concentrate/ lol
    You will also find a lot of pesticides in Soy /healthy base for vegetarian dishes/...
    Should I keep going with it? lol
    My advise is to keep it simple, fresh, whole foods, and do your research.

    I got little hungry...see you in the kitchen ;-)
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    Wait...I can contribute: I like coconut milk in my coffee, the So creamer, though it does have added cane sugar...Yummy.
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    Take a whole bronzino, cut a few slits in each side of the body, put a few lemon slices and a couple of sprigs of thyme in the cavity, brush both sides with olive oil, put it in a fish basket and toss it on the grill (medium high heat) for about 8 min./side. That's probably what I will be doing for dinner tomorrow.


    Avoid that farm raised (e.g., "Atlantic," "Scottish," etc.) salmon unless it's organic. It doesn't even taste like real salmon and it can be incredibly fatty. There is wild king available, and the sockeye run starts in late spring, then comes the coho.

    Spaghetti squash is like tofurkey. If you want pasta, eat pasta. Just don't eat mounds of it covered with something like afredo sauce or burried under a pound of sausages. I was riding for two weeks in Italy last year. Ate plenty of pasta. Lost weight. Made linquine with fresh little neck clams last Saturday. And try to get fresh pasta. Completey different experience than dried. And it cooks in no time.

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    Add a sizable chunk of fresh fibrous vegetables and a significant amount of water to your meals.

    For example: before eating your yummy whatever, enjoy a large serving of broccoli, and drink a quart of water.

    This will fill your gut with healthy low calorie food and water, and provide a "speed bump" to the food you want to enjoy. Part of becoming satiated is time. You can quickly gobble a handful of nuts and consume near on 200 calories, but that gastrointestinal impact may feel like a drop in the ocean. Munching up a bunch of veg is healthy, and a great way to feel satiated without consuming too many calories.

    Avoid the dippings and sauces though, those are nutritionally dense. One thing I enjoy is some finely shredded cabbage spritzed with vinegar. Low calories, high fiber, cheap way to fill up. It tastes better than coleslaw to me, I don't care for conventional coleslaw personally.

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