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Old 01-27-2013, 06:19 PM   #1
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So I talked with DH tonight since Spring is right around the corner and our weight loss efforts are taking the front burner again. We've both agreed to give up red meats, overly processed foods (frozen and boxed food) and only eat whole grains. Now I have to find new things for us to eat so we don't fall back into our old habits. What kind of foods, besides fruits and vegetables (which we already eat), can we add into our diet to replace what we're removing?

ETA: I don't eat rice or turkey so DH eats those seperate from me.

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Check out skinnytaste.com. Her meals are healthy and so delicious.

There's lots of options besides fruit and veggies.

Brown rice
Quinoa
Grilled chicken or fish
Ground turkey
Sweet potatoes
Wheat tortillas
Deli turkey
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Check out skinnytaste.com. Her meals are healthy and so delicious.

There's lots of options besides fruit and veggies.

Brown rice
Quinoa
Grilled chicken or fish
Ground turkey
Sweet potatoes
Wheat tortillas
Deli turkey
What is Quinoa like, is it like rice? DH loves rice but I don't (I have texture issues with food). I also hate turkey so we can't have it either.
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Why are you eliminating red meat? I think if *I* was trying to get healthy, I would start with eliminating processed stuff. After that, if you still feel red meat is an issue, you can go ahead and eliminate. But if you have food texture issues and you'll eat red meat, I would keep it around.
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Re: Working on new diet for DH and myself ...

I have also been doing a plan for DH & I & trying to include the kids.

The biggest thing that we have had to change is the portion sizes of our meals. We ahve tried no meat but can't do it every meal.

We have frozen veg/fruit but have cut right down on proceed food.

I am trying to have less carbs.

I have not been counting cals, we have just been eating less & better & so far this yr I have lost 5kgs.

I want to be able to eat anything but smaller potions so now I stay away from food I can not control myself with.

Also foods that slow down metabolism I try & avoid like fizzy drinks even diet ones & pasta which I have cut right down on.
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Why are you eliminating red meat? I think if *I* was trying to get healthy, I would start with eliminating processed stuff. After that, if you still feel red meat is an issue, you can go ahead and eliminate. But if you have food texture issues and you'll eat red meat, I would keep it around.
All the red meat we eat is processed or fast food.
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I have also been doing a plan for DH & I & trying to include the kids.

The biggest thing that we have had to change is the portion sizes of our meals. We ahve tried no meat but can't do it every meal.

We have frozen veg/fruit but have cut right down on proceed food.

I am trying to have less carbs.

I have not been counting cals, we have just been eating less & better & so far this yr I have lost 5kgs.

I want to be able to eat anything but smaller potions so now I stay away from food I can not control myself with.

Also foods that slow down metabolism I try & avoid like fizzy drinks even diet ones & pasta which I have cut right down on.
DH would die if we tried to cut out meat completely although I would be perfectly fine with it, lol. We're trying to work on portion sizes too but DH eats a lot and thinks I never eat enough (grrr) even though i'm overweight and he's not. We're trying to cut out processed foods entirely but cutting out carbs would not work for us because we love bread too much to give it up completely, but we are going to eat it in moderation. I've never been much of a drinks person so that's not an issue for me but it is for DH and he's working on it.
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Are you on Pinterest? If so, follow cooking light. (Cooking light magazine) they post a to of recipes every few days.
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Re: Working on new diet for DH and myself ...

Find good "subs" for the things that you miss - the key is you have to really like them.

I do frozen grapes instead of ice cream (sometimes I just really love ice cream).
Spaghetti squash and meat sauce/etc instead of pasta. I am not a fan, personally, of low-carb etc processed alternatives (which you would probably not want either).

I know you said most of the red meat in your diet is from fast/convenience foods - what if you made meals at home that featured small amounts of red meat? Would that help get you over the hump?
Like taco salad... leeeetle bit of meat, lots of veg and salsa :-)
chili with a small amount of ground meat, lots of beans and veg

plain yogurt with some honey or fruit (do you eat eggs, dairy?)
homemade breakfast burritos with homemade flour tortillas, scrambled eggs, veg? Homemade tortillas are sooooo much better than storebought - DH and I have agreed that we will never buy tortillas again. Which means we are eating fewer, because they are more work ;-)

Do you cook at home alot? Can you try mixing things up with new spices and whatnot - like use chinese 5 spice powder, or chili powders, or indian curries, etc? Something like that can make things like another boneless skinless chicken breast seem interesting all over again.
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