I use to buy avocados when they sold 3 for a dollar. Now, one jumbo avocado costs $2/ea! Avocados are exploding in popularity and rightfully so. Informed people know. Avocados and bananas are two of the most nutritionally complete foods. Not only are avocados (oranges, apples, tomatoes) great for your insides, they're superb for your skin, too. My friend is an Esthetician and she makes a very good living. So, I asked her, what's the point of spending so much money on skin care products, massages and facials, if you don't eat healthy? Her answer: "To be honest, my business relies on clients who don't understand the relationship between diet & exercise and skin quality..."
All movie stars pay their personal dietitians $000's to tell them to eat the same meals to get in shape:
1. Breakfast Burritos with fresh eggs, fresh salsa & fresh guacamole 2. Vietnamese Spring Rolls 3. Fresh Fish
I feel safe telling people this secret because the average person is far too lazy to bother making fresh salsa and guacamole and if you're going to cheat and use the store bought stuff you might as well pull into a Taco Bell or Del Taco...
I have several young adults of your age in my life. One has cancer (but, is in remission). I am wise enough to withhold advice to them unless asked. They're polite and respectful but they don't listen. And, that's cool because I was no different when I was 24.
You are correct. Home cooking plays a big role in weight loss. But, you are incorrect, too. Today, anyone can be a gourmet chef with the help of youtube and the cooking channel. So, the cooking class is only a convenient "excuse". Second, the best thing I'd suggest for anyone looking to make a huge improvement in their diet is to eat foods that require no cooking. Fruits. Tomatoes, avocados, jalapenos, spinach, broccoli and mushrooms (fungi) . Nuts. Beans. Some of the most powerful and nutritious foods I eat, regularly, involve no cooking: guacamole, salsa, chicken salad, pesto sauce. If you made those non-cooked dishes fresh and ate them, everyday, for one year, along with, say, four of five fruits of your liking, you would not believe who was staring back at you in the mirror.
And, the money you would save is mind boggling. Once I started to exercise, daily, and focus on eating a predominantly plant food diet, my diabetes has been reversed. I have not had a cold or headache in years. No more allergies or problem skin. No more excruciating joint pain. No more sick days from work. No more supplements, vitamins of "health aids". No more acid indigestion or acid reflux. No more lactose intolerance. No more sleeping pills of cold and flu crapola. No more bad breath. No more cpap. No more expensive dandruff shampoo (in fact, no more shampoo, period!). No more sinus congestion and tons of kleenex...
Here's the real reason why you should change your diet. When you look at all the things I don't have to buy, now, you begin to see the true cost of processed food. When you don't have enough money to begin with, then, you have to buy all that junk I've listed, above, just to drag yourself out of bed & make yourself reasonably presentable...We are talking about a helluva lot of money! Then, toss in a family & kids into this ill-fated equation and we're now talking "Rock and Hard Place". unrelenting, toxic stress every single day. A paycheck away from being in the street! You see, it is not so much bad food that makes people fat. It is toxic lifestyle and unrelenting financial stress that's the true killer to people's bodies.
Unless you make a sizable chunk of change, the "true" cost of unhealthy eating is not affordable by the average American. In fact, imo, this relationship between poor health and lack of jobs has reached a watershed point in America. Many people are reaching their breaking point and are making crazy decisions. The media suggests that the issues in Ferguson, MO and the New York City are about race and police brutality. I disagree. imo, poor health, awful nutrition combined with the unrelenting stress of little to no employment is causing folks to throw up their hands and say, "What difference does it make (what I do)?"
My friend's wife use to heave shortly after eating salad at a chain restaurant that specializes in soup and salads. I once read that bulked lettuce distributors use a special preservative to keep the leaves looking fresher, longer and it's important to thoroughly wash lettuce stored this way. I told her this. Her response: "Well, when I have coupons, I like to use them." My response: "Good!" ("I am Groot!")
Celiacs with gluten...Young get old and can't handle the MSG in Chinese or Indian, anymore. You either listen to your body or you don't (and heave-ho)...Good! (I am Groot!)
An_260214, can you answer me this question since you seem to know a lot about calories...
1. There are approximately 28 cups of green beans in 1200 calories or 560 green beans, total. 560 cooked green beans weighs approximately 10 pounds. Green beans consist of 3% fat, 77% carbs, 20% protein
2. There are approximately 120 potato chips, total, in 1200 calories. 120 potato chips weighs 0.50 lbs or roughly 8 ozs. Potato chips consist of 60% fat, 35% carbs, 5% protein
Which food provides better nutrition, provides more heart healthy fiber, lower her blood pressure and help prevent Type 2 Diabetes, will dramatically increase her water consumption, provide more energy and keep her full throughout the day? 10 pounds of green beans or 1/2 pound of potato chips?
If you think all calories are the same, then go with the 1200 calories, buddy. But, if I've convinced you that counting calories are for nincompoops, then have your wife start eating more fruits and vegetables and fewer potato chips and she will lose weight, naturally.View Thread
Do you know why Warren Buffet invests in insurance and banking? Because they don't lose money. These businesses employ the majority of actuaries in the world whose responsibility is to calculate risk. That's it; that's all they do. Warren Buffet believes you're at risk no matter what you say. I'll go with Buffet on this one.
Improve your diet, exercise, everyday, and feel much better. Aint got nothin' to do with money.View Thread
Suggesting to "skip breakfast" implies you believe weight loss is about (cutting back) "calories" and going hungry... which means you probably buy foods labeled "Light", "Lite" or "Low Cal"... and, believe "diet sodas" help... and use HCG, Green Coffee Beans and similar "appetite suppressants"... and, you like your "cheat days" once or twice a week... but, most of all, you think "diets" are really smart... So, based on that, I could see how skipping breakfast makes perfect sense.
Does it have to be "perfect"? Does it have to be on your terms (for you to be healthy)? People come to these boards, post a question and don't even have the courtesy to say "thanks" or "thanks but no thanks". They probably didn't like what they heard so they rejected it, immediately. They dismiss a new perception as unacceptable as if their perception is correct and true. From my perspective, this board is basically an exercise of (mental) tolerance...the willingness to acknowledge that your way is not working and you need to adopt new perceptions to allow you make changes in the way you live.. Nobody with any sanity goes to a gym unless going to the gym is an important and essential thing to do. If you felt that way, right now, it wouldn't matter if the owner wore a thong and rubbed peanut butter on his legs...
...The exact same thing I do! Keep an open mind until you're six feet under.View Thread
It is impossible to lose 10 lbs, long term, without changes in lifestyle.
It is not impossible to lose 10 lbs with thyroid disease if you focus on resolving your thyroid disease.
It is impossible to lose 10 lbs if you believe thyroid disease is preventing you from losing 10 lbs.
Do you believe that there's a root cause for non-congenital thyroid dysfunction? Do you think diet can effect hormone chemistry in the human body? If no, can you please explain the science behind this ground breaking assumption?View Thread