I wash my hands before and after cooking chicken. I don't test temperature, I go by texture, but I don't stop till the chicken is firm and pale colored all the way through the middle, and don't cook anything thicker than a split chicken breast.
Yes, you can theoretically die from food borne illness gotten from chicken. Or any other raw meat. That's more likely to happen in people who are old, young, or who have compromized immune systems. Healthy people sometimes do get food poisoning, sure, but I haven't heard of them dying from it nearly as often.
Personally, I don't freak out too much about food prep. I wash my hands, scrape the cutting board (it's wood so it has antibacterial properties), and cook at a decent temperature. Rare chicken is nasty anyway. I don't get food poisoning very often and I'm obviously still alive. I don't sanitize everything with bleach water every time I cook or anything like that.View Thread
Masking tape would work, and honestly I just wrap the stuff around my hand to use instead of a lint roller. Failing that, sometimes a soft brush or a big chunk of the hook side of Velcro can work.
Slow cooker meals are good, so you are on the right track there. The coupons you would get from a weekly newspaper are probably not worth the money you pay to get the newspaper, but that's your call. Sometimes the newspapers will give you really cheap introductory offers for the first few months you you could try it to see if it's worth it.
Keeping the grocery bill under two hundred dollars for every two weeks, considering you have pets, is not really doing too badly - especially since prices have gone up so much in the past few years.
I think your best opportunity for savings might still be in the cleaning products side of it - you probably already know to buy generic, and it's amazing what bleach, vinegar, baking soda, and various combinations thereof can do.View Thread
If you have a smartphone there is an app you can download where you scan your walmart reciepts in and it gives you cash back if any other store is cheaper.
The only other thing I can say is to shop the sales whenever possible. Shop seasonally for fruits and vegetables. Boneless skinless is good to eat and easy to cook, but whole chickens are a lot cheaper and you can make soup stock with the bones. And feed the unsalted, cooked skin to the cats for treats. Just limit that because it's fatty.
Think about your other food choices too. For example, oatmeal in the big round container is cheaper than instant. I don't know what you do for breakfast, but it's a suggestion. Root vegetables like carrots, turnips, jicama, squashes, things like that are often a good value.
Making more in the way of soups and stews can save money. Beans are high protein and fiber and help replace some of your meat. Stews can be made with cheaper vegetables and stretch your chicken so it lasts longer. Think about things like barley, brown rice and black beans, they all really stick to your ribs, aren't expensive, and make great additions to soups, stews, and side dishes.
Instead of lint rollers, maybe try a reusable brush or roll tape around an old lint roller to make a new one. Or get one you can rinse off and reuse. They make those too. Also, I don't know how possible this is but you can often find recipes for cleaning mixtures that use things like vinegar, baking soda, and plain bleach. Those tend to be dirt cheap to use and cleaner for your environment.
If you have a neighbor that is similarly strapped, you might want to see if you can split a larger container of something. Like you might buy a case of cat food and split it with them for half the money. Or shop for pet food and other items online, sometimes you can get cases of things with free shipping for less than the store charges.
Coupon clipping is a no brainer, keep an eye on the papers. Also, don't forget to check other stores. Maybe you can find another store that has more of what you need at a lower price, and it might be worth it even if it's a ltitle farther away. I understand wanting to reduce the trips if you have to get a ride from someone.
I hope some of this helped. Good luck to you!View Thread
I've done a little more research. HyPERthyroidism often causes you to lose weight because it's an overactive thyroid. HyPOthyroidism is an underactive thyroid, which is absolutely famous for making it very hard to lose weight.
Your thyroid governs your metabolism and that can make you gain weight and have a really hard time losing it, even if you work out and burn more than you take in.
Now, your doctor says the medication is working. That probably means your blood shows normal levels of thyroid hormone. However, some people still have some of the symptoms of hybothyroidism with normal levels of thyroid hormone. In some cases, those people benefit from switching over to a natural hormone mix, rather than a synthetic one. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and make sure they know how much weight gain you have had, and tell them what you have been doing to prevent it.View Thread
Subway has some pretty good choices, but I think the OP was on a low carb diet. I like grocery store delis for that kind of thing. It's easy to find grocery stores, and the to go containers are pretty good. Also, it's not much slower to run in and check out the deli than it is to wait in the drive through line.View Thread
You can find plenty of recipes online by Googling "homemade protein bars" or you can concococt your own. I would reccomend starting with a simple quickbread recipe and substituting soy flour or chickpea flour for half the flour. You can get chickpea flour online, at some whole food stores, and at most international food stores in the Indian section.
A basic recipe might be equal parts wheat flour and chickpea flour, a little milk, some baking powder for leavening, an egg or two, and plenty of cocoa powder. It's good for you.
Additions for extra nutrition could be nuts, limited amounts of dried fruit, and whey protein powder.
Don't leave fat completely out of the mix, your brain needs at least a little bit to work right. Also, experiement with different spices like cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, or allspice. Most of them are good for you.View Thread
I know that a low thyroid can definitely cause weight gain, and make it harder to lose weight. But so can simple aging as our metabolisms slow down. Other hormones can have an effect too. If you are eating exactly the same and getting the same amount of exercise, but still gaining weight, hormones including thyroid hormones can be a factor.
So I'd suggest asking your doctor if your levels of thyroid hormone are normal, and if your other levels are normal too. Share your concern with your weight gain. There can be other things wrong too, but it takes a diligent, sharp doctor to catch some of this stuff.
In the meantime, take a look at what you are really eating, maybe log everything you eat for a week and then take a look at what's contained in that. Even if you can't exercise very well, there are things you can still do.View Thread
Ah, okay. Thanks, Michelle! So we're looking for protein rich foods that don't upset the stomach or take up a lot of space.
Other than protein drinks, I would suggest chicken breast, salmon, mackerel, tuna, cod, shrimp, or any fish really. Beef perhaps if your stomach can tolerate it. Lamb would be great but it's expensive. Eggs. If you have gastric bypass I won't suggest something like beans, legumes or lentils because they create a lot of bulk and aren't very compact. Nuts can be good for protein, as can cheese.
Honestly, meat or fish is about the best protein source possible. It has nutrients you need, too, and I know folks with gastric bypass often have trouble getting the right amount of nutrition.View Thread