Hibiscus is great for the summer. You can soak the dried flowers in water in the fridge. Tastes a little like tart raspberry, kinda sorta. It doesn't require sweetener but you can add stevia or sugar. High in all kinds of nutrients. If you can't get dried hibiscus online, you can buy it online. Make sure to check at stores that carry a lot of food from Mexico. The Klass brand of instant drink mix comes in a hibiscus flavor, called "jamaica." It does need sweetener.
Cold mint tea is also nice for summer. I brew mine in an old juice bottle in the fridge by stuffing some crushed leaves in the water then letting it soak overnight.View Thread
A good way to add variety and nutrition without adding calories or extra things to shop for is to try new herbs and spices. Quinoa is a fun thing to make, it cooks just like rice and is used in anything you would use rice in. If you have a bunch of chicken left, you could cook it on a bed of herbed quinoa, savory herbs work well for this. Even if you are still stuck with chicken, cooking it in different ways, such as in a stir fry with vegetables, or baked over quinoa, will help your boredom. I like it cut in strips over a salad, too. Eggs are another nice addition to salads or dishes. If you are looking for fish, swai is fairly good tasting and usually quite cheap. There's always pollack as well, and catfish, and if you have a store nearby that specializes in Mexican food, they often have great deals on fish.View Thread
Oh, and one other thing... during the times you are not fasting, it's a good idea to stay away from carbohydrates, particularly white carbs like bread, pasta, and potatoes. Lean protein and healthy fats will help your body stay fuller, longer, and not give you a sugar crash that will leave you weak and shaky halfway through the day. Some suggestions: eggs, lean chicken breast, lean beef, nuts, seeds, beans, celery and peanut butter.View Thread
You don't drink water during the fast? Anything I could suggest would contain water so I don't really have anything to suggest. If you are looking for things to sustain you during the day and can have water with things in it, I would suggest unsweetened tea made with licorice root, or peppermint or spearmint. Stevia makes a good natural sweetener. If you aren't going to eat or drink much, it's important to make sure that what you put in your body is good. If you need fruit juice, tomato or pomegranate juice could be good. I wouldn't reccommend anything caffeinated or heavily sugared, it will make your hunger and thirst worse.View Thread
Honestly? I've gotten best results in (1) eliminating empty calories, (2) exercising regularly, (3) CUTTING OUT SUGAR, and (4) limiting carbs, especially white bread, white potatoes, and white rice. Those convert straight to sugar. I do this by (5) eating plenty of good fats, (6) eating lots of protein, and (6) staying hydrated.
The higher proteins, no sugar, and limited white carbs will really help to curb your appetite. I would do this all the time if I had better teeth and could afford it.View Thread
Are you nauseated by it, in particular, or is it another kind of sickeness? That's a good question you have. If it was just sausage for example, I would have said it was because of the additives. Is there a difference in the cooking method? Like, you bake the ham but you fry the sausage and pork chops? Then it could be the cooking oil. Also, it could be the fat content in the chops and sausage that is making you feel sick.View Thread
Any starch will convert to sugar. That includes corn, it also includes brown rice. Brown rice is just white rice with the hull still on it, and thus extra fiber and nutrients.
My advice would be to start by just eating half the portions of what you normally do when you are talking about grains. Your body does need some carbs, just not as much as most people eat.
I have been on a totally grain free diet, and am about to go back to that. I feel a lot better when I cut out all grains and most legumes, concentrating instead on lean protein, hard cheese, yogurt, vegetables, fruit, and nuts. I have had to go off of it temporarily because of money problems and tooth problems but I lose weight easily on it and have less pain and fatigue.View Thread
Normal pmples occur when your body is under stress and when it generates too much oil and the pores get clogged. Usually, they take some time to develop. They can also be affected by hormones and a whole host of other things.
With many vitamins, your body will just get rid of the extra. Your food intake is not excessive as you report it, either in nutrientn amounts or in total quantity. Also, I wouldn't say you had stomach trouble unless you felt uncomfortable sensations in your stomach. Good luck in your efforts toward better health! You are making great food choices.View Thread
It depends on how your body respends to fruit. True, fruit is loaded with sugar, which is what you want to limit when you are dieting, but not all fruits are created equal. In general go for more color in your diet when it comes to fruits and vegetables. Berries can be very good for you, pomegranates, small amounts of avocado, melon, things like that... but bananas will convert to sugar much more quickly in general. For example, I can have an apple without it messing with me too much (I'm rather sensitive to sugar) but must be careful with bananas. It's all in knowing how your body responds to what. Also, if you are eating the fruit instead of something with less nutrients in it, it still may be a better choice.View Thread
Honestly, I try not to eat either because both are starches, convert quickly to sugar in your body, and both make me much hungrier than I should be. I don't believe in forbidden foods, but at the same time both of those set up unhealthy patterns in my body.
Of course there is a difference between fresh corn and steamed rice. If put to it, I would say that the corn probably has slightly more nutritive value. I can tolerate either but only in small amounts and only when paired with a protein source. Much depends on what you put on them as well.View Thread