Post # 1
So, I’m fairly new to this “living healthy” life and am of course having issues here and there. Just started counting calories and working out only since July 30th. I’m 5’7″ and started at 250lbs. Right now I’m at 245lb (woohoo!) I eat approx. 1500 calories a day. On days that I work, I do 30 minutes of cardio in the morning, then 30 at night. On days that I’m off, I go to the gym and do an hour to an hour and a half of cardio and 30 minutes of weights.
So, the issue I ran into this week was that I am having a hard time figuring out what to eat throughout the day. I eat veggies and fruits for snacks, yogurt, lots of cheese, eggs, chicken. I’ve also cut out lots of gluten stuff. I’m getting sick of aaaaall these foods and I CAN’T COOK!
Anyone have any super easy recipes/salads/ideas you can throw my way? I’ve gotten quite a few good ideas from this forum before. Hoping I get more!
Post # 3
Why can’t you cook?
here are some no-cook foods:
Hummus and veggies, cottage cheese and fruit, greek yogurt with fruit or granola, salad with avocado, tomato, boiled eggs and red wine vinegar as a dressing (0 calories!), PB sandwiches, BLTs, cereal with milk
Post # 4
I like triscuits (or triscuits thins!) with some cheese and salsa on top. like nachos but healthier (just watch portion). experiment with different salads. I really like nuts on salads. My husband likes cottage cheese on his. have you tried veggie burgers? Morning star black bean burgers are amazzzzing. I eat them without a bun and they are super tasty and easy to cook.
Post # 5
I’d say learn to cook lol. It just takes practice! I really liked this gal’s website when I was first starting out. She usually explains things pretty well and her recipes are really tasty! She often lists substitutions too if you’re looking for a “lighter” version.
Post # 6
I learned to cook by just doing it. I youtubed a lot and asked my grandma for tips. I made it a priority to learn the basics, so I bought cookbooks for simple meals. Now I really enjoy doing it!
Post # 7
Learning how to cook will make this so much easier! But, I would start with cutting out a lot of cheese, unless it is low fat.
Fish is really easy to cook in a pan, just season to taste, drizzle olive oil or use cooking spray and cook! Asparagus, red potatoes, and other veggies are easy to make as well and they come out so delicious! In the oven with a drizzle of olive oil and a dash of salt/seasonings, and viola!
Grilled chicken salads with oil and vinager! Delicious and no calories/no fat!
Hope this helps!
Post # 8
My current favorite kitchen gadget is the steamer that FMIL gave us. In fact, today I came in from work, threw frozen brocolli and a frozen salmon filet in, set the timer for 25 minutes, and then went and ran on the treadmill while it cooked. When I was done with my run dinner was ready.
As far as cooking goes, it’s really not that hard. I love to cook and have been doing it since I was a kid. I learned by watching my grandmothers (my mom cooks out of boxes and cans). If you don’t cook at all, maybe start with a kid’s cookbook. That will teach you a lot of the vs ery basic cooking techniques. Once you learn the techniques you can start following recipes. Eventually, you’ll learn what techniques work with what foods and what flavors go together and won’t need recipes. The only time I really use recipes is on Thanksgiving and that’s only because that’s the one meal I don’t wanna risk screwing something up. And baking. Always use a recipe. Baking is more of a science than cooking. If the ratio of ingredients is off then….well, nothing good can come of that.