(Closed) Let's talk about healthy food.

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
2253 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose: Congrats to you for all the great changes you made in your life! Some of my fav healthy snacks/tips: 

  • Snacking on nuts and dried fruits like raisins and cranberries. The nuts have essential oils and fats in them, and the fruit are slightly sweet. Be careful not too eat too many nuts though.
  • Once to twice a week I eat oatmeal for breakfast. Usually I hate the taste, but I add a little bit of honey in it to make it bearable. lol
  • I sub out meat for a bean meal once a week for dinner. It helps cut costs, and beans are high in fiber and protein.
  • Quinoa!!! A superfood! Sub it out in place of rice.

Good luck!

Post # 4
419 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012


we like to roast a lot of our veggies.. like broccoli, squash, tomato, etc. in the oven! it’s soooo good. sprinkle a little parm on them and mist with olive oil at 400 for a while.

it just tasted better to me than plain ole steamed, or sauteed.

Post # 5
911 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - The Down Town Club, Philadelphia

If you are looking for healthy meat-free meals, I whole-heartedly recommend this blog: http://www.postpunkkitchen.com. I cook from their recipes a few times a week. Tonight, I made the butternut squash alfredo pasta. Delicious!

We are mostly dairy-free, and I can definitely recommend Almond Milk, but I would advise you to get the “unsweetened” kind, or you will find it too sweet to cook with. The original kind is great in coffee or on cereal, but if you use it for savory dishes, you will notice the sweetness. 

Also, as a fellow Nutella addict, I should tell you that my nutrionist told me that the Nutella we get in the US is basically the same as eating cake frosting. Just as bad for you. So, I switched to Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter or I just make it myself.


Post # 8
911 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - The Down Town Club, Philadelphia

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose:  I didn’t know either – I was shocked when my nutritionist told me! Happy to spread the word! Laughing

Post # 9
192 posts
Blushing bee

I’m a type 2 diabetic and I don’t cut out all sweets either because my sugars are under control and I can “exercise it off” if I need to, but I also try to make healthier choices. I don’t watch calories or fat and I’m a healthy weight (110lbs and 5’2″), but would prefer to go back to my normal at around 100-105lbs.

My body responds best to low-carb, but I’m unable to stick to it right now (busy student on a very tight budget and share a kitchen, but don’t always have access to it). I drink almond milk rather than regular because it has less carbs. I usually choose full-fat products when possible because they usually have less sugar and help lessen spikes if I eat them with something carby.

I like full-fat greek yogurt with strawberries or canteloupe. I don’t add anything to sweeten it. I drink coffee with half-half because sweeteners are usually very artificial tasting.

I like my fruits – strawberries, canteloupe cherries, mandarin oranges, and grapes. I just try not to over-do it.

I’m not much of a meat person, so I like to eat tofu and veggie stir-fries or curries. I love beans and sometimes make a white chicken chili with canellini beans. Doesn’t really raise my blood sugar even with the beans.

I really don’t notice a difference between whole wheat and white flour when it comes to spikes…they are pretty much equally bad for me so if I’m going to eat grains, I don’t always choose whole. Same with brown vs white rice.

I actually love oatmeal, but for my blood sugar it’s just as bad as candy. I still sometimes give in and have some with a little bit of maple syrup!

Post # 10
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

A small thing, almond milk has next to no protein, so while TTC and pregnant, soy is a better option, especially plain, unsweetened.

Post # 12
3755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose:  If you eat a lot of protein, I wouldn’t worry about getting protein in your milk. Especially from soy, which has it’s own pros and cons. 

Post # 13
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose:  Of course. My OB wanted me consuming 65 grams or more of protein a day… that is a crap load of protein, way more than my personal trainer wanted me eating, so I needed to get it from my milk so I switched to soy milk though I prefer almond milk.

Also, as for the “cons” of soy, just keep in mind that half of the subcontinent of Asia’s residents eat a diet based on soy and they don’t suffer from all these terrible things the fear mongers say soy will do to you. Their boy don’t have boobs. Their women don’t have higher rates of breast cancer. Whole food soy (like tofu, edamame, and soy milk) is just fine for you.

Post # 14
5107 posts
Bee Keeper

Avocados are good, lots of healthy fats! Start taking a fish oil supplement – Nordic Naturals has a Prenatal DHA which is great for brain development.

Post # 15
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose:  Congrats on the healthy choices you are making.  The one thing I wanted to chime in with is make sure you aren’t swapping your cow dairy for sugar-filled almond milk. It comes unsweetened, but most out there are loaded with sugar… so, read the label and double check before you proceed.  Coconut milk is also an option (not the stuff that has stevia in it – but the stuff in a can) and can be a great substitue for dairy.

I recently watched a Dr. Oz show where he said as little as 2 sodas a week create an overload on your pancreas and puts you at risk for pancreatic cancer.  I was shocked it was that little!  

The only advice I can give you is don’t bring junk into the house.  I would self-sabatoge by buying ‘treats’ for Darling Husband that I was convinced I wouldn’t eat.  And, guess who would eat it ALL.  Yep, me.  I don’t know why it took me so long to realize – hey, just don’t BUY the junk…. but, it did.

Also (guess I had more advice) ๐Ÿ™‚ – try to have a game plan each day for what you are going to eat.  When I don’t have a plan, I end up being more prone to making unhealthy choices.  

Post # 16
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose:  That’s wonderful!  I’m not TTC (yet) but I’ve been changing my eating habits lately and I’ve been trying to go as organic and all-natural as possible, and I’ll definitely stay organic when I am pregnant.  I’ve also cut sodas out of my diet, and I ALWAYS read the ingredients list on things I buy.  Here’s a blog entry on how to read food labels and avoid the nasty stuff… http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2013/01/how-to-read-food-labels.html

Darling Husband also bought a Brita filter and the water tastes so much better than any tap or bottled water I’ve ever had and I’ve been drinking a lot more water because of that.


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