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Post by KenDowns » Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:20 am

I've come to the conclusion that the easiest way to:

1) Know what diet works best for me
2) Stick to that diet
3) Get enough food on that diet

...is to be able to cook. For me really its not the "easiest way" really but an absolute necessity.

And I don't mean the typical "Dad's famous chili" a couple of times a month plus burgers for an encore. I mean all-out breakfast, lunch and dinner, with plenty of meals-ready-for-emergency in the fridge and 2-3 lunches/day 7 days/week. Plus feeding the entire family, and hitting the middle ground between telling the kids, "You'll eat gruel and like it!" and giving them whatever they want.

Anybody else do much cooking?

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Post by robertscott » Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:18 pm

I love cooking, and cook all my meals from scratch. MUCH easier to hit your macros that way.

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Post by Oscar_Actuary » Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:20 pm

sounds like quite an undertaking ken.

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Post by KenDowns » Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:59 am

robertscott wrote:I love cooking, and cook all my meals from scratch. MUCH easier to hit your macros that way.
It was quite a surprise to realize I loved cooking, and I started to get particular about knives, pans, etc.

W/respect to keeping the kids happy, variety in sauces seems to do the trick (so far). You can serve them the exact same rice, vegetables and fish but pour a "chinese sauce" onto it and you've got a completely new meal. Switch out the fish for ground beef and change a couple of the vegetables and it's a new meal again.

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Post by stephanwally » Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:06 am

These are good parts of plan that you have mention , set goal also add in this plan this is superb idea

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Post by Jungledoc » Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:47 am

Just don't admit on this forum to baking. Anything. You'll have your manhood called into question.
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Post by Oscar_Actuary » Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:39 pm

let me know if you can keep this up for more than a month.

Bobby Flays Green Pork chili is ridicoulously delicious

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Post by emil3m » Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:23 pm

KenDowns wrote:I've come to the conclusion that the easiest way to:

1) Know what diet works best for me
2) Stick to that diet
3) Get enough food on that diet

...is to be able to cook. For me really its not the "easiest way" really but an absolute necessity.

And I don't mean the typical "Dad's famous chili" a couple of times a month plus burgers for an encore. I mean all-out breakfast, lunch and dinner, with plenty of meals-ready-for-emergency in the fridge and 2-3 lunches/day 7 days/week. Plus feeding the entire family, and hitting the middle ground between telling the kids, "You'll eat gruel and like it!" and giving them whatever they want.

Anybody else do much cooking?
This is purely semantics, but I found it helpful to follow the advice of looking at it as lifestyle, rather than a diet. I'm sure that this is what you meant, but it still helps to visualize that.

Food intake makeover has been the centerpiece of the last two months and I'm having really nice results (about twice faster than expected). Cooking, in turn, has been the centerpiece of food intake.

I'm not trying to be captain obvious. But it's amazing how without reinventing the wheel, you can achieve really good results if you actually believe in a new lifestyle.

Stuward phrased it really well: <memory citation> "if it has a label, it is most likely not food. Food lives in the produce isle." Obviously it has to be applied reasonably. He also said, "if it has a label make sure you understand how it's made. You squeeze olives to make olive oil; for canola oil, you need a chemistry degree"

As you can see, people on this site played their own role. Other than clinical studies I pretty much don't read anything else for the sake of efficient time utilization.
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Post by KenDowns » Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:08 am

emil3m wrote: This is purely semantics, but I found it helpful to follow the advice of looking at it as lifestyle, rather than a diet. I'm sure that this is what you meant, but it still helps to visualize that.
I like that.
emil3m wrote:Food intake makeover has been the centerpiece of the last two months and I'm having really nice results (about twice faster than expected). Cooking, in turn, has been the centerpiece of food intake.
Yeah, that was basically my point. For me, controlling what I eat begins with being able to cook. Turns out cooking is amazing good fun as well.

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Post by emil3m » Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:13 am

KenDowns wrote:Turns out cooking is amazing good fun as well.
The clean up is annoying! Especially because I cook for one. But it's a necessary evil.
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Post by KenDowns » Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:19 am

emil3m wrote:
KenDowns wrote:Turns out cooking is amazing good fun as well.
The clean up is annoying! Especially because I cook for one. But it's a necessary evil.
I keep "King of the Hill" playing, and I find it therapeutic :smile:

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Post by robertscott » Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:44 am

techno for me, gets me cooking fast!

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Post by John222 » Sat Jul 21, 2012 4:01 am

I started to take interest in cooking for myself when I lose my health little bit eating unhealthy bizarre foods. Now I try to make my own food. Although I am not a pure vegetarian but I do like vegetables more. So I purchase fresh vegetables daily and make a mix boiled recipe that is very good for fitness and health.

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Post by emil3m » Sat Jul 21, 2012 8:54 am

John222 wrote:I purchase fresh vegetables daily and make a mix boiled recipe that is very good for fitness and health.
Nutrients in veggies are water soluble. Boiling veggies has a detrimental effect unless you consume the entire pot of water :)
Your best bet is dry-heat cooking or a steamer. Your best, BEST bet is to make a homemade dressing (based largely on olive oil-vinegar-lemon) and eat fresh.


You're not big on meat, but do you eat fish?
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Re: Cooking

Post by Jungledoc » Sat Jul 21, 2012 9:04 am

Raw vegetables taste better anyway.
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