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I'm in Cambridge, Mass. Do all my shopping at Whole Foods (meat & produce mostly), Trader Joe's (everything except produce), and currently during the summer receiving a CSA box with veggies. When I'm at work downtown I eat lunch at mostly SE asian food trucks, which are reasonably healthy and cheap-ish ($6-7 for lunch). We spend a lot on groceries, but I figure anything that isn't delivery is a step in the right direction for health and budget. Besides, childcare expenses generally dwarf food spending so I hardly notice. And I'm also a software engineer!
by mmpearce (submitted 2 months ago)
goal weight!
Congrats! That is so fantastic. And in a mere 7 months!
by mmpearce (submitted 6 months ago)
Habits
I recently stumbled upon this site of author Gretchen Rubin. She is writing about habits these days. I find that habits are an extremely important part of changing my eating and exercising life. She has written about some case studies which this community might find helpful. I especially love this one: https://www.gretchenrubin.com/... Personally, I am getting in the habit of bringing gym clothes to work and scheduling exercise classes at the gym next door on my work calendar. And also getting in the habit of getting only the healthiest lunches when I am downtown at work. Like, I can go to the brown rice bowl SE Asian place, but I will NOT allow myself to go to the very appealing looking sub shop for lunch. Because my dinners always vary and once in a while we might have subs for dinner, but if I fall into a steak and cheese sub habit for lunch, I will be doomed!
by mmpearce (submitted 7 months ago)
Purchase equipment or gym?
If you are new to strength training, you might find classes at the gym helpful. My gym has a class called Les Mills Body Pump, which is like a weight lifting class for total beginners. It's probably a little different than what you might do on your own on the gym floor, but will introduce some good form, etc. In general, I find that I work *much* harder in a class (no matter what kind of class) than on my own at home or at the gym, so I attempt to go to classes whenever I can.
by mmpearce (submitted 7 months ago)
At home exercise
Pinterest is a good idea. Thanks! I found some little routine lists that I think I could do. I suspect not quite as good at keeping me on track as a video, but worth a try. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/1...
by mmpearce (submitted 9 months ago)
At home exercise
Hi. I'd love to find some more workouts I could do at home, free, with minimal equipment (ie NO excuses!). I just discovered these Fitness Blender videos on youtube and thought the first one, a Barre workout, was pretty good and the others look promising. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... I also found these body pump videos. I take the class at the gym, but it's great to be able to do at home during other parts of the week. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... Sometimes I do a few of these 7 minute workouts: http://www.7minuteworkouttimer... Anyone else have some to share? Ideally over 40 minutes.
by mmpearce (submitted 9 months ago)
please help
My doctor told me that my body wouldn't really be my own again and act normally until after breastfeeding and to give myself time. Hormones remain different during this time. This was not to encourage me to stop breast feeding, but to give myself a break for the first year, a time when I might also be exhausted too (I was!). I thought this was good advice. Still, after about 9 months I started doing more exercise (mostly just biking to work), but never ate less than 1800 and never created more than 100-200 cal/day deficit. Pumping at work, it's hard enough to keep the supply up, so I didn't want to jeopardize that.
by mmpearce (submitted 10 months ago)
Need some major help!!!
Here one healthy family meal: Cook whole wheat penne noodles. Chop a combo of veggies (zuchini, red or other color peppers, 8 whole garlic cloves, carrots, asparagus) toss with olive oil and a little salt and roast at about 400 degrees in oven until cooked. Take out garlic cloves, peel and put in a sauce pan with a cup of chicken stock and simmer 5-10 minutes. Toss pasta and veggies with broth and sprinkle with chopped fresh basil and grated Parmesan cheese. I'm also a big fan of Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything"
by mmpearce (submitted 10 months ago)
Need some major help!!!
Sounds like you're in a tough spot. First of all, maybe get a second opinion from another doctor or request a referral to a psychiatrist if you are only seeing your primary care doctor so far? I'm assuming paralyzing anxiety would warrant that! Exercise videos sound like a good option for you now. Sometimes I can do a yoga recording while the kids nap or after they go to bed. Regarding food, I also cook for the family (and *picky* little kid eaters) and one thing I do is steam a bunch of veggies in the microwave (broccoli, zucchini, carrots, whatever I have) and try to eat that plus whatever protein we're having. I just put cut up veggies with maybe 1/4 cup of water in a covered glass dish on high for 7 minutes then strain and sprinkle with salt and a little olive oil. It's not spectacularly delicious, but it's fast and healthy. So for example, maybe we have whole wheat noodles and chicken and steamed veggies. The preschoolers can carb load like they are inclined to, and nibble on some chicken. I'll load my plate with veggies and chicken and just a tiny bit of the noddles. I also have a flaky exercise partner. We have a standing Monday night walkercise date. She often flakes, but I have decided that I exercise Monday night no matter what. And if you're trapped without a car, maybe invest in a bike? Not sure if that's too stressful for you, but can be beautiful in the country especially. Good luck!
by mmpearce (submitted 10 months ago)
How to NOT eat the kids' mac & cheese
This seems so basic, but I find it very hard to avoid my kids' mac and cheese. It is my diet downfall. Like last night I took them to panera. I got vegetable soup and a salad with chicken. So far, so good. Then I could not stop myself from finishing their mac and cheese. I suppose I could just stop making/buying it for them, but since it's their absolute favorite food in the world, and generally they are carb fiends, so other food options aren't all that much better, I'm curious if anyone else has suggestions. Thanks!
by mmpearce (submitted 10 months ago)
Organic farmer's market
Plants in pots work to avoid lead, as long as you get the soil elsewhere. When we deleaded our house we asked the testing company about soil testing and he said our whole city (Cambridge, Massachusetts) is considered lead contaminated and suggested ground cover and raised beds (especially if kids are eating the veggies). I imagine any other city with centuries of painted houses and cars and other industry are in a similar situation. In the country, you're probably fine.
by mmpearce (submitted 11 months ago)
Organic farmer's market
In the city (or near old houses or streets), be sure to test your soil or build raised beds to avoid lead filled soil.
by mmpearce (submitted 11 months ago)
Organic farmer's market
bugzbetty, what an awesome idea! I always hear that you can get great deals at the end of the market day. I don't can, but maybe at some point I would if I could arrange a hook up like that!
by mmpearce (submitted 11 months ago)
Better late than never
I'm not [i]that [/i]old, but recently I have been regretting not getting into shape when I was younger, with no kids and plenty of time and money. Doh! I even had way less to lose then, but somehow my 25 year old self couldn't motivate to cook healthy food and exercise. Hell, I couldn't even get up in the morning and was constantly late to work. Somehow now at almost 40 it seems doable even though my life is way more hectic (little kids, work, continuing ed classes, etc). I'm a little bummed that even if I get super fit, I will never get to wear the hot jeans I coveted when I was younger (and wear them well), but I'm sure it's still worth it. I'd love to hear some stories of people who lost weight in middle age so I know it's still worth it! At this point I wouldn't say my weight is seriously impacting my health although I would love to avoid future health issues that crop up when you're 40+ and fat (joints, heart health, bad breath from statins, etc.).
by mmpearce (submitted 11 months ago)
I pray that this works!
Welcome! The sleep apnea devices do seem like a real drag. I use this site to track food (+calories) and exercies (-calories) to try to keep things balanced each day and read the forum for inspiration and motivation. There are some people on the forum who are a wealth of information! I think it really helps! Before I started logging, I might eat a big breakfast and then forget all about it and have a big lunch and big dinner too. Now I can reflect a little and plan the rest of my day so I can keep within the (estimated) calories I will burn during the day. Though this process of logging food I have started to notice what times of day are my weakness for extra calories and I can do something else. For example, in the afternoon at 2 or 3 I kept breaking down and eating a candy bar. Now I get a couple hershey's kisses and a cup of coffee with a little sugar for my sweet tooth. It's not ideal, but it's 100 calories instead of 275.
by mmpearce (submitted 11 months ago)
Share Your NSV's (Non Scale Victories)
Great topic! Mine is that I can do a few push ups. Like real ones from the toes, not "girl" push ups from the knees. I credit both losing some weight and a rad Bodypump class at the gym with a fantastic 50 something weight lifting enthusiast lady.
by mmpearce (submitted 12 months ago)
Organic farmer's market
We got a CSA this summer (delivered to our house by bicycle!) and it was fantastic. Definitely an economical way to eat organic. It forced me to cook at home more instead of take out and I think really boosted our veggie intake. My kids still avoided everything except the fruit, so it was just my husband and me eating big time veggies. Now that it's winter and I'm in Boston, I'm back to buying mostly California produce from the grocery store. I think it's still cheaper than eating a ton of meat, though.
by mmpearce (submitted 12 months ago)
Dietary Changes - Vegetarian
Cookbook author Mark Bittman suggested once that pasta was peasant food intended to be inexpensive food for hard working folks, but these days, us desk sitting 1st worlders should make it half veggies. I often roast/saute a pile of veggies and aim for a ratio of half veggies/half whole wheat pasta then whatever sauce (sometimes roasted garlic simmered in broth and parmesan cheese sprinked in). It's one way to stay in the same genre of food he already likes, but lighten the carbs a bit. I found the original article: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10...
by mmpearce (submitted a year ago)
Favorite easy, healthy dinners
I know there's a recipe section with rated recipes, but I'm curious about other favorite "go to" easy healthy dinner recipes. Ideally something that can be made with minimal effort and with kids running around. Here one of mine: Sausage, bean, veggie soup ----------------------------- - 2 T olive oil - 4 raw mild italian chicken sausages removed from casing (I get them at whole foods meat counter and they are just chicken and herbs) - 1 can white beans - 2 chopped zucchini and/or a bunch of chard chopped - 1 large can whole plum tomatoes cut up - 6 cups chicken stock (or enough to cover everything) - hand full of shredded basil (optional) Heat olive oil in large pot. Saute and crumble chicken sausage in oil. Add everything else except the basil Simmer until veggies are cooked Add basil before serving
by mmpearce (submitted a year ago)
Is this a healthy meal??
Calories in chicken broth? It has hardly any. And amount of salt depends on what kind you use. Original poster noted that she used low sodium version. Lots of people see stock/broth is a great way to add flavor to food without many extra calories. Kind of like adding fresh herbs! There are ways to cook healthy food that doesn't feel like deprivation. It's a challenge to figure out, but I say more power to her!
by mmpearce (submitted a year ago)
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