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« Reply #580 on: February 20, 2010 05:15:12 AM »

Itchyfingers- Big Congratulations! That is a huge accomplishment. I am sending big hugs too. Smiley

Bit of a stressful day here. I am worn out. Nothing bad or big happened it just was stressful, lol. My Mom was in one of her complaining and the world hates her moods and it wore me down especially after hearing my friends do the same.

Oh my gosh I almost fell over when I heard Craftster had been sold. I actually panicked. The new owners (Welcome to you all if your reading this) said they are not going to change things too much. They also bought SplitCoastStampers. Wow!

Today was pretty frugal. Shopped at the Dollar Tree and killed half my shopping list. I heart Dollar Trees.

Went to Michael's to finish buying the last of my Memento Inks. Now I own the whole collection. I keep admiring them, lol.

Came home watched Terminator Salvation. We got it from the library.

Then I made some carpet deodorizer, updated my Zune with Lady GaGa songs, lol. Transferred a lot of music over from my DH's hard drive to mine. When my computer crashed I almost lost all of my Robbie Wiliams and Sarah Brightman songs. Each of those total in the hundreds for songs. I have all of their work.
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« Reply #581 on: February 20, 2010 06:01:33 AM »

I think I'm going to try to pick up Dave Ramsey's book.  Some of the people at work are taking a course through their church, so between that and all the wonderful things you all say I may just look into it. 

Does anyone have any good frugal dieting tips?  I really need to loose some weight, I'm about 50lbs above where I need to be.  I'm ready to get serious about it, but it always seems like I spend more on groceries when I am dieting.  I usually resort to packaged food and frozen dinners since they are labeled with all of the nutrition info and broken into the right portion size.  It seems to take me forever and be so much work to figure out the calories in things that I make myself.  So, I'm looking for ideas for frugal low cal meals, and good ways to figure out and keep track of the calories in homemade dishes.  All of my good frugal dishes seem really high calorie.
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« Reply #582 on: February 20, 2010 07:18:58 AM »

I've just got to share the big, huge, exciting news in my world.  My daughter got into a choice school, which is an off shoot of our public schools here.  They teach in a very hands on, projects based way and when you learn math they show you why you need to know it.  The math teacher says he does this so he never gets the "When am I ever going to use this in real life?" question and attitude.  It's a private school education for $200 per year.  They require the $200 because they don't do fund raising, so no cookie or magazine sales.  

The public junior high my daughter would have been going to has 1200 kids in it and only the 9th graders get lockers because that's all they have lockers for.  So the kids have to tote all of their books, supplies and their lunches all day.  Or even worse, they buy their lunches a la cart. One of my friends spends $80 per month on lunch for each of her kids.

The choice school DD got into has 90 kids and they get their own lockers.  That means, without a doubt, she'll continue taking her lunch to school every day.  I'm over the moon excited for her.  

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« Reply #583 on: February 20, 2010 08:08:52 AM »

Oh, WOW!!! SQUEEEEEEE!!!  That is sooooooo wonderful!!!!
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« Reply #584 on: February 20, 2010 09:23:41 AM »

I think the best recipe book that I have come across for "dieting" is a diabetic cookbook.  It lists all of the ingredients, nutrition information, and how to use generic foods instead of name brands. I don't remember the name of it, but I got it at the public library awhile back, and just copied down the recipes that I wanted to keep.  I find that diabetic cookbooks in general are better for nutrition information.  
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« Reply #585 on: February 20, 2010 10:01:30 AM »

for some people, I know it is easier to look at numbers of portions and portion sizes rather than counting calories. And probably the most frugal (and healthy!) is to eat whole foods (and drink plenty of water). Not always convenient, however, because it takes a bit of planning and time to cook!

I also know, from other people and from my own experience, when some people try to lose weight or focus on "dieting" they think about food all the time - I did (and I thought I needed to buy special "diet" food). The only time in my life when I "tried" to lose weight, I actually gained it because I was so preoccupied with food! Only when I started focusing on eating/being healthier, then the weight came off. Without much effort.

If you don't want to measure out things, you can use your hand - a serving of meat/soy protein is the size of your palm. If you eat cheese (or nuts), a serving is the size of your thumb. A serving of fruit, is usually one piece. But rather than eating one melon, pineapple, etc - 1 serving can fit into one of your cupped hands (1/2 cup). A serving of vegetables is also 1/2 C, unless you are eating greens, then it is two cupped handfuls (1 cup). Legumes - 1 C. Grains=1/2 C. A serving of oil=1T. When you look at it this way, getting nine servings of veggies/fruits is not hard at all!

And I know what I'm going to say next is controversial, but I think many people are healthier and at their healthy weight, and have more energy and feel better when they do not eat dairy (especially) or gluten (or even all grains). It is possible to cut both of these out of your diet and get all the nutrients you need if you just stay aware of what you are eating. You cannot say that about cutting out vegetables, fruits and protein. And good fats. Fats are good!

I think the absolute best book on nutrition and healthy eating is "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating," by Walter C. Willett, MD. It talks about food pyramids, dietary myths, healthy weight, eating fat, eating carbs, healthy protein, fruits and veggies, beverages, calcium, taking supplements. And has recipes and menus. It is a FABULOUS book. It's paperback, $15 new. Some libraries may carry it (hopefully!). If you'd like more info, PM me.

I'm not a nutritionist or dietician (I'm an acupuncturist), but have studied nutrition and its been a "hobby" of mine for about 20 years. Sorry for the soapbox, I get really excited about food and nutrition. And sad when I see so many people in our country sick from making poor food choices  Embarrassed

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« Reply #586 on: February 20, 2010 10:01:45 AM »

I lost twenty-five pounds AFTER the baby weight was off from my second baby.  I did a modified South Beach diet - I found that I liked the basic concept but it was too strict for me to stick to, especially because I was exclusively breastfeeding my son at the time.  The biggest changes I made were adding more veggies, cutting out white flour and sugars, doing all my baking with whole wheat flour and trying not to eat junk at home.  I also upped my protein so it was closer to even with my carbohydrate intake.  I didn't say no to things in other people's homes and would have dessert or things made with white flour.  One of my biggest pet peeves about people dieting is when they refuse to eat nearly everything on the table.  I knew someone on the South Beach diet when I was doing it and she wouldn't eat pasta unless it was whole wheat, wouldn't eat bread, certain veggies or fruits..it got old fast.  We did it for about the same amount of time and lost just about the same amount of weight...so it seems it works the way I did it.  I didn't find that it cost more - I just ate things that I knew were healthy or that were on the approved list.  This wasn't at all like stricter diets where you have to know calorie counts or whatever.  I have way too much to think about to add calorie counting to it.  If anything, when buying pre-made, look for sugar or white flour in the ingredients.  Some things claim to be healthy because they are low or no-calories but then they're made with aspertame (BAD!) or other things you really don't need to eat.

Anyway, just my two cents on dieting. Smiley  Congrats, Disco Queen Highness!  The school sounds terrific!  I have a lot of gripes with the public school system and our Christian school here..which is why I'll be homeschooling.  But when it comes time for high school, we'll give the kids a choice of what they want to do.  

I asked my four and a half year old what she wanted to wear this morning and she said, "I want you to make me something to wear."  So I made her a skirt from the cut off bottoms from hubby's pants.  They had a huge hole in the knee and I cut them off a few days ago and made them into shorts.  So I had two legs and didn't know how to use them.  Skirt for Jenny!  She's super happy, too. Cheesy

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« Reply #587 on: February 20, 2010 11:46:24 AM »

And I know what I'm going to say next is controversial, but I think many people are healthier and at their healthy weight, and have more energy and feel better when they do not eat dairy (especially) or gluten (or even all grains). It is possible to cut both of these out of your diet and get all the nutrients you need if you just stay aware of what you are eating. You cannot say that about cutting out vegetables, fruits and protein. And good fats. Fats are good!

It is not so much that saying no to all dairy and grain products is wrong for you, but it is wrong for most of the world. Let me explain.

My doctor told me to eat the South Beach diet. It made me ill, I had no energy and I gained 7 pounds. Milk goes through me, as does most meat and I seem to be developing an 'issue' with some tree nuts. However, cheese and yogurt are my friends, as I can easily digest those as an easy protein. Meat, as I said, can make me ill for days and chicken rarely stays down. Fish, of all sorts, is the rare exception to this general rule. Beans are a near daily in this house, but even I need to change a bit now and then. Oh, and I hate tofu. Sorry.

Grains give me energy, I feel clean and empowered and clear headed all day.

I think that we all need to remember that each person's dietary needs are as individual as the person themselves.

I do wish more people would pay attention to what goes into their mouths. Healthier foods do tend to be cheaper once you factor in nutrition. If you choose a $1 pack of sticky cinnamon buns, you could feed three people for two breakfasts. But if you feed those same three people an apple (fiber, minerals, vitamins), a piece of whole grain bread (protein, grains, minerals) and make a glass of milk, soy or dairy, (protein, protein, protein), it might cost about $2. Yes, you have spent more, but it will make you feel full longer, concentrate better and see the doctor less.
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« Reply #588 on: February 20, 2010 12:57:56 PM »

Cute skirt, itchy!

rottenlittleboys - absolutely! I didn't take my story far enough. Whole foods are the way to go, but you have to figure out what works for your body. I'm envious of people who thrive on a vegetarian or grain/dairy-based diet, I would LOVE to be able to eat that way - for many reasons. It just doesn't work for me. Similarly, what works for some people, isn't working for you. That's why there are so many diets and ways of eating -one thing doesn't work for all. That's why I'm a fan of the Integrative Institute of Nutrition - they look at all options.

But when there are so many options, it can be overwhelming. And then if there are food sensitivities and food allergies it confounds the issue more! I like what itchy said about remaining flexible. And the changes she made - she didn't say whether she made them all at once or not, but I'm sure they made a big difference. And they are easily made in "baby steps."
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« Reply #589 on: February 20, 2010 02:07:58 PM »

Cute skirt, itchy!

rottenlittleboys - absolutely! I didn't take my story far enough. Whole foods are the way to go, but you have to figure out what works for your body. I'm envious of people who thrive on a vegetarian or grain/dairy-based diet, I would LOVE to be able to eat that way - for many reasons. It just doesn't work for me. Similarly, what works for some people, isn't working for you. That's why there are so many diets and ways of eating -one thing doesn't work for all. That's why I'm a fan of the Integrative Institute of Nutrition - they look at all options.

But when there are so many options, it can be overwhelming. And then if there are food sensitivities and food allergies it confounds the issue more! I like what itchy said about remaining flexible. And the changes she made - she didn't say whether she made them all at once or not, but I'm sure they made a big difference. And they are easily made in "baby steps."

Indeed, they are easily made in baby steps. My husband must eat meat, or he becomes ill and lacks energy. If it weren't for him, I doubt I would ever eat meat again.

But mostly, I agree with your idea that we all need to learn to listen to how our bodies best respond to what we eat.
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