Help me to re-learn how to eat!
July 19, 2010 8:19 AM Subscribe
I have no clue how to eat healthily and cheaply. My diet consists of mostly pizza and frozen foods that I re-heat. I know this is bad. I want to change my diet immediately and permanently for the better.
I want to eat breakfast again, but no cereal and no milk. I want to feel healthy after eating breakfast, and I want to be prepared to face the day.
I can cook food, but invariably the end result is what I consider good “mouth food”; tasty but not nutritious in almost any way. While at the supermarket I almost always walk past the vegetables and go straight towards the frozen foods (I like vegetables, but I’m at a loss at how to prepare them). The most important characteristics of my new diet need to be healthy, inexpensive and easily/quickly prepared and cleaned up.
Maybe the best way to phrase this question is to just list what I what I would like to accomplish/requirements of my new diet, so here goes:
I should be packing my lunch instead of eating at the food court near where I work. This lunch needs to be easily prepared, light-weight since I bike to work, and substantial enough to get me through to dinner.
How should I go about snacking, if at all?
I’ve flirted with the idea of becoming a vegetarian because of watching Food Inc. and a slew of other food shock docs, I get it, I’m eating like a jerk.. I like meat but I hate slaughterhouses and the negative environmental impact, is there any way to eat meat sparingly and responsibly?
I think I’d mostly like to eat vegetables and whole grain stuff healthy stuff.. but how?
Making food in bulk and then eating it over a few days is ideal.
What staples should I have in my kitchen that are automatically re-filled when they run out?
How to eat great and cheaply at the same time, without sacrificing too much on the flavor front?
Maybe there are books or websites that can help point me in the right direction? Maybe you can share your perfected grocery lists? Or share your perfected homemade recipes?
I live in the North End in Downtown Boston if that helps. It’s full of amazing restaurants and specialty food shops that are for the most part outside of my budget.. ok that’s all I got, thanks in advance!
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