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Gluten-Free, Slow-Carb, and Vegan

Greetings All: I have been reading up on transitioning to a vegan diet and there are so many things to think about. One of the best comments I received from someone on a previous post is that eating vegan does not equal being healthy necessarily. So I have been reading some books about eating a healthy vegan diet. I would also like to avoid gluten and somehow work on making this a slow-carb diet if at all possible. [more inside]
posted by nidora on Jul 22, 2014 - 9 answers

It's not what I eat, but rather how I eat it.

I've just returned from an awesome, super-fun vacation during which I didn't give as much thought to the food I ate. I noticed that while the specific foods I ate were less "healthy," my eating patterns were far healthier, almost as if being less concerned about how "healthy" something was granted me a freedom that translated into a better sense of wellbeing. This trip provided me a window into "how things could be" with respect to eating patterns. I would like to take what I can from that to improve my habits. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Jul 9, 2014 - 7 answers

Struggling with my sleep patterns and eating.

I need help with overcoming my stress in order to start eating and sleeping heathily. What are your hints and tips to get my life back on track? [more inside]
posted by Ranting Prophet of DOOM! on Jun 30, 2014 - 7 answers

Does everyone have a vice?

Are there people with no vices? Is it possible to switch one vice for another? [more inside]
posted by aivilo91 on Jun 30, 2014 - 17 answers

Curbing restless eating?

I am by nature a restless, fidgety person, and when I'm eating out with friends, this tendency manifests as restless eating -- just because the food is there and I want something to do with my hands and with myself. It happens almost unconsciously. Any tips on how to avoid this behavior?
posted by shivohum on Jun 6, 2014 - 12 answers

Why does lack of food cause head/neck pain?

When I have gone too long without eating, I tend to get a neck-ache, often also accompanied by a headache localized at my temple. Why is this? What's going on, physiologically? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jun 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Misophonia with brother-in-law

My sister has a very nice husband who is a loud and emphatic chewer, who smacks his lips and says "mmmmm" upon putting anything in his mouth ever, and who always seems to be eating or drinking something he wants to share the experience of (I recognize this is not actually true, but it feels true). I have mild misophonia that centers around chewing sounds, and kind of want to throttle him or myself when this happens. I love my sister and her kid and even this guy when he's not having these table manners, but I find it really unpleasant to be around him during those times and it's very hard for me to actually enjoy a meal when we're eating it together. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 30, 2014 - 26 answers

My preschooler is the slowest eater on the planet

I have a 3 1/2 year old who will be starting preschool in the fall. He currently attends a home daycare, where he has breakfast and lunch, and often dinner. Once he starts preschool, we will have to manage breakfast and dinner at home. He is an incredibly slow eater and when we eat dinner at home, it literally takes him until bedtime to eat. This makes breakfast a major challenge as well. Getting him up earlier doesn't necessarily help because then he's groggy and uncooperative and will spend that extra 20 minutes moving at the speed of molasses in terms of getting dressed and toothbrushed. Please help. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on May 12, 2014 - 31 answers

Healthy Food for Dummies

Buzzfeed published an extremely detailed "clean eating" plan the other day. Say what you will about so-called "clean eating", I don't really buy the idea of "detox" anyway. What I really liked was the level of detail included. I'd like to eat healthier and less processed food, but I need a lot of guidance. Most diet plans are general and include a few recipes here and there, but this plan was totally next level. Help me find similar plans. [more inside]
posted by Fuego on May 9, 2014 - 11 answers

New pleasure. New pleasure. Eating!

Recently I discovered a new sensation which is entirely pleasurable - the feeling of having eaten something good. Is this something most people experience? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver on Apr 9, 2014 - 18 answers

I want to eat a lot. How should I work out?

What kind of exercise regimen can I get into that will allow me to/require me to eat a lot? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 26, 2014 - 20 answers

Lifting + eating + cardio = ?

Trying to build muscle bulk but I feel totally confused by the advice about eating and cardio. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Mar 20, 2014 - 7 answers

25 pounds of thawed chicken breast. what do I do?

I have 25lbs of thawed chicken breast. I do not have a grill, but a full kitchen. What are the best ways to pre cook and store chicken for later use. I have a freezer chest for storing cooked chicken. My goal is to have prepped chicken that I can use on week nights to create quick easy meals OR to create healthy lunches. Any ideas about how to create meals with prepped chicken are a bonus.
posted by Coffee Bean on Feb 22, 2014 - 14 answers

Tray bakes without the cakes?

What food combinations cook at the same time on a tray in the oven. Fast. For one. [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Jan 6, 2014 - 18 answers

Procrastineation

How to stop stress/procrastination/self-punishing/comfort binge eating? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Dec 28, 2013 - 5 answers

Cross-cultural meal times & frequency

How standard is the 3-meals-a-day eating behaviour? What about times of day for eating, x-culturally? It would be interesting to hear any insights from folks outside of North America. Thank you!
posted by SpecialSpaghettiBowl on Nov 22, 2013 - 22 answers

Naked Lunch

Philosophical persectives on slaughtering animals for food required. Help me work through unexpected questioning? [more inside]
posted by Caskeum on Nov 19, 2013 - 23 answers

Want to chomp some vegan food.

You're vegan? Tell me, what delicious things did you eat this week? [more inside]
posted by mibo on Nov 16, 2013 - 19 answers

How can I eat more ethically?

I'm not ready to become a vegetarian yet, but I would like to eat more ethically. What meat products are the worst to consume from an ethical standpoint? What are the most ethical to consume? [more inside]
posted by helloimjohnnycash on Oct 8, 2013 - 40 answers

Trauma, Food and Money...oh my.

How would one erase or get past a childhood trauma and its effects on one's relationship with food and money? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Yoga body?

Since starting on birth control about a year ago, I have gained SO. MUCH. WEIGHT. (Almost 30 lbs) I want to look like a yogini. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera on Sep 23, 2013 - 23 answers

How can we get my mom to eat?

My mom had a stomach tube placed before radiation for throat cancer, because she had previously lost 20 pounds (she's 4'10", so that's a lot to lose) after surgery for the same cancer. She's now a month out of radiation, eating very very little (like 2 bites a meal) and getting most calories from feed tube. She had relatively mild dementia before all this; it's now progressed to pretty severe short term memory loss, though she is still on pain meds (vicodan) which could be skewing things. She is in skilled nursing but medicare will no longer cover and the recommendation is for a long term nursing home placement. [more inside]
posted by Cocodrillo on Sep 20, 2013 - 18 answers

Help me stop eating my feelings.

Have you managed to successfully overcome emotional eating to have a healthy relationship with your emotions and food? How did you do it? I have come to the realisation that whenever I experience severe stress I eat compulsively to comfort myself and avoid feeling… you know, Feelings. Help me stop doing that please. [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Sep 8, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me feed a teenage boy healthy school lunches

I pack a lunch every day for a 15 year old boy (not my son - I have only been doing this for a year so I don't intimately know all of his likes and dislikes). This year he has asked for "healthier" lunches, as he plays sports and is pretty small in stature but wants to get bigger and stronger. I have NO idea how to get any healthier than what I am doing, given his particularities: [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on Aug 13, 2013 - 30 answers

Help me not be perpetually awkward

I have a thing about eating with people. Specifically, one-on-one meals where we're sitting across from each other the whole time. I already find eating in public kind of weird, but then having to make eye contact and talk while doing it compounds the problem and makes me squirmingly awkward, even with close friends. Is there anything I can do to shake this weird anxiety? [more inside]
posted by cucumber patch on Aug 7, 2013 - 17 answers

Is there a large shopping/strolling/dining area in Minneapolis-St. Paul?

Visiting the Twin Cities in a few weeks with my girlfriend. She'd like to check out some walkable shopping districts with a vibrant, dense mix of stores and places to eat. But does this exist on a somewhat-large scale? [more inside]
posted by theory on Jul 29, 2013 - 9 answers

Sane eating and dieting rules

Since I was a teenager(so 20 years now) I've struggled with eating and I've to yo-yo'd from skinny (nearly anorexic) to 30lbs overweight. I have tried everything (starving myself as a teenager, weight watchers, Atkins, calorie counting, high fiber, one plate, cross fit, seeing a nutritionist) none of it has done what I want: a sane eating lifestyle that I can live with for the rest of my life and maintain a healthy weight. So I've decided to try and come up with rules of the road for eating and exercising that I can live with forever. [more inside]
posted by bananafish on Jul 28, 2013 - 43 answers

Kid-friendly restaurants in Williamsburg Brooklyn?

So some friends of mine, who have a two-year-old, are coming to visit me this weekend in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I don't have kids, but I know there are a lot of kids in the neighborhood, so I know there has to be some kid-friendly dining options. I only moved in to the neighborhood about a month ago, so I have not had time to explore. Ideally I'd like to find a bunch of kid-friendly restaurants in the neighborhood and send the kid's mom a list of them so that she can pick one out. Any recommendations?
posted by dfriedman on Jun 6, 2013 - 4 answers

How do I avoid gaining weight and stay on a diet while on a cruise ship?

This year I made a resolution for healthier living and have been successful so far. Overcame a lot of bad habits compared to where I started. But I'm going on a cruise with a group of friends next month. From what I've been told it's going to be an around the clock buffet. I'm planning on using the gym but don't know how to deal with all of the food. I'm not going to be on the alcoholic drinks package and figure I can enjoy dinner that way. Breakfast and lunch are a free for all though. Any ideas for what my best options would be so I don't gain 15 by the end of the week.
posted by adapt on Jun 2, 2013 - 34 answers

What's the quickest, cheapest, most impressive meal you've ever cooked?

I'm cooking a meal for 4 tomorrow. Snowflakes about the eaters inside but this tin reads: What should I feed us for dinner? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame on Jun 2, 2013 - 31 answers

How can I stop binge eating, especially in the evenings?

I am in my 30s and have recently developed binge eating habits, and would like your advice/suggestions on how to approach this, when already feeling overwhelmed with life. Medication info and other elaboration inside... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 29, 2013 - 21 answers

Eat and run in Saint Louis tips

This is two-things-ism, sort of. Will be in St Louis, MO, USA, along with Ms J0 next week Monday-Thursday, staying at the Drury Inn down by the Arch. Will be in work/meetings until 5pm but would like recommendations on where after that time we could go run (Forest Park?) and also where we should go eat. We have some ideas on good restaurants (limits: Ms J0 is pescetarian) but will gladly accept your tips on the best food and drink establishments. We have a vehicle. Thank you.
posted by J0 on May 5, 2013 - 20 answers

What do you actually do while eating alone?

Help me avoid the pitfall of watching trashy TV while I eat! [more inside]
posted by neilb449 on Apr 7, 2013 - 33 answers

Lovely Asian soup in Montreal -- But what's it called?

Agh! I've just come back from Montreal and I've already forgotten the name of this Asian soup that is everywhere. It seems to be at Thai restaurants as well I think as (other) Asian places and I wanted to look it up and see what's in it because I didn't get a chance to try it. I remember it had "aise" as the last bit (I know that's not THAT helpful) and was, as I said, just everywhere, at least in the theatre district and Chinatown. I think it may be Tom Yum or something of that ilk. It looked somewhat related. I think it had noodles. Can someone help? I'm sure this is a very easy question if you're actually in Montreal. Thanks!
posted by supercoollady on Mar 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Restaurant recommendations near Dupont Circle (Washington DC)?

I moved to DC recently-ish, but haven't explored the restaurant scene very well. Now I have a friend coming to town next week, staying right near the Dupont Circle Metro station, and I could use some recommendations for places to eat. Can any locals help me out? [more inside]
posted by theatro on Mar 22, 2013 - 21 answers

Eating disorder recovery

Around 2 weeks ago I decided to actually properly recover from my eating disorder. And I am hoping that some people here with relevant medical knowledge or personal experience might be able to give me some advice on how to proceed and information on what I can physically expect, as the information given online is often very contradictory. I live in a rural area (UK) and have had very negative experiences with the local medical professionals/counselling services (I also get the impression that most GPs will not be very well informed anyway) so I am attempting to do this very much on my own. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2013 - 13 answers

I'm looking for healthy, yummy, portable snacks for a toddler.

My two year old likes to snack and enjoys trying new foods. What are some healthy, nutritious snacks that I can keep in my bag for when she needs something to eat? I'm looking for stuff that I can make myself or buy off the shelf. Ideally, I would like things that don't cost too much money, but I'm willing to try anything. [more inside]
posted by Alison on Mar 4, 2013 - 25 answers

Sequential Eating, Metabolism, and Digestion

I was researching sequential eating and would like some advice, here are my thoughts and questions: It seems that it takes (on average) 2-4 hours for foods or beverages to leave the stomach. I was wanting to eat/drink something specific every two hours. I have 8 hours to sleep every night, and I like to eat right before sleep as well. This leaves me with 16 hours in a wakened state. Or, 9 segments of eating/drinking. (I drink water right when I wake up) On the basis of sequential eating, what are some useful tips/advice I could keep in consideration while putting together snacks of 1-3 things? It's looking like 4 meals a day, 5 drinks a day, alternating every two hours. OR, what I would rather prefer, is eating 9 meals a day (fruit in the morning with my water), and drinking 6oz of water every hour on the dot. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
posted by JamesBlakeAV on Feb 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me not go to Mars and get more candy bars

Help me eat well during a conference! I'd like tips for food that travels well on airplanes, as well as anything specific to the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. Many picky eater details within. [more inside]
posted by silly me on Feb 14, 2013 - 25 answers

How on earth do you stick to a diet?

I'm looking to lose some weight and tone up, but I'm having a really hard time with the drastic diet changes that will be required. I think I have entirely the wrong attitude towards food in general. Snowflake inside [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Feb 8, 2013 - 24 answers

Dog ate Toll House Cookie dough...what now?

Are raw Toll House cookies deadly to a puppy? [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon on Jan 25, 2013 - 46 answers

Emperor Wu liked cake, but not exploding cake!

I have a very utilitarian relationship with food. I want to have a sensuous relationship with food. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jan 18, 2013 - 34 answers

How to use up peanut butter?

I have a bunch of peanut butter that I need to use up, but I'm running out of ideas. I would particularly appreciate recipe ideas that I can use in meals, though all I can ever really think of is perhaps Thai-style chicken/noodles, or PB&J sandwiches, or fruit with peanut butter dip. I know there's also stuff like peanut butter cookies and other baking goodies, but I'm trying to avoid sugar-bombing my diet too badly. Please help me with ideas!
posted by macsigler on Jan 13, 2013 - 34 answers

Oils and health: give me a primer, please!

I'm a little bit confused about whether oils (olive, etc.) are healthy, and in what quantities they belong in a balanced diet (given their high caloric content). Should I be aiming to add them into my diet (pour a couple of spoonfuls over salad, or cook with them), or should I be aiming to avoid them, substituting other things in their place and largely or entirely forgoing them. What nutrients or other benefits do they offer my body that other foods wouldn't, if any? If they are healthy, which are the healthiest? Which are the least healthy? Are some better for eating fresh and others better for cooking with? Help?
posted by UniversityNomad on Dec 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Where to eat in Vancouver on Christmas Day?

Where can a currently not very mobile person go in downtown Vancouver for dinner on Christmas Day? (There are, as always, a few complications: see inside.) [more inside]
posted by lesbiassparrow on Dec 9, 2012 - 5 answers

In Soviet Russia, Cucumber Eats YOU!

In Soviet Russia, Cucumber Eats YOU!: okay, I can't believe I'm using a question on this, but I've been driven mad by it for years: my dad claims that Russians eat cucumbers in a certain distinctly Russian manner, and that Yul Brynner once ate one that way in a film. Do they? Did he? [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Dec 6, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me eat in peace with others

I hate to talk while I eat. How can I better enjoy food with other people around who like to talk to me? [more inside]
posted by YukoInNature on Dec 5, 2012 - 15 answers

What do we want? TRANSFATS! When do we want 'em? NOW!

Why do I crave junk food so intensely? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Dec 5, 2012 - 31 answers

When snacks are the culprit...

How to not eat everything when I am just sitting around? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Dec 5, 2012 - 42 answers

Why does eating make me feel like crap?

I love food, but eating makes me feel terrible. What can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by windykites on Dec 3, 2012 - 15 answers

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