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post #101 of 134
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Originally Posted by vbactivist View Post
Have any of you watched "Supersize Me"? If you haven't, I suggest you do. If you have, how can you still feed your children chicken nuggets from McDonald's? Not being snarky, really wondering how you get past the gross-ness of it.
I've got it on the TIVO and am in the middle of it. I was going to recommend it. Makes me want to boycott McD's if we could eat there. (We're kosher so we can't, but the principle of it!)
post #102 of 134
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Originally Posted by wytchywoman View Post
Thanks for the suggestions. Those are so helpful!!!!
I know that my next question probably isn't a particularly healthful one but here goes:
Frozen foods/TV Dinners... anything you'd recommend?
I have FM and CFS and there are days when my joints feel like they are filled with ground up glass and I can't even stand up well enough to try to cook for anymore than a few minutes. I have relied on fast food and frozen food a lot during these times and I don't really know what to replace it with other than the suggestions you just gave. So anything in the freezer aisle that's good?

Namaste,

Michelle
Wytchy, my sympathies...that must be so difficult. I don't know if this is helpful or not, but could you use some of your good days to lay in a stock of frozen goodies that you make yourself? Stews, soups, lasagna, baked ziti...those all are quick to make and freeze quite well. There are entire websites devoted to this type of cooking, actually...make-ahead, freezer-friendly meals. You can alter them to make them as healthful as possible with whole-wheat pasta and lots of veggies. I bet you could even recruit some friends to come over and have a day-long cooking party so you could all stock your freezers.
post #103 of 134
I really am not an expert on any of this...but...here's what we do and what i have seen others do in times of recovery and the such.

In the frozen isle:
Amy's frozen pizzas (or another all natural variety)
All natural frozen burritos (they come in singles...buy a bunch and have them for quick fixes)
What about soups, pastas, rice meals...those too are pretty quick to prep...and adding frozen veggies may give them a bit more umph!

When you are feeling well prep some meals, put them in the freezer for later times.
- lasagna, canaloni etc
- chilli, stew
- casseroles

You should really check out the meal planning forum on here...it's a world of help when you just can't think of anything to eat!

And just another thought...we always make more than we'll need so we have leftovers...or incase we have an unexpected visitor! I pack up our leftovers in separate containers so we have some to take, some for later if we have to go out the next day.

BTW...I'm sorry for your physical ailments...having some education in this area, changing your nutritional intake can help make these days fewer...
post #104 of 134
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Originally Posted by DoctorGirlfriend View Post
I bet you could even recruit some friends to come over and have a day-long cooking party so you could all stock your freezers.
ooooh, great idea!!!

We pretty much posted the same thing...sorry to duplicate!
post #105 of 134
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Originally Posted by Tigerchild View Post
I don't really understand why you feel that you should be ashamed for a 'moral failing' of sombody else, but if it helps...

Your FIL has provided many a warm, safe spot for children to play for free, to get away from the shelter, or a home where the power's been cut off. His 'invention' has helped me and my family get out of a stressful situation (visiting a relative wth a very child-unfriendly home) where the kids could just relax and have fun. When we've not had money to go somewhere else and it was too cold to go to the park, my kids have enjoyed getting out of the house for an hour or two and the company of the other kids who were there doing the same thing.

I'm sure it's just a moral failing on my part to use it, but...it's a moral failing I can live with. I hope you can manage to take some small comfort in that.
i will find comfort in the $$... moral or not!
post #106 of 134
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Originally Posted by sophmama View Post
I'm still waiting for someone to start a *drive through* fast food chain that offers 100% whole wheat, real meats, dark leaf lettuce/spinace, etc. Basically it would totally rock if someone would start a chain based on the stuff you can buy at Whole Foods. Us crunchy types get busy and need to grab something quick sometimes too you know. And a lot of people would come just because it's touted as "healthier".
Aside from the drive-through, I'm pretty sure quizno's fits the bill on the rest of this. It's a little spendy for fast food but it's yummy!
post #107 of 134
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Originally Posted by northcountrymamma View Post
Fast food -
Subway, quizinos, wendy's salads, tim hortons (for us CDNS)
*sigh*
The dressing on it was moderately deadly, but I loved their Southwest Chicken Caesar Salad. I wish they still carried it...then I'd walk the extra distance to the local Wendy's on the rare occasions when we do fast food (the Subway across the street).
post #108 of 134
mmmmm....wendy's salads......chicken sesame or whatever it was called...mmmm

I miss them.
post #109 of 134
I have not read the whole thread, but I wanted to offer a few suggestions for convenience foods--sorry if they are repeats!

Fast food: Qdoba Mexican Grill is popping up all over the place around here. Their format is similar to SubWay, but they make burritos, tacos, and quesadillas. They have several veggie options (I love their grilled veggie burrito!) and ALL their burritos have beans even if you get meat, so there's lots of fiber! It's all pretty natural and fresh. I have not heard anything evil about them....

Frozen convenience food: I like the Celantano's, Tandoor Chef, Ethnic Gourmet, and Linda McCartney frozen meals. All-natural, many vegetarian and vegan options, many of them are very nutritious, and Celantano's uses almost all organic ingredients! They're $2-$3.50 each around here.

The Earthling's Cookbook has some recipes that are good for "planned leftovers". In particular, the burritos and the fillings for Red & Green Pockets freeze well.
post #110 of 134
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Originally Posted by EnviroBecca View Post
Qdoba Mexican Grill is popping up all over the place around here.
Here's the nutrition calculator for Qdoba's food.
http://www.qdoba.com/Calculate.aspx
post #111 of 134
Thanks, DoctorGirlfriend! My usual burrito is higher in calories and sodium than I expected, but it's also higher in protein, calcium, and iron than I expected...and for me personally, I have trouble getting enough calories, and I need some sodium to keep my blood pressure up so I don't faint! So I think I will keep eating at Qdoba but those who need a low-sodium diet should beware. I guess the beans probably have added salt....
post #112 of 134
there are two reasons I would take my children to Mcdonalds

1. play area. Sometimes my kids just need to get out, it is too cold outside, and I need an area that is confined enough that I can keep an eye on 3 toddlers at the same time.

2. I ran out of snack foods that I keep in the car and I am out way past lunch time and my kids are starving. Thankfully, my kids don't like french fries and my non-allergic son LOVES the yogurt parfaits best. Oh, and there is no Taco Bell around which is the only fast food (read drive thru) other place I will go to.

I do the best I can but I remember growing up feeling deprived that all my friends went to fast food places but I didn't get to go because we were too poor and my mom refused to feed us junk food. I want my kids to grow up the healthiest possible but also to get a sense that you can go places with friends and make good choices while there. Maybe it won't be as good as eating homemade meatballs at home made with oatbran, kale and parsely but it won't ruin their life forever either once in a while and have a good time with their friends.
post #113 of 134
My parents think happy meals are a treat for my DS, who in their opinion is deprived (we hardly eat out and we don't have cable). So instead of fighting about whether or not they bring it over I make sure they opt for one of the healthier options. We also believe in moderation.
post #114 of 134
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Originally Posted by RawVeganMom View Post
You can eat all the fruits & veggies you like but as long as you still eat things like McDonalds you will be suceptible to sickness & disease.
People have been getting sick and dying long before fast food was invented.
post #115 of 134
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Originally Posted by zo's ma View Post
FTR, I never said anyone here was fooling themselves into thinking mc'd was healthy...I said *I* don't fool myself into thinking that.
By saying that, aren't you insinuating that others might be trying to fool themselves?
post #116 of 134
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Originally Posted by wytchywoman View Post
Thanks for the suggestions. Those are so helpful!!!!
I know that my next question probably isn't a particularly healthful one but here goes:
Frozen foods/TV Dinners... anything you'd recommend?
I have FM and CFS and there are days when my joints feel like they are filled with ground up glass and I can't even stand up well enough to try to cook for anymore than a few minutes. I have relied on fast food and frozen food a lot during these times and I don't really know what to replace it with other than the suggestions you just gave. So anything in the freezer aisle that's good?

Namaste,

Michelle

Do you have a Trader Joe's near you? They have a number of heathly, often organic foods in their freezer section. A personal favorite of mine is the Spanikopita-like Spinach Pie that they have. It is high in protien, iron and calcium (13 g of protein and 20% of iron and calcium in a serving, for about 200 calories) I also just bought a roasted veggie multi-grain lasagna there that I haven't cooked yet. (Guess we could have had that one yesterday. Wish I'd thought of it.) They've also got take and bake pizzas in the deli section and ready to eat salads, some of which are very high cal/fat, but some are lighter.

My husband often works 60 hour weeks, so if dd and I are going out of town, I usually hit the TJ's frozen food aisle to make sure he isn't living off fast food when I'm gone. I strongly suspect that a few of their entrees are made by Amy's and repackaged under their label.
post #117 of 134
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Originally Posted by Progressive_Mom View Post
My parents think happy meals are a treat for my DS, who in their opinion is deprived (we hardly eat out and we don't have cable). So instead of fighting about whether or not they bring it over I make sure they opt for one of the healthier options. We also believe in moderation vs. being food nazis.
Please don't use the term nazi to describe someone who is health consience. It is offensive on so many levels.
post #118 of 134
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Originally Posted by wytchywoman View Post
Thanks for the suggestions. Those are so helpful!!!!
I know that my next question probably isn't a particularly healthful one but here goes:
Frozen foods/TV Dinners... anything you'd recommend?
I have FM and CFS and there are days when my joints feel like they are filled with ground up glass and I can't even stand up well enough to try to cook for anymore than a few minutes. I have relied on fast food and frozen food a lot during these times and I don't really know what to replace it with other than the suggestions you just gave. So anything in the freezer aisle that's good?

Namaste,

Michelle
Do you have a crock-pot? If you do I would suggest buying meats (roasts, chicken, whatever) and a bunch of veggies. Cut the veggies and put them in a bag with a meat. Freeze it then when you're having a rough day just throw it in the crock-pot in the morning. Instant dinner
post #119 of 134
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Originally Posted by Progressive_Mom View Post
My parents think happy meals are a treat for my DS, who in their opinion is deprived (we hardly eat out and we don't have cable). So instead of fighting about whether or not they bring it over I make sure they opt for one of the healthier options. We also believe in moderation vs. being food nazis.
Let's not name call. Nazi is extremely offensive to many- no matter their choice in eating. Let's ALL be nice- I know this is a sensitive topic to many.

Please keep things down a notch.
post #120 of 134
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Originally Posted by 2tadpoles View Post
By saying that, aren't you insinuating that others might be trying to fool themselves?
No. I am saying exactly what I said. On the rare occasion I go to Mcd, I know exactly what I'm in for....*I* don't try to fool myself, I know it's junk. I'm not sure how that's insinuating anything about anyone, I am speaking for myself.
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