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I need help!<br>
I used to be so good about my diet, and my ex got me back on the easy meat and yukky easy food diet! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br>
Been cooking and eating this way for three years, and now we have decided to change our ways!<br><br>
SO, its just me and the kids, and after spending a month with health issues, I decided that our diet is the main factor working against us... The problem is that I have to re-train myself how to shop, cook and think!<br><br>
We are on food stamps, so we also have to watch out buying expensive "meat free" products... as you know, vegan is more expensive. I don't want to phase out meat altogether, but going "holistic and "organic". should help...<br><br>
ANYONE KNOW OF A GOOD WEBSITE WITH RECIPES ??? I need fast and easy meals, being a single working momma and trying to shift this is almost overwhelming!
 

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I'll take exception with the idea that vegan has to be more expensive unless you are buying a lot of vegan convenience foods, but I can certainly understand why you would need convenience foods as a single working mom!<br><br>
That aside, you may want to check out the following website:<br><br><a href="http://www.whfoods.com/recipestoc.php" target="_blank">http://www.whfoods.com/recipestoc.php</a><br><br>
They've got a lot of quick, easy recipes & most are pretty healthy.
 

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great website...<br>
I plan to do alot of research this week, since we will be able to do some shopping come friday...<br><br>
I have to realign my tastebuds, you know? It is amazing how the refined foods become so addictive! But if I can quit smoking, I know I can quit McD's!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
Anyone else here recently or not so recently reformed their food ways???
 

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We're working on it slowly. One thing at a time so we don't get overwhelmed and give up, thinking healthy food is too hard.<br>
1) I gave up diet soda when I was pregnant and haven't gone back. I still like sweet drinks and put too much cream and sugar in my morning coffee, but no more cans full of chemicals all day long.<br>
2) We (mostly) gave up red meat. Beef first, then pork. It's expensive anyway, plus we both get a stomachache from it.<br>
3) White bread to wheat. I did this in stages. we were eating the squishy white bread, so bad for you! So to make it an easier switch first I started buying the squishy 'wheat' bread. At least it was brown, right? Now we get organic, whole wheat bread, and love it.<br>
4)White instant rice to long grain brown takes-forever-to-cook rice.<br>
5) I bake a lot. Last time I ran out of flour, I bought wheat instead of white.<br>
6) Frozen veggies instead of cans. Just as easy but lots more nutrients, and tastes better.<br>
7) If I buy convenience foods (and who doesn't sometimes?) I try to get the natural kinds at least. It's better for us, and tastes a lot better, plus it's pretty expensive so I'm more motivated to actually cook. Like Annies garlic cheese noodles instead of kraft macaroni, 'natural' doritos, that sort of thing.<br>
8) potatoes are cheap, healthy, and can be cooked a zillion yummy easy ways. yeah, ok, I'm Irish.<br>
9) save leftover veggies. (almost) Anything leftover that I don't think will get eaten goes into a big freezer bag. When it's full, I make soup.<br>
10) dh brings his lunch to work. It's a lot easier, and cheaper, to bring healthy food from home than find something good on a lunch break at work, or in a school cafeteria.<br><br>
So, we still have a long way to go(says the girl with an empty bag of chocolate chips in fron of her, who didn't feel like cooking today and ordered chinese...) but overall our diet is much better than what we had before I got pregnant. We moved to a town where the farmers market was in walking distance during the warm months, that helped a lot. These changes have been over about a two year time span. I use ground turkey instead of hamburger for things now, just as versatile as meat from a cow. My advice is to just tackle one thing at a time. Switching from white stuff to brown stuff is a good place to start. I just knew that for me, if I tried to change everything I ate all at once I'd never stick to it and I'm looking for lasting change.<br><br>
Good luck! Hope I helped a little, in all my babbling.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">great website...<br>
I plan to do alot of research this week, since we will be able to do some shopping come friday...<br><br>
I have to realign my tastebuds, you know? It is amazing how the refined foods become so addictive! But if I can quit smoking, I know I can quit McD's!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
Anyone else here recently or not so recently reformed their food ways???</div>
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I did. I grew up on junk food (frozen/delivery pizza, potato chips, processed mac & cheese, etc) I didn't really change my ways until six months ago when I decided to go vegan. It was so fun learning about all the different foods that I had never been exposed to before, not just things like fallafel but, just a regular old cucumber was fascinating to me :LOL I was also surprised how little I missed the processed junk that I always thought was so delicious :puke you can definately *refine* your tastebuds, for me it was very easy. I've heard that MSG is physically addictive though, and that's in most processed food, so that might make it harder for certain people to break the habit.
 

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Plan, plan, plan and plan. Create a monthy menu and stick to it. I have a 5 week rotating menu plan. I do it only for dinners because most of the time there are leftovers for lunch. Each day has a specific main ingredient headliner. For us it is meat, but it does not have to be. Then I pick a dish for that headliner. It's so easy to do. It keeps me on budget and it keeps us eating until the end of the month.
 

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Okay, so I already read labels and no MSG for us...not for a long time, since I took organic chem in college!!!<br><br>
I have been told that canned vegies have more nutrients, but the can thing gives me the creeps...so frozen organic seems to be the way.<br><br>
After the kiddles get over their next sickness, I plan to be a little more of a meal cooker, got some stew stuff, a recipe for tofu fricasee, get the kids back into couscous (so fun for toddlers to throw on the floor *sigh*) and rice too...<br><br>
but the worst is the nights when I am too tired to cook, MCD is right on the way home, and I am a sucker for drive thru...<br>
oh well...life is about refining one's will to one's spirit... I got alot of time to reform!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
thanks for the ideas... anyone know about good toddler food?
 
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