My Frugal Frugal Ways

The Addition Diet
January 3, 2008, 11:55 am
Filed under: cooking, diet, food

Most people think of dieting as some sort of deprivation.  Don’t eat this, don’t eat so much of that.  I approach it in a slightly different manner.  I make additions to my daily consumption.

I add lots of water.  It has zero calories.  It fills me up.  My skin loves it.  It helps keep things moving and it does help prevent fiber from bulking up and causing problems.  So, add 8 ounces per day until you’re consuming that 80 ounces or so of water.  Drink a glass 1/2 hour before eating.  Drink a glass when you wake up.  Most definitely consume water before and during exercise.

Add a snack.  That’s right.  I have actually added a snack to my diet.  Around 4:00 p.m. I have an apple with a bit of peanut butter (the kind without any additives) and, you guessed it, a glass of water.  It will spoil my dinner you say.  That’s right.  That’s part of the idea.  Eating a smaller dinner is helpful if you’re attempting to lose weight.  It’s healthier as well since going to bed on a full stomach is not a good idea.

Add some legumes, slowly.  They’re cheap, especially if you buy them dried.  They contain lots of good proteins, vitamins and fiber.  They take a while to digest so you feel satisfied for a longer period of time.  So, today, start your dinner with a nice bowl of lentil soup.

Add vegetables.  If you normally squeeze in one vegetable for dinner, tonight cook two types.  If you’re making soup, throw in one or two more kinds of vegetables than the recipe calls for.

Add fish.  A nice dose of fish for lunch or dinner gives you your Omega-3’s, selenium, antioxidants, and protein.

Add dessert.  No, I don’t mean cheesecake.  I mean a nice healthy bite of fruit.  Slice a peach.  Yum.  The idea is to add so many healthy items into your diet that you no longer have room for high calorie unhealthy choices.


December 17, 2007, 10:32 am
Filed under: diet | Tags: , ,

I just read an article about low cost meals to serve your family. The author acknowledged that they weren’t exactly healthy meals but then went on to say that they weren’t the health police so it didn’t matter. Yipes. Being unhealthy is about the least frugal choice a person can make. Not only is health care expensive, but existing with less than optimum health reduces energy and as well as productivity.

I recently underwent some medical tests which required about 48 hours of liquid only nourishment. Not the most enjoyable experience but, afterwards, I was able to reintroduce foods slowly so that I could determine how individual substances affected my body. Wow. As a result, I am now caffeine, gluten, and refined sugar free. I also know how to balance my meals and snacks so that I don’t end up binging or feeling listless.

I bought one of those 2.2 liter bottles so I can track my water consumption. I take it everywhere to make sure I’m consuming liquid regularly to stay hydrated. Confusing hunger with thirst used to be a big problem for me.

I no longer just grab an apple when I’m hungry. I always combine my fruit snacks with a bit of protein so the fructose doesn’t spike and then drain my blood sugar. I eat more vegetables and fewer fruits than I used to because most vegetables are lower on the glycemic index.

Three months after beginning this healthier way of eating, foods taste completely different. The other day I tried to sample a gluten free waffle with some real syrup on it. Yuck. The syrup tasted like molasses to me. Even baked potato chips are unappealing because of the high salt content. And I don’t go near chocolate. It honestly doesn’t taste good anymore.

Between my new eating habits and my exercise routine, I can actually eat my fill without gaining weight for the first time in my life. As an added bonus, my moods have leveled. I no longer have those moments when everything seems to irritate.

Healthy eating has definitely been a frugal choice.