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Which brands are you loyal to?

That's sooo unfortunate. When I have a real food budget I buy because they have 8-10% mf yogurt. Astro has plain 6% but after eating liberte it pales in comparison but for the cost value. Their fruited yogurt only comes as high as 2% mf, weak :(

Jan 22, 2012
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Which brands are you loyal to?

Word!!

Jan 22, 2012
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Whenever "X" Happens, I Always Eat "Y" - More Unique Examples

I drink a beer when I get menstrual cramps. Idk what the science is (kidneys??) but it kills cramps dead and I can usually regain the day. I keep meaning to try alcohol free cuz at times a single beer is enough to get me tipsy. Doesn't make for a very productive day when you gotta sleep off the buzz, lol

Jan 22, 2012
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Is this why we're fat?

I didn't misunderstand your post, for the record ;). I'm "fortunate" enough to be deathly allergic to a lot of chemical food additives so I have to make my own frozen dinners (big pot of whatever, freezer bags, boom done, ten meals for the cost of one restaurant meal and an hour of prep time + 15 minutes to bag). I don't have a microwave but reheating in the oven or stovetop only takes a few more minutes than zapping, and gives me the illusion I just cooked, lol. I'm also fortunate to have a mom and a grandmother that knew how how to cook. When I see how little people know about food handling and preparing I realise how lucky I am to have these skills.

Jan 22, 2012
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Is this why we're fat?

Lol, I'm underweight and I cook that way. I buy 18% cream and cut it with water 1:1 or 1:2 cuz homo milk isn't fatty enough for me. Etc. Etc. I always add olive oil or butter or nuts or any other kind of fat that will go well w a recipe. It's all real food though, never has therebeen or will there be any Velveeta in my fridge ;) The funny thing is that roommates and partners etc. who eat my cooking on a regular basis lose weight and can't believe it. Me, I can't seem to gain weight no matter what or how much I eat (2000-2500 calories, 3000-4000 if I am working physically).

Jan 22, 2012
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Is this why we're fat?

Exactly. And realistically it's still cheaper to eat nutritious food because you need less of it and it goes farther as fuel, for brains and bodies.

Jan 22, 2012
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Fruit Smoothie = "Bad for You"

Imbalanced meals are bad for you. Period. You may not notice the sugar spike and crash now but as you age it will become more apparent. And we don't bounce back the same as we age. It's important to balance carbs, fat and protein in proper proportions, regardless of caloric intake. Calories from fruit are good but require the fat/protein balance if you want your body to work optimally. Obviously we're all different and have different goals and caloric intake but there are generalities that you can start from to find your own optimal.

Relative to fast food, sure Sidekicks are better but not good. So, yes, relative to a PopTart, your fruit smoothie was better. If I had a fruit only smoothie or a poptart for breakfast I'd go into a diabetic coma before 10am... So it ain't good at all fo' me ;)

I don't peel anything that goes in my smoothies, except yams and stuff that'd get peeled anyway. Nuts/seeds or yogurt can add the fat and protein that would balance your sugar beverage and gain your friend's approval.

Jan 22, 2012
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98-year-old needs to gain weight, doesn't eat enough: Food suggestions

I'm not 98 but I do have problems w my teeth and I have a metabolic rate that just won't quit. I'm also the opposite of an emotional eater, if I'm stressed, tired, upset, my appetite disappears. Suffice to say I have problems meeting my caloric needs.

First thing I have to say regards all this milk fat advice. I, too, had the bright idea to amp the milk fat in my diet by drinking milkshakes and daily lattes with whole cream (18% mf). I also eat 6-10% mf yogurt always (the low fat stuff is full of sugar and gelatin, might as well just have jello ;) Long story short, too much rich fat gives a girl gout and stresses the kidneys generally. Apple cider vinegar remedied that (and many other problems, definitely worth a googling ;)

The crappy teeth thing is limiting. Especially when it comes to getting the fiber fruits and veggies offer. Hello Blender and McDonald's milkshake straw! Even hard fruits like apple or pear, core and cut into a few pieces and pulverise. Leafy greens/salad is impossible w broken/sore teeth but no match for your blender. Berries and bananas cover the distinct green flavour of spinach/mixed greens. Avocado makes it creamy and fattening like a shake. Cut celery into small pieces cuz of the stringiness. Beets, yams, turnip, carrots can be steamed/boiled until soft enough to juicerize. Throw in anything you like, add juice or water if it's too fibrous/thick. I leave fruit peels on, remove peels from anything that needs to be cooked to soft. Lemon added will help keep it from turning brown if you're using bananas and apples. You can basically cram 3-5 servings of fruit/veg into an 8 oz glass. I make 2L at a time and freeze half. It's not a pile of calories but it does make you feel awesome. And with the straw you can really pound it back before you feel full or tired from eating.

Protein powder tastes like crap but when I can manage to choke it back I do notice I'm a lot less tired. Hemp hearts (17g protein in 5 tbsp), again w the blender and a few drops of oil and you can use the paste in the fruit juice, blend any nuts or seeds first, then add the fruit.

If you're in the city, Indian food is a great source of fatty good comfort. Even the way they prepare meat makes it the softest and fattiest and tastiest food going. Its all fairly healthy, too. If meat is too tiring for her system, no worries, their vegetarian fair is just as soft and satisfying as a meaty diet. Potato chips are also a good source of snackables of the fatty variety. Takes longer to eat with broken teeth but definitely not impossible to gum ;)

Chocolate has a lot of iron which might help w the tiredness (and/or lack of meat in the diet). Make sure she's getting enough vit c, to absorb the iron and avoid constipation. Blender juice will help w both.

Re:medicinal marijuana. If it weren't for MM I wouldn't eat at all some days. Usually I smoke it but it can get in the way of productivity so I've started experimenting w cooking lately and it seems to be the way to go. 1/8 cup of butter w finely ground 1 gram of bud OR 3 grams of leaf, melt over double boiler on lowest heat and leave it for an hour or three. add a little vanilla and one cup of chocolate chips, add cocoa and a bit of salt if you're a dark chocolate lover. Stir it until all the chips are melted (lowest heat!!!) and then spoon onto cookie sheets or into cupcake cups. Should make about thirty chocolates. Start by eating half of one. Wait at least two hours to measure the effects. Some people notice the effects of one, others don't notice the effects of 5. Increased appetite, restful sleep, muscle relaxant, calmer mind. Always use caution when experimenting w any new medication.

Cakes and homemade baking are a better source of calories, fat, protein and carbs than ice cream :)

Jan 22, 2012
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