[email protected] wrote:
>I'm a 21 year old
>male from Michigan and would like to have more energy and keep my body
>in good shape. The food I generally eat
>Daily: A bowl of cereal such as frosted cheerios, raisin bran, frosted
>flakes, or honey bunches of oats with skim milk.
>A YOPLAIT! yogurt either an original or thick and creamy.
>A carrot/celery stick, some grapes or a banana, an apple or an orange.
>A couple graham crackers with peanut butter/ or a wheat toast.
If you feel you have too little energy eating that way, it could be because
you're eating too many carbs and your blood sugar is spiking, then diving.
Cereal, sugary yogurt, fruit, Graham crackers, wheat toast and sweet vegetables
such as carrots might be driving your insulin production system crazy. After
two weeks eliminating all refined carbs including starches, sugars and fruits,
you can begin to reincorporate high fiber grains, fruits and even occasional
sugar into a low-carb base. Atkins gets around to this by the Ongoing Weight
Loss phase, while South Beach starts reintroducing carbs by Phase 2. Try South
Beach or Atkins as alternatives.
>Throughout the week I usually have:
>About 3 meals of eggs, maybe once a week with bacon.
That sounds good.
>usually about 1 or 2 meals of a meat like chicken or meatballs, often
Those meals probably contain many more additives and preservatives than you
think; they're also probably higher in sodium than what you could easily
prepare at home.
>the rest of the food tends to be candy or frozen dinners like hot
Sounds like you've got too much processed food going on there.
>Nearly the only thing I drink is bottled water, maybe once in a while a
>glass of orange juice from a random grocery store.
Pasturized juice with added sugar, the kind you get at random grocery stores.
It's honestly no wonder you're feeling sluggish. In a nutshell, you're probably
eating more carbs than your body can metabolize. Have you had your fasting
glucose levels taken? If you're hungry every couple of hours, it's very likely
that your high-carb diet is doing you in.
>Keep in mind that I have pretty much no knowledge of cooking anything,
>the only thing I've ever cooked were eggs and canned soup. So the more
>simple the preparations the better.
Buy some cookbooks or borrow some from libraries. There are more recipes online
than you could ever catalogue, let alone prepare. Basically, cooking can be
reduced to a few variables: main ingredient, seasonings, liquid, oil, vessel
and heat. Depending on the main ingredient, it might be better to braze or
saute it, bake or broil, poach or fry. The nature of the main ingredient and
the desired outcome determine how it is to be cooked. You don't fry roasts or
brisket because their flesh takes long, slow brazing to tenderize. Chicken
breasts are best cooked for as short a time as possible over as low a heat as
possible. Beans can be boiled and transferred to a crockpot to stew for six to
eight hours. Most any vegetable can be deliciously roasted at 450 degrees for
about half an hour, brushed with olive oil, salt and pepper. In baking, exact
measurements and resting times can make cakes poof or serve as door stoppers.
Any vegetable that you can chew raw can be put into a salad. Anything can be
simmered with water and aromatic herbs to make soup. Most grains plump up in
boiling water. Fish never takes long to cook, regardless of method. If you like
melted cheese, cover any casserole with it and bake it uncovered for its last
twenty minutes. Blend all marinade ingredients together before applying them to
meat, fish or poultry, so that you don't have seasonings unevenly distributed.
Melted sugar or artificial sweeteners can burn you, so watch out when they
begin to boil. Rinse out your cutting boards when they've been used for meat.
Don't leave any food sitting at room temperature for long. These are the
>As long as I'm eating healthy I don't really care what the food tastes
>like because I feel being healthy is more important than enjoying what
>I am eating.
That's part of why you're asking these questions in the first place. You eat
junk foods with allegedly healthy labels. Most of your diet consists of
processed foods with so few inherent nutrients that they have to be vitamin
enriched. If it ain't got enough vitamins in its natural state, leave it for
pigs. Eat foods whose main ingredients are the fodos themselves. If you want
chicke, eat chicken rather than some dish where chicken is tenth in a long
artificial ingredients list. Want cereal? Make your own granola or steel cut
oats in a rice cooker. Get into bread making or find a real bakery. Otherwise,
ditch supermarket bread because of its lack of nutrients. Eat brown rice
instead of white, whole wheat pasta instead of white. Save potatoes for special
occasions. Squeeze your own orange juice. Best of all, take any vegetables and
fruits on hand, add two cups of water and blend for a tasty, nutritious
breakfast every morning.