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Old 08-22-2012, 10:29 AM
 
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I try to eat a lot of whole foods, or what I would call whole foods. I try to use simple ingredients to make food. I do buy some minimally processed food, from things like steamed lentils to salad dressings made from plain ingredients like tomato juice and thyme. For protein, we eat a lot of lentils, followed by lesser amounts of beans, chickpeas, quinoa, edamame, nuts, etc.

Are you a whole foodist? I like eating this way but can see that some people might think it was boring or difficult, and some people just don't care for things like black lentils, kale, mango, bok choy, broccoli, sprouts. I love vegetables and cannot understand the folks who hate so many of them.
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:09 AM
 
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I have tended to eat this way my entire adult life, although as a teacher of elementary kids I would get lazy and grab convenience foods like nature burgers by the case at Costco LOL!

I wish I were better with sauces which really help the blandness LOL. The other night I threw a couple of tablespoons of natural peanut butter into the stir-fried vegetables and voila! Delicious!
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:48 AM
 
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I have tended to eat this way my entire adult life, although as a teacher of elementary kids I would get lazy and grab convenience foods like nature burgers by the case at Costco LOL!

I wish I were better with sauces which really help the blandness LOL. The other night I threw a couple of tablespoons of natural peanut butter into the stir-fried vegetables and voila! Delicious!
How Thai of you!
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:44 PM
 
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I have tended to eat this way my entire adult life, although as a teacher of elementary kids I would get lazy and grab convenience foods like nature burgers by the case at Costco LOL!

I wish I were better with sauces which really help the blandness LOL. The other night I threw a couple of tablespoons of natural peanut butter into the stir-fried vegetables and voila! Delicious!
I like to use chopped ginger, soy sauce, and sriracha in stir fry, so I use convenience foods too.

My mom got me an immersion blender a few years ago, but I had always used it in pots of soup like pumpkin or butternut squash. A few days ago, I needed to blend some lime juice, garlic, and basil to made a dressing for a tomato salad. My son had just broken the big blender pitcher the night before, but I remembered my immersion blender has a beaker I can blend it. It totally rocked. You could make all kinds of good dressings and sauces with simple ingredients because it emulsifies so well. I made double the dressing and used the rest on a big salad.
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:25 PM
 
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Whole foods make it easier to eat, not harder. I fail to underatand why people think they are going to go broke and blind buying special foods that are difficult to prepare -- how hard is it to make carrot sticks?
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:51 PM
 
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Whole foods make it easier to eat, not harder. I fail to underatand why people think they are going to go broke and blind buying special foods that are difficult to prepare -- how hard is it to make carrot sticks?
Some people enjoy cooking and savoring different flavors, so they might feel that plain carrot sticks are boring or bland. And an entire way of eating is more than just some carrot sticks, isn't it? Who wants to just eat carrots?

Some people also might believe that dinner should be a complicated meal with multiple dishes served together. My husband didn't use to enjoy salads for dinner. It was something he liked to eat with a meal, not for a meal. We would have main-dish salads now and then before we stopped eating meat, and they would usually have meat in them like a Chinese chicken salad. Now that we don't eat meat and I use lentils instead, we eat a lot more vegetables in salads. I like to use a wide variety of food, and despite cutting meat from our diet, our food bill has not gone down much because I spend more on produce than I used to.

My OP didn't talk about expense, though, because that's a personal choice for people. I did say people might find it difficult, but that's because some people don't want to live on raw broccoli and boiled faro and they don't really know what else is out there. If they believe that dinner has to be some kind of casserole with two side salads and dessert, they might find that frustrating and not very tasty anyway.
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:22 PM
 
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I sometimes, find eating vegetarian, to be very time consuming, to prepare all the veggies, and all that. Eating healthy, can be alot of work! So, just because shopping, preparing, and cooking has become quite overwhelming for me lately, I just eat something simple, like toast with peanut butter. Or a bowl of melon.
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:51 PM
 
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I sometimes, find eating vegetarian, to be very time consuming, to prepare all the veggies, and all that. Eating healthy, can be alot of work!
I do believe that is the main reason so many people have little in the way of whole foods in their diet today. Convenience wins out, and processed foods rule the day.

Take it one more step and try to grow your own food as well, as some of my neighbors do, and it can quickly become a full time job.

I think that seeking some kind of rational balance between no-processed and all-processed food is in order for many of us. But in general I think the higher the percentage of raw ingredients we can start with, the more nutritious our diet will be.
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Old 08-23-2012, 06:18 PM
 
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Growing food? Forget that. I am still in the, "just getting to the store and buying food"...or even dealing with it when I get home. Ramen is just so much easier to buy and cook. That is pretty much my level lately. If that. The whole thing, has been beyond me lately.
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:27 PM
 
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Are you a whole foodist? I like eating this way but can see that some people might think it was boring or difficult, and some people just don't care for things like black lentils, kale, mango, bok choy, broccoli, sprouts. I love vegetables and cannot understand the folks who hate so many of them.
Before this veers off into (yet another) whole vs. processed food thread, let me remind everyone that ^^this^^ is the topic.

Thanks.
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