Tag Archives: cooking

Avoid the Ramen Diet

Lots of college students and young people living on their own eat like crap. Just own up to it, no excuses. Some people are pretty empty pocketed at this stage in their life, which is understandable, but no one can stay healthy on ramen and tap water. I like to budget thinking that some of my monies destine to entertain myself get added into food. I kinda find some zen in cooking for myself, and get healthy and tastey results. Well… at least vegetables and identifiable protein sources are involved kinda healthy.

If you were never taught how to cook at home, it might seem like a high mountain to climb. But you can always start with a basic cookbook, and just start making things that sound good to your tummy. Here is a great list of cook book recomendations from the NYTimes (free to sign up for if it prompts you for a log in). Steal/beg/borrow from the library, scrimp and save, just please for all that is tasty avoid eating ramen more than twice a week.

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What 300 calories looks like!

The excellent diet blog, DietBlog (creative, innit?) found a collection of pictures that represent what a 300 calorie meal looks like. While I obviously review, cook, and enjoy food, I’ve lost around 20 pounds since the beginning of the year using simple tools such as visual portion control to cut the weight. Not eating 400 calorie Panera Bread cookies also probably helped.

What tools help you keep your eating in check?