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What is Healthy Cooking to you?
10 years ago
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I am interested in what you think.  I would like to set out some guidelines for this group so your input matters.

1. What does it mean to do Healthy Cooking?

2. What does a Healthy Diet comprises of?

Healthy Cooking
10 years ago

Healthy cooking is cooking from scratch, not from boxes, or opening a can of pre-cooked,already prepared food, or over processed food. You don't fry your foods in animal fats. You don't fry at all if at all possible. You boil, bake, poach, or broil your foods. You eat fresh raw fruits and veggies when possible. The fewer preservatives the better.

Watch your carb intake because most of the carbs today are over processed and all the goodness is destroyed. This is what is killing most people today. It's affecting our health in more ways than one.

This is just my opinion for what it's worth. But, more importantly, you must follow your doctor's advice. If the doctor you are seeing is not working right for you, find another doctor. Believe it or not, there are some prize doctors out there who still really practice real medicine, and not in it for the money and prestige.

Setting all else aside, you really only own your health. You have within your own power to control it. Eat healthy and live a longer life.

Happy eating!!!     Becky

Hmmm...
10 years ago
Healthy cooking to me is that perfect balance between food that is as natural and healthy as possible in today's world and recipes and dishes that make everybody around table go "Mmmm...my favourite!" and ask for seconds (this is true especially with kids ).
Anonymous
HC
10 years ago
to me its cooking with love , with joy , with delight as if it was being made for your beloved/god, infact it is. being totally into it relaxed. so that even if its not good for the body it is atleast nourishing the Soul.
It would cover a lot of thing
10 years ago

But I think the main one has been hit on the head - it is food you prepare and make yourself, avoiding all the prepacked, chemically processed stuff. I know I've been trying lately to eat less processed food, and you can definitely tell the difference between processed food and natural food.

Anonymous
Healthy Cooking
10 years ago
Healthy cooking, is from scratch.....the less perservatives the better!!!!
No fast foods, boxed, frozen, etc. and I know for some Mom's that work full time this will be a tough call......it means working on days off for the following week. It is also about moderation, so......big question for this group.

Fae.   
Anonymous
I agree
10 years ago
with what most have said: Healthy cooking to me is cooking natural foods (not prepackaged junk pretending to be real food) and easing our bodies into accepting the real food. I have been learning so much lately about what we are consuming and what it is doing to us that I feel we  have been so poisoned that we need to detox and get back to basics! It also needs be fairly easy for those of us who don't have a lot of time to be in the kitchen. And it sure doesn't hurt to be kid friendly ! LOL
Anonymous
back to nature!!!
10 years ago
     Healthy cooking is first of all respecting your body and what goes into it... like they say, you are what you eat. ORGANIC is so, so, so important. Today's dairy, meat, and vegetables are filled/covered with poison and are dead!!! (((chemicals, fertilizers, growth hormones, irradiated))) this directly effects our health by building up in our body system over a lifetime (((detoxing is important))). Why do so many woman (((young and old))) have hormonal problems??? Because over a lot of them are eating hormone laden dairy products and animal products. They are also storing food in plastic containers which also have hormones in them (((it is especially bad to store hot and acidic food in plastics... the molecular structure of most plastic is closely related to hormones and are carcinogens... use glass!!! save jars and store food in glass))). So anyways these woman go see their doctor and go on HRT (((hormone replacement therapy))), first mistake avoid the doctor like the plague unless you have no other choice and are in critical condition. There are alternatives like natural progeterone cream which is the cop of hormones and regulates/balances them. There are also other choices if you sick with a cold or flu like boosting your immune system with supplements and washing hands and just plain not getting sick in the first place. Getting ill is not normal doctors just tell you it is cause so many people do!!! I hardly if ever get sick cause is try to maintain and support my immune system with healthy eating, excercise, postive thinking, and supplements. ok ok ok back to the topic... i do not agree that you should follow a doctors advice for nutrition (((a naturopathic doctore YES, a allopathic/medical doctor NO))) did you know that most medical doctors have little of no training in nutrition... if you want a nutrition plan see a nutritionist not a doctor!!! A quarter of a million deaths occured due to a physicians care... physicians don't treat the root of the problem they treat the illness and not why it is happening plus they use drugs with nasty side effects on top of it all which fill you liver with poison. You should read pags 94 in The Makers diet about doctors it is a great book and i truly agree with Jordan Rubin on most of what he says... I am not a christian but Jordan makes some great great statements in this book. Healthy cooking should also include healthy fats (((essential fatty acids... omega 3, 6, and 9 in a healty ratio))) We have to remember that not all fats are bad and some are essential to life!!! I think a meat free diet is healthier but that is just my opinion and i am a vegetarian. There are lots of ways to get enough protein without it. Drinking lots of water is important, staying away from processed foods, staying away from sugar, (((especially white refined sugar. and artificial sugars too.. there are alternative sweetners like Stevia which is an herb hundreds of times sweeter than sugar))) avoiding bleached flours, avoiding boxed/canned foods/dinners, avoiding fast food, avoiding soda, avoiding partially hydrogenated anything and everything, avoiding high fructose corn syrup and artifical flavors/colorings!!! READ ALL LABELS befor putting anything in to your mouth. READ EVERYTHING you can on nutrition, this is your body you have to make the right choices for you no one else is going to... be educated. Knowledge is power!!!
Wow this is so good
10 years ago

I am impressed by the level of clarity about what Healthy Cooking is here.  Everyone has said such true things without exception!  Well I am biased as I agree with everyone's postings.

So  for all of you.

When this is done I am going to compile it into one message as a guideline for this group. so if you want to have a say you had better let us know as I would love to hear from more members. 

Organic, whole foods!
10 years ago
Lower fat foods. No chemicals. Locally grown foods are important to me also. That doesn't really fall into the healthy catagory, but if foods are locally grown they don't usually have lots of preservatives.
what it is?
10 years ago

Healthy cooking means as close to fresh as it can be.  For me this means from the community garden, local health food stores (organic always preferred), and sometimes frozen.  (I have been happy to see recently that even chain grocery stores like Safeway are carrying some organic frozen fruits and veggies!)  I think I have heard that frozen foods are actually processed soon after they are picked, so they are definitely a plus over anything in a can. 

My exceptions for canned foods are beans and some soups.  Oh yeah and water chestnuts! 

Healthy cooking also means made with pleasure and eaten with pleasure.  If you can't live in your body where are you going to go? 

Taza

(answering 2nd part now)
10 years ago

Ooops--I see I forgot to answer part of your original question: What comprises a healthy diet?  Well, I don't have an answer to that since we are all so individual.  A great book that has been a wonderful resource for me is "Food and Healing" by Annemarie Colbin (I think).  In the introduction she discusses how a vegetarian/macrobiotic diet healed a friend with diabetes, but then goes on to talk about how sick her husband got when he became a vegetarian!  So, no diet is perfect for every body.  She discusses lots of different diet ideologies but in the end, it's how each of us react to what we eat that should guide our food choices.

BUT in general I would say: the fresher, the better...the less sugar, the better...the less interefered with, the better (i.e. butter vs. margarine), the more naturally produced, the better.  Now if I could eat like this always.....I'D BE BETTER TOO!  LOLOLOL....

Taza

10 years ago

To get a meal started lots of times I find myself spraying the pan to keep foods from sticking or using a little olive or macadamia nut oils.  This just helps to get things quick started as I don't plan lots of meals.  They evolve.

I like what T. said about adding joy and love to a meal cause that is alot about what is good for you too.

10 years ago
I meant Mite's comment on enjoying your cooking experience.
healthy cooking
10 years ago

Vegan, no packages, organic, made with love, and offered to God.

Brook

In My Opinion--
10 years ago

Sometimes healthy cooking just means doing the best you can with what you have.  But that could be just my opinion. 

Some people can't afford to buy organic, etc., etc.  They have to make do with what they can afford to buy. 

Rebecca M.

10 years ago

Rebecca,

I have been living on an income well below the poverty line for more years than I care to count, living simply and furgally. I have been eating organic throughout this time and if I cannot buy organic, I grow my own. Everything Crystal has stated in her post is real and true and must be heeded if one is to maintain good health. Please don't feel defeated, and know that the conventional vegtables on the market sorely lack any form of nutrition for all the reasons mentioned in some of the above posts. I have always believed in where there is a will there is a way, and if there is a way I will find it. Btw, healthy cooking to me has been covered by all the posts in this thread. But I would like to add that ingredients such as garlic, ginger and other herbs, and  particular mushrooms, I find, are also an important part of my ehalthy eating, and all my cooking have included these all my life. (A part of my heritage.)

Maria B.

Organic
10 years ago
I am also low income. I use my "food stamps" to buy organic. I think that if you eat healthy, you spend less on doctors' bills and prescriptions.
What is healthy cooking to you?
10 years ago

1. What does it mean to do Healthy Cooking?

 To me it means not using animal fats to cook with. I use olive oil. It means from scratch (When Possible)cooking thereby avoiding all the preservatives in the processed foods. I agree that there is a definite taste difference as well as a tremendous health benefit.

2. What does a Healthy Diet comprises of?

 Fresh, Fresh, Fresh foods. I am also doing my very best to eat organic foods. I shudder at the thought of pesticides being used on the foods that people put into their bodies. IF I cannot get fresh foods then I do eat fresh frozen. I read labels and scrutinize every ingredient. If I can't pronounce it I most Definitely do niot want ingest it.  I am certainly not perfecrt in healthy eating but I am trying and getting better everyday.

I do know that when I eat healthier I feel better, inside and out

In Love and Light,

Cougar

H Cooking
10 years ago

1. Cooking without frying with fatty saturated oils

2. Using less prepackaged and already cured foods

10 years ago
My definition of healthy cooking is pretty much a mirror of what others here have said. We cook pretty much everything from scratch - the exception is we sometimes buy some Amy's Organic frozen meals.  We eat only organic produce, we've cut way back on the meat we eat and what we do eat is hormone free.
hey guys
10 years ago

Well basically what everyone else said. But also eat loads of whole foods and always eat organic, grow your own if you can. Also check out your blood group and see what foods are toxic to your body. About diet type thing, well everyone's body is different and unique so you have to find what is suitable for your own body and recommended intake. I've also heard that it is a good idea to fast at least once a week, or just eat fruit and drink tea on that day. Most of the crap that you buy in the supermarket is full of bad guys and will fill your body with toxins, which will probobly make you feel depressed or sick or still hungry and perhaps prevent you from losing weight.

Have fun, be happy,

Stacy

10 years ago

I think healthy cooking is about being thoughtful and aware.  Whole foods grown with health in mind are essential.  Coupled with that is my responsibility to learn what is healthy for myself.  A while ago I developed what I believed was arthritis.  I researched and tried natural remedies.  It continued.  I went to my family doctor who prescribed medication.  I tried that but my stomach hurt and my body didn't feel right.  Over time I tried two more medications.  Same thing.  Throughout this time I experienced pain and, at times, was limping noticeably.  There is more to this story as far as my experimenting to find relief (but I'll spare you!).  What I did find out was that if I eliminted soy products from my diet I DIDN'T have arthritis.  I have since learned that it is the most genetically modified food in the world.  I had seen it as a benign food similar to the bananas and rice that one gives to an infant.  For me, it does damage.  It's been 2-3 years since I figured this out.  There was some damage done during that period.  So, we need to look outward at the kinds of foed we eat and the quality.  As well, we need to be tuned in to ourselves to assess if everything is OK.  Warm wishes to everybody.

Linda

10 years ago
there's very little to add to these posts as to what constitutes healthy cooking.  everyone has expressed it so well. i would like to comment on our lovely red-eyed friend, theresa's, post:
Locally grown foods are important to me also. That doesn't really fall into the healthy catagory, but if foods are locally grown they don't usually have lots of preservatives.
locally grown does fall into the healthy category for more reasons than a lack of preservatives.  if you buy locally grown fruits and vegetables, they're harvested much closer to the time when they're ripe, so they're full of nutrients. foods that are shipped from a far distance are harvested long before they reach their peak nutritional value.  in addition, local foods are grown in the soil where you live, pollinated by critters where you live, full of where you live and so, more a part of you.
This folder has done well!
10 years ago

to all of you who have given such good ideas.  Is there anyone else with something to add?

Hmmm
10 years ago
What a great topic! I'll admit I skimmed through all the comments, so I may have missed it, if it was there. But healthy cooking, while I agree with all of the above, must still taste great. It may be a given, but I know people who will eat healthy, and hate every bite. Why do they do it, then? Just for being healthy? You want to make a healthy habit, as well. The more you enjoy the food you eat, the more likely you are to eat a balanced diet, instead of forcing it down, which is bad both for the state of mind, as well as letting your body reject dinner time.
Healthy Cooking / Eating
10 years ago
The nutrition book that has been most influential to me is "The Okinawa Program." The Okinwan elders are the longest-lived, healthiest people in the world. To me, this simple fact goes so much farther than some current nutrition theory on what "should" be best for us. For the most part, I believe that a plant-based diet is the ideal for everyone. Although everyone is different, I still believe that we all need basically the same things -- just maybe in different amounts. I prefer to be mostly vegetarian. I eat small amounts of animal products, not for the protein, but for Vitamin B12, which is only found in usable quantities in animal products. However, I can eat just two eggs (Omega-3) and get my quota of B12 for the week! The rest of my food I try to make plant-based. I also don't believe that carbs are any evil thing to avoid. After all, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are mostly carbohydrate! Processed foods are what we need to avoid. Eating lots of whole grains (not in bread, just the grains -- rice, millet, oats, etc.), vegetables, legumes, and fruits makes a terrifically healthy diet for anyone! As alrealdy mentioned, we also need to avoid trans fats -- hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated oils -- like the plague! This is one thing that is not good in moderation! It should be completely avoided! I also believe that soy is a very healthy food -- when not used as an hydrogenated oil, and when not genetically modified! Try only (ONLY!) organic soybeans! If you avoid eating at fast food restaurants, prepackaged foods, and highly-processed foods, you will likely avoid all the bad stuff. For the most part, we need to eat food as close as possible to its original source. Bring foods straight in from the garden, wash, eat, and enjoy! Regarding Healthy Cooking, specifically, it's been covered quite well, here, already. Choose to bake, broil, poach, and steam. Frying is right out! Use spices and herbs generously! (Salt is NOT a spice!) Study after study shows that a plant-based diet is the healthiest -- for everyone! Cut out dairy and most other animal products. A little goes a long way. Just one or two small servings every week will provide all the Vitamin B12 one needs! Plus, if you make that animal product a good fish, you'll also get wonderful Omega-3! And, grains ARE healthy -- just not when they're processed. So, don't go for the "whole-grain" bread -- just eat the grains! (We love steel-cut oats with raisins and chopped apples for breakfast -- yummmm!) But, health goes farther than just diet. It also includes exercise (that you enjoy doing), social support, and using the mind regularly, preferably for some creative project. namaste, alex phoenix, az
what wonderful comments!
10 years ago

I agree with Mite T. that putting lots of love into your cooking is very important.  I love to entertain, and enjoy preparing a variety of plant-based dishes for my guests to try. 

Alex, I agree with you about the Japanese on Okinawa.  Since hormones are steroidal, they require Cholesterol for manufacture.  Japanese women who stick to a traditional diet have very little cholesterol in their diet.  Therefore, menpause is easier for them.  There is no term in Japanese for "hot flash"; they rarely have them!  Another interesting fact is that they get most of their Calcium from sea plants.  Dairy is not big in Japan.  Soy milk is big; and, the incidence of Ostoporosis is very low there, too. 

I guess my definition of health cooking and eating relates somewhat to what stage we are in life.  I'm going through menopause now, and since I've been a vegetarian for 30 years, it doesn't really bother me that much.  I get my calcium from green leafy vegetables and sea vegetables (I love miso soup!).  I believe that a plant-based diet is not only good for us, but also for our planet. 

Thanks for allowing me to share my views with you.

10 years ago

My kudos to all!! more than adding something I'd like to thank for the info I didn't know.

Have a great day and a great food!! : )

my habbits
10 years ago

I never tried to describe even to myself what is a healthy cooking to me. I just homemade food. With lots of love and imagination (sometimes) Lots of fresh food (vegs for ex.)  little solt and spicies, no conservants or sinthetic additionals. NO MODIFIED FOOD! Just all natural. Better if from own ecologicaly clean orchard.

Oh, and not much fat. Fast food also isn't  my favourite one but sometimes I buy some potatoe chips or a pizza pad (to make the whole pizza myself later on). Microvave also isn't a thing of my kichen. You may call it oldfashioned or whatever but I keep cooking on the stove or in the oven.

Is that a style you meant?

food that is not...
10 years ago

ready meals, genetically modified foods,  full of pesticides, or badly cooked!

My name is Morgaen, I'm 26, married to a fantastic man who can cook, and we have three children. Daniel is 4, his favourite meal is Venison Stew, Logan is 2, his favourite meal is anything spicy! and Tanya is just 6 weeks old, so she hasn't sampled her Daddy's cooking skills as yet, but as I ate well during pregnancy, I'm sure she'll have no complaints.

Personally, I believe that healthy food is the most important aspect of the whole eating experience. I don't actually cook meals for my family, my husband does that, but we both make sure that what we eat and feed to our children is healthy and well-balanced. My children eat a variety of foods and different world cuisines. We tend to eat a lot of Asian, Chinese, Cajun, Thai and Mexican foods, along with Egyptian, Morrocan, Indonesian, and Italian. Occasionally we'll have the odd British meal ie Venison or Rabbit stew, or the original roast meat and veg!

My husband's herb and spice cupboard could rival Madhur Jaffrey, Ken Hom, and Jamie Oliver put together! I feel that as long as there are no harmful ingredients ie. GM products and pesticides, I believe everything is fine in moderation.

The most important thing is making sure my children eat all the things they should, ie. fruit, veg, meat, dairy, nuts, oils, fish, complex carbs etc. Once they have all those included in their diets, then the occasional piece of cake or chocolate is not going to harm them.

I think the main points here are balance and safety. But the most important point is that healthy eating should be an enjoyable experience, not a chore that we feel we are pressurised into taking on in order to be deemed fit parents etc.

I'd like to add that this is a wonderful forum, and I'm glad I noticed it. Also, I hope no-one thinks me a hypocrit because I do not actually cook, but as my husband and I discuss the foods we buy and prepare in great length, I feel I have the right to speak on  this forum.

Morgaen - pagan parent.

Basic
10 years ago
To me the basics of healthy cooking are local and organic
Healthy cooking
10 years ago
For me healthy cooking is eating everything in moderate quantity.I think variety in our meal is the key for health.For example-salads are healthy but it's much better to combine them with other foods.We can't eat only lettuce,after all!The more different dishes we eat,the better!
10 years ago

I love this folder and enjoy coming here and reading what you have all said so well. to each and everyone of you.

So is there anyone else to add to this folder?

10 years ago
Preparing and eating balanced and nutrition foods that your body needs. Modified and chemical foods are not healthy. I am still learning. Thanks for this group.
10 years ago

Well, I'll tell you what we do:

I personally cook everything from scratch, because that is what I've been taught at home, when I came to live to the States, I landed at my sister in law's home for a while and her cooking is :

two cans + one packet + one box, stir, put in the oven = Voila! and every single of those dishes was simply too alien to me, to this day, the only thing like that that I like is that famous green bean casserole for Xmas.

From personal taste, I lean towards mediterranean food, me, because I simply love the flavors, my husband, because he fell in love with the style after living in Greece for a while.

We tend to to avoid sugar, empty calories, saturated fats, proccesed foods and refined grains, but, we cut ourselve some slack here and there, I eat jello now and then, because it refreshes me and my husband breakfasts with sourdough bread that I bake for him every week.

We do that, because we want food to be a relaxed issue to us, we want to enjoy some stuff that we used to before becoming health conscious and we both believe my granny's maxim when it comes to food:

A little bit of everything and of everything a little bit

And she outta know, she is almost a 102 years old and still living by herself!.

10 years ago

I agree, Mariana, it is good to be relaxed about eating and at the same time taking care to eat well.  Food must be tasty or what is the point of eating something that tastes bad and makes us all tense.  Enjoyment is key.

Your grandmother sounds awesome to still be so fit at 102.  You know the people from her generation did not grow up on the fast food and chemicals that is being consumed as if it wer going out of style.  If only it would go out of style.

Healthy cooking
10 years ago

...is as some people have said above.  Cooking from scratch and eating as much fresh locally grown produce as you can obtain.

I have given myself permission to leave badly cooked, questionable food on my plate even though it seems wasteful and there are starving people.

My present living conditions make it very hard to do this and the local food here is very salty and good restaurants are very expensive.

Produce of any sort is also very expensive. There are many people living in ohanas, which are by state law prohibited from having full kichens, you are not supposed to have any electrical appliance in the same room as the sink.  I'm not sure where that came from, but rising real estate costs have made the situation much worse. This makes it hard to eat healthy meals. Another cost of Paradise!

What you start with
10 years ago
To me healthy cooking starts with  knowledge about the food you have.
How were the foods raised? Were they farmed conventional (chemically)or were they farmed sustainably ( use of beneficial microbes and building a healthier soil)? Soils rich in health will produce foods rich in nutrients, giving us a better tasing, better for us food. Read labels, buy from local farms that you know - Know your food. Its truly the first step in healthier cooking, and healthier living.


10 years ago
Thanks to everyone in this Group, I am LEARNING what healthy cooking is!  I'm just starting out, but basically trying to cook more fresh vegetables instead of canned or frozen, and cook more fish, chicken, and turkey instead of beef.  I am amazed at what I'm learning about organic foods, preparation, and gee, I had no idea storing left over foods in plastic could be carcinogenic!  You guys are a WEALTH of information!  Thanks!  DebbieC.   
Answers to this topic is superb
10 years ago
You folks did a great job!  In addition I would say - balancing your meals.  making sure that each day foods are eaten from each food group - making the meal complete.  Avoiding too much of any nutrient that can cause harm to the body if used in excess eg starches, sugars, fats.  Using more green, leafy and yellow vegetables and fruits in place of some of these foods.  Using foods that are lower in colesterol values causing less obesity.  Eating just enough for your body structure. 
10 years ago

1. What does it mean to do Healthy Cooking?

   To cook in a healthy manner; clean where things need to be clean, well cooked when need be (poultry, etc), raw when it is more healthy to do so (many veggies), but not in an obsessive maner, but a relaxed and enjoyable one. It does little good to eat healthy if we don't live and think in a healthy manner.

2. What does a Healthy Diet comprises of?

   For me, it is balance.  Red meat fats "weigh more" and so are limited, vegies are "lighter" and so more need be eaten, as with fruits.  Again, approached in a relaxed, but not lackadaisical, manner.  If it is both a challenge and fun, we have reached "balance".

Stepping down from my , now

hi everyone
10 years ago

I am new here, but have been browsing this site  for few days and love to join your discussions,  i love cooking, i mean healthy cooking, i am an indian,when i mean healthy cooking, i wouldn't want to use too many spices in my food, so i would really like the vegetable flavour in any curries i prepare, so if you have any recipes, easy, and healthy, nutritious,then i am your guinea pig, i will try and let you know if it is safe, if nothing happens to me you can find my report the very next day., haha, JUST KIDDING.

Don't be harsh me , i have two sons who are teenagers i have to be there for themand a loving hubby , so pssssssssst give me the recipe which you have already tried.

harini

10 years ago

 Harini to this group which is filled with wonderful people from all over the world.

It would be fun to have some of your nonspicy Indian recipes posted in Delights of Indian Cuisine # 3 I too like Indian food without so much chilli.

9 years ago
Boy I learned alot from reading this tread thanks
9 years ago
Diane, there is much good in this folder.  I am very proud to have a group filled with so many people who truly think about what is Healthy and then actually do it. 
9 years ago

1. What does it mean to do Healthy Cooking?  For me, it means not frying, trimming the fat, less sugar, more fruits and veggies.  I'm sure there's much improvement needed here, but, hey...I'm new to this (well, it's been many years, at least)!

2. What does a Healthy Diet comprises of?  Lots of fruits and vegetables, water...am I close?  Did I pass? 

I'm kidding...I once believed that a strict vegan diet was the only way to true physical health, but now, I've begun to like meat...A LOT!  I buy eggs, cheese, and milk every other day, and (where I opt for spinach and mushroom) there's always at least one pizza in our freezer.  My current feeling on the matter, is as long as there's variety in your fruits and vegetables, substitution of beans, fish, etc. for meat as much as possible, and plenty of water daily, things should be okay...now, if I could just get my kids away from the Cocoa Pebbles long enough to get an apple in their stomach, we might be getting somewhere!

Anonymous
healthy cooking ?
9 years ago

O ! I love it !

As I said, " in " one of the topics here, I happen to cook up something hastily. But it only happens.

                                 So,

Simply it´s fun to cook over many hours, 4, 5 hours...Wash here,  peel there, listen to music...Taste the sauce, taste the salad. Be around the stove...

                               That´s

healthy cooking. To me, sure...

Was fun.

Thanks, Mongi.   

9 years ago

1. What does it mean to do Healthy Cooking?

To me it means as little oil as possible and I never use any meat products or fats. I do not use boullion either as that is made from the boiling of the bones of animals and I try not to use wine since wine also has animal by products in it(that was interesting to find out). Healthy is as fresh as is possible considering the time of year. I try to eat the in season stuff since out of season items are coming from other countries without all the safety and health codes.  Healthy also means healthy for the environment and the local growers, so I buy from the local co-op when available. I try to read labels so I know where my food comes from and try to keep it from the USA and if possible in my area. Even the local "farmers market" sells produce from other countries so you have to beware and research.   

2. What does a Healthy Diet comprises of? For me no red meat, pork or chicken.  Once in while I add fish to my diet for the omegas; vegetables, fruits, herbal teas, water. A good balance would be grains for breakfast, fruit snack, vegetables of some sort for lunch with cheese on the side, fruit, fruit or veggies for a snack or nuts, fish and veggies for supper, non fat sugar free frozen yogurt for after dinner snack.  Do I eat this way, sometimes.

Life has a way of getting in the way, I usually don't eat breakfast except for a one ounce piece of cheese, then for lunch I might have 3 pieces of veggie chicken tenders dipped in mustard, for a snack I might grab some triscuits, for dinner shrimp/broccoli alfredo from schwan's or spaghetti, or salad, or just a serving of  mac/cheese, sometimes it is just veggie plate with one green, one yellow and one other vegetable; when we have pizza I have two pieces 3 if they are small cuts then a little bowl of ice cream or herbal tea for snack, finished with all eating by 9:30pm (I go to bed around 2am).

Tal

healthy cooking
9 years ago
Healthy cooking is eating wholesome, home prepared food served and cooked with love.  Without the last ingredient you could be eating worms.  Also it is fun to eat different foods, not getting in a rut but making meals adventures and fun.  Light the candles if you are eating at a table.  Last weekend we ate buckwheat crepes cooked by a sweet gal and we ate standing up around a kitchen island.  Each person chose the ingredients for his own crepe.  Mine was peapods with feta cheese.  Another had an egg as a late breakfast.  I remember how much the food filled our stomach and our spirits.  Laurel S.
9 years ago
To me.. it is what others have said.. preparing as much as you can yourself.
I rarely buy something from the convience store, like cookies, cakes etc. I will occasionally buy pretzles with less salt
I try not to buy chips because I eat alot if they are here.
I buy cake mixes, but really that's all.
I make everything else desert wise from scratch. I make my own marinara sauce. I don't make bread much anymore. Too lazy.
I try to buy organic when I can afford it.
I think it is shameful how much overpriced stuff is with the organic lable on it.

I don't fry very often. Although fried chicken is my favorite. However I usually bake or boil.
Problem is when my husband comes home from his tour of duty, he's a junk food junkie. It comes for his 36 years of bachelor hood.

Problem with me is .. if it's here .. I eat it. No will power.

Anonymous
healthy
9 years ago

healthy is local and organic when possible. I shop around the outside isles of the grocery as the inside isle are full of unatural, overprocessed, unhealthy items. yes all the white flower donuts and goodies may look yummy but they are unhealthy.

healthy diet consists of all the colors of the rainbow. People may argue that vegan and or vegetarian are the only healthy way to go. though i try to limit meats i feel it is not completely necesary. yes there are meats and such out there that are or can be unhealthy for you. avoid those. as for sugars salts, white flours, lards etc... use sparingly. Fresh fruits, veggies,organic meats, whole grains, enjoy a wide variety.

as toxic as the world is today there is no real solid way of eating a pure healthy diet, but you can and should make healthier choices when ever you are able!

9 years ago

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Healthy Cooking Sunday, 9:07 PM

Hi Im new to the group, But I think healthy cooking is useing as much fresh food as possible, no prosesed food , home cooking can be unhealthy if prepared unhealthly. I am a father of twoo boys 13 & 16 and I grow my own produce and we try to eat healthy but its not always poss.

Grow it, healthy

Cook it, healthy

Eat it healthy

 

9 years ago
Carl, that makes two of us!!  I do the same as much as situation permits!
Heart
9 years ago
I am new to group hope to learn more and better ways to cook. Healthy Cooking to me is watching the fat in foods amoung all the other thing that have been said
vegetarian/VEGAN
9 years ago
No meat or animal products is healthy eating. 
9 years ago

For me healthy cooking was rabbit food fresh vegetables and fruit that tasted like cardboard.  I use to love all those processed and packet food that contain all those E numbers that are about as good for your body as smoking would be good for the lungs.  Then everything changed my sister who I live with became a vegetarian, and suddenly the menu changed instead of meaty lasagne there was vegetable lasagne, vegetable stews the works.  At the time she did most of the cooking and at first I was sceptical thinking everything would taste like cardboard but I was really surprised, and truth be told I eat less meat and more vegetables and fruit than I use too.  I’m glad I turned to healthier fresh food changing my diet has done me the world of good, so it's no more lips and ass processed goop for me.  Fresh food and a healthy diet is the only way to go

 

 

9 years ago

Healthy cooking to me is cooking from scratch. Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Not eating a bunch of processed foods. Food tastes so much better when you cook it yourself versus taking it right out of a box.

Healthy Eating
9 years ago

Healthy eating to me is Free Range meats, Hormone Free, Organic Fruits and Vegetables.  I do have a small garden space to grow my own veggies, and I do all my own baking with unbleached flour and without dairy.  If I do require Butter in something I use the Unsalted, dye-free kind, but for the most part it is Canola Oil, or Extra Virgin Olive Oils.
I can honestly say I try hard to stick to this plan but when the cravings hit, its hard.
I do not consume caffeine products, the only one I do have once in a long while is when you make those Cocoa, Oatmeal, coconut drop cookies.
Otherwise I just drink alot of water.
Hello all
9 years ago
    My first input.  First and foremost, eat without fear or anxiety, no good for the digestion of food. No processed foods at all. Enjoy.
Hugs to everyone,
Jaye
Anonymous
Healthy cooking?
9 years ago

No meat.

Cook as little as possible,and if you have to cook it, mess with it as little as possible.

Eat as little processed food as possible, and if you have to have it at least know what is in it.

Check ingredients listed on tins a packets, be aware of additives and salt levels.

Lastly be aware that eating healthy is a choice you don't have to make for every meal. Don't feel guilty if you can't find a healthy option, or just want to eat chips for once!

It should be a life style not a life sentence.

Blessings and Peace.

Elvin.

9 years ago
gieMy family eats about 85% raw fruits and Veggies and 15% cooked grains and rices no meat.
Anonymous
To me healthy cooking means....
9 years ago

a meat free diet, that is as unprocessed as possible.

I never eat big meals, mostly healthy snacks little and often is what works with me. I love to eat simply, things like cheese and crackers, soup and fresh baked bread, fruit and yoghurt.

Don't get me wrong... I love chocolate and cake and there is nothing like big chunky jam sandwiches and hot chocolate in front of a blazing log fire on cold winter nights. And if someone were to offer me some cheesecake........well, I'd love 'em forever.

W.M.

8 years ago
My first entry= Is healthy cooking is healthy eating. I am a vegan at home and a vegetarian outside of home. Want to try to be eating raw food a lot more. I am an activist and memebers of vegetarian recipe websites, PETA.
8 years ago

Healthy Cooking means fresh meals prepared "lightly" if at all with your well being in mind.

A healthy diet consists way over 50% fruits, vegetables, legumes and healthy fat (limited supply) to help regulate and nourish the cells of the body. I am now realizing more and more that even though there are processed vitamins, food and fruit bars or "so called healthy" food in these expensive markets-they are not 100% good. Healthy means consuming food naturally pure as possible and rich in the vitamins and minerals from the first source-not a so called quick way. Nothing really meaninggul with be already packaged and ready to go-it takes time work and energy...

8 years ago
Mmmmm...tomatoes, cheese and pasta Oh Wee!
Anonymous
8 years ago

locally grown.

No hustling, no hastening. Leave to simmer. AlwayS...

That´s  HEALTHY COOKING !

8 years ago
To me healthy cooking is not resorting all the time to boxes & processed foods.  Trying to make sure that you put all the food groups into your life (really hard!)
Anonymous
8 years ago

Healthy cooking to me is first of all knowing what is going to go in the recipe, make sure each ingredient is safe. Then just like most said preparing from scratch, and if it's not possible all the time variety is important.

I go shopping everyday for dinner, that way the meal i'm preparing is as fresh as possible, also I try to get organic as much as we can afford, always for my son's fruit. I rarely buy anything prepared, if I do it is Organic Broth(no msg) maybe canned beans for chili and also buy alot of canned organic crushed tomatoes and that's about it. I feel very confident in the way i'm taking care of my family. To me that's healthy eating, feeling no guilt and taking no  shortcuts.

Great group by the way, I love it.

Anonymous
8 years ago

Forget to mention what my diet is, around here we don't drink moo milk, only Almond or Rice Milk also no peanut butter just almond or cashew butter, since I found out my son was allergic to both milk and peanut butter.

Our diet is whole foods, and alot of salmon! my husband is a great fisherman. Every friday I make a dessert from scratch. It is so much cheaper buying just what you need, you save so much money and your alot healthier when you don't have all that junk food in the house, my son has never had that so he doesn't know that kind of living, when he wants a snack he asks for an apple or banana.

If you do crave a snack like chips maybe try popcorn instead, I love mine with olive oil and brewers yeast sprinkled all over it.

Oh Garlic Garlic Garlic, lots of herbs is important too in a healthy diet and Extra Virgin Olive Oil is something I always have to have on hand same with Garlic.

8 years ago
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Anonymous
gets me going this question, since I need to think to write here
8 years ago

Allow me please please a little word though, if I didn´t show up...

Am almost embarrassed as at least 2 months on now  from when I last  stopped by, because this is the place where I just frequently could participate, which one easily can take from this or another post. ( A sort of little reintroduction after my absence;  thanks Diane ).   

NOW TO " HEALTHY COOKING " .

Healthy Cooking, -above all containing no animal products-, is what I need, if I want to stay healthy. Am a cheerful nature, strangely and boringly always , probably since birth,  I don´t know, so when I look back on many years and ask myself why this, why I never lose my temper being always that cheerful nature that´s always thriven in me and  given  me company  over the years ---to date, given the things many a fellow goes through in life---,  well, my mirror tells me, IT IS " HEALTHY COOKING ! " ... " that simple, buddy".

Coz it´s nothing to it to cook a different style than the " healthy cooking one " whilst it is quite an art  to " jauntily do things " and take the time and make " HEALTHY COOKING A HABIT "  ...Thanks.

Anonymous
8 years ago
just one only time " please " though. LOL.
8 years ago

I love hearing what people have to say in this folder; full of real common sense when it comes to Cooking in a Healthy way.

....and yes it is a habit....one that has to be learned.  That is a good reminder for me as I have been in healthy cooking and eating all my adult life. I forget that most people have not heard of miso, millet, tofu, seaweed etc etc etc as those have been in my diet for over 30 years and are as normal as potatoes and peas.

8 years ago
I am trying to change some of our eating habits around here.  Of course there's no way that we are going to go vegetarian cause I don't think thee's one member of our family that would go for that (me too I'm afraid) but I am trying to limit our intake of high cholesterol products & adding more of the leaner things & of course more veggies to our diet
8 years ago

For me, healthy 'cooking' is NON-cooking. Obtaining fresh, organic produce and ingesting that in it's most natural form works best with my body. We're individuals....so I'm not saying that 'raw' would be right for everyone but I know that it is for me. If I can't find organic, I use a good quality food wash (citrus based) to remove as much of the yucky residue as possible. The very best, of course, is to have your own garden/orchard and live in a climate with a long growing period. Naturally we can't all do that so we have to make concessions or get creative and do the best that we can! Veggies lightly steamed using pure water, then utilizing that water for drinking or as soup stock, enables one to retain a large percentage of the vitamins that are otherwise lost in cooking. I'm also not a fan of the microwave! Just becoming conscious of our eating habits is the first and most important step......action will follow!

Replying To: What is Healthy Cooking to you?
8 years ago

For me healthy cooking is, eating fresh vegetables from our town garden( specially carrots) and more for salads...Also cooking with low fat oils... Well I alway prefer fresh stuff, but also I eat sometimes caned stuff, candies, chocolates...

8 years ago

Leslie, I so agree with you much of Healthy Cooking to me is also about eating raw and that still means some sort of preparation.

Natalia, yes to eat out of ones garden is the BEST!  At this time of year in northern Canada that is not a possibility.

Anonymous
Organic....for everyones sake
8 years ago
If not for yourself, for your children.  My children's father had a brother, who at the young age of twelve, died of cancer, and a mother, who at the age of 70, was diagnosed and treated and was cancer free until her death just 15 years later.  Since there is predisposition to cancer in the family, all the more reason to only ingest only that which is whole, healthy and untreated nutrition, and a low stress lifestyle, using tried and true methods from eastern philosophy.
My opinion on healthy cooking: marya
8 years ago

I make most of my meals from scratch..I try to eat three meals a day..Especially Breakfast..It always pays to stay healthy by eating the first meal of the day. I love cooking from scratch because I know what is going into my recipes or meals. If I can't eat Lunch, i make sure I have a little something on hand to eat, such as a snickers candy bar...which is not good...but better than nothing..

happy eating all.......Marya

Healthy Cooking
8 years ago
Simmer, poach, grill no frying unless absolutely necessary
Use olive oil instead of animal fats
fresh preservative free meat, organic if possible
Fresh vegetables, locally or home grown, lightly cooked or raw
Be aware the soil in your area may be light on some necessary ingredient for your health
A little iodised salt in your diet to keep your thyroid in good trim
Be wary about diet/lite foods.   The manufacturer replaces natural preservatives (i.e.salt, fat, sugar) with chemical preservatives.
LOL - Fresh is Best!
Healthy Cooking
8 years ago

hi, I haven't been in for awhile, but thought I would comment on this thread.  Tonight, we had a delicious stir fry. There was nothing un-healthy about it.  All kinds of veggies, all colours bell peppers, carrots, onions, bean sprouts, celery, well I honestly don't know what all. But stir fried very quickly in a wok with the lightest of olive oil. Served over steamed rice, with soy sauce, or teriaki sauce. Delicious and also very healthy.  So don't avoid a good meal as a little stir fry is good for you. The body needs some healthy fats to stay healthy.   Served with a salad of romane hearts, with red onions sliced thin, some sliced strawberries, and toasted sliced almonds, tossed with a delicious homemade sweet vinegrette.  Also served was cottage cheese with chives. Lastly dessert was fruit, chopped and mixed a left in the fridge for a few hours for the flavors to meld. Bananas, Apples, pears, grapes, oranges, and pineapple. Can I say it was very healthy!!

From  Care2 I found a local farm that sells, chicken, beef and pork all grown free range no additives. They also have a garden and sell their excess veggies and fruits, all organically grown. We have our own garden plot that is a good producer also. And we buy organic. We also put up our own fruit and veggies. So meat, eggs, dairy, and most of our friuts and veggies are locally or home grown.  We have not yet grown our own wheat or corn for flour and meal, not our own sugar cane for saugar and molasses, .  My mother's family did those things, as well as dried their grapes on the roof of their house for raisens. Can you imagine the pollutants that would get into anything dried outside in the sun nowadays???

I do buy my raisens and dried fruit in the super market. I am hoping that there are no additives.

Newbie
8 years ago

Brand new!

I am a 25 year old mother to 3 little ones.. DS-5,DD-4,DS-2 1/2!

I am a SAHM, and a SBO. SO...I stay very busy. lol

But after the effect that my oldest DS's behaviour problems had on school this past year...and still are...I really started to research how to address this, find out what's really going on with him...and find the best, natural way to help and possibly cure him.

He was diagnosed with ADHD/possible Bipolar a couple years ago. And just recently was diagnosed again and put on Ritalin SR and Depakote. I hated doing it...but wanted him to be back in school asap.

So, I am learning all I possibly can about nutrition...and over the past year (before all of this) started learning how to cook from scratch. So I started my whole journey in cooking a little backwards. LOL But better late than never!

And after years of praying, seeking wise counsel and a few semesters in college (pre-babies)...I have no realized my calling is to be a nutritionist. And eventually a psychiatrist/nutritionist.

My dream is to one day stop moving around (hubby is a driller), buy some good land...build a log cabin type home...grow my own produce...and continue my endevour to cook from scratch with ingredients as natural as they come.

8 years ago

Hi Genelda, nice to see you again...I missed you.  Your diet sounds very healthy!  Thank you for your tips too.

Hello Erin and hope we can further inspire you and it is never too late...anyways you are still young.

8 years ago

The theme behind this interesting "think" piece isn't the organic movement.

Rather, it's geared to encourage folks to find local sources for their foods, the safest and most affordable way to eat "happier" meals, leading some to call themselves localtarians and locavores.

When major retailers like Wal-Mart sell organic food, it still requires an industrial model of farming and long-distance shipping remains the same.

Growing, chilling, washing, packaging and transporting a box of organic salad from California to the East coast takes 57 calories of fossil fuel for every calorie of food.

If eating locally captures national attention, the movement could reinvent the model of industrial farming in a way that organic food never could. It could eventually lead to more money for local economies, more fresh produce in the diet, and a greater appreciation for the natural cycles of the Earth.

COA News April 10, 2007


Dr. Mercola's Comment:

I have found that it is helpful to have a positive view of events, as it is difficult to predict how they may work for our long-term good. In this case, the news reports of Wal-Mart's overly publicized move to sell organic foods, coupled with the organic spinach scare during the past 12 months, seem to have had an upside after all.

Combine those accounts with the realization that most fruits and vegetables travel as far as 2,500 miles just to reach your corner grocery store, with predictable results both for their freshness and environmental impact; it's no surprise people are beginning to wonder if that organic label they're seeing plastered everywhere really means anything at all, beyond a corporate symbol.

There currently seems to be a very serious reevaluation of the entire perception and value of "organic" with the recognition that it has been recently perverted and is not to be considered the certification of healthy that it used to be.

That honor seems to have shifted to locally grown produce grown organically. Not only is it fresher and healthier for you but it is far more environmentally friendly, as large amounts of fuel are not wasted in transporting it to you.

However, considering the massive farm subsidies keeping some farmers solvent at the U.S. taxpayer's expense, don't expect the U.S. government to publicly sanction or encourage consumers to buy local foods. Of course, that doesn't mean you can't start a health and environmental revolution on your own by seeking out more wholesome sources for your food near you.

And if you're wondering about the reasons why you should stay away from substandard, cheap factory food, I urge you to review my newest resource page, supporting the great need for sustainable agriculture with many links.

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8 years ago
 Joey . Joey has received 6 new, 6 total stars from Care2 membersJoey has been awarded 19 butterflies for taking action at Care2

Healthy Cooking 

Healthy Cooking to me is finding the balance that suits you. I am an aspiring Vegan chef who has learned how to substitute. It took me a while to catch on how to do this but now that I have all my baking is Vegan. I don't use any eggs, or dairy in my cakes, pies etc. I try to buy organic when I can, though its not always available. I read labels. That is something we all have to do more. If you see sugar or high frutose listed as the first ingredient, run away! Try to find something else to eat. But read the label first! I think a conscientious and informed consumer is a wise one.

My hubby and I live in the southwest, so we try to grow as much of our own food as we can.  Its difficult considering the lack of rain in this area, plus the tap water is very alkaline so that doesn't help.  We have water catchments and that does help a little.  We actually need a cistern for such things.  We recycle our dish water into the garden and compost pile...our dish soap is biodegradable.  There are many things one can do to promote good heath and good food...it goes beyond just the cooking aspect.  As long as we all make a conscious effort to do something I think it is a great help.

Joey   
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Anonymous
8 years ago

Hi, Christine!  I just read your post about trying to find a good beef stew recipe.  Nice to see a fellow meat-eater!  I feel like a minority sometimes 'cause I just can't give it up. 

I have a recipe from the Fannie Farmer cookbook, circa 1970s, that's quite good.  I'll type it up and send it to you if you'd like.

Anonymous
For me
8 years ago

healthy cooking begins with healthy ingredients. I have an allotment where I grow my own fruit and veg organically as well as having eggs from my free-range chickens. I cannot supply all I need for myself and my two girls, but it goes a long way and there's no food tastier than that which has just been harvested from my plot.

I try to eat as much raw food as possible, and if I do need to cook my veggies, I steam them. This way they hold texture and flavour.

healthy cooking is
8 years ago
To me healthy cooking is has to be a way of life for my hubby and I. My hubby is on dialisis and I have M.S. We also want our girls to know healthy eating can taste good.
Hmmm...
8 years ago
Well, I believe its getting in as many natural ingredients into your daily diet as possible and being creative with you cooking in regards to that. People need way more fruits, and veg in their diet. I saw a new study that said many people are not getting enough fiber in their diets..the average person gets about 6 grams...Soooooooo not enough!! I think an excellent way to make sure you are being creative is to keep a variety of things in your cupboards, refridgerator, and in your spice rack so that you can experiment and change things up everyday. Keep spices you like so you can cover the foods you dont like so much (but NEED) in them. =o)) Hugs all, Renee'
Anonymous
Healthy Cooking
8 years ago

I was diagnosed pre-diabetic in December 2006 and have been working on this healthy eating and cooking since then. It's been a roller-coaster. I would say that the over all effect is positive.

For me it was cutting back on carbs, not eliminating. I eat between 45 to 60 carbs per meal. Multi-grain breads, brown rice, whole grains, lean meats, soy, I try to get 25 grams of fiber a day, 5 servings of fruit and vegetable - heavy on the vegetable and I make those leafy greens as much as possible.

I am paying attention to flavor layering as I cook.  I watch the cooking shows and just listen to the flavor combinations they create.

Cooking fresh is important. I live in a studio apartment with a very tiny refrigerator so I buy my produce and meats almost daily. I buy what I need for a meal with one meal of leftovers and no more.

Beginning thoughts.

Jane

8 years ago

For me the key for healthy cooking is from scratch. Chicken bouillon or chicken soup is from real boiled chicken and not bouillon cubes. Pancakes are from flour, eggs, milk, salt, baking soda and not from a pancake box. Salad with olive/sunflower oil & drop of lemon juice and not with salad dressings. Bowl of fresh fruit with a drop of honey and not canned fruit syrup.

Instead of soft drinks, boil one pound of different fruit (cut in cubes): apples, cherries, apricots, strawberries, plums, pears or any other fruit you like and add 3/4 cup or less of honey to sweeten the compot (that's how this summer drink is called in Russia). 

Say no to Microwave!  Minerals, vitamins, and nutrients of all microwaved food is reduced or altered so that the human body gets little or no benefit, or the human body absorbs altered compounds that cannot be broken down.

After you throw out your microwave you can use a toaster oven as a replacement. It works well for most and is nearly as quick. The use of artificial microwave transmissions for subliminal psychological control, a.k.a. "brainwashing", has also been proven. On Google you can try to attemp to obtain copies of the 1970's Russian research documents and results written by Drs. Luria and Perov specifying their clinical experiments in this area.

Moderation is the second key in healthy eating. 4-5 times a day little potrions.

Good Luck!

8 years ago

For me the key for healthy cooking is from scratch. Chicken bouillon or chicken soup is from real boiled chicken and not bouillon cubes. Pancakes are from flour, eggs, milk, salt, baking soda and not from a pancake box. Salad with olive/sunflower oil & drop of lemon juice and not with salad dressings. Bowl of fresh fruit with a drop of honey and not canned fruit syrup.

Instead of soft drinks, boil one pound of different fruit (cut in cubes): apples, cherries, apricots, strawberries, plums, pears or any other fruit you like and add 3/4 cup or less of honey to sweeten the compot (that's how this summer drink is called in Russia). 

Say no to Microwave!  Minerals, vitamins, and nutrients of all microwaved food is reduced or altered so that the human body gets little or no benefit, or the human body absorbs altered compounds that cannot be broken down.

Say no to Microwave!  Minerals, vitamins, and nutrients of all microwaved food is reduced or altered so that the human body gets little or no benefit, or the human body absorbs altered compounds that cannot be broken down.

After you throw out your microwave you can use a toaster oven as a replacement. It works well for most and is nearly as quick. The use of artificial microwave transmissions for subliminal psychological control, a.k.a. "brainwashing", has also been proven. On Google you can try to attemp to obtain copies of the 1970's Russian research documents and results written by Drs. Luria and Perov specifying their clinical experiments in this area.

Moderation is the second key in healthy eating. 4-5 times a day little potrions.

Good Luck!



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Healthy Cooking
7 years ago

I am a newbie here and to trying to eat Healthy. To me is more basic than the comments above.  Its learning how to cook things from scratch, how to find recipes for new, interesting and tasty meals, its about learning how to shop healthly. How to try and plan menu's so a varied diet is achieved (as oppossed to me keep eating the same things all the time as I only know how to cook afew things). How to know what foods as best to eat and how to make sure you can afford this diet as it seems to be expensive to buy fresh fruit and vegs.

I agree with the comments above as well but I am just starting out trying to change things so trying to learn about these things.

Anonymous
7 years ago

hello

healthy eating is very important to me - and to my children. the first few years of a childs life is the time when their bodies take in what you feed them and create the blueprint of what kind of health they will have as adults. Its important not to give them things like aspartame or sacharine as these are carcegenics (sorry if my spelling is bod!)

I like to make lots of stews, soups and salads from loads of vegetables - preferably organic but I cant always afford organic. I dont have a garden but when (hopefully) I do get one I will be growing as much as I can - organically and with permaculture techniques. I do eat meat but always get organic so probably only once or twice a week. This way I know the animal has been kept in humane conditions and probably had a happy life, wasnt pumped full of hormones and chemicals to artificially fatten and increase the natural rate of growth. They have usually been able to fulfill their natural needs too - hens will have had a chance to scratch and peck, pigs have not been kept in small cages without the ability to run or snuffle about.

most of my stews and soups always have a handful of quinoa and linseed too as superfoods. I use lentils  and lots of different beans for taste and extra protein.

i also have a taste for chocolate and will indulge when I want. Balance in all things!

great topic by the way

rae x

7 years ago
Good reply Rae, thank you! I so agree with you and I like what you said about setting children up for life with a good base coming from the best nutrition and NO chemicals.
hallo
7 years ago
hallo
omega 3
7 years ago
i just wanted to mention this after reading a previous post on this topic. there has been some research lately on children and adults with ADD/ADHD in relation to diet, the main thing was omega 3 and 6 in the right ratio was found to greatly decrease behavior associated with ADD/ADHD. a good source that doesnt come from animals in some way is flax seed (ground up or flax oil). good luck. i read a book some time ago that explained how anyone could eat organic food every day (vegetarian) for a cost of about $1 a day! apart from the obvious one;growing your own veg, the book explained that you buy organic dry beans,pulses,grains and seeds, then with some basic equipment you soak and sprout then eat. this food is alive so its very nutritious, info on sprouting seeds can be found on the net. this is good for those of us on small budgets too.
7 years ago

Good input Pete, yes I have read that the omega oils are good for ADD too and will so many people with that it is helpful.

And yes it is amazing how it is not as expensive as one thinks to eat organic...it is all about choosing correctly.  Eating what is in season helps.

Omega 3 fatty aciids
7 years ago

Dianne,

I suffered from severe angina before starting daily intake of Fish oil capsules. Within a month my angina has disappeared. I do not know if it will save or lenghten my life but it has improved my quality of life greatly. It is a bit of medical information that anyone over age 60 should look into.

A foot note I have a 58 year old brother who is a heart surgeon. He recently suffered a heart attack. It came to light because of his schedule, for years he had grabbed a cheeseburger  and fries at a fast food restaurant at lunch.  He had a favorite and it was not McDonalds. I will not mention the name to save myself from a lawsuit.

So even chest mechanics are not immune from the ravages of a poor diet. The bottom line is if you eat fast food three or more times a week you are a human IED waiting to go off. Eat Right Live Smart, Love From The Heart.

Anonymous
advice please
7 years ago
Living with several chronic conditions and on the poverty line, i would welcome suggestions. I also live alone and hate cooking just for myself, so I am into a lot of quick stuff, salads and so forth. I take soluble supplements. Much of the info above although great simply cannot be accommodated into my income. Also shopping is hard to do with no car, but the exercise is good. It can be very tiring though. Thanks for your time Diane.
7 years ago
Organic gmo food, home grown or organic fresh fruit and veges.......when and where possible.  This may mean giving up certain treats or items so that you can purchase good quality food, but in the end its worth it.  Home cooked from scratch is often the best using recipes that contain wholefoods and encourage health and wellbeing. 
Good food for the cost of milk
7 years ago
Louise, Try making Kefir, which is a cultured milk that is even better for you than yogurt. It is a great probiotic and good for all sorts of conditions. If you need grains, send me an email. I will be glad to send you some. Mary H. mphorsley@earthlink.net
7 years ago

OOps typo error for my above message should read:

Organic gmo FREE food home grown or organic fresh fruit and veges.......when and where possible.  This may mean giving up certain treats or items so that you can purchase good quality food, but in the end its worth it.  Home cooked from scratch is often the best using recipes that contain wholefoods and encourage health and wellbeing. 

Anonymous
Vegetables,Fruits,Nuts,Fish,lots of water,& less meat!
7 years ago
We were heavy meat eaters,however in the past few years I have cooked less meat(just a sprinkleing of various meats to satisfy the palette!)and when I do cook meat,I try to boil or bake it,and add herbs to it,especially curcumin and fresh garlic which are known to be anti-cancerous,anti-illness herbs. and lots of fresh vegetables in dark greens and bright colorful fruits. I drink lots of water,almost 6 glasses a day,which helps food digest quicklyer and "empty" quicker so the colon stays healthy! If the colon is healthy,everything else gets healthier because every system in our body is connected. I also eat various types of nuts. They have lots of fiber,and are also very filling for snacks!
healthy food
7 years ago
   My husband and I are in the process of starting up a new business.  He comes from a large italian family that loves food! We want to start our own business, making fresh pasta.  Although pasta and carbs have gotten a bad rep, I am happy to read that using the freshest ingredients and making it all from scratch is how most define healthy.  We also believe that the most important piece is knowing your ingredients and knowing how it is cooked.  We welcome information on healthy food prep and environmental commercial products.  We strive to provide  great tasting food from the most basic, wholesome ingredients and to lead the community in safe environmentally safe practices.  It's a lot for two people to plan for.  Please give us your ideas and suggestions.  Many Thanks!
nicole
7 years ago
good luck to you in your new business, it definately helps to be passionate about food in order to succeed! carbs do have a bad rap but its the "empty" carbs that gained this reputation, using whole grains is healthfull in my opinion. i enjoy pastas, especially ones made with alternative grains such as buckwheat, spelt, kamut and brown rice, the textures can differ from wheat pastas though. i would love to see a type of pasta reappear in the grocers that i once had from Italy, it was coloured with squid ink so it was jet black, the taste was the same as normal pasta but it was the visual contrast it had with other pasta colours that did it for me!
7 years ago
Healthy cooking comes in two parts - using wholesome, fresh ingredients combined in a balanced way but the act of Healthy cooking to me is different to the content - the cooking element is to do with cooking with good feelings and love so that those who eat experience benefit on all levels, mind, body and spirit.
cooking from scratch
7 years ago

Hi everyone!

Excuse my ignorance, but  What does it mean  "to cook from scratch?"

7 years ago

Healthy cooking

We have a same kind of body everyone on this planet. Healthy cooking is for me what fits best. Like also other members tell here. Look at many babies with already allergies. Yes our body hasn't been used to new proteins and molecules. We have still the same body.

I agree with all of you. And I am fond of the recipes. And all the variations. Only great!

Have a wonderful week

just ronald, messenger



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7 years ago

Brahmakumari. What you say is also true,

But I am a gypsy and we help with cooking and do everything together. With often also singing.

And Veronica from scratch is just starting anew. Like we know nothing. And please never excuse. We can't know everthing.

Do you think people who here write the recipes that I know that already. Of course not. It's often also new for me.

Anonymous
7 years ago
Ronald, I like the way you described cooking from scratch!  Here in the U.S., it's generally described as starting with fresh ingredients and not using mixes and pre-packaged prepared foods.  I think I like your description better!!
7 years ago

I learn from you. Barbara. Thanks

Just ronald, always learning

Anonymous
what is healthy cooking and what does a healthy diet comprise of?
6 years ago

1. What does it mean to do Healthy Cooking?

healthy cooking is cooking that is balanced-such as baking or broiling over frying. and choosing a lower calorie meal in substitute over fast food.

2. What does a Healthy Diet comprises of?

a healthy diet comprises of a balanced diet between meat, veggies, fruit, milk, and breads or rice. A healthy diet also means no fast food, no soda and eating lower calorie food. such as taking away a homemade hamburger for 1 tilapia fillet that has about 80 calories. a healthy diet also has everything to do with the amount of calorie intake. most dieters do about 1200 calories per day...anything more than that you'll have to work your butt off to lose weight, not many people realize that.

healthy yet delicious!
6 years ago

healthy cooking to me is using fresh ingredients whenever possible, incorporating items from all food groups to keep a balanced diet, and using organic or all natural ingredients as much as i can. i'm cantonese so there is a lot of emphasis on fresh vegetables and fresh produce in cantonese cooking. (home cooking, not the stuff you see in restaurants). It's all about tasting natural flavors and using smaller amounts of meat and fish to complement the flavors of the vegetables. i also do a lot of non-chinese cooking. Here is a great resource i use for healthy recipes.



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Healthy Cooking
6 years ago

To me it's low fat and low calorie. Steaming the veggies, not boiling them to death or drowning them in butter. Baking or roasting/broiling meats. Digging into a wok of stirfry (LIGHT soysauce!). Whole wheat breads and rolls not drenched in butter but sweetened with a little honey. And putting down the salt shaker. I'm also guilty of going heavy on the garlic, I love the stuff. Good for the blood though.

Health and diet
6 years ago

Hey everyone, I know what temptation can be like,I'm also a sweets person, mom use to make breads you will smell for miles or blocks,away but a "Healthy Diet" is surly the way to go! Certain foods are what they are and I'm not passing that up! I love it, besides,foods like sweet potatoes are a desert in itself! But I would have to have a stopping point,prayers and faith helps me, with great progress the more the merrier!

avoiding fast food at all cost ..
6 years ago

Fresh veggies  dont forget the pumkin pie

I do a lot of grilling    .. I know a guy that will fry his burger in water .. not for me   ..  nevertheless

super topic     kudos     Tom

6 years ago
Reading this folder with all of your wonderful comments makes me proud to be the host of this group....you are all great!!!!
OLD Fatshion Favorite
6 years ago

I will have to say that I do love old time favorite foods that are and still kind of special such as wheat bread crackers and cheese,swiss but snaks like that is what I still enjoy the most and the old peanut butter and jam sandwiches!

6 years ago
The 7 Foods You Have to Stop Ignoring 
They may get B-list treatment at the supermarket, but their health benefits deserve top billing.

6 years ago

My definition of 'healthy cooking' is using basic and fresh natural organic ingredients, cooking from scratch, using non-aluminum/plastic cookware and utensils, vegetarian or vegetarian with seafood, and not using margarine, cows milk, or processed food. I would rate myself as 90-95% healthy as a cook, as I often buy a packaged meal to taste test, and then cook it from scratch by using the ingredients list if I liked it, and also I cannot always afford organic.

Anonymous
Whole Grain Breads
6 years ago
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6 years ago

In my opinion healthy food is fresh organic vegetables and cooked with minor spices......avoid junk food which is slow poison for your health.........

6 years ago

HI Suzanne, the link doesn't seem to work - can  you check it?

RE sustainability, though, I like going to the local farmer's market, buying local food when I can, and food that is in season where you live, which is a practice that has all but disappeared in the past years.

6 years ago

Really simple to me.  I try to eat raw and biologic.  But for one week I am eating cooking ...  like shepard pie last nite with lean turkey and many vegis and spicy what is not good for health.  I can't be vegetalian as I was, no dairy products at all. No meat.  But I think I am eating healthy.  Some salads are very healthy.  We don't know in 2009 where is our meat from and same for veggies only if you know a butcher where he is living and same for the veggies you can take from his potager...
Have a nice eating... you can live longer if it is you want.
LadyCee

6 years ago
Getting Your Kids to Eat Healthy 
Her name is Cricket Azima and she's an expert on how to get kids to eat healthy. "The more hands on the kids with the food, the less foreign it is. If they are not familiar with the food, they are going to be shy.
6 years ago
 September 09, 2006 1:23 PM

gieMy family eats about 85% raw fruits and Veggies and 15% cooked grains and rices no meat.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
  anonymous To me healthy cooking means.... September 10, 2006 6:38 AM

a meat free diet, that is as unprocessed as possible.

I never eat big meals, mostly healthy snacks little and often is what works with me. I love to eat simply, things like cheese and crackers, soup and fresh baked bread, fruit and yoghurt.

Don't get me wrong... I love chocolate and cake and there is nothing like big chunky jam sandwiches and hot chocolate in front of a blazing log fire on cold winter nights. And if someone were to offer me some cheesecake........well, I'd love 'em forever.

W.M.

I am for raw food and I can't eat like that all the time.  I try to have organic and no meat no diary products.  But I love cheese.  I am diabetic type 2 and sometimes I eat chocolate etc... I am taking my pills.   And all is great.  I try to walk the most I can.  Excercise is good.

Happy Cooking!  

6 years ago
 September 09, 2006 1:23 PM

gieMy family eats about 85% raw fruits and Veggies and 15% cooked grains and rices no meat.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
  anonymous To me healthy cooking means.... September 10, 2006 6:38 AM

a meat free diet, that is as unprocessed as possible.

I never eat big meals, mostly healthy snacks little and often is what works with me. I love to eat simply, things like cheese and crackers, soup and fresh baked bread, fruit and yoghurt.

Don't get me wrong... I love chocolate and cake and there is nothing like big chunky jam sandwiches and hot chocolate in front of a blazing log fire on cold winter nights. And if someone were to offer me some cheesecake........well, I'd love 'em forever.

W.M.

I am for raw food and I can't eat like that all the time.  I try to have organic and no meat no diary products.  But I love cheese.  I am diabetic type 2 and sometimes I eat chocolate etc... I am taking my pills.   And all is great.  I try to walk the most I can.  Excercise is good.

Happy Cooking!  

5 years ago

Eating as organic and local as possible, and balancing your diet.  Making sure you are feeding your body with live foods that have not been heated at high temperatures or sprayed with chemicals etc. 

5 years ago
Eating Healthy 
Most of us eat only thrice a day & work for 24 hrs because our body works even when we are asleep. This means that these three meals should give us all the nutrients required to run, nourish, repair & maintain our body. Dietitians will tell you that 75%
5 years ago

I love that so many people truly know what Healthy Cooking is.

See this discussion Has Healthy Eating Affected You?

My Thoughts
5 years ago

I've eaten a lot of fast food and junk food in my life so I know what non-healthy food is. Healthy food and a healthy diet definitely includes vegetables, fruits, and grains. A healthy diet/lifestyle consists of reading labels, watching fat content, sodium content, and sugar content. Cooking and substituting spices and herbs in place of high fat salad dressings also helps. A lot of healthy eating is common sense. I've written a few articles that this group may find interesting: The Healing Patch Raw Cuisine - http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474978168643 Eat This Not That Supermarket Survival Guide - http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474978168694 Slow Food Thoughts - http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474978175853 Sincerely, Alan

4 years ago

I'll admit...I'm a horrible eater haha. I've eaten so unhealthy for so long and for me to even begin to know what's healthy and what's not is hard.

1. What does it mean to do Healthy Cooking?

For me it would be to follow the Food Pyramid as much as possible and having as many fresh ingredients as possible.

2. What does a Healthy Diet comprises of?

A diet that is comprised of plenty of fresh ingredients and foods that are more natural. Foods without the pesticides, and other horrible additives.

Sorry I'm not too good at this whole thing...but I do agree with the person said that moderation is key. I have always had a diet high in carbs, starches, etc. Stuff like that.
Anonymous
for me
4 years ago

healthy cooking means that food I made is prepared with passion, love and to my great joy. mainly they' re organic products and sometimes ingredients are from my own balcony. I am also very happy when I can cook something for my beloved

4 years ago

I like what you say Borys R. as that is what also makes a meal healthy. I am sure youre beloved enjoys your cooking.

4 years ago

Healthy cooking is when you prepare something without any fat or something like that. I usually try to use food without preservatives. It tastes better.

Anonymous
Conscious Nutrition
4 years ago

A wonderful way to support and encourage greater balance and peace in your life is to be more aware of the subtle, yet profound ways that food is affecting us and the world every day, on a physical, mental and emotional level. For example, eating heavy, dense food can leave us feeling heavy and dense. Eating more light and vibrant foods encourage us to feel light and more vibrant! We make life much easier for ourselves on all levels when we give our body optimum foods that require a minimum of effort to digest whilst giving maximum possible nutrition and life-force. The subject of nutrition is not simply a question of the food we eat at meals. Besides nutrients, foods contain scents, colours and invisible particles that attract pure light, light that is so essential for our joyful life and well-being. The choices we make are thus of great significance. The difference between flesh-based and vegetarian foods lies in the amount of sunlight they contain. Fruits and vegetables are so steeped in sunlight, that one could say they are a condensed form of light. In order to develop the qualities of the heart, besides eating peacefully, consider eating consciously. This means bringing in more light by eating foods full of concentrated light. These foods contain the beautiful sounds that connect our hearts to the rhythms and invisible aspects of the Universe. Your future depends on how you eat and what you eat. Focusing on organic fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season is a way to connect to Nature and it's rhythms and cycles so that one may be in harmony with it. Nature is an omnipresent guide and a reference to how human beings can live harmoniously on the planet. OPTIMUM FOODS All fresh, ripe fruit and vegetables (raw and local is ideal) Sprouted seeds, grains and beans (e.g. sunflower seeds, quinoa, mung beans) Sea Vegetables (e.g. spirulina, dulse, wakame, nori) Superfoods (e.g. hemp seeds, goji berries, wheatgrass) Cultured Foods (e.g. sauerkraut, tempeh, kefir) Such a diet would exclude foods that deplete the body of light such as meat, fish, poultry, eggs and refined foods such as white sugar, white flour, deep frozen and/or processed foods. Food manufacture is one of the most water intensive activities in the world and it takes far less water to produce plants than meat. A vegetarian diet helps to decrease water consumption and pollution. The vast amount of land used to raise animals is causing environmental problems such as habitat destruction and deforestation. Going vegetarian will halve the land-use of your diet. Your body is your temple and every action within the temple, done with conscious intention, creates a more harmonious outcome. The secret to opening the treasure-house of food, is the love and compassion attained within your consciousness. The treasure is the sun, condensed into particles, which we can send to all the centres in our bodies. By choosing your foods consciously you break the cycle of action and reaction. You become light in the world - dissolving unconsciousness in the light of your new way of eating. You become a reflection of consciousness in a most pure form. Thank you for your consideration. Tony Samara www.tonysamara.org

What is healthy cooking.
4 years ago

Healthy cooking to me means cooking with WHOLE FOODS as much as possible. This is the first principle of nutritional health. Everyone thinks they know what whole foods are but just to clarify: white sugar is not a whole food, aspertame is not a whole food, white floor is not a whole food, highly processed oils are not whole foods Usually things in packages are not whole foods Randy Fritz Nutritional Consultant

4 years ago

I agree Beata R. no chemicals, preservatives is an important part of a healthy diet.

Tony, I like your added extras to a meal.....it is important what the vibration is around the food when eating and preparing.

Randy, great sum up of the basics! Thank you! 

healthy cooking means no cooking
3 years ago

I guess I am in the minority. But I have been on the raw diet for 11 weeks and it has given me my health back. I know what you're thinking. Bread, meat, dairy have always been in mankind's diet. That's true. But this is the first time in human history that we have raw fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds YEAR round. Never before! All those other foods were so important to get us through the winter. We would have starved. Also, the modern world gave us a juicer, absolutely necessary on the raw food diet. I eat 15 servings of fruit and veggies a day, plus soaked nuts and seeds. I could never chew through that much food without a juicer. 

What is healthy cooking.
3 years ago

I think healthy cooking is when we don't cook with a lot of sugar or artificial sweeteners. This is one time that we can control what goes into our mouths Sometimes we don't have that choice so much when visiting or eating out. A good article of this is by Diana at http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-dangers-of-sugar.html

3 years ago

Thank you Randy for that. I agree Healthy Cooking does not include sugar or artificial sweeteners ever!

3 years ago

I would like it would be common sense, but common sense is never, never good sense

Diabetes
3 years ago

Tell me please what to eat and what to not eat as diabetic.

Thank you.

American Diabetic Association
3 years ago

A dietary guideline from the American Diabetic Association is a good start.  Exercise and no alcohol is a good idea too.  When you are eating portions, make sure they adhere to the guidelines.  This is a serious thing. I assume that you have developed it and don't have the type that you need insulin for.

My Mom has diabeties.  I know when she exercises, she has good readings. Luck to you! Janine

3 years ago

Good advice Janine.

Monica, here are a couple of places to get more info in this group:

Diabetes Type II - Healthy Tips

Healthy Recipes for Diabetics

Anonymous
3 years ago

Simply - do no harm. (to yourself or the world around you.)
Whole, non-animal foods as close to their natural state as possible. A good percentage of raw foods are an important part as well.

Diabetes is very serious
3 years ago

Thank you for your answer;  Diana I will look at your link and will talk back I have a lot to say.

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone. 

3 years ago

Healthy cooking would be cooking or steaming vegetables,  and cooking with olive oil.  Eat low fat beef and not eat it too often; better to eat beans, vegs,  and brown rice.

Dairy
3 years ago

From what we all have read, dairy is not great for you. 

3 years ago

I used to think that a diet similar to the South Beach- low fat meats, lower carb was a healthy diet but now I truly believe a Whole Food, Plant Based Diet is the very healthiest way to eat. We read The China Study, by Dr Collin, How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr Esselsytn, and Eat to Live by Dr Furhman. I no longer eat meat, dairy, processed foods, or anything white! My BP is now normal, I have lost 55lbs and I'm feeling soooo much better! It has also saved my Mom and Dad's life. My Dad had a 2nd heart attack and my Mom had congestive heart failure, they both have diabetes also. Their hearts are now healthy and they have cut their diabetes meds in half! We drink green smoothies every day, eat all veggies and fruits, as much raw as possible, brown rice, all beans, nuts and seeds. We had our 1st Thanksgiving and Christmas eating this way and even our family member's not eating this way loved it! I made raw apple pie and a Vegan no fat Pumpkin pie with no crust that was wonderful! Good luck to all of you as you search for health!

Dairy
3 years ago

I forgot to mention that when I did away with Dairy I have waaaaay less allergy problems and the asthma has almost gone away! I have only had to use my nebulizer 2x in the last 10 months and that was when I had bronchitis, which I have only had once this year, instead of the "normal" 4-6 times!!

Eating the right food
3 years ago

I eat things that are vegan. If I don't eat a lot, I drop down to a size that's too thin.  I am NEVER hungry. Once in a blue green moon I eat cheese. Rarely. I broke out from the antibiotics in the eggs when I ate them a few weeks ago.  That says a lot.  I figure, look, I feed my english roses the best nutrients, why not myself?

I make a vegan chocolate cake that is outstanding.  I eat that once in a while for some extra calories. 

Letcher Antenna
3 years ago

Used For Healing

You can tell by this antenna whether a medicine suits you. You can find out allergens causing diseases. You can find out which therapy suits you better from Allopathy, Homeopathy, Ayur Veda or Herbal Therapy.

You can use this antenna to identify and select the exact herb to fulfill the lost health frequencies in your body. You can identify the exact herbal frequencies which your body needs to help cure your disease.

I met the inventor of the Letcher Antenna Pierre Noreau he is the inventor. I was not feeling my fingers tips with a needle so he told me I was eating too much protein and told me to eat green vegetables and I bought from him D-Pantothenic Acid 100 mg it helps body to metabolize fats, proteins and carbohydrates.  I am vegetalian -- no more dairy product.  Now I feel my fingers tips and all is better.

I will continue later.

Have a wonderful evening.

3 years ago

Janine,

I sure wish I had that problem! I've been overweight my whole life!

I am losing weight and feel so much better, I keep reminding myself that it took 50 years to get to this place so I will not get 100% healthy or thin in a quick amount of time.

I make my family vegan goodies once in awhile so they don't feel deprived. I want them to stick with this way of eating and I want them healthy and happy!

Health
3 years ago

My dad played baseball as an early career. Mom was playing basketball, but not semi-pro (societal guffaws...) they never drank at home. Mom NEVER did. They shopped for vegies at one specific store every week.  Mom always made balanced meals until I was in H.S. We (kids) always went to a Y or were lifeguards. The only time I gained was in College. People drank to meet up in NYC...sedantary. I was vegetarian in HS.  Now I'm totally vegan. Seems to me that aging demands veganism. Besides, my dog became so important to me when I felt let down by humans. I can't eat animals ever again. I didn't like being size 2 because my skin looked like it wanted for muscle. I like looking toned.

Anonymous
My Opinion
3 years ago

I feel that healthy cooking consists of only organic products, things that are good for you and the earth.  I like to shop at the local food markets and such.  Fresh foods, herbs, vegetables, things like that.

A healthy diet is one that is balanced with all the right ingredients. 

3 years ago

I am so proud of this group; such good sharing here....thank you.

Anonymous
what is healthy cooking
3 years ago

I just wanted to tell everyone how much I love all the information in this group. To me, healthy cooking means respecting and nourishing the body I live in and the earth that provides. I really appreciate the stories you share and the information you all are so willing to bring to the benefit of everyone.

Just a note that may or may not be helpful to anyone. I rarely, but occasionally drank milk, ate ice cream, butter, and cheese. I also suffered terribly from asthma. One day I had an epiphany and eliminated dairy, and within about 2 weeks just about all my breathing problems disappeared, and my skin became soft and smooth. Even though I had considered myself a fairly healthy eater before, I was amazed at what a profound difference this small change made.

Thank you!

   

Health with Healthy Cooking!
3 years ago

Recently, my medical test results were again better than the year before! I am a vegetarian with a bit of dairy now and then. The mainstays of my cooking are whole grains, fruits, nuts and veggies.
I have potatoes on occasion as well but use a colorful mix of veggies each day. In the winter, the slow cooker comes in handy with herbal, vegetarian broth and a mix of vegetables stewing their juices together!
 My breads are always whole grain. If bought they are oat, oat bran or oatnut. I bake my own oatmeal and/or oatbran breads in different varieties.

3 years ago

Healthy cooking for breakfast would be oatmeal, and eggs boiled or scrambled.  Dinner could be meat and rice;  or  mushrooms fresh and broccoli with a whole wheat pasta.  The meat dinner can have corn, peas, or other veggie with it.  Fruit can be eaten at breakfast or any meal you choose. 

What is Healthy Cooking to you?
3 years ago

Healthy cooking to me is something that is not only good for me and my Heart but also the envieonment

Anonymous
2 years ago

A healthy diet to me is a balanced diet with an emphasis on super foods.

healthy cooking
2 years ago

I think I already posted here with ideas about using whole foods ect but I realize that healthy cooking is really just the INTENT to prepare foods with the goal of creating health for the body and environment. This will be different for different situations and different people. Sometimes it will be mostly the ingredients, sometimes it will the cooking, sometimes it will be the love or consciousness involved. 

2 years ago

So agree with you Randy!

Anonymous
2 years ago

I think healthy cooking is making from scratch. I make everything from scratch. Boxed and canned food have so much sodium and preservatives that a person could be embalmed long before they pass on.  I even make my own bisquick mix. All of my veggies are bought fresh.

2 years ago

Virginia, I love hearing that! Healthy cooking it is for sure. The garbage waste from my house is minimal because I do not buy food in packages.

Healthy cooking is...
2 years ago

to me using as many local organic produce and foods as possible.  Cooking by steaming or poaching or even raw.  Animals don't fry or saute their foods, you know.

2 years ago

Good points Geela! I love to have as many organic as I can and easily do that in the summer as I have a garden. 

Anonymous
2 years ago

Beans sauteed in olive oil with fresh cherry tomatoes and spices.... on a bed of fresh lettuce with some nice basmati rice.  Muwhahhhh

1 year ago

Basiscally for me it is about cooking with fresh foods including unprocessed grains, beans and lentils. Using packaged stuff whether is be dry, frozen or canned is not healthy cooking in my opiniion. 

Anonymous
healthy cooking
1 year ago

leave to simmer and take a snooze until you´re awakened by the wonderful fragrance...it benefits as not cooked on the fast lane, and that´s healthy cooking too...

good topic, as usual...

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hi Diana, goo to see you

Anonymous
1 year ago

Healthy cooking / eating makes me spell better.

3 months ago

Reading this folder with all of your wonderful comments makes me proud to be the host of this group.

Love to hear from more of you.

3 months ago



Healthy cooking is organic, cooked from scratch, avoiding those highly processed foods and factory-farmed foods. Pasture-raised is healthier.



Everyone at my place learned to cook from my Mom, as she loved to cook from scratch and all of my brothers and my Dad are good cooks.






I avoid canned fruits and veggies, frozen is okay at times but prefer fresh from the garden.










Eating reasonable portions is always helpful, avoiding the fast food industry which specialized in 'super size,' especially in the U.S., if one travels there, quite the super-sizes.




I would rather have a salad from the garden than any fast food.


There was a wonderful moment this afternoon when I saw a Hummingbird flying up to my livingroom window, it is chilly out, so I hope that he or she stays warm!


3 months ago

1. What does it mean to do Healthy Cooking?

For me it means no deep fried foods, no oily foods. Using olive oil or coconut oil for cooking. Avoiding processed foods and GMO's.

2. What does a Healthy Diet comprises of?

Doing more of a plant based diet. Having more fruit and veggies to eat. Fresh is best, pesticide free.

3 months ago

It's called clean eating

NO GMO

NO ANIMALS

NO WHITE FOODS

NO PROCESSED FOODS

NO FAIRY

LOTS OF VEGETABLE DISHES, ESPECIALLY SALADS

NO SUGAR EXCEPT IN FRUIT, AND STILL LIMITED TO A CERTAIN AMOUNT

NO COFFEE

NO ALCOHOL

LOTS OF SEEDS, NUTS, SUNDRIED GOJI BERRIES

LOTS OF HEMP MILK, ALMOND AND OAT MILK, UNSWEETENED

Quinoa, chia, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc.

I could go on, I think

3 months ago

After being a member of this group for a few years, I only today discovered this discussion...and have thoroughly enjoyed reading all 10 years worth of comments.

We cook with fresh ingredients, organically-grown and locally-grown as much as possible, for a diet based in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and from scratch.  For the last 3 decades, at least, there has been no salt added to cooking other than a pinch (and I do mean a pinch) in oatmeal or grits (yellow, not that awful white stuff)...and no salt added at the table.  I keep a salt shaker for guests who simply won't eat unsalted food, and a standard box of salt usually lasts about 10 years. 

When weather patterns permitted, we grew much of our own vegetables, as well as melons, but recent years of drought, hotter temperatures, and unpredictable freezes and heat spells, have made that a exercise in frustration and loss.  I do still grow my own herbs, only buying the spices I need for the curries we love. 

I learned to cook using garden-fresh or home-preserved foodstuffs and following from-scratch recipes from my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  I still cook much of the same today, using those same recipes.  My grandmother was active in the Grange movement and was the driving force behind our community getting a co-op cannery, which reduced problems with home canning botulisms...and she was also early aware of eating raw vegetables, lightly cooking rather than boiling veggies to death, bran.  We ate much less fat and salt than was usual at the time.  She passed all her knowlege on to her daughter (my mom) and to me and my sister.  I learned healthy eating basics from childhood...and today know how very fortunate I was in this.  My family had a large pecan orchard and what we didn't produce ourselves, we purchased or bartered for bags of nuts from our neighbors.  As the l950s brought increasing pre-packaged items, frozen entrees with fatty sauces, etc., we didn't see them coming to the table at our house.  The only thing I remember being added to our diet was hamburger, usually in casseroles...still with the other ingredients fresh, and only occasionally with the canned soups that seem to have been a staple in casseroles at the time.

Given that I was growing up in the l940s and l950s, wasn't I an extremely lucky kid when it came to what I was given to eat and the eating habits I developed?!!  The biggest change is that I became vegetarian in my 20s and have remained so. 

What is healthy cooking to you?
3 months ago

1. What does it mean to do Healthy Cooking?

Healthy cooking for me is cooking, as close as possible, from scratch. That is doing everything from basics, with fresh ingredients.

2. What does a Healthy Diet comprises of?

Fiber, vegetables, carbohydrates, fruit, juice, and not many if any processed or packaged items.