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Questions And Answers On How To Eat Healthy On A Budget

Marie asks…

Where can I eat healthy on a budget?

I want to start eating organically and locally, but a lot of healthy things are expensive and I don’t have a whole lot of money to sown on places like Huckleberries or any health store. Is there any blogs or websites that could help me find where I can eat healthy on a budget, that I don’t have to go to MickeyD’s for a quick, cheap burger?

Thank you. Please no sarcastic comments or rude. I don’t care for them and it wastes both of our time.

mikiesen answers:

Chipotle is actually considered quite healthy. Subway also.

David asks…

How do you eat healthy without spending so much money?

For the price of one container of strawberries I could buy ten cups of instant noodles which would last me much longer than the strawberries. But the strawberries are healthier. What a conundrum.

I’m trying to eat healthy on a budget here. Any tips?

mikiesen answers:

Frozen fruits and veggies can be very economical. Also local farmers markets are a good place to buy produce, etc. Check the local dollar store, etc. Many of them sell produce.

Jim asks…

What’s the best way to eat healthy on a really tight budget?

What’s the best way to eat healthy on a really tight budget?
I’m on a really tight budget these next few semesters and wondering if anyone could give me tips on how not to destroy my body in the process of funding my tuition?

A question I had in particular, are canned fruits and vegetables even worth purchasing? Do they have any nutritional value or is it all lost in the canning process?

HELP

mikiesen answers:

Canned foods do have some, read the nutrition label, then compare them to frozen.
Use frozen because they may be about the same price as a can, you can take out only what you want, and you don’t have to eat the whole bag in one sitting like you would a can, particularly veggies.

Cut back on the expensive still, get smaller portions. Often a tray of meat will have 3-4 portions on it and others my have one. Select the trays with one on if they are the same price per lb. They are nicely packed and can go into the freezer as is and you don’t have to repack the larger tray. If you throw the tray in as is, like I am prone to do you end up with a lot to have to cook, and refreeze again.
Instead of chicken breasts, go for the thighs and drums.
Don’t buy skinned and boned portions skin them yourself, and cook with the bone in, it adds more flavour.
I think Corned Silver-side or Brisket to be as good as any roast and is a lot cheaper.
You need to adapt your cooking style a little, but you can still dine well.

Mandy asks…

How do I eat healthier on a smaller budget?

I am a college student living on campus. I am 5’4 and weigh 150lbs. Recently I have gained ten lbs. and am finding it really difficult to eat healthy with such a small budget– and trying to avoid the fatty foods they typically serve in dinning halls. I excercise an average of 30 minutes a day on the bike, but have concluded that my eating habits are slowing me down. Any suggestions on how to reverse this pattern without hitting my wallet too hard?

mikiesen answers:

Well one good tip is to have a big bowl of porridge (oats) for breakfast – its cheap, fills you up, and is really healthy !

Lisa asks…

Why is it so expensive to eat healthier?

Hello, I am 15 years old and I (as well as my family) am wanting to eat healthier. I just find it very expensive to eat healthier. For example, plain white bread with enriched flour costs less than whole wheat bread without it (or less amount). Does it make sense to YOU? One would think that the one that wasn’t altered would be cheaper… At any rate, I feel as if all foods are expensive when trying to eat healthy. Do you have any tips as to how to eat healthier on a budget? Would planning meals help? We don’t drink soda nor do we eat junk food too often (at least I don’t but I’m still overweight). Do you have any easy, healthy, and cheap recipes to share?
Thanks
Tyler

mikiesen answers:

Because you have to be rich to be ripped

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Questions And Answers On Nutritional Information Mcdonalds

Shelley asks…

What is the nutrition information for McDonalds?

Im going to the Mall of Acadiana today, and I need to know the nutritional information for either McDonalds, Chick-fil-A, or Quizno’s. I am a picky eater, and most web sites only have nutrition information for lets say a burger with everything on it. What is a good website where I can choose what goes on my burger, salad, etc., and then get the nutritional information?

mikiesen answers:

Go to thier website, you can find the nutritional information there.

Steve asks…

Nutritional information of ice cream cups?

When nutritional information of ice cream from a store says calories per 100g, do you include the weight of the cardboard/plastic cup that it comes in (say from Wendy’s or Mcdonalds) or do you subtract the weight of that to get the weight of just the ice cream?
No, I am insecure about my weight and would appreciate you keeping your abuse to yourself.

mikiesen answers:

Are you an idiot?

Use your head for just one second. Why would they include the weight of the container? What does that have to do with the calories in the food? Honestly, think about it for one second.

Charlie asks…

How do I find nutritional information for fast food places?

I need to find ingredeants in stuff for fast food places on the Internet and google doesn’t really work. I know mcdonalds cooks their fries in lard. I’m a vegetarian and I want to know what food has meat in it ect. (sorry if I spelled anything wrong)

mikiesen answers:

It’s going to be different for each fast food place. The best thing to do is do a google seach for your favorite places.
For ingredients, search “(blank) ingredients” where the blank is the name of the fast food chain. For nutritional info, search “(blank) nutritional information.”
You will find current information and anything with meat will be noted.
Good luck!

Don asks…

What problems does Morgan encounter when trying to get nutritional information about McDonald’s?

From the movie Super Size Me.

mikiesen answers:

That idiot Spurlock just flat out lied in that “documentary” of his.

Nutritional information has been on the web since the 90s. Nutritional information has been posted in the franchise I used to frequent since the 90s. It was available on a trifold pamphlet, too.

If that fraud couldn’t find any he was intentionally lying.

That whole flick was a fraud from start to finish from a radical with an agenda.

Davina asks…

is burger wisconsin considered junk food in new zealand?

i had it today, it was pretty nice!

don’t really know what the nutritional information about it is, so is it like having a mcdonalds or burger king?

mikiesen answers:

I would consider it junk food… It’s still a “fast food” burger.

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Questions And Answers On Weight Loss Programs Online

Bob asks…

What is a good online weight loss program that will help me lose weight fast?

I am 13 and 155 pounds. I need to know a good online weight loss program  that will help me lose thirty pounds before September. If you have any more questions just email me at fifa_samer96@yahoo.com

mikiesen answers:

I have been through it all and know what’s it about. The main thing is to stick in there. You can’t be an addict to food and never exercise if you want to live a healthy life and keep the weight off. I’ve worked out, done every diet, and all types of classes.

Nothing works, besides dedication and intelligence towards the subject of losing weight.

First, depending on how much weight you need to lose, your diet is the first concern. You can’t eat 10,000 calories a day and expect the weight to come off, even if you are exercising a lot. Which brings us to the next thing. Duh, Exercising…

This is a must especially if you need to a lot of weight. Get at least 30 mins of some good hardcore exercising. Do some cardio, in the long run, it’s good for the heart.

However, I find the most hardest part of losing weight/keeping it off, in my diet. It’s so hard to keep your fingers out of the cookie jar or those chocolate goodies. I’ve found a great addition to help any one out, it’s a natural weight loss supplement called Proactol. Now don’t get all crazy on me and say diet pills don’t work. That is true, but not in this case. This one isn’t meant to burn pounds while you sit on the couch. It’s an appetite suppressant, along with being a fat binder. I saved money on the pills at theweightlossplace dot com along with getting some good info. It basically makes those fingers not go towards the cookie jar. For me it’s the best pill I’ve tried and I’ve tried cupboards full. Now this doesn’t mean you have to follow my foot steps but I’ve successfully lost roughly 70 pounds and keeping it off til this day.

Well good luck and remember what I said, Dedicate.

Chris asks…

What is a really good weight loss diet program?

I want to get a head start on weight loss for the new year. I don’t have a lot of extra time, so an online program would be best for me. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

mikiesen answers:

There is this great website that helps you find the best weight loss programs. There are quizes, blogs, forums, websites, and much more that will help you. There is an awesome support group.

Cindy asks…

What is the healthiest long term diet program for obese people?

I’m an obese person trying to loose weight. I recently was told I am pre-diabetic. I am looking for a program for lifelong health, not a quick fix. What lifelong health/ weight loss programs have people had good luck with? Prefer something online. Please share additional details.

mikiesen answers:

Perhaps you could try The Great Australian Diet discussed below.

Created by Australian health guru Dr John Tickell, the Great Australian Diet is touted as a return to natural foods and natural eating patterns. Tickell, an obstetrician turned sports medicine specialist, claims that after travelling the world and studying foods, he has discovered several simple rules which can help anyone lose weight healthily.

He describes the Great Australian Diet as “anti-Atkins, anti-CSIRO” and emphasises the importance of carbohydrates in the diet, saying that the “two most important foods we eat -fruits and vegetables- are carbohydrates”. Dr John also criticises the low GI diet because, he says, it frightens people off eating carbs.

The Great Australian Diet is actually rather complicated, and may not be as easy to follow as Dr Tickell seems to think. First of all, he replaces the glycemic index with the HI, or ‘Human Interference’ factor. This means that foods which have been highly processed, such as salami, white bread and white rice, are considered unhealthy, and are replaced by unprocessed alternatives- raw and lightly cooked vegetables, fish, especially deep water fish and sardines, and small amounts of lean meat. 2/3 of the diet should be composed of vegetables and fruits, and 1/3 ‘bonus’ foods, which are essentially lean proteins, and after the initial two day cleansing period, which is very low calorie, 15 different types of plants should be eaten every day.

Since no calorie guidelines are given, and only vague instructions to eat 4 or 5 nuts and so on, this may be the downfall of many dieters. After all, its pretty easy to forget how many nuts, seeds and grains you have eaten. It may also be hard for people on busy schedules to keep to such a demanding diet, since eating out is restricted really to grilled fish and an occasional steak and vegetables.

But the Great Australian Diet is much more than just an eating plan. Dieters get points for watching the sunset, hugging their children and other ‘coping’ activities, and use gentle exercise techniques to strengthen trunk and arm muscles. Walking is also part of the diet, which claims over 91 days to re-educate the body into natural rhythms. One of the selling points for me at least, is the resting weeks- after each three weeks on the diet, there are two weeks when you are allowed to eat freely, and recuperate. However, although it seems pretty healthy, the Great Australian Diet is never going to be voted easiest diet of the year.

You can see further details in http://au.search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22the+great+australian+diet%22&fr=ush-ans

Jane asks…

What is a safe and effective detox program?

I am looking for a safe fat flush/weight loss starter and toxin flush. I do not have the money to order a fancy program online, rather I would like to go to the grocery store and buy the ingredients. What do I need to get and how long do I need to do this for. Please be as specific as you can so I know how to do this correctly. Thanks in advance! Take Care!

mikiesen answers:

TRY THIS…..IT IS WORKING FOR ME

Fruits and Veggies

Eat more plants and keep away from stuff that was made in plants.
Don’t eat anything that comes in a can, box or package

Don’t think of it as a diet, but think of it as a lifestyle change

I have lost 25.5 pounds in 2 months, drink lots of water. I usually eat a meal of what ever I want once a week….controlled portion….this really works………

Write down every thing you eat

Jim asks…

Fitness and weight loss online journal or community?

I’m looking for a website that can help track my progress in a weight loss program without telling me what to do. I just want a place that will keep a food journal and keep track of the exercise I’ve been doing. Maybe a place to keep a blog or share it with other people who are trying to lose weight. Does anyone know of a place like this? I just looked at FitDay but I didn’t really like it. Any suggestions? Of course if it’s free that would be awesome!

mikiesen answers:

I think slimfast has one. It shows you what to do but you can modify it and insert what you did.

FOUND ONE FOR YOU https://www.my-calorie-counter.com

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Questions And Answers On Nutrition Facts Eggs

Jim asks…

How much egg should be consumed to stay healthy?

I saw this chart. It says:2000 calories then cholesteroal should be less than 300 mg. According the the Nutrition facts, one egg has 215 mg of cholestrol. That means more than that exceeds the cholesterol intake

mikiesen answers:

Well, you can do without the eggs and still be healthy. Eggs are very good nutrients but their components are available in a lot of other foods. However, if you really like eggs, don’t go over two a week to stay healthy. Eggs are big cholesterol balls.

Bob asks…

How much egg should be consumed to stay healthy?

How much egg should be consumed to stay healthy?

I saw this chart. It says:2000 calories then cholesteroal should be less than 300 mg. According the the Nutrition facts, one egg has 215 mg of cholestrol. That means more than that exceeds the cholesterol intake

mikiesen answers:

It used to be thought that eggs were really bad for you, but it’s not the case anymore.I believe you can eat 1-2 eggs per day with no problem (assuming you’re not eating a lot of other meat and dairy products high in cholesterol):

“Eggs are high in cholesterol, and health experts in the past counseled people to therefore avoid this food. (All of the cholesterol in the egg is in the yolk.) However, nutrition experts have now determined people on a low-fat diet can eat one or two eggs a day without measurable changes in their blood cholesterol levels.”

From:
http://www.whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=92

Lisa asks…

What is the difference between generic eggs and name brand eggs?

At the local Wal-Mart, I noticed generic eggs are about a dollar cheaper than name brand eggs. The name brand eggs have more nutrients listed in the nutrition facts label than generic eggs. Some of the name brand eggs say “organic” or “100% natural feed.” What is the difference between generic and name brand eggs?

mikiesen answers:

Cheaper.

Jemima asks…

What are the nutrition facts on century eggs?

I would like to know what century eggs contain from an nutritional stand point and what possible health benefits and risks could be.

mikiesen answers:

Nutritional facts:
Century Egg Nutrition Facts
———————-
health risks:
1. They’re supposed to have zinc oxide, but some have lead oxide instead, which is toxic.
2. They shouldn’t be consumed by people who have cardiovascular disease.
(scroll down to the sixth paragraph under the third photo) –
http://www.iwalku2.com/2009/02/do-you-love-century-egg.html
———————-
no special health benefits (see light blue box) –
http://www.science.edu.sg/ssc/detailed.jsp?artid=2966&type=6&root=4&parent=4&cat=49

David asks…

Where can I find a good cupcake or cookie recipe from scratch?

I need a recipe that’s easy and fast and I would like to have the nutrition facts for the recipe because its for a diabetic and we don’t want her blood sugar to go to high! Oh, and if it’s cupcakes we need a good icing recipe.

mikiesen answers:

Title: Diabetic Yellow Cake and Fluffy Frosting
Categories: Cakes, Diabetic
Yield: 1 servings

MMMMM————————YELLOW CAKE—————————–
2 c Cake flour 1/3 c Vegetable oil
1/2 ts Baking soda 1/4 cSugar substitute(equal
to )/
1 1/2 ts Baking powder 2 ts Vanilla
1/3 c Sugar ( or substitute) 1/2 c Egg substitute(room temp)
3 tb Dry buttermilk 1/4 c Margarine(room temp
3/4 c Water, room temp

MMMMM———————-FLUFFY FROSTING—————————
1/2 c Sugar 2 Large egg whites
2 tb Water 1/4 ts Cream of tartar
2 pk Sweet’n’low 1/2 ts Vanilla

YELLOW CAKE:Place dry ingredients in mixer bowl and mix at low speed
to blend well. Combine 3/4 cup water, oil, sweetener,vanilla and egg
substitute and mix with fork to blend. Add margarine to flour mixture
along with liquid mixture and mix with a spoon only until well
blended.Spread evenly in a 9″ square pan whick has been greased with
margarine. Bake 30-35 minutes at 375 F or until cake tester comes out
clean and the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan. Cool to room
temperature and cut 4×4 to yield 16 equal servings. FLUFFY FROSTING:
Combine sufgar, water, sweet’n’low egg whites and cream of tartar in
top of a doubl boiler and beat at high spped for 1 minute. Set over
simmering water in the bottom of the double boiler. Continue to beat
at high speed for 4-5 minutes or until soft peaks form. Remove from
heat. Add vanilla to frosting and continue to beat at high speed 1-2
minutes or until thick enough to spread on a cooled cake. This is
enough frosting for a 2-layer or 9″ square cake.

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