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Food for Thought!

Welcome to Food for Thought, a blog designed to bring information and anecdotal knowledge all about cooking, baking, grilling, frying, boiling, steaming, saute-ing, barbecuing and anything else generally associated with food! There is so much to be written about concerning food from the preparation and cooking of it, to the buying of ingredients in the stores, to teh way it is eaten and what we can do to make sure that what we eat is not just great tasting, but healthy too.

In the current climate of the rising statistics on people who have become overweight and even obese, it is essential to insure that the food we eat is not only healthy, but provides the least amount of impact on our weight in the way it refers to body fat storage and not muscle (which is far more desirable to have gain). So we will also be looking at ways of reducing that weight gain impact from food and which foods should be avoided and why. Its not really all that difficult to figure out for anyone who takes an interest in what they eat, but it helps to have it written down before you just to remind us that we are responsible for our own health and that includes choosing teh right things to eat.

There is a great selection of food related articles already published here with loads more on their way in the coming months as we populate this blog with all sorts of great interesting gastronomy to suit just about every pallet. We’ll also be creating an online resource for locating items which are also related in some way to food, cooking etc. So there will certainly be something for everyone right here.

So don’t be a stranger, make a date with this cyber eating establishment and see what it gets you!

Food for Thought

The Cost of Convenient Diets

Have you ever found yourself in a position where you need to lose weight but you don’t have time for the traditional type of diet? There are options in convenience diet programs but they come at a cost, which in many cases can actually be far more affordable than many people think.

There are several very good meal replacement diet home delivery dieting programs to choose from. Top favorites are Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, Medifast, Diet-to-Go and Bistro MD but there are others as well. But what do they all cost and are they a better option than traditional dieting methods in terms of cost effectiveness and success?

Nutrisystem

So let’s start at the first choice and ask, “How much do Nutrisystem diet plans cost?” That’s an easy one since the company posts its prices up on its website for the several different plans it provides. You would be looking at a ball park figure of between $10 – $13 per day for most of their plans.

So how does that compare to other companies providing similar alternatives? Actually, looking around at all the promotional material available online, it actually comes out as one of the least expensive of them all!

Jenny Craig

High on popularity thanks to a lot of big advertising campaigns on TV and in magazines, newspapers and online, Jenny Craig is well known and well used by many customers. The costs are a little higher than most, but they argue that the quality of the food is better and the variety is what their customers like.

As a ballpark figure, the prices per day for this one are between $15 – $26 per day, so a lot higher than its competitors.

Medifast

The most popular plan from this company is the Medifast 5 and 1 plan, which provides up to six small meals per day for five days and you provide your own food for the sixth. Daily prices for this company’s diets range from the 30 day Medifast Go plan at $329 with special discounts ($11 per day) to the 30 day Flex Complete Kit at $399 ($13.30 per day).

Diet-to-Go

This company provides meals in batches of 5 or 7 days that are generally of much higher quality and come as fresh food that you can collect your self at local pick-up points if there is one near you, or opt for fresh frozen for home delivery. The 5 day, 3 meal Balance plan works out at $137.99 ($27.60 per day) while the 7 day, 3 meal Balance plans with local pickup cost $191.59 ($27.30 per day).

Bistro MD

Like the previous company, Bistro MD provides home delivered meals in batches of 5 or 7 per wee that are of high quality and are fresh frozen. Costs range from the 5 day, 3 meal full plan at $112.46 ($22.20 per day) to the 7 day, 3 meal full plan at $134.96 ($19.30 per day).

The prices are correct at the time of publication and were obtained directly from the respective company websites. In some cases, the price advertised was discounted, but in most cases these discounts are fairly permanent as they are constantly attempting to attract new customers with attractive pricing. Whichever you choose, if you decide to go this route to lose weight, you can be fairly certain you will be successful as long as you stick to the respective plans and do not deviate or cheat.

Learning How to Diet Easily

We all want to lose weight as easily as we can. That is for those of us that actually need to lose it, of course! But sometimes, you can get a little overwhelmed by all the conflicting information that is out there or by trying to take in too much information at once.

You could go searching around the place for some good ideas, or you could just check out this pretty good article about what the fuss is over Nutrisystem. You can use some of the great simple tips for losing weight that are set out in plenty of resources that you can find online.

Make it Easy for Yourself

After all, you want to make things as easy as you can for yourself. It’s no good getting all fired up to go out and do stuff to lose weight when you get started and find its so hard to do it all that you end up quitting before you even get started!

The way to succeed at this is to really keep things simple and only do those things that you find easy to do. Its all about finding the right methods and strategies that feel right to you that are interesting and then using them or modifying them to suit your particular way of working.

You Have to Like the Food!

So if its a certain type of diet, then make sure you like the food and that you are not going to get bored with it real fast. A diet with a lot of variety in what you can eat is always a good idea, so at least you have plenty of choices to keep that interest going.

If its an exercise program you are doing, make sure you are physically able to do it. You don’t want to start doing a bunch of workout routines that are going to cause you so much pain that you can’t do any more for a week after!

The trick is to always start slow and build up to give your body a chance to get used to what it needs to do in order to lose that weight. Then you will lose it gradually and safely while staying motivated enough to keep at it until you lose all the weight you wanted to lose.

Watching What is in Food

These days you can’t avoid the obvious signs that people are getting bigger. Bigger as in fatter, thanks to eating a diet too rich in saturated fats, sugar and other junk additives. While this is obviously a big problem (pun intentional) for a lot of people, the trend is showing no signs of altering as people seem oblivious to the problems they are bringing on themselves by continuing to eat the very foods that are likely going to cause them to enjoy shortened lives and more propensity to ill health.

So what can be done?

Well, until people realize they have a serious health problem, not much will ever happen. That’s because ultimately, a person’s health is their responsibility. Sure you can argue that the food industry is aggressively promoting all these unhealthy foods and its hard to resist the temptation to eat them, but even the food industry recognizes that the ultimate decision is with the individual person.

That may sound a little harsh especially when you have gained weight through eating foods that you didn’t realize were so unhealthy for you, but again, you chose to eat them without first taking the time to find out for yourself what was in those foods and what the impact would be on your health if you ate them in any quantity and often.

Another big problem is the sizing of food, especially the way the fast food industry is really in our faces about buying bundled meals that seem to always come with a large soda to wash it down with. We naturally go for large size portions or even the super size meals because we think we’re getting better value for our dollar.

While it may be true in an economical sense, it is certainly not true in a health sense because by thinking you’re saving money buying large size meals, you are putting more than you really need to eat in front of you on the table, and human nature being what it is, the natural thing is to eat everything you just bought because you paid for it!

You can get more information and access to other resources when you click on this link for this article: http://hhtb.org/how-diet-can-affect-health/ on how diet can affect health that looks at food services and the way in which it affects our health, our pockets and our very lives.