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    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Jan 17, 7:32 PM
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    Cooking for one
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    • 13th Jan 17, 7:32 PM
    Cooking for one 13th Jan 17 at 7:32 PM
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    Hi, newbie poster though long time lurker trying to adjust to being an empty-nester and due to some substantial changes income-wise in the next couple of months trying to cut my costs and adjust my shopping to mainly solo dining. I abhor waste so good that way and do cook from scratch/batch cook the vast majority of the time. I do "sort of" meal plan but it can be a bit hit or miss depending on my health is on any given day. I'm reliant on on-line shopping so can't take advanage of aldi/Lidl etc. What (if any) changes did you make when changing to a single-person household?



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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 12th Mar 17, 7:37 PM
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    Why do we have these days of just stuffing your face with any food you can get your hands on...well i do anyway and quite often recently
    Originally posted by karcher
    I think it takes a few days, up to a week, to finally wind down from the point you realise there've been too many days of scoffing .... you can't turn it on and off....

    I'd have scoffed more yesterday and today if I'd had more nibbles to hand.

    Today I've so far had:
    eggy/soldiers
    pasty, 340 grams of bubble/squeak (I weighed it), carrots
    2 bits of toast/margarine
    3 pancakes
    4 bourbons (all gone now).
    • karcher
    • By karcher 12th Mar 17, 8:23 PM
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    PN I'm just greedy...also annoyed with myself as I hate being fat...I comfort overeat especially when down or stressed. The trouble is it's a vicious circle because putting on weight causes my mood to dip even more

    ....I've just eaten more chocolate too!
    • caronc
    • By caronc 12th Mar 17, 8:47 PM
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    I've done nothing but eat today

    After my fish finger sarnie and (lots of) crisps, I had yoghurt and chocolate....

    I then decided I wanted something savoury so made up the box of stuffing mix in the cupboard and ate it with some peas, mayo and Tabasco.

    Just now I have eaten a huge baked potato, butter and cheese with broccoli, cabbage..I wasn't even hungry

    I'm stuffed now but know I'm not finished yet....

    Why do we have these days of just stuffing your face with any food you can get your hands on...well i do anyway and quite often recently
    Originally posted by karcher
    I think it takes a few days, up to a week, to finally wind down from the point you realise there've been too many days of scoffing .... you can't turn it on and off....

    I'd have scoffed more yesterday and today if I'd had more nibbles to hand.

    Today I've so far had:
    eggy/soldiers
    pasty, 340 grams of bubble/squeak (I weighed it), carrots
    2 bits of toast/margarine
    3 pancakes
    4 bourbons (all gone now).
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    PN I'm just greedy...also annoyed with myself as I hate being fat...I comfort overeat especially when down or stressed. The trouble is it's a vicious circle because putting on weight causes my mood to dip even more

    ....I've just eaten more chocolate too!
    Originally posted by karcher
    I think we all have days like that I know I do where my stomach feels like a bottomless pit - generally if I reflect (dangerous I know) it tends to come on the back of too many carbs. Been hungry today after yesterday's indulgences but hopefully will rein it in tomorrow
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 12th Mar 17, 8:51 PM
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    Loose main meal plan for the next few days so I use some perishables up:
    Tonight: braised steak with onion & mushroom gravy & root veg mash
    Mon: Peri peri chicken thighs, salad and baked spud
    Tues: Ham & mushroom potato bake
    Weds: Sea bass with cous cous stuffed pepper
    Thurs: something involving chorizio and rice

    No doubt it will end up looking completely different
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    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 12th Mar 17, 8:53 PM
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    Breakfast : 3 nutri-brex, 200ml almond milk.
    Lunch (at work) : red grapes, orange, banana and a home made nakd bar.
    Dinner : veggie bean burger, sweet potato chips, roasted parsnips, carrot, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cucumber, tomato, spinach, houmous (100g).
    Snacks : Tyrell crisps again .
    Drinks : water, coffee, tea.

    4 fruits, 9 vegetables.

    OH wanted sweet potato chips so as oven was on I decided might as well eat the veggie bean burger that's been in the freezer for months.
    Not often we have something the same, but as he was making sweet potato chips.... Mostly still for one meals. Just I can never justify having the oven on for just me. I'd usually just settle with microwaved sweet potato chips.

    I feel like I've eaten too much as well. I think it's normal to have bottomless pit days. At least I hope it's normal!
    28 year old vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • karcher
    • By karcher 12th Mar 17, 9:29 PM
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    I think we all have days like that I know I do where my stomach feels like a bottomless pit - generally if I reflect (dangerous I know) it tends to come on the back of too many carbs. Been hungry today after yesterday's indulgences but hopefully will rein it in tomorrow
    Originally posted by caronc
    Carbs are my weak point. I eat far too much bread, mainly ciabatta or baguettes so the worst for me. I can't help but buy a freshly baked baguette if I pass a bakers or SM. I have no bread in at all now and going to make a concerted effort to not buy any for a few weeks to try and wean myself off them/out of the habit

    I do, however, still have 2 pizzas in the freezer
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 12th Mar 17, 10:53 PM
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    Bread/similar, then potatoes/rice, have been the cornerstone of my 'diet' forever. After that it's eggs, baked beans, cheese. Usually by the time I've bought those items I've more than enough food so it's hard to expand on the repertoire.

    I do try to have a break from plain bread and to have a bit of variety. I never overlap loaves, I always have a break between having a loaf in the house, just to break the cycle of toast. Alternative items I've often got include pitta, part-baked baguettes, crumpets and muffins ... and, in the last year, I've started using wraps, but not often as I'm not entirely sure I like them that much.

    With bread you've always got toast.
    With bread, beans, eggs, cheese, you've always got beans/eggs on toast and cheese sandwiches.

    I do love crumpets
    The pack I bought a couple of days ago was tossed unopened into the freezer earlier today as I've not even had chance to open the pack as I've got food overload.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 13th Mar 17, 6:17 AM
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    Doom & Gloom - I shall be watching your meals with interest. As you can probably tell - I'm edging towards vegan. I'm desperate for some new clothes - but won't allow myself to buy anything much at all in size 16. I know I'm supposed to be size 10-12 (as that's what I used to be).

    Hence gradually swopping out dairy products for vegan ones - as I read comments about many vegans being slim. Would you say that's true - as I guess you meet many more vegans than I do?

    I have read of people turning vegan and actually putting on weight - but then I do see a lot of vegan blogs that seem to major heavily on sweet foods and am guessing those are the ones that are being read in this case? That - provided sweet food and alcohol are minimised - then I guess turning vegan would pretty much cause weight loss to happen automatically without trying (ie until one was back to normal size again)? Is that your experience of things? Would a combination of turning vegan and eating mindfully (ie I've started to ask myself after every mouthful if I'm sure I'm hungry for another mouthful) be sufficient to do the trick in your opinion?

    I know the Slimming World diet has done the trick for me a couple of times - and then it's gone back on again afterwards. I don't think I can face that diet again - as I find it so restrictive and I land up eating one heck of a lot of canned tomatoes to give any taste to the food at all....
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    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 13th Mar 17, 7:40 AM
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    well you couldn't make this one up ...remember i said I stayed away last night to avoid a 4 am get up? Well I was tucked up in in bed for 10 and at 4am exactly the fire alarm goes off Stood freezing in the car park for ages till they allowed us back in by which time sleep was an elusive thing

    Hey ho at least we are all alive.

    Cooking for one today will involve me putting some bread onto one of those awful toaster machines in the hotel
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 13th Mar 17, 7:45 AM
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    ... at 4am exactly the fire alarm goes off
    Originally posted by Nelski
    Well, you were still ahead as "you were already there". It's not just setting the alarm, getting up in the dark, leaving the house in the dark - there's also the grim journey, not being sure until you arrive if you'll get there in time.

    "Already being there" is a big part of the joy of going early.

    Cooking for one today will involve me putting some bread onto one of those awful toaster machines in the hotel
    Originally posted by Nelski
    I've stayed away before, but always in cheap/grim places. I've usually picked up a supermarket cheap sandwich to eat as expenses were never sufficient to feed myself.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 13th Mar 17, 7:46 AM
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    Yesterday I was so happy I'd decided what to eat - this morning the realisation dawned, again, that I have to do it all over again... well, I couldn't decide. But then I saw the final banana sitting on the windowsill - so it's banana for breakfast!

    1/10 nailed ...
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 13th Mar 17, 8:08 AM
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    I'd be starving Pastures if I only had a banana for breakfast - that's my definition of a snack

    My definition of breakfast this morning was the usual porridge - topped this time with blueberries/a sprinkle more of that bee pollen/a drizzle of apple juice concentrate/some flaxseeds and followed by 2 pieces of that sourdough bread toasted. Plus a mug of coffee of course and I follow that with mug of lemon & ginger tea with squeeze of lemon juice (don't think that counts as "1 a day" somehow...).

    Out having coffee with friends this morning. Shall resist the biscuit that the cafe automatically gives out with it. The cafe makes that teeny bit more profit out of me then - as I look at the size of some of my friends and don't pass it onto them instead....(I'll blame my mother for that .....).
    ploughing my own furrow...

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    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Mar 17, 10:48 AM
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    Morning everyone

    Nelsksi poor you

    Just scoffed banana and toast and a portion of LO mixed berries from Saturday's cake so a reasonably heathy breakfast.

    I've taken a bit of a baguette out of the freezer to make a turkey salad sandwich for lunch and I've chicken thighs marinading in peri peri sauce for tonight so feeling pretty organised food wise today

    I'd be lost without my bread products and like to mix things up a bit with bagels etc. I did try low carb years and years ago but it wasn't for me or at least the severity of the infamous Atkins diet wasn't

    I've two friends who are vegan and they are like Laurel & Hardy. Needless to say "Hardy" has a very sweet tooth and eats an awful lot of what I'd class "junk" so I suppose veganism is like any other diet healthwise and calorie wise
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    • Ames
    • By Ames 13th Mar 17, 12:23 PM
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    Morning!

    Nelski, sorry to hear about the fire alarm. Presumably it was someone messing about? As PN said though, at least you could go back to bed instead of having to get up and out and drive for hours.

    PN I'm just greedy...also annoyed with myself as I hate being fat...I comfort overeat especially when down or stressed. The trouble is it's a vicious circle because putting on weight causes my mood to dip even more

    ....I've just eaten more chocolate too!
    Originally posted by karcher
    I'm the same. My binges over the last week have been epic. 10 bars of chocolate and two packets of jaffa cakes in two days, and the weekend was nearly all cake.

    I don't think it's as simple as being greedy. I've started to realise why I binge, and it's all complicated.

    I've finally dropped below 100kg, but I've been binging for weeks so will probably go above it. I always self sabotage.

    I need to find the best way of stopping it. I can't decide if it's going cold turkey and cutting out all carbs and chocolate, or whether to gradually cut down. Which comes back to cooking for one - the worry that, say, a loaf of bread will go off before I eat it all so I have double portions.
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    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 13th Mar 17, 12:28 PM
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    Why do we have these days of just stuffing your face with any food you can get your hands on...well i do anyway and quite often recently
    Originally posted by karcher
    The only time that's ever happened to me was when the doctor put me on prednisolone.

    I haven't had anything to eat today yet - and I still don't feel hungry.
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    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 13th Mar 17, 2:49 PM
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    Empathy on that one.

    Can't say I felt hungry per se - mind still whirling in all sorts of ways after this morning.

    However - I've had one of those single people Groundhog Days re lunch. That being - the other wild garlic tofu sorta steak type thing (turned out to be tasteless in the event - but I wasnt going to waste it and so finished the other one in the pack). That was not a successful experiment - and won't be repeating it. Accompanied by the rest of the spicy potato wedges and baked cauliflower leaves. Topped up by having a banana. Oh well - it did the trick and filled my stomach I guess and I shouldnt have had the accompanying glass (or two....) of wine with it...ahem....

    But I was trying to calm my mind back down again after this morning. Didnt work - ahem.... But never mind - I've just written the rest of today off in the event - but it hasnt gone too badly so far.

    So - it's one of those "willpower failing slightly" days - and I'm just in process of having a handful of cashew nuts and a few grapes to try and make lunch that bit more healthy for the day.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 13th Mar 17, 3:04 PM
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    Grabbed a muffin from the freezer that I'd bought/frozen a few days ago. Tin of tomatoes (you don't get many in a tin do you!) and 2 eggies.
    Splash of brown.

    Not much juice on here as I decant that prior to cooking and freeze it as it's tiny and can be lobbed into the SC without a care -and if I cooked the juice then most'd end up just wasted.

    https://s30.postimg.org/h11tmsuxt/Brunch.jpg

    7p + 16p + 25p = 48p ...and 1/10
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    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 13th Mar 17, 4:07 PM
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    Doom & Gloom - I shall be watching your meals with interest. As you can probably tell - I'm edging towards vegan. I'm desperate for some new clothes - but won't allow myself to buy anything much at all in size 16. I know I'm supposed to be size 10-12 (as that's what I used to be).

    Hence gradually swopping out dairy products for vegan ones - as I read comments about many vegans being slim. Would you say that's true - as I guess you meet many more vegans than I do?

    I have read of people turning vegan and actually putting on weight - but then I do see a lot of vegan blogs that seem to major heavily on sweet foods and am guessing those are the ones that are being read in this case? That - provided sweet food and alcohol are minimised - then I guess turning vegan would pretty much cause weight loss to happen automatically without trying (ie until one was back to normal size again)? Is that your experience of things? Would a combination of turning vegan and eating mindfully (ie I've started to ask myself after every mouthful if I'm sure I'm hungry for another mouthful) be sufficient to do the trick in your opinion?

    I know the Slimming World diet has done the trick for me a couple of times - and then it's gone back on again afterwards. I don't think I can face that diet again - as I find it so restrictive and I land up eating one heck of a lot of canned tomatoes to give any taste to the food at all....
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    I weigh more than I'd like to at the moment - since being disabled I've put on weight steadily . I've lost some weight recently but would like to lose a stone still to get to the weight I prefer to be, though I am considered a healthy weight as I am.

    I've met a few vegans and most are slim yes. I think its because the majority lead healthy lifestyles. Like a vegan couple that are customers at the supermarket I work at, they cycle everywhere and the food they buy is mostly produce and very little junk. The one vegan that is overweight that I see hasn't been vegan that long and I'm sure has lost weight since being vegan. Not losing weight fast as still quite a bit of junk etc like crisps, vegan sausages, vegan mayo etc. Okay in moderation of course. People forget that quite a lot of alcohol is vegan, that there are vegan crisps, vegan chocolate, vegan ice cream etc. It's just as possible to be overweight as a vegan as a non-vegan.

    When I initially went vegan I basically stayed the same weight. I was a very active person then (before disability I was a dancer! Ballet and modern jazz) and I found being vegan gave me the option of eating more without as much worry of my weight as I had previously had. Until my disability I could basically eat what I wanted and my weight was basically stable.

    Yes do be 'mindful' of what you are eating. I have always been a slow eater, it can easily take me an hour or more to eat my dinner, but that means the brain has time to signal being full and stopping sooner. Better as less over eating.

    If you have any questions, just ask. I've been vegan longer than I've been with my OH and I've been with him since I was 16 so yeah, I'm pretty clued up on veganism lol.
    Morning everyone

    Nelsksi
    I've two friends who are vegan and they are like Laurel & Hardy. Needless to say "Hardy" has a very sweet tooth and eats an awful lot of what I'd class "junk" so I suppose veganism is like any other diet healthwise and calorie wise
    Originally posted by caronc
    Yup, there are still fat vegans. Just there are less as the majority of vegans live a healthier lifestyle over all.

    Fire alarm Nelski . I'd be so panicked. Glad everything turned out okay though.

    So far today coffee . Yeah I'm a good example of a healthy vegan right now lol.
    I'll have some fruit later; all fruit and vegetables get weighed, I have a thing about it. Even yesterday the sweet potato chips were weighed (I had 100g). OH hates it but just goes with it.
    For dinner I'm thinking of a vegan 'tuna' mayo mix with sweet potatoes and vegetables. Not really cooking exactly as microwave where needed. Though I am fancying some vegan onigiri (rice balls). May have both. Decisions, decisions.
    28 year old vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • karcher
    • By karcher 13th Mar 17, 4:08 PM
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    nelski I feel your pain on your early morning wake up call

    My body clock is waking me between 4 and 5am every bloody morning
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    x 1 fresh orange juice 1/10???
    x 2 cups of tea and milk
    x 3 cups of coffee and milk
    x 1 diet coke
    1/4 of a Melon 1/10???
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 13th Mar 17, 4:18 PM
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    Thanks Doom & Gloom.

    Fortunately - I've not got that much of a sweet tooth - so the number of times I think "I could just fancy something sweet" aren't that high.. I'd hazard a guess at maybe twice a month on average where I think "I want something sweet" and buy myself a small portion of healthier type chocolate or make myself something like a couple of medjool dates stuffed with tahini or nut butter.

    Wine is my downfall I do know - though I'm getting better than I was. One bottle of wine in total last week and think it's likely to be the same this week.

    I guess the majority of what surplus calories I am having would boil down to fat. I do have a tendency to grab a chunk of cheese if I want a "little something". So going more vegan would mean that was cut out.

    I've got plenty of cashew nuts in - so I think my next experiment might be making some cashew "cheese" from them and I'm guessing that would be a rather better idea.

    Slowly slowly catchee monkee I guess...

    Must have a go at using alternative "mylks" in my coffee next too - rather than dairy milk. They seem to be around two-thirds of the calories of dairy milk. I gather oat milk seems to be the least likely to curdle in a cup of coffee?
    ploughing my own furrow...

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