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You can read more about zeta potential here. And I have kept it off! I am a confirmed believer and want to get down to lbs in the next three months. An excessive amount of watermelon. If you know you want to eat out occassionally, decide in advance how many times a month you want to splurge.


About 3 or 4 grams of vitamin C daily plus adequate vitamins A and D are required to prevent receding gums and the formation of pockets between the teeth and gums. Nearly everyone has subclinical scurvy. The gingival sulcus is the space between the tooth and the gum. If you have gum problems, it is helpful to clean this space gently and properly. The technique is different from cleaning the teeth. Here is a video showing how to clean the sulcus.

To clean the sulcus in this manner you will need a special "blotting brush" available on the Internet. You might also use a dental irrigator with a spoonful of bleach added to the water.

Everyone knows that oil and water do not mix. Every micro-organism in the mouth is lipid coated. Rinsing the mouth with water does not wash out the micro-organisms. However, daily rinsing the mouth with oil washes them away. Any healthy oil should work. Spit the oil into the garbage when you are done. Read more about the benefits of oil pulling 1 , 2 , 3. Some doctors advocate this as an alternative to gum surgery 1 , 2.

Over a period of several years, with this treatment the gum can reattach to the tooth and pockets fill in. Teeth are made from calcium phosphate which must be obtained from the diet. Good sources include bone meal and calcium hydroxyapatite.

Proper utilization of calcium within the body requires adequate magnesium plus vitamins D and K 2. These nutrients all need to be in proper balance. Tooth enamel is rebuilt both from within and without by an enzyme called adenosine diphosphatase.

This enzyme is one of dozens of enzymes in the body that are inactivated by fluoride. It is best to avoid all sources of fluoride.

Yoshiaki Omura found that eating one tablespoon of cilantro daily will help clear the body of heavy metals such as mercury, lead, and aluminum. These metals can be incorporated into enzymes throughout the body, rendering the enzymes dysfunctional.

Avoid eating dried fruit that sticks to the teeth. Make extra sure your teeth are clean before going to bed. That way your teeth will be maximum clean for the longest time, giving them an opportunity to heal. From time to time, use a "disclosure tablet" and redo missed areas. Alkaline saliva is necessary to preserve and rebuild tooth enamel. Drink acidic liquids e. Rinse the mouth with water after consuming an acidic food or liquid. Oral bacteria live in specific pH ranges. Acid producing anaerobic bacteria live in an acid environment and die when the saliva becomes alkaline.

Ideally, you need a permanent conversion to healthy oral bacteria living in an alkaline environment. Use a toothpaste containing xylitol 1 , 2 , 3 , 4. Xylitol breaks up the biofilm that protects decay-causing bacteria and holds acidic bacterial waste against the enamel. Xylitol also changes the bacterial population of the mouth, favoring non-decay causing bacteria. Alternatively, baking soda makes a good toothpaste, and a little hydrogen peroxide mixed with it will help break down bacterial biofilm.

You might consider using an extra soft toothbrush designed for sensitive gums 1 , 2. Eat a diet of whole, unrefined foods. Weston Price examined the excellent dental health of primitive peoples around the world and found that the common factor was a diet of whole, unrefined foods.

This diet contains fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, fresh organic meats, fats, plus raw and fermented dairy. No white flour, white sugar, white rice, modern vegetable oils, or canned goods. Of particular importance for strong bones and teeth are the fat soluble vitamins A, D, and K 2. Kefir and sauerkraut are sources of vitamin K 2. Kevin Boyd, dental plaque is not intrinsically acid-producing.

It does not produce tooth decay until it becomes "activated". What activates plaque is simple carbohydrates that are not conjugated to their native fiber which actually provides mechanical cleansing of the teeth. Don't eat sugar or white flour. Teeth are porous and healthy teeth have a flow of fluid from within carrying nutrients through to the outer structure of the tooth.

Sugar , white flour and stress stop this flow of fluid, preventing the teeth from maintaining themselves. For more information search the Internet for "dentinal fluid transport" or read the book. By "stress" what is meant here is stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system, also called the "fight or flight" response.

This is the opposite of stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system or the "rest and repair" response which facilitates the healthy flow of dentinal fluid. Eat fruit, vegetables, proteins and fats.

A ketogenic diet that is based on fat for energy rather than carbohydrates is better for your teeth. On the ketogenic diet, your meals and snacks should essentially be vegetables, proteins and healthy fats. Find a dentist who practices minimally invasive dentistry and biomimetic dentistry 1 , 2 , 3. For a whitener that is gentle on sensitive teeth try Smiles to Go.

What percentage of the population between the ages of 65 to 74 has no teeth? There is a link between oral health and systemic health. Perhaps you can find a potassium drink in your local health food store. Potassium tablets are commonly available. Potassium chloride is often found in grocery stores as a dietary salt alternative to sodium chloride.

Search on the Internet for a suppliers of potassium chloride, potassium bicarbonate , potassium citrate, and potassium iodide if you cannot find them locally. Salts of the alkaline minerals cesium, rubidium and potassium have been found by Dr.

Brewer to be particularly effective in fighting cancer. In contrast cancer membranes did not transmit sodium, magnesium, and calcium into the cell: Potassium transports glucose into the cell. Calcium and magnesium transport oxygen into the cell. As a consequence of the above, oxygen cannot enter cancer cells so the glucose which is normally burned to carbon dioxide and water undergoes fermentation to form lactic acid within the cell.

This anaerobic condition was pointed out by Warburg, as early as Potassium, and especially rubidium and cesium are the most basic of the elements.

When they are taken up by the cancer cells they will thus raise the pH of the cells. Since they are very strong bases as compared to the weak lactic acid it is possible that the pH will be raised to values in the 8. In this range the life of the cancer cell is short, being a matter of days at the most. The dead cancer cells are then absorbed by the body fluids and eventually eliminated from the system. He found that cells at pH levels Vernon Johnston had stage IV prostate cancer metastasized to his bones.

His cancer disappeared in two weeks after starting to alkalize his body. C esium dietary supplements cesium carbonate, cesium chloride are available on the Internet. However, moderation is a virtue. Cesium is ordinarily a trace mineral in the diet.

Health Canada reports that some people have encountered problems with their consumption of large quantities of cesium salts when dealing with cancer. These are nutrients needed by the body. The more expensive cesium carbonate and cesium chloride are a last resort cancer treatment, and not ordinarily part of the diet except in trace amounts. After drinking a glass of potassium bicarbonate, cesium chloride, cesium carbonate or vegetable juice people often experience an oxygen rush.

The mind becomes more alert and clear, the body feels as though it is being cleansed and refreshed from within. The pH of arterial blood is normally 7. However, this need not always be the case. From low to high, this represents a 16 fold variation in oxygen availability in the blood. In other words, there is a range of pH even for the blood. The kidneys do their best to maintain a constant pH in the blood, but they take time to do their job.

When you drink a glass of alkaline solution, the alkalinity is absorbed into the blood quite quickly. If you have experienced the oxygen rush, you may have noticed that it can last an hour or more until the kidneys have restored the blood pH.

If you drink a second glass of alkalinity an hour or two after the first, you may experience another oxygen rush. This creates pulses of alkalinity coursing through your veins. Since the kidneys act so slowly, ordinarily the body relies on the lungs and buffers to rapidly normalize pH.

Extra breathing and bicarbonate can quickly remove a temporary excess of acid, but the system is not designed to quickly remove excess alkalinity. This gives acid deposits in the body time to react to the temporary boost of alkalinity and be neutralized. It is important to not over do it. Too much of anything quickly becomes a bad thing. Too much potassium, for example, can cause problems for the heart.

Too much sodium or cesium create their own problems. It is a question of balance. So take it easy, enjoy the oxygen rush, but don't overdo it. An advantage of having an 8 part program for cancer is that no aspect needs to be taken to extreme, and any deficiencies in one part should be compensated for by the others. As your body becomes more alkaline, the effect of drinking an alkaline solution will be less noticeable.

Would you like to feel even better? These are dimethyltryptamine DMT , serotonin and melatonin. While it is well known that calcium needs vitamin D in order to be absorbed and utilized, most people in northern climates tend to be deficient in vitamin D, particularly in winter.

Even in summer, recent advice from the medical profession to avoid the sun and to block ultraviolet light from reaching the skin through the use of sunscreens leads to vitamin D deficiency. Better advice is to experience the sun in moderation in all seasons. Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of a summer day, but otherwise utilize the sunlight to maximize your vitamin D production. Plus, consume vitamin D dietary supplements in all seasons.

Supplementing the diet of seniors with vitamin D significantly reduces the possibility of bone fractures. There is evidence that vitamin D helps prevent cancer. A good source of vitamin D is fish oil. Fish oil also contains vitamin A, and there is evidence that vitamin A helps cure leukemia.

Leukemia is the most common childhood cancer, affecting children as young as two or three years of age. Why not give your children a spoonful of cod liver oil each day? While it is commonly understood that the body needs calcium to build bones, what is not generally known is bones are a complex matrix of many different minerals and if all the required minerals are not present then strong bones cannot be built.

There are at least 18 key bone-building nutrients essential for optimum bone health. The implication is that it is easier to destroy bone through excess acidity in the body than it is to rebuild bone.

Furthermore, as farm soils become depleted of many trace minerals the foods grown on these soils contain less and less of the required nutrients. At last count, the human body requires 90 different nutrients for optimum health, and the list is growing year by year. A good nutritional supplement is no longer optional.

Hyaluronic acid levels in the body are higher in people whose diet contains an abundance of magnesium. An abundance of B vitamins is also necessary for healthy joints. Absorption of B vitamins is facilitated by beneficial bacteria in the intestines. Many drugs interfere with these beneficial bacteria.

For more information see Dr. David Williams Alternatives October The use of niacinamide the amide form of vitamin B3 to reverse arthritis and joint pain, and rebuild damaged cartilage was discovered by Dr. William Kaufman in the 's. For both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Kaufman divided the total daily dose into ten small doses to be taken periodically through the waking hours in order to maintain a constant level of the vitamin in the blood.

For more information do an Internet search for "niacinamide arthritis kaufman". Niacinamide supplementation may also help prevent type 1 diabetes. Niacin vitamin B3 is a metabolite of the essential amino acid tryptophan.

Dietary supplementation with DMG Dimethylglycine improves oxygen utilization throughout the body, and is particularly useful in areas such as joints which receive little oxygen. People with many different joint problems are found to respond favorably to DMG.

Plus, regular exercise such as walking or swimming for half an hour daily improves circulation in the joints, removing wastes and providing nutrients.

Dietary supplementation with SAMe S-adenosylmethionine and B vitamins folic acid, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12 helps reduce pain and inflammation while rebuilding cartilage. This combination of B vitamins, DMG, and SAMe works magic in many areas of the body, helping to prevent cancer and metastases , heal the arteries, cleanse the liver, strengthen the immune system, reverse the damaging effects of aging and much more.

We would suggest starting with B vitamin supplementation, followed if needed by DMG supplementation because it is inexpensive. Save the more costly SAMe supplementation for last and only if necessary.

Diagram of the metabolic pathways slide Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate. The natural form of folate is better.

Folate gets its name from the Latin word "folium" because it is found in leafy greens foliage , which are also a good source of magnesium. See Healing the Gerson Way , pages 80 - Earthing 1 , 2 helps remove autoimmune and inflammatory conditions.

People with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis have reported considerable benefit from Earthing. Alkaline mineral supplementation decreased pain in rheumatoid arthritis. Linus Pauling and Dr.

Matthias Rath recommend vitamin C plus the amino acids lysine and proline for healthy collagen connective tissue, cartilage. Calcium orotate and cartilage. A high blood level of vitamin D helps both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Iodine for an underactive thyroid. Stir a heaping tablespoon of chicken cartilage powder into your orange juice each morning, and after three or four months your arthritis should be gone. Doing yoga asanas for a few minutes daily helps to keep the body flexible. Supplement your diet with freshly made fruit and vegetable juices. We could never eat the amount of nutrition we drink with these juices.

Learn and practice Transcendental Meditation TM. TM is a non-dietary way to increase the alkalinity of your body. TM gives the body a very deep level of rest and is an effective antidote to stress. Stress is insidious because it affects us 24 hours each day. Stress causes the heart to beat too fast, the muscles to be too tense, the entire metabolism to be too fast. Metabolic waste products are acids lactic acid, uric acid, etc.

The above 4 ways to increase the alkalinity of your body should be effective for most people. If you have difficulty becoming alkaline, here are eight more ways for you to try. As people age, the digestive system weakens. The result can be nutritional deficiencies in the body, even when the diet is adequate. It is not just what you eat, but what you absorb that is important. Chew each bite of food until it is liquid before swallowing.

Smaller meals are easier to digest. To improve your digestion, it may be helpful to take supplementary hydrochloric acid in the form of "betaine hydrochloride" , digestive enzymes and bile with each meal. Bromelain the enzyme in fresh pineapple and papain the enzyme found in fresh papaya are very helpful.

We suggest eating fresh pineapple and papaya regularly. Absorption of nutrients takes place in the intestines. The small intestine is lined with "villi" which are tiny finger shaped structures through which nutrients are absorbed.

Each villi is covered with microvilli. However, when you include the villi and microvilli, the total surface area within the small intestine available to absorb nutrients increases to about square meters , an increase of fold. Many digestive problems are associated with deficient and damaged villi. The number and length of the villi can be increased by eating foods and supplements high in nucleotides. All the cells of the villi are replaced every seven days, making them some of the most rapidly multiplying cells in the human body.

Other tissues with a rapid turnover of cells include skin, lungs, kidneys, heart, blood vessels, and liver. As people age and dental health declines it becomes more difficult to eat salads. This is significant because for good health as much as half of your diet should be eaten raw. Our solution is to put raw fruits or vegetables in a blender or Vitamix, cover them with water and blend them to create a delicious fruit smoothie or "veggie shake".

The first thing you eat at each meal should be a tablespoon of sauerkraut or some juice from sauerkraut. Sauerkraut is a natural probiotic that introduces beneficial healing flora into the digestive tract. Natasha Campbell-McBride finds a connection between a healthy gut and many different diseases. Learn on the Internet how to make your own sauerkraut.

Buy non-pasteurized sauerkraut from the refrigerated section of your supermarket. Another way to improve your digestion is to go on a four day rotation diet. With this diet no particular food is eaten more often than once in four days. This gives the body time to rebuild the digestive substances required to digest each food item.

To do this diet, you create four completely different daily menus and consume them in rotation. For more information search the Internet for "4 day rotation diet". You might also avoid foods that you are intolerant or allergic to. Both your pulse and blood pressure will rise after eating foods your body does not like.

All you need to do is measure your pulse or blood pressure before and half an hour after eating a particular food. Then measure your pulse once again after an hour. If your pulse after eating is 4 or 5 beats per minute higher than before, then your body is reacting to the food.

For more information, search the Internet for "pulse test for allergies". Bypass your digestive system by adding minerals to your bath or foot bath or rubbing them on your skin.

Epsom salts magnesium sulphate can be added to your bath or foot bath. Magnesium chloride brine from seawater, called "magnesium oil" 8 oz spray , 64 oz bottle can be added to your bath or rubbed on your skin. If you have a problem with muscle cramps, try rubbing magnesium oil on the skin over the cramped muscle, or drink some milk of magnesia, or both.

Iodine is another important anti-cancer nutrient that will be absorbed through the skin. DMSO is a natural solvent that the body uses as a nutrient. DMSO when rubbed on the skin will carry other nutrients into the body. A cloth soaked with flax oil can be placed on the skin over a problem area of the body during the day or while sleeping.

If you do an enema, you might put some potassium bicarbonate in the enema water. Nutrient enemas are also called "rectal feeding". Anal suppositories can also be used and are sometimes called "vitamin suppositories".

Another way to bypass the digestive system is sublingual absorption of nutrients. Sublingual vitamin B12 methylcobalamin tablets, for example, are the best way to absorb this nutrient. Vegetarians and the elderly should supplement with vitamin B12 daily. Vitamin B12 is needed for a healthy nervous system. Many health problems experienced by the elderly are actually due to vitamin B12 deficiency.

Vitamin D is made by the skin when exposed to sunlight or special ultraviolet B lamps 1 , 2. Vitamin D is also available as an oral spray which may be better absorbed than oral supplements. The vitamin D oral spray may include vitamin K2 and other nutrients. Perhaps the best antioxidant is Earthing.

Add exercise rebounding , yoga asanas, daily walk , meditation , hyperthermia , a comfortable breathing exercise pranayama , and the squat toilet , and you find that about half of our 8 step anti-cancer program does not involve the digestive system.

See also Transdermal Breast Cancer Treatments. These treatments can be used for nearly all cancers. Many people have difficulty absorbing fats, and as a result do not absorb the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K from food and supplements very well.

This includes those with Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, cystic fibrosis, Celiac disease Sprue , liver and gallbladder problems. For all these people, an ultraviolet B lamp may be the best way to get vitamin D. Vitamin D made by the skin in response to UVB light contains many variations of the vitamin whose value to health is not fully known at this time.

For some reason, vitamin D made by the skin lasts twice as long in the body as vitamin D from supplements. The skin can make 10, to 20, IU of vitamin D daily, yet the skin will not make more vitamin D than you need, so there is no possibility of an overdose.

Since vitamin D controls the absorption and utilization of calcium in the body, having a high level of vitamin D in the blood may be necessary to increase your alkalinity. To prevent skin cancer from UVB light, the main thing is to avoid sun burn. If your skin turns pink a few minutes or hours after exposure to sunlight or UVB light, do not expose your skin again until it has healed.

UVB light does not penetrate window glass. The UVB light must fall directly onto the skin. Strengthen the nutrient carrying capacity of your blood. Blood is a colloidal solution.

The overall negative electrical charge called zeta potential in the blood is what keeps the cells and nutrients in suspension like charges repel each other.

When the negative electrical charge becomes weak, then particles in blood tend to clump together and fall out of solution. Plaques form on artery walls, in the brain and other places. The blood loses its capacity to carry nutrients. The value of the nutrients you consume is lost if the blood cannot transport them. About half the population has badly sludged blood the cells have coagulated , and most of the remainder have some degree of sludging.

Everyone needs to learn how to maximize their zeta potential and the nutrient carrying capacity of their blood. One lab found that best results in reducing intravascular coagulation were obtained by drinking 8 glasses per day of reverse osmosis filtered water with a mix of potassium citrate and potassium bicarbonate added sufficient to raise the pH of the water to 8.

The minerals MUST be taken with the water in order to be effective, because dehydration is also a factor. Potassium works better than sodium to reduce intravascular coagulation, in fact too much sodium in the diet is part of the problem.

The recommendations of this lab are remarkably similar to Dr. This suggests that Dr. Gerson's therapy strengthens the nutrient carrying capacity of the blood. To increase your zeta potential you must avoid aluminum.

Aluminum is used in water treatment plants to cause materials to settle out of solution. It does this by reducing the zeta potential. In your body aluminum does the same thing. A reverse osmosis water filter can remove aluminum from your drinking water.

Remove aluminum from the body with malic acid found in apples and apple cider vinegar , vitamin C, iodine, cilantro, chlorella, silica and hyperthermia. Sodium and calcium decrease zeta potential. Potassium increases zeta potential. The form of potassium that has maximum effect on zeta potential is called potassium citrate. Potassium citrate is available on the Internet. You can read more about zeta potential here.

Citric acid combines with alkaline minerals to form citrate. Citric acid is commonly found in citrus fruits and their juices. The "citric acid cycle", also known as the "Krebs cycle", is key to the metabolism of oxygen in your body. Krebs received the Nobel prize in for the discovery of the Krebs cycle. Search the Internet for more information. It has also been found that Earthing will increase zeta potential. The surface of the Earth has a negative electrical charge and will provide the body with limitless negatively charged electrons so long as the body is grounded to the Earth.

Earthing is the ultimate anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. We feel that everyone would benefit from Earthing. Much disease would be prevented and vastly improved health would be enjoyed by all.

Let your pets sleep on a grounded surface. Proper kidney function is essential to good health. Proper functioning of the kidney membrane is needed for wastes to be removed and nutrients to remain in the body. Particularly helpful to healthy kidney function are coconut oil and flax oil.

See our page on healthy fats and oils. Kidneys are also damaged by high blood sugar and high blood pressure. For kidney, bladder, and urinary tract infections try the simple sugar D-mannose 1 , 2. D-mannose may also help protect the prostate from infection.

Go for maintenance rather than weight loss. Eat two meals a day and gradually work back to having one when you feel like it. As I continue my own fat loss journey I may well decide to experiment to discover for myself whether the conventional fat loss wisdom holds true. Common Sense You need to apply common sense to this diet. Extended periods of fasting can lead to feeling faint or dizzy.

Eat small snacks if you need to. The opinions stated here are my own, I am not medically trained nor am I a qualified nutritionist. You must do your own research and you should consult a medical professional before embarking on a diet. But if you have any doubts at all you should see a doctor. I could have done it quicker but the price for the quick result was more than I was willing to pay.

Oh and about the General. As a former U. They constipate you so badly that you get stomach pains after eating them for two days. During the First Gulf War they apparently had to airlift a couple soldiers to Germany because of critical digestion issues caused by them. Anyways on the one meal a day diet: I used to do that in High School along with running every day and dropped from lbs to about to get in shape for AROTC although I was really skinny runner type, and after a couple months of PT was up to about from putting on muscle.

The way I always saw it, one meal a day is more natural from an evolutionary standpoint. Mankind was made to eat big meals rather than munch all day like the 6 meals a day has you think. A human being is far more flexible with eating adaptability than most nutritionists or health experts are willing to admit.

Hence why so many studies contradict each other in dietary research. I am in my early 40s. I last did this way of eating in my 20s and it worked fabulously for me. Now I am overweight and trying it again. They tend to be normal hearty meals. Instead of dividing up my calorie intake between a breakfast that I never really wanted in the first place, and a so-so diet lunch and then making do with the few calories I have left to eat a weird meal different to everyone else in the household or at at the restaurant.

Hi Krystal, I think you summed it up very nicely. Thanks so much for leaving such a great comment — I look forward to hearing how you get on!! At that point i was frustrated at my efforts at weight loss. Excersing was not for me and eating salads put me into a bad temper. I was begining to think maybe i would never loose weight but then i read this wonderful article and realized may be i should give it a try… Eating one meal a day. I look great and am never hungry!!! Just one thing, what does it mean when you wake up still really full from the night before?

Did I eat too much? For example,last night I had salad, oven cooked fresh salmon with soy and ginger, brown rice a lot and broccoli and 3 glasses of red wine. Maybe its the carbs that did it. If I get hungry during the day, I eat some natural almonds or a spoon full of yoghurt or have some coffee and that seems to work.

I am 74 kilos and need to get down to 57 by end June I hope this is possible with this diet. I am so tired of counting calories and points and watching what I eat. I really hope this one works. Anyone have any tips? Great going, you can do this! Do you have any tips? Thanks for this affirmation. I am currently doing something similar. I do have a mid morning snack boiled egg or celery or apple and mid afternoon snack like the mid morning one then eat my meal after 5 sometime.

I drink lotsa water, coffee no sugar or cream or tea plain all day long. Just wanted to give you an update. There have been some days when I am really hungry either mid morning or early afternoon. Then I find myself obsessing about food. So then I just have my Big meal then. At first I was worried that it would hurt the weight loss, but not at all- I continue to lose steadily. So on days where I am REALLY hungry, and decide to make an early big meal, then at night right before bed, I will have a small bowl of fiber cereal with a little milk and an apple- so that I go to bed with food in my stomach and can sleep.

The weight loss continues as before. And that early meal holds me for the day! The small snacks are a brilliant idea because they keep you on track.

That can put on far too much pressure. Thanks for the blog. I met herschel walker yesterday. I am 43 years old. Hi Tony, I know what you mean. Lots of people start this diet and then seem to abandon it — not so many follow through with it.

Today is day This is about a calorie deficit per day. My Basal Metabolic Rate from a website is about calories. I simply eat it at dinner time. Sometimes that makes for an interesting meal. The chemical sugar swings are gone. My goal is 60 lbs of weight loss.

As I lose weight my BMR will drop. So it will go slower as I go forward. It took me a while before I was able to where you are. How does one go all day without eating? By simply doing it. However, I have found a few techniques that seem to help. Sloth, boredom, idle time; these all make me hungry. If I work all day and am focused then food becomes secondary. Second, drink plenty of anything.

I keep a case of water in my car. I keep a case of water in a small fridge in my workshop on the farm. I keep a pitcher of splenda sweetened tea in the fridge in the house. At least for me I have found that the more I eat, the more I want to eat. This is especially true of sugar and carbs. Fourth, have a 5 Hour Energy. Fifth, if I have to eat something then I go ahead and eat enough to get me to dinner.

The one time so far that I really felt like I had to eat something — or go crazy — I ate two ounces of ham. There are millions of people in the world who survive on a lot less food than I do. There is no way to lose weight without feeling that feeling whatever that feels like to you. So the more I feel it, the more progress I am making. Anyone can go a couple hours. I can go a couple more hours. I can eat whatever I want! I can buy them. I can hold them. Whatever I want to eat I can eat, and should eat… for dinner!

If I like to plan things, then I make detailed plans of what I will eat and when. Instead tap into areas of your mentality where you have a track record of success and power. Project your eating plan through that powerful part of your psyche. These are things that have helped me through 17 days. So, the scale is always wrong in some way or another.

Just focus on the process. The results will take care of themselves. That is a fantastic summary and reflects my own experience and thinking. You are so right about that. In fact for me that has been the toughest part but ultimately very rewarding. But here is a pretty good one. I just reasoned that most of what we see regarding diet and weight loss is either wrong or designed to get us to part with our money. I have long suspected that starvation mode in the context of dieting was a myth and I also suspected that the metabolism thing was just rubbish too.

Glad you sent this my way though. Day 30 Status I wanted to do push ups and sit ups every day. I think the biggest issue with making a change like this is when people try to change their basic nature. But I can control when I eat. That is a tremendous result. Having the discipline to keep going and make the progress you have made is well worth celebrating. I think you are nicely placed for anotheer good month one day at a time, of course. Too many people throw themselves into it. They get injured and disillusioned and let the eating plan slide.

I think you have the balance exactly right. Your weight loss is stready and not too extreme. And exercise seems to make me hungry, I am going to start this one whole meal a day, mashed potatoes, pasta salad and yes something sweet but small.

An apple or egg in the morning then this is doable. And walking instead of killing myself at the gym and small amount of weights Here I go…………………. Hi Lisa, sounds like a good plan! Again this weight fluctuates even throughout the day. If I go out and work on my farm weeding crops, building, moving dirt, etc then I could easily weight by 2: If I have a big breakfast and some chocolate milk then I could weigh The exact weight is less important than the trend.

Look at this past week. I went from to and back in 7 days. Regarding my energy levels. A lot of people would think that if you only eat once a day that you would be lethargic, tired or unproductive.

Basically, on the farm I get up at 7: After that I do things out of the heat — work in my shop repairing things, pressure can or process foods, shop, etc.

All the while I am also tending to chickens, goats, dogs, meat rabbits, and my daughter. I typically will go to sleep at about I wanted to do push-ups and sit-ups every day. I enjoy running sometimes. I would have done some exercise last week but I got a wicked sunburn on my lower back and then I got sick. From time to time I have no doubt I will run miles, again without eating before doing it.

So, your body uses the energy that it gets from the food that you eat. The energy is there. The more I do the more energy I have. No doubt you feel great for having made such progress. It happens so often… no change… no change… up a little… no change and then Bingo, Big Change. I did notice yesterday when I weighed myself in the middle of the day I weighed , so I knew it was just a matter of time until I weighed that in the morning.

Again, you weight fluctuates throughout the day — especially after working outside or working out, because sweating drops water weight. Does that mean days will be enough? Also, and more telling, I had to buy new jeans this week. This was my high estimate of weight loss. My expectation was to lose 1. And I do drink scotch and beer. A meal is the food I want plus the dessert I want.

Once you get the hang of skipping breakfast then you have that meal out of the day. That just leaves the middle of the day. I find that business with the weight happens to me too. I would like to start this as well. I am overweight by 25 kgs 55lbs and have been struggling with for the last ten years. What is your one meal like? The great thing about this is I eat what the familiy eats. Mostly meals based around meat, chicken or fish, with either potatoes or rice, and vegetables.

It would have killed me to wait a whole day just to tuck into a bowl of salad and mung beans. There were some days I got greedy and that slowed my progress. Hi guys, there is a very nice forum for us one meal eaters, it is Edit: I started this diet few days ago and I feel great! David if you know of any or if you can start one please post it here on your blog I check your blog regularly: Thanks for clarifying about the forum I posted and not just deleting my post or ignoring my comment, it was very nice of you!

Actually, I think the spam is limited to the General Discussion board. It looks like a promising forum with some nice people! Thanks for the great blog. I tried something similar, though a bit more drastic as I only ate one meal—but also a very light meal—a few years ago with great, fast results. I am now married, 34 yrs.

I just re-started this diet—this time not drastic like before—with the one free meal in the evening, and I know it will work for me. You are rewarded by eating your favorite meals every single evening, and because of that, unlike other diets, this diet is sustainable.

I think that is likely something promulgated by people who freak out when they feel one bit of hunger and cannot deal with it. Or perhaps it does work to keep your metabolism going, but the fact is that severe deficits also work, and the one meal a day without a drastic deficit, works great too. To me, a calorie is a calorie, and so long as you have a deficit, you will lose.

And besides, I find it easy to eat one meal a day without getting hungry. But I also found it way too hard to eat rabbit food multiple times a day for six days a week with only one or two cheat meals on the weekend. And that is frankly IMO a sad way to live given the social emphasis placed on food, the environment we live in which encourages eating, and all the temptations out there.

Its mental torture to watch this and a diet killer. So this one meal a day diet is the best of both worlds. Eat what you want once a day and still lose weight. And over time, for those who feel inclined to do so, we can make changes to the types of food we eat.

Maybe you feel the same way, but for me it was more important to do something about my weight, see some results and feel good about what I was achieving. I may do that at some point, but for now, I find that my priority is to lose the weight first, however I can do that, and this kind of diet has allowed me to finally stick to weight loss plan. I am sure the health benefits realized by losing several pounds will be good.

Not exactly health food, but I lost a bunch of weight and the doctor actually shook my hand because my blood pressure and cholesterol had also improved dramatically, even with tacos and burgers!

I think its important to realize that not every diet is for everyone. For me, this is what works. For me I wanted something close enough to my normal diet. I keep seeing stories about people who change what they eat radically in order to lose weight only to go back to their old diet and put the weight back on. I think that if the beer is ice cold it has fewer calories. Or maybe it was just a dream. I know this is once a day, but I decided to do breakfast and then dinner. I used to be so skinny and then my 30s hit and my weight has crept up and up.

Daily walks with my dog of miles have done nothing to help me lose, lifting weights at the gym did zero. I would break down calories into little chunks thru the day — calories here, there, and then I would be so hungry at dinner I overate every time. Breaking down between 2 meals though is definitely easier, and I like that I am letting my stomach have a rest.

How can it be natural for people to eat every 3 hours? Do we really believe that back in ancient Rome or Egypt people were carrying around food to nosh on thru the day? I have an app called myfitnesspal on my iPhone and I use it to track my food and exercise. I wish I had thought of doing this sooner. I trained myself to want food at certain intervals, get hungry, etc. This book gave me the insight I needed to see this thing through and re-train myself.

Eventually I was able to transition to one meal. If two meals works best for you, you should definitely stick with that. Most of dieting is mindset, breaking old habits and forming new ones.

A week ago I was According to myfitnesspal log I have had a calorie deficit of calories below my calorie limit every day. The idea to treat lunch as a small snack instead of a meal is a good one.

I had to force myself to eat and felt even worse. The vacation may be an interesting challenge for you but you can definitely come out the other side better off. You have it right about the snacks.

Snacking is dangerous for me, I have to be so careful or the flood gates open. Its David from May in the post up above. What I wanted to say was congratulations on the successful weight loss.

Even eating one good meal per day is not as easy a diet as I thought it would be! I thought it was going to be easy for me to stick to the diet, but I deviated from it when family came to town. All we seem to do when they come to town is go out to eat, constantly! So I am back to say I have started the diet once again, about 3 weeks ago, and have stuck to it to a tee this time with no issues and thus far have lost 11 pounds.

I seriously hope to remain on it for many more months, and may then ease up on it only slightly and maybe have two meals a day. I think this is something I can stick to long term. Congrats again to everyone who is successfully trying this and good luck! Well done of dropping the 11 pounds and good luck on getting to your 25lb target. I know from my own experience that it takes persistence and it takes time. I am trying to lose over a lbs and so far this one meal a day diet is working for me.

I have been doing it for 2 weeks and ive lost about 6 lbs. I also incorporate a small snack during the day here are some of my choices fruit,a chunk of great cheese w crackers or a bagel w a little butter n jam.

I look foward every evening to a well thought out delicious dinner and sometimes i have dessert,maybe x a week. I also drink alot of water and do some light walking about 10 minutes most days. And my love and obsession with food is now geared towards that 1 meal which now seems alot more satisfying then 2or 3 mediocre meals. Firstly… well done on losing some weight. Sticking to any diet for a long period of time is going to be challenging, so you have to do it in a way that feels least like a diet.

The beauty of eating one meal a day is I ate what I wanted and I ate with the family. It was all very normal. Without a doubt my own progress was slowed down because I refused to count calories. Had I done so I think I would have lost the weight a lot quicker.

I admire your resolve to stick to the plan 7 days a week. I think you can definitely do it. You sound very positive. Just keep trying different approaches until you find what suits you. Thank u for the encouragement ,i will post often and let u know how this one meal a day diet is working for me. Here is some stats on me ,I am 40 years old w a 20 year old daughter in college and im married. Currently unemployed but looking for work in a bad economy.

Thankfully my husband has a good job. I did think about having a cheating day or eating 2 meals at least on the weekends but as i went along the idea of a really good dinner everynite seemed enough so far. The first week was HELL ,had to get my body adjusted to eating one main meal a day but with some light snacking here and there like i mentioned on my previous post got me thru it.

Once again thank u for this blog its been so helpful and i also like your house cleaning tips. A small snack can cure the first in minutes, but to cure the second I have to wait a whole day! Glad you liked the house cleaning tips!

Hi david Just wanted to share that i slipped off plan by eating leftovers and snacking over the last few days. I know the one meal a day plan does work because i did lose some weight when adhering to it. But found myself struggling a bit of late and would gladly appreciate any advice or tips on how to get back on track and succeed like you did. Just trying to regroup and sharing my experience thus far honestly……….

You have a desire to change and with that as your starting point, really good things can happen! Two meal with one of them eaten late evening, like suppertime, also works very well for me and I sometimes slip into that routine when I get bored with just one meal.

It took me far too long to lose the weight and I could have done it much quicker had I created a tighter structure. It was more of a casual desire — and sadly that;s not enough to carry you through the tough times! When I started out on this I had some very powerful reasons to want to achieve my goal. There were times when the reasons and the feelings associated with them faded, but I always found I was able to tap back into them. Let me know if it makes sense… maybe I could clarify a few bits?

Just know that what you want to do is possible and that you can do it. If it takes you a little longer than most, so what? You just do it your way and in your own time. One thing that I have started doing is fixing my One Meal early in the day so it is ready for when I eat at 3pm. I browned a bunch of lean hamburger, put all kinds of spices in it and had it ready for my teeny little whole wheat bread. I am watching my portions, but I am not counting calories — I know it is somewhere in the vicinity of calories, but I am very satisfied after the meal.

This had worked for me too. Have they never seen people in famine? People in the old days used to eat twice a day. And in Theravada Buddhism, monks may only have one meal a day before noon, and that was considered the middle path half way between 2 and 0. It can be done! Hi david I read your reply very carefully and i reread your original post on the one meal a day plan that worked for you. Like you im not counting calories and all foods are allowed when having my one meal usually i have it in the evening.

The one trick that was working for me was that i would make sure that 1-meal was really tasty or something i really looked fowrard to eating for example a nice cut of steak w a baked potato and veggies and a nice dessert like a slice of chocalate cake.

Very yummy indeed and when having hunger pangs during the day from not eating knowing what my evening meal would be sustained me. After thinking about your reply especially the comments that im in the early stages of my weight loss plan im taking your advice on fine tuning what can work best for me. I agree with you on trying to make this diet not feel like its a diet ,and to m ake it as close to my normal and still giving me results.

I just need to figure out some ways during the day until dinnertime how to cope when i do get hungry and if i do allow myself a snack,how to keep tasty yet damage free…. I strongly love this one meal a day plan just need to find the best way to make it sustainable for me looooong term. If any readers of your blog also can share tips ,ideas or light snack suggestions that get them thru the day that would be appreciated big time on my part. I saw you drank tea alot during the day but i am not a tea or coffee drinker..

Again thank you for this blog ,hope you get alot of sponsers because it is very informativ for people like me….. I think maybe you have something like that in mind for yourself?

I tell myself that the hunger is a good signal and that if my body really needs energy it can get it from my fat stores. When I feel hungry it reminds me that there are others much worse off and if they can go without food for days, then I can certainly manage it for a few hours. At the moment it suits me to have one main meal slightly smaller than I would usually eat and then a good sized snack of something awesomely tasty just before I go to bed.

The thought of doing that keeps me going all day, and means that I can put up with small bland snacks for the rest of the day. I like how you say the snack is to fight off hunger pangs and not to have a pleasurable experience.

I am back from vacation and ate waaaaaaay more than once a day. I plan to wean myself off the morning smoothie perhaps save it for dinner, since I love it so and replace it with an apple. I hate every kind of apple, but they are very nutritious and have lots of fiber.

That will fill up my stomach and I can get on with my day and not worry about food until dinnertime. Yeah, this holds true for me too. On the days between the high-days and holidays I tend to work a bit harder to put in a calorie deficit. Having the apple a day works well for me, but if you like your smoothies, maybe you should stick to having them? Snacking at other times in the day is fine, but of course the trick is not to continue eating. The snacks are definitely functional.

This is what I am aiming for! I am healthy-ish now, no ailments, I want to stay that way. As of tomorrow I am going to do it and keep my own little blog. I like what you did with the belt, I have a pair of jeans very sexy ones that i want to get on and done up!! Well done and love your site x. The one meal a day thing is a bit of a mad idea, but it can be adapted to suit your own needs and modified as you go along.

The lunch crowd… the Italian food… but on the other hand, those oh-so-sexy jeans! Being a dad does that to a man. Gone were my days as a single guy who ate a light lunch, ran miles at night, and then gorged on a pound of beef with no carbs at around 11 pm with a beer, resulting in a reasonably fit physique for me.

With a wife who cooks good meals and a baby and a lack of time to exercise, I gained a LOT of weight. Add to that the fact that a heavy lunch made me sluggish at work, and then I decided I had to go to extreme measures. Thank you for that. So two weeks ago, I decided to begin. I immediately lost weight by the second day of doing this.

That first week was good. This resulted in me making a slight gain in weight. But my question at this point is this: Cheating is creeping into my day and the small cheats are really starting to add up. But… if you got some early results with it, it might benefit you to return to the way you were doing it when you got the results, i. Down from several weeks ago to as of today. Not as fast as I would like, but how can one complain about losing a pound a week after so many weeks?

And 2 I am worried about what will happen when I re-introduce lunch to my diet. Will I regain all this weight? What I do now is drink coffee with Equal for breakfast and another for lunch. For dinner, I take buckets of vitamins as well as my cholesterol medicine, then I feast. Now doing this HAS resulted in a much-needed weight loss. But am I wrecking havoc on my body?

Regarding the second issue, I will be the first to admit that I am mentally addicted to the idea of lunch. But I sure as heck would like to have it! I mean dinner on a two-meal-a-day diet will still be big like it is now. Nothing else was working, not eating three healthy meals a day and not running long distance several times a week.

If two meals a day is shouting out to you as the way to keep it sustainable, it has to be worth experimenting with for a while. I definitely liked two meals a day and I did lose some weight doing that. I really really need to lose at a minimum about 60 pounds. Our first stop is where we shop. Our groceries on the conveyor belt. People wondered why I was photographing this….

Coupons can be the best of times or the worst of times. When we lived in the city, Mr. FW and I shopped on Friday nights because the stores were empty and there were no lines! Hot date night, to be sure. Since everyone has different dietary restrictions, preferences, and priorities, this category will be, well, different for everyone.

FW and I eat inexpensive, healthy, mostly organic meals. Bulk shopping allows us to take advantage of lower prices on higher quality ingredients. Doing this is cheaper and also healthier since most packaged, pre-made foods are laden with preservatives and sodium. This is kind of an easy one: Fear not, we can address all three! For date nights with your lover, may I recommend a romantical dinner at home. This is what Mr. FW and I do and it is wonderful for several reasons:.

FW and I, after not eating out at all for several years, have gotten into a grove of eating out once a month. If, however, we escalated this to once a week? If you know you want to eat out occassionally, decide in advance how many times a month you want to splurge. Savoring gourmet food is my weakness. You might not know this, but Mr. FW and I are hardcore foodies.

We know good food. We also know mediocre food. If, on the other hand, you make a plan to eat at an amazing restaurant? Then by all means, go and truly enjoy it. No one has the fortitude to cook a full meal every single night of the year. If they do, then a medal is in order. But for the rest of us, please familiarize yourself with the following key tenets of frugality:. We have freezers for a reason , people. And now, please enjoy a story: And what do we do for dinner?

So what are we supposed to do, starve?! We frugal weirdos go to our reserve of emergency freezer meals.

But in none of those instances did we order take-out, because… we had emergency frozen meals all set to go in our freezer! We keep several frozen pizzas in our freezer at all times. We also have a stash of frozen meals that Mr. I mean seriously people, go easy on yourself and stock your freezer.

In that same vein…. Similar to the plan ahead mentality of frozen meals, be honest with yourself about your capacity to cook on weeknights. Some nights, everything goes smoothly: And so, what to do about dinner? Prepare for the inevitable melee of Mondays and create an easy rotation of meals to fall back on. I think a lot of people misguidedly assume Mr.

Rather, we have a simple list of meals that we eat on repeat. Oh yes, you read that right, we eat the same, easy meals over and over again. Because it gives us lots of time and money to do other things.

We stock our pantry with the raw, bulk ingredients Mr. FW likes and he throws together whatever time and creativity allow for. Scrambled eggs and grits: Mix in with some pasta and squeeze fresh lemon on top. Sweet potatoes and quinoa: This makes cooking and clean-up easier and faster. Let me dispel a common myth of Frugalwoods lore right now: We also eat dairy!

We will basically eat anything! What we do with expensive proteins—meat and cheese—is use them sparingly. This also has the advantage of being extremely tasty and easy to freeze! When in doubt, add beans, onions, and garlic! I exaggerate, but not by much. As my mother-in-law the chef extraordinaire teaches: We also eat grass-fed beef, which we buy locally from our neighbors. FW mixes ground beef into homemade tomato sauce with crushed tomatoes and—you guessed it—onions and garlic.

Our lunches are vegetarian and at least several dinners a week are as well. Conversely, if you live in a small apartment in the city with easy access to a grocery store, this might not be a good exercise for you.

FW could, at any time, whip up a batch of soup or stew or chili from the staples we keep on hand. FW knows we always have these base, raw ingredients to choose from.

All of these items are shelf stable for at least a few weeks and we cycle through them regularly. How do I know this? Have quick, healthy snacks at work, in your diaper bag, in your purse, your briefcase, your car, and certainly your pantry. Here are a few tidbits we like to snack on:. This is especially good for an afternoon snack when I just want to crunch something. We actually eat this for dessert, but it could work for snacks too. What Are You Drinking? Cheers to cheap seltzer!

Drinks are another element of a food budget. FW and I regularly consume the following, all of which have been frugalized and optimized:. This is the backbone of my luxurious frugality lifestyle philosophy: The title pretty much sums this tenet up: The culprit here is likely a failure to plan ahead or, a failure to have simple weeknight meals you can whip up.

Do yourself the favor of making a list of easy meals you can cook each night. You could eat a different meal every single night and only cook once a week if you followed this pattern! This is simply not allowed. But dumping entire loads of vegetables or full casseroles in the trash?

In short, Babywoods eats what we eat. I cut up any large chunks since she only has two teeth , but otherwise, she eats our diet. When she was younger, we cooked homemade purees for her and froze them in ice cube trays. We allow Babywoods to eat as much or as little as she wants at each meal. However, I offer her foods in small doses. In this way, we waste very little while encouraging our adventurous little eater to consume as much—or as little—as she desires.

Since desserts are expensive and typically laden with sugar, we choose to abstain as a family. Now I do love to bake for potlucks and dinner parties and the holidays!!! Be mindful with beverages. Will Babywoods drink these during her childhood? Seems to work well and avoids many a dinner table battle. I never leave the house without food. I always take a water bottle, almonds, and other snacks with me.

Ergo, I always take food. When Babywoods and I go to the grocery store and run errands, I pack sandwiches for both of us along with almonds for me , water bottles for both of us, and other sundry bits of snack. And, by the way, these are not gourmet lunches: But hey, it is food!

Have the foods you like on hand and the discipline to eat them and not order take-out! You can do this. While I think Mr. And you know what we do? We eat it anyway. And then never make it again. FW has only made one meal that we really and truly had to toss. It was a most unfortunate fish stew that tasted awful. We ate it for one meal and then threw out the leftovers. I hated to waste so much food, but wow, was it unpalatable. So, aside from fish stew disasters, buck up and eat it.

We tend to prepare crock pot meals given the kids. My wife also cooks by feel so there are no recipes to share. I grew up in a household where meals were separate plates, so its been an adjustment.

But it is a huge savings. We supplement cost savings with our garden and some fruit trees in our yard. Also figuring out things that taste amazing and are healthy and cheap… for example, 2kg of frozen blueberries from Costco are 8. Surprisingly, per weight, this puts them at the same price as bulk apples and bananas at the local grocery store, and cheaper than most other fruit.

Also, individually frozen lunches, if you work outside the home. Oh, and final best tip: Replace with ground pork, add about 2tbs of oil or water texture , and add spices google for spicy Italian sausage blends…. Freeze in 1-lb bags and tug out for easy meal bases. Oh, and any water used to re-hydrate mushrooms makes the BEST risotto broth.

Or Jamie Olivers recipe for sausage and fennel fusilli. And the soup, specifically, freezes beautifully. Cheap and delicious, freezes beautifully. I make it again and again: It tends to be quite expensive, at least where I live. I finally got a grinder for Christmas last year and grind up whatever is cheap, which is often a nice lean loin which tends to be dry, but you can compensate.

It takes a little work to do it right as you need to cut it up then par-freeze for the grinder to work well, but I do a number of pounds at once then throw it all in the freezer in meal sized bags. I used to be an extreme couponer and I know how badly coupons can be for your grocery budget.

We did this with beans, rice, bread, sauces, soups, etc. Go through your pantry to use up existing items. I make a list of everything we need to use up. I only bother looking at the meat and produce; everything else is just noise. I make note of what produce and meat is on sale. This way, I get the cheapest meals possible. It also means we tend to eat a lot of grains like rice with cheap fresh produce, which is pretty healthy. We shop at 7 am on Saturdays: I would encourage you to make different types of freezer meals like soups, casseroles, enchiladas, desserts, etc.

It really cuts down on the need to eat out and spend money. I would add that if you pay attention a lot of the same sorts of things go on sale. When it comes to saving on food, I think so much depends on knowing yourself. Is it more expensive, yes. Chopped frozen butternut squash is one of the few things that I will pay extra for the convenience of! I absolutely hate chopping butternut squash too, so I cut it in half, clean out the gunk, and roast it cut side down on a baking tray with a bit of oil.

If your microwave is large enough, you can also cook butternut there. Pierce the skin in several place, then nuke on high for about 5min. Start checking every minute or so after that. Butternut freezes well though.

Jamie Oliver never peels butternut squash. Once I saw him cook it with the peel on, I never went back. Peel almost melts away and there is no taste of it.

That, plus a clean kitchen towel to grasp the slippery gord, makes the job so much easier. At home I have salad dressing and veggie boullion. That all becomes soup, salad and bread. This is so, so true Stefanie! For example, I find that when I keep those huge bags of pre-cut frozen veggies in the freezer, I eat 9 different vegetables before noon seriously, I did it yesterday! Things have changed for me, frugality-wise, in different seasons of life.

Frugalwoods is a young mom of one. I am an older mom with 7 yep, s-e-v-e-n kids, and we homeschool, and I run two blogs, and hubby runs a business, and… my energy at 41 is more precious. I also hate chopping squash and it can be very hard indeed. I cook it whole in the oven and then scoop it out. Also same for pumpkin, except with next step to get the seeds, and roast them after.

I cannot bear the prep. I know you can skin and chop and de-seed yourself, but even the thought makes me need to lie down quietly!

If you ever need smooth cooked butternut squash versus chopped browned squares which sometimes you need , you can cook the entire butternut in a crockpot. Stab with some holes, add 2 cups of water and cook it whole 8 hours on Low. Let it cool in the fridge before you slice it open, and you have magical squash puree without giving yourself a hernia! For any squash place in the crockpot with a small bath of water.

Cook on high for about 4hrs. The skin will slide off and your squash will melt off the fork. No more cutting your hands off trying to get into the shell. I made homemade humous once I really hated it. Perhaps this will be better?

Same goes for open packets — like yogurt, cream, meat etc. Also rice is such a high risk food that you should only keep it in the fridge for 1 day and you have to be super, super careful if you are planning to re-heat it. Stay safe people, if in doubt — throw it out. Your health is worth more than a little bit of money! What I find is that most food expiration dates are remarkably conservative. I tackle this very topic in greater depth in this post: I wonder if our dairy products are more pasteurized than yours because neither product would go bad in a properly cold fridge in 3 days.

Also not sure where the rice fear comes from. We do this all the time,. Now if it was rice leftover from a restaurant…probably not. A big yogurt pot once open can happily sit in my fridge 10 days. Use clean spoon to serve from pot, keep refrigerated, no problem. Milk in my experience lasts 5 to 9 days once open fresh, pasteurised, not UHT. PSs just to add.. I make a batch of rice and eat on it for a week. I have never been sick while eating rice….. I am Southern, and I sometimes eat the greens with cornbread, but rice works also.

The rice is really good soaked in the pot likker. I add the pepper sauce which is hot peppers in a vinegar sauce. Pinto beans and a slice of raw onion with sea salt on top make for a fine meal. I think health and safety culture does have a lot going for it certainly, but the nannying endless food policing is insane. I found that hummus is one of those foods for which you must acquire a taste. I started eating it when my parents lived in Saudi Arabia and it was novel to Westerners.

Then I worked with a group of people who were from the Middle East, and hummus was their favorite dish. That was back in the 60s and 70s before it became a popular item in the United States. I make my own hummus, and adjust the seasonings for my taste.

You might try making a batch and adjust the garlic, oil, salt to your preference. If there is no mold on it it is safe to eat. Rice — That is a misunderstanding between two issues. There is a bacteria that loves rice that has a poisonous byproduct. Therefore even if you re-heat it and kill the bacteria the byproduct remains and can make you quite ill. It is only an issue for rice that is left out. Why am I not dead yet? I also cook for the week and eat off of it. And if it goes past five days the dog eats it.

Once again just goes to show that I expose my body to enough bad stuff that I never get sick! Thank you for this! I made hummus yesterday and we were out of tahini, so I subbed peanut butter. We liked it even better. I will never buy tahini again! Leanne is a nutritionist. Leanne also gets it about making sure dinner is on the table in minutes. The recipes are flavorful and made with stuff you can easily find in the supermarket. Ty, I get jealous when reading how cheap produce an other items are cheaper in other areas of the country.

My daughter has bball practice in the central district and the least expensive fruit and veggies stand is a block from her school. But then, so does housing or land. Frugalwoods, you answered my question about the oats, thank you, I am so happy!!

How do you store them? We store our oats in these food-grade containers: I totally agree that kids throw everything for a loop, haha! Super easy and it gets our day off to a healthy start! We use OJ as our base though you could use water , add in a banana, frozen pineapple chunks, blueberries, etc and then TONS of spinach or kale!

Our weakness is without a doubt coffee and dessert. We get Starbucks a few times per week; but our daughters will only nap in the car now they are 3 and 4! Love all your tips!!! This week I made vegan sweet potato and black bean enchiladas that were amazing; and then made spicy potato and black bean burritos two nights later since they used the same ingredients!

You are totally right that black beans are a must; and every meal should begin by sauteing an onion! For example, I used to eat a Chipotle burrito bowl once or even twice a week. So I set out to master the best vegan burrito bowl I could. The key to the rice is adding lime juice and a little olive oil.

More recently, I had an amazing batch of vegan tacos featuring crispy smashed potatoes yum! So now I have a perfect topping for my burrito bowl. The next challenge still working on it is coming up with a tasty vegan substitute for Vietnamese rice noodle salad bowls.

I like your Chipotle hack. I did the same, but for us it was their barbacoa beef for burrito bowls. I located a great copycat recipe and every few months, if beef is affordable, I make a batch and freeze it in meal-size portions. Probably at least a year-and-a-half.

The best granola ish bar recipe we have found, after many many failures, is the Bird Seed Energy Bars from AllRecipes http: Yes, she has regular oatmeal plus a banana for breakfast no sugar added!

Looks weird, but she likes it that way: My other 3 kids love oatmeal, I do steel cut oats in the crockpot, so good! Food can be such a challenging aspect of frugality because there are so many emotional, family, and political elements tied up into how and what we eat.

I very much agree with other commenters who noted the importance of working with your habits. Neither of us enjoy cooking so more frequent simple meal planning to prevent the take-out meals is the next battle to fight! Food is so cheap in the US, and the average family spends less of its income on food than ever, but housing costs have skyrocketed. My rent budget is five to ten times what my food budget is, and my income tax budget is three times that.

If you live in the U. TurboTax knows about every tax deduction there is and can save you quite a bit on your income taxes when you file. I am vegan so I chuckle at comments that a vegan diet is expensive.

Like you point out, if you avoid the processed stuff and stick to whole foods then it can be crazy cheap! We do have slightly higher grocery bills because we balance shopping for a committed vegan me with my omni husband and kids. The family eats lots of vegan dishes with the odd bit of meat served on the side to keep them happy.