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Give me your opinions on the big "eating healthy" topic...?

Hi guys, First of all before I start, if your a spammer, please f**k off. And for those who actually want to reply, if you see a spammer please report him!! Now....I'm not the most healthies person on the planet. Recently I started to read about healthy foods, started the Insanity workout routine with my wife and overall just make a change. Now when you read online and different sources, you see many many different people tell you what is good and what is bad. Don't eat too many natural fats like nuts and avo and don't eat processed foods like McDn's and all that. So during my reading and "discovery" of the "health world" I found myself very very confused on topics such as "What proper mealplan to follow", "When to exercise", "When, how and what to eat exactly", and most of all, WHY ARE ALL THESE RECIPES SO d**n DIFFICULT TO MAKE? Obviously it's a learning curve and in my opinion a very steep one, but how do you decide who to believe? I read the Biggest Loser 30-day Jumpstart just coz it was on my shelf at home and the Insanity mealplan. I'm very confused because I don't know what the hell to do. I'm not lazy I put in a lot of time into this, but some of these guides go into so much detail about what exactly to eat with this amount of calories and and and. My point basically is that, isn't it wayyy simpler than this? Like the saying "Everything is good in moderation"?. I"m thinking like yes, you can eat McDonalds and your favorite shakes, but instead of getting three or four dollar menu burgers, get only one with a small fries and water. Doesn't that sound doable? Eat your snacks between every major meal, eat alot of veggies, fruits, nuts and proteins, but do it and drink a glass of water (or two) before every meal to fill up so you don't munch down like a monster? Does my opinion make sense to some of you? If not, I would appreciate you being nice instead of being a smart @ss. Looking forward to your answers. Thanks. Sorry for adding details but I forgot something. There is a big hype about "only eat organic fruits/veggies". Now...I don't make alot of money and going to Whole Foods to buy organic is wayy too expensive for me, I can't afford it. So even thought produce at Walmart is full of pesticides and all that, isn't it a little bit better if you buy your fruits/veggies at Walmart rather than not eating ANY fruits/veggies at all? I mean yes it's maybe not as good as "organic", but it's better than nothing right?

Asked By: OpDieBerg - 12/29/2010
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Let me clear up some of the confusion, because there is so much horsesh*t out there, it gets hard to wade through... More
Answered By: Crawling Chaos - 12/29/2010
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When I decided to get on the health kick we did a modified version of the south beach diet. We didnt do the ercipes in the book, but used it more as a guide, not a set in stone diet. You will drive yourself crazy trying to follow everyone elses advice. Try some different approaches and see which way works for you. And... More
Answered By: Me-owww - 12/29/2010
 
you are correct about the confusion. you can eat junk food. just once in a while. if you,re doing it every day, that,s way too much. drink lots of water. most people use soda/tea/coffee to hydrate. that,s a mistake. eat fresh fruits and veggies. you don,t need elaborate recipes. you,re doing the right thing. see the Dr... More
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Answered By: David - 12/29/2010
 
I think in many ways you are correct. Eating healthily needn't be as complicated as some people seem to want to make it. We know what is healthy, making meals from these healthy ingredients shouldn't be any more difficult than making an unhealthy meal. Fry less, steam more... More
Answered By: Doctor Death - 12/29/2010
 
Like Mee-Ow, I also follow a modified version of the South Beach Diet. My glucose levels were high and this is an eating regime designed to lower blood sugar levels (cholesterol, too). But it's very basically an excellent guide to eating right: no processed foods (ie, no MacDonalds), no refined foods (whole grains... More
Answered By: ExeneC - 12/29/2010
 
When I began to change my life about six years ago, I began reading things from different independent sources. (Or, fairly independent. Nothing like the diary council telling me dairy is healthy, or the corn syrup people telling me corn syrup is good.) Somehow, I began to figure things out for myself. No white flour... More
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Answered By: Vegan_Mom - 12/29/2010
 
I understand what you mean--I'd get really confused sometimes, because one person will tell you to drink milk for example, while other people will go on about how milk actually decreases the amount of calcium in your bones... More
Answered By: bean10 - 1/1/2011
 
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