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Food Rules
There's a fellow collecting common-sense rules about healthy eating.  He has some pretty cool samples online.

However, I will note that his rule about "Eat all the junk food you want, as long as you cook it yourself" does not necessarily produce his predicted result that you will eat far less of it.  Since I got the ice cream maker several years ago, we have started to eat MUCH more ice cream!  But it is ice cream made from dairy, a modest amount of sugar, a main flavor that is often home-grown fruit, and vanilla extract/spices for enhancement.  (We are particularly thrilled with this week's experiment using real Jersey cream.)  It contains a respectable amount of nutrients along with its calories, and a modest portion is plenty filling.  It usually isn't that difficult to make; I'll make a batch of some flavor about once a week in the warm season, more if we have company often.  Fried foods?  Maybe once a year.  So pay attention to what you consider easy or tedious to make.

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red_trillium From: red_trillium Date: May 19th, 2010 09:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I've thought about getting an ice cream maker but (1) we don't have anywhere to store it and (2) we don't have the freezer space to make or store ice cream. And I think it's better that way, we don't often buy ice cream anyway because we don't often have room in the fridge.

I don't necessarily agree with his theory that you can solve the health care crisis just by everyone eating differently. Some diseases aren't caused just by poor eating habits. But he does have some interesting things to say and I do agree, I have been trying to make my own bread more often at least, make my own granola in the slowcooker. I still eat/drink processed stuff but I should get better at eating more "whole" foods instead of processed ones.
msstacy13 From: msstacy13 Date: May 19th, 2010 12:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
If everyone were eating properly,
those things not caused by improper eating
could be addressed with the resources no longer wasted
on problems that could have been avoided.
It would no longer be a crisis.
I think that's what he's getting at.

You might consider making ice cream in a quart ziploc
inside a gallon ziploc with ice cubes and table salt.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 19th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)


I don't think the whole health care crisis can be solve by healthy eating, or any single factor. I do think that improvement in America's overall eating habits would lead to a large improvement in health, and I know that it is much cheaper, easier, and more effective to prevent health problems than to solve them. Not all health problems are caused by diet, but a great many are influenced by it. So that's a place where you can get a lot of bang for your buck.
demeterfrost From: demeterfrost Date: May 19th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Making your own junk food is a good idea, but I'd add that it's a good idea to plan on sharing it with others. A whole batch of cookies might be healthier than some options, but a batch of cookies shared with friends has even more benefits. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 19th, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)


That's a good point.

I make ice cream (and other stuff) for, well, however many people happen to be eating here. There are two of us regularly, and sometimes we have friends over. I also use homemade ice cream as a barter item and will make other frozen desserts to spec if someone does me a favor. It is a popular barter item!
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