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Unintended consequences 
Mar. 8, 2013 6:25 am 
Updated: Mar. 15, 2013 4:50 am
As part of learning to cook I've been slowly becoming a healthier person.  Very, very little of what I've cooked has been any kind of processed (maybe a packet of onion soup in a recipe).  I'm actually beginning to think in terms of nutrition a little bit, at least so far as having a varied diet goes anyway.  I've slowly added some fish into our diets to complement the more usual proteins and continue to try and find more and better ways to cook vegetables.  I can't wait until summer when the local produce begins to roll in, it's so much better than what's available in the winter.

As of today I'm down 22 pounds since the first of the year and my wife is down 75 pounds over the past two years.  Obviously she got motivated long before I really did but her weight loss has accelerated since I started cooking so much.  Progress.

We've only eaten out twice in the past 3 months and each time I enjoyed it thoroughly but I noticed a few things mostly afterward.  

First, everything tastes salty and afterward it seems like I can't drink enough water to satisfy my thirst.  I cook with a reasonable (to me) amount of salt, but I try not to overdo it.  Apparently restaurants don't share my idea of what a reasonable amount of salt is.  

And second....how to put this delicately....my digestive system rebels, violently, when I eat out now.  I've read that vegetarians can have bad reactions to meat if they inadvertently consume some because their bodies aren't used to processing it.  I feel like that's what's happened to me with restaurant food.  I have no idea what it is in the food that produces this effect, but it seems to be real because those are the only two upsets I've had in several months.  

All in all it makes me feel like I'm doing the right thing for us.  And though I've said it before I owe much of the credit for helping me to this site and the wonderful recipes, meal planning and shopping list functions.  The shopping list on my phone makes grocery shopping so easy even I can do it.  

Mar. 8, 2013 7:54 am
Way to go Norm, keep up the good work. It's good to know there's a few more of us guys here.
Mar. 8, 2013 9:34 am
How great when the unintended consequences are good! I agree most of the meals I've had outside the house have been too salty for my taste.
Mar. 8, 2013 1:03 pm
Ok. I'm jealous. When do I get to lose some weight? What!?!?!? You mean I have to give up ice cream and pies and cake and...
Mar. 8, 2013 3:48 pm
Good for you! We have had to start eating healthy due to my husband's health issues. I have noticed stuff tastes way too salty to me too. It is funny how that happens.
Mar. 9, 2013 6:17 am
You are right about the vegetarian thing. (I'm pescetarian). The last time I ate a steak, about 20 years ago, I hadn't eaten it in months. I felt like I had a brick in my stomach for days! I am so happy to hear you are feeling so healthy and losing weight. I think I've gained weight since I started cooking at home from all those homemade bread and pastas I've been making. But I wouldnt have it any other way. Congratulations on your achievements! -Lara
Mar. 9, 2013 10:30 am
Good for you Norm! Like you, restaurant food and processed food in general seems VERY salty to me. I also have problems eating out. I have to choose very carefully. I think it has to do with the amount of fat. Not sure though because eggs tend to get to me too, but not eggs at home. Hmmm.... ??? I prefer to play it safe.
Mar. 9, 2013 11:28 am
http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/62166481/onion-soup-mix/detail.aspx... I loosely use this recipe instead of a pkg of onion soup mix. Loosely because I don't keep beef bouillon around. . .too salty
Mar. 9, 2013 9:22 pm
Thanks everybody!
Mar. 10, 2013 10:42 am
keep it up norm! the wife and i very rarely eat out. even though i'm southern the only thing i fry is fresh fish. 20 and 75 lbs is excellent! even when we eat out, it's usually chef salads, pasta ( i know!) and seafood. i always have a starch, a green veggie and an entree. i use low-sodium broths, and really only olive oil. i've gained maybe 10 lbs and the wife maybe 3. but we aren't overweight. i'm 6 foot and she's 5'7". congrats again on the weight loss! redneck round-up in september!
Mar. 10, 2013 1:37 pm
Congrats Norm,very happy for you
Mar. 12, 2013 7:57 am
Great job to you and your wife, Norm! We cook the same way around here, too. We avoid processed foods whenever possible and try to stick to the whole ones. When we do eat at a restaurant, most things seem extremely salty, and we drink water like crazy afterward. We've also noticed that if we eat something really salty, we tend to gain a couple of pounds. You're setting a great example. Keep up the good work!
J. Dub 
Mar. 12, 2013 10:20 am
Great job on your healthy lifestyle changes! As the temperature warms up, grilling is another way to cook your meat and vegetables healthy. You don't have to use much oil, if any. And, using fresh herbs is a wonderful way to add flavor to your dishes without adding salt, calories, or fat. I started growing my own herbs every summer instead of buying them at the store. It's incredibly less expensive that way.
Mar. 12, 2013 10:30 am
Great job, Norm. By making a few changes, I've lost over 140 lbs. over the last year or so, and my DH has lost 120 lbs. Processed and restaurant foods are far too salty. I agree with BN that the amount of fat in restaurant food plays major havoc with your digestive system when you're not used to it. Isn't it amazing that we once thought it was good food? Did you know that you can purchase salt-free, MSG-free bouillon? I purchase it at a bulk food store. The more you lose, the better you feel and I've found that it helps maintain the motivation to continue. Congratulations and keep up the excellent work!
Mar. 14, 2013 8:08 am
Great post. I have been trying to cook at home a lot more. I have become such a better cook since I joined AR a few years ago. Lately my wife and I have quit eating most fast food. It is disgusting to us now. With you on farmers' market season as well. My problem is I have been cooking some not so healthy stuff at home and I am looking for more good, healthful recipes now. But just eating at home raises a person's health level a few notches.
Mar. 15, 2013 4:49 am
Wow, great responses everybody! CafeAmericano- I don't always make the super-healthy stuff either. I'm a big guy and love to eat. I've been trying to make recipes that make 4 servings then I split them 3 ways. I eat 1 1/3, 1 1/3 goes in my lunch the next day and my wife eats 1 serving. The last 1/3 usually goes to the dogs as long as there isn't a lot of onions in it. It works for us.
Mar. 15, 2013 4:50 am
and honestly sometimes we splurge a little bit, but make up for it the next day or two. It's all about balance I think.
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