I looked at cooking, meal planning and diet from three different angles and in the end all three perspectives brought me to a certain type of menu. The result of my “diet research” is a selection of recipes made from low cost ingredients, that is healthy, tastes great and can be stored without refrigeration. This healthy diet works for me. I realize that everyone has different tastes, so I hope that you can find something of value here that you can use in your own diet. No need to follow the recipes as if they were rules, look at them as a starting point.
I am always trying to lose a few pounds. While not really obese, I am roundish, and always feel that I could stand to lose 20 pounds or so. After looking at a lot of diet plans, it became clear that one needs to stay away from sugars, carbohydrates and foods that the body easily turns to sugar: processed wheat products, potatoes and white rice. Some diets claim fats are bad, others say they are not a problem, but most diet gurus recommend a low carb approach, and seem to agree that sugar and starchy foods create health problems. I tried the Atkin’s Diet for a while but it didn’t take long before I got tired of the food and I did not enjoy eating so much meat. I’m not really a steak eater, I guess. It didn’t feel right and it seemed too strange to center your diet around meats. I decided to try a different approach, to ban sugars, processed carbs and starches, and eat as much vegetables and complex carbohydrates (whole grains) as I wanted, with chicken, fish and dairy products added for flavor and protein. I also eat fruit because it tastes good, has vitamins and is good for the digestion. This diet is more in line with the Zone diet or Mediterranean diet, although it doesn’t really fit in any established diet plan. These recipes would be a good way to try vegetarian cooking, although I frequently add fish and fowl to the meal plan. I enjoy eating this food because the food tastes delicious and when I have finished, I know that I have chosen foods that are good for my health.
Low Cost Menu
It didn’t take long to realize that by eliminating a lot of meat from my diet, that my grocery bills dropped considerably. One of my life goals is to retire early and to enjoy many years without stress from employment, so I am trying to save and invest for the future. There are really two goals here, one is to reduce my current budget so I can put money away into savings, and second, to develop a low cost lifestyle that will allow me to live well on little money when I retire. So I am looking for a menu that I can use for the long term, that doesn’t involve suffering or force feeding. I need healthy food that tastes good and can be part of a long term lifestyle menu. By basing my meals on grains and rice, and then topping them with vegetables, spices, legumes, fish and fowl, I can achieve a low cost diet that is very satisfying to eat. I look forward to dinner because it TASTES GREAT and after I have finished, I have pride in how I was able to create a delicious meal out of low cost ingredients.
Liveaboard Non-Refrigerated Menu
I enjoy boating, and my favorite thing to do is to sail to a remote wilderness bay, drop the anchor, and spend time exploring the area. I do not have refrigeration on my boat, and ice only lasts a few days. I could install refrigeration, at the cost of several thousand dollars, or I could figure out how to cook foods from ingredients that do not require refrigeration. I identified a number of vegetables that keep for a week or more, such as cabbage, onions, carrots, etc., and then found ways to combine those vegetables with dried foods such as rice, whole wheat pasta and grains to create a varied menu plan. Using the same basic ingredients and a number of herbs and spices, you can make a number of meals that taste different and add variety to your diet. I originally discovered these recipes while looking for foods that do not require refrigeration for use on board my boat. After testing them at home, I realized that the recipes were delicious and were made of healthy ingredients, and could be used for everyday cooking as part of a healthy lifestyle diet.
Curious about what this diet plan looks like? Tired of the Adkins diet and still want to eat healthy food? Take a look at the low carb recipes above, and consider them a starting point to develop your own healthy diet plan.