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Break Out of Your Food Rut!

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  • I love to cook and I love to eat - probably part of the reason I got fat ha ha. I am in a planned food rut and love it! I know what to buy, it cooks easily, and I am losing weight. Hardest part was convincing my wife that I want the same things all the time. She always cooked her own, different, meals anyway. Works for me :) - 11/25/2016 12:49:32 AM
  • At home, I load up on fruits and veggies and beans, etc. We're retired and my husband enjoys eating out frequently. At first, I was uncomfortable with menu's because I didn't want to jeapordize my healthy new eating habits. However, I've found many choices which are lower calorie options and I've found I can request non fat options on many dishes. Best part was, they were happy to prepare exactly what I wanted and even offered suggestions on nutritious options that I hadn't considered. I was happy to find such flexibility on the part of the restaurant and staff. Now, I look forward to eating out and eating healthy! - 10/27/2016 9:48:48 PM
    Perhaps one small step to breaking out of a food rut a bit is to try selecting food that is fresh in season. Strawberries in June, asparagus in April through mid-June. Kale and kohl crops in the Fall. Best sources are local Farmers' Markets (or your own garden if you have space and inclination). - 5/15/2016 5:04:48 AM
  • CookieBee54 - doesn't subscribing to that cost a fortune? - 4/26/2016 6:34:19 PM
  • I subscribe to Blue Apron. Each week I receive a box filled with fresh vegetables and meat or seafood, spices, and easy to follow recipe cards. My meals are now healthy and interesting. - 3/28/2016 10:24:45 AM
  • When I plan ahead, I love to cook. Most of the time I do, however when I feel physically drained I don't like to cook. It is nice to have meals ready to go on those days I can't cook. - 2/1/2016 10:36:31 AM
  • I love to cook and enjoy magazines with good recipes. "Canadian Living" is a good option in Canada. The ethnic recipes are especially fun to try.
    But when I am especially busy or just tired of cooking, a tried and true favorite is fine with all of us.
    An easy meal for us is an "all in the oven" meal, with roast chicken or beef or pork or fish, potatoes and a vegetable that can all be put in the oven. A simple salad can be added to this meal and the protein and vegetable options are numerous, so it is not boring. - 1/29/2016 12:38:19 PM
  • It seems that I'm always in a rut because I have arthritis so bad in my hands and wrists and the prepping and carrying and all that goes into cooking, hurts. My husband will help when he can (we dairy farm), but it would be nice to have the meals ready when he comes in! Buying prepped food is sooo expensive. So I just do the best I can, but I sure would like to have a full-time cook in the house! - 12/6/2015 9:52:56 AM
  • I love to cook but that takes time and right now, as a student, I don't have that. So I'm LOOKING for a food rut, something quick, easy and nutritious that I can just grab and go and if it's the same thing everyday that's just a bonus for someone who needs to calculate carbos to dose with insulin. Gimmee that rut! - 11/7/2015 11:33:12 AM
    I love to cook and try new recipes - I do agree with the " rut syndrome " as well as not enjoying preparing - when preparing meals becomes a chore opposed what used to be to me a fun activity of creating meals .
    I am back to creating once again and its liberating . - 7/9/2015 11:49:29 AM
    After years of planning and cooking meals I was definitely on auto-pilot. Now that I've become a vegan I had to research new ways to eat. Every week I make new recipes and cooking is fun again. It helps that my family will eat anything. - 7/9/2015 8:35:15 AM
  • I enjoy cooking. I'm pretty good at it. What I hate is the cleaning up after! Now, if you can find me an easy solution for that, then I will love you forever! lol - 5/31/2015 7:56:46 PM
  • My husband & I both cook. It's whoever gets home from work first! Through the week we usually have fairly easy meals but on Sundays I try to fix a good meal. For example through the week may be a soup & sandwhich or spaghetti & salad. On Sunday it may be turkey, homemade mashed potatos & veggie casserole or chicken enchlidas & rice with veggies. - 1/13/2015 5:20:35 PM
  • Great article! I have felt like being stuck in a rut recently and decided to see a dietitian to solve this problem... My reason is I have odd food habits: I don't eat meat, I eat fish only if it's perfectly clean (and only some kinds), I don't eat most kinds of cheese...So I tend to eat the same things day after day. - 9/4/2014 10:17:47 AM
    Two things that work for me when I start getting bored with what I'm making -
    (1)as someone else said - browsing my cookbooks Saturday morning when I'm making my shopping list and deciding what I'm going to make during the week and

    (2) -- it's pretty great because you enter what foods you have (or usually have) around the house and then it will develop a list of recipes that it pulls from all kinds of recipe websites that you can make with things you have. If you want to narrow the list to something that includes a specific food - you can search through the longer list for that food (or for a type of meal, cuisine, etc). It works best if you already have a well rounded stock of spices and different types of food - but it will bring up other things and just tell you what ingredients you don't have for that meal.

    When I'm feeling less than inspired (or when my fall back is pasta which I'm trying to avoid as much as possible) I go to supercook and randomly type in an ingredient in the search and see what comes up. I also try to think of something I used to like but am not eating now and see if I can figure out a way to make it healthier -- my latest success was egg "burritos" (they're in the sparkrecipe database) - basically thin omelets wrapped around refried beans, topped with salsa, guac and skim milk yogurt. Even my omnivore partner keeps requesting those. - 12/4/2013 2:18:00 AM

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