1. Post #1
    MingeCrab's Avatar
    March 2007
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    Anybody have suggestions for healthy food that will improve my appearance? I'm not looking to lose weight but I have noticed that in the past two years or so (I'm 18 years old), my face seems like it has aged about 20 years and I'm guessing this is due to my awful diet.

    I used to be quite a good looking chap, but nowadays I just feel as if I look like some sort of drug abuser.

    Also, I have to mention I'm an unemployed student so my budget is very strict.

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    Ownederd's Avatar
    August 2006
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    cut down on sodas, especially cola, cola has potassium phosphate and it will strip the calcium from your bones - i only have imported coca cola/pepsi made with cane sugar as a couple-times-a-month treat for now, and it tastes unique every time if you drink it in that frequency (at least to me)

    have a filling breakfast - hash, oatmeal, leftovers, you name it

    and have simple lunches that's nothing terribly complex, like sandwiches with vegetables and meat or light/mild soups, and have a light dinner, i usually just like to throw together a fairly simple and small meat and rice dish with something that has kick, like peppers and onions and a light sprinkle of cayenne pepper for some oomph, or just cut up some fruit and cheese, or piece together some crackers, meat, cheese, and whatever else you like to snack on (triscuits with pepperoni, cheese, and hot peppers are a favorite of mine)

    a personal favorite of mine is beef with tomatoes and cheese for sandwiches, and a small fragment of a 70+ percent cocoa bar for dessert (note, acquired taste) to sate my sweet tooth with some cold milk or water

    cut down on too many carbs too

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    Don't live in America.
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    March 2007
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    Don't live in America.
    Done.
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    January 2009
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    I like your avatar Minge, TMW, do whatever the PHUCK you wanna do! Cut down on sodas (normal & diet), drink a lot more water, eat less processed foods

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    eat less for dinner and more for breakfast
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    I guess cutting out wheat and sugar would be excellent for losing weight (along with eating lean meat) but that would be a very tough diet as you can not eat breads, pastas and most pre made food which is usually packed with sugar, sodium and salt. My advice would be to start using smaller plates and smaller portions as you eat with your eyes while replacing unhealthy snacks with unsalted nuts or fruit (but not too much fruit) or maybe some vegetables.

    Edited:

    Above all though exercise is the key to weight lose. You should try eating more fish and veg to get a healthier skin complexion like spinach/mushrooms.

  8. Post #8
    MingeCrab's Avatar
    March 2007
    418 Posts
    If anything I want to gain weight, although that is good advice for those who want to lose the pounds. The reason I made this thread is because recently I've started to notice that my face looks pale and slightly yellow (although that may just be me seeing shit), my eyes look like they have these terrible dark circles underneath them and I've noticed I have started to get premature wrinkles even though I am 18.

    I know there isn't something right, because I haven't always looked ill and I'm positive I don't have jaundice but I do admit my diet is lacking in fruit and vegetables, I eat a lot of processed snacks and drink a lot of fizzy sugar filled drinks.

    I still need to buy some basic bathroom scales and find out my weight because I'm suspecting I'm probably underweight.

    Maybe this thread could be used for people to post logs of what they have eaten if they are concerned with their crappy diet, I know I used to never give a damn but I've been a lot more concerned in the past year or so.

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    The reason I made this thread is because recently I've started to notice that my face looks pale and slightly yellow (although that may just be me seeing shit), my eyes look like they have these terrible dark circles underneath them and I've noticed I have started to get premature wrinkles even though I am 18.
    What are you on?

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    Vasili's Avatar
    December 2007
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    If your face pale and slightly yellow then it sounds like you are desperately low in iron, folic acid or vitamin B12

    For:

    Iron eat eggs - especially the yolk, oily fish e.g. tuna, sardines, pilchards, cockles and mussels, kidney, liver, heart, lamb, game, beef, wholemeal bread and flour, beans and pulses e.g. lentils, chick peas, haricot, kidney, pinto, baked, butter, peas, nuts - almonds, cashews, brazils, walnuts, dried fruit -apricots, figs, dates, green vegetables - watercress, spinach rich fruit cake, gingerbread, ginger biscuits cocoa, chocolate, black treacle

    Folic acid eat dark green, leafy vegetables, whole wheat bread, lightly cooked beans and peas, nuts and seeds, sprouts, oranges and grapefruits, liver and other organ meats, poultry.

    Vitamin B12 eat fish and shellfish, meat (especially liver), poultry, eggs, milk, and milk products.

    The more vegetables you eat the healthier you'll look, olive oil also helps making skin look healthy so try using that often when cooking. Your pale skin and baggy eye symtom could be caused by a number of things like allergies which would cause your eyes to become inflamed and congested or lack of sleep which can cause the eyes to appear dark and sunken. To me however it is likely that you are consuming too much salt from all that junk food you're eating (or pre prepared food) that is very high in salt, sodium and sugar, when the body contains too much salt, it can take on a pallor and can make the body retain water. This can cause puffiness in the eyes and around the face. Its not likely but you could also have anemia which is a dysfunction in the body's ability to absorb iron, and can cause fatigue, pale skin, dark circles and puffiness under the eyes, and weakness but I think your problem is you're not eating the right foods.

  11. Post #11
    MingeCrab's Avatar
    March 2007
    418 Posts
    What are you on?
    Crack cocaine.

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    I'd like to point out, that eating processed foods and other snack foods will actually make you loose weight at first. You won't be getting enough nutrition so your body tends to break down some muscle tissue for protein.
    And muscle tissue is heavier than fat.
    You might get sort of pastry and dongue, but rarely very fat.

    This is one of the reasons BMI is not a good indicator.

    Overall I recommend you hit a big vegetable diet. Vegetables are cheaper than processed food healthier and will teach you at least basic cooking skills.

    Add to that a lot of yoghurts and some meat. No reason for massive portions, but a pan fry 3-4 times a weak is more than enough.

    To add some extra protein and minerals to your diet a recommend nutts, peanutts tend to have more protein than meat for instance.

    Since you're male I'd recommend you avoid soy products which don't undergo long term fermantation. (quality soy sauce is fine, soy meat not so much)

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    August 2011
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    - Gradually make the switch from soft drinks - fruit drinks, then eventually you can substitute some of that for water.
    - As previously mentioned, get more iron.
    - Maybe take a multivitamin, and try and cut down processed foods.
    - Try and recognise and cut out boredom snacking (or eating when you're actually thirsty)

    Exercise is also a major factor - walk more, spend a little time outdoors - anything to get moving. If you combine exercise with one or two of these steps, you will see an improvement. All of them then you're on the money, but take small steps you'll actually stick with: there's no point in having a "health binge" then collapsing and reverting back to the way you once were.
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  14. Post #14
    Dennab
    March 2010
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    I know this thread is old, but I would like to reply in hopes of helping others that might be interested in some healthy foods, I apologize in advance though if bumping 3 month old threads is against the rules.

    Awakening:
    You have two options, one is more healthier than the other (the first). The first is to, before eating anything, fill a large glass 3/4 full of water (preferably distilled, reverse osmosis, alkaline, etc, anything that doesn't have fluoride in it. From there add in (based on your own preferences):

    Bragg's Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (add a little at a time, and stir, tasting frequently to see whether or not it is too strong for you yet, as you continue to drink this, you will get used to the taste and be able to tolerate more amounts:


    Coconut Secret: Raw Coconut Vinegar, same guideline as the Apple Cider Vinegar, you do not want to add too much of either until you are used to it, as this stuff is mega-sour and will rock your taste buds world (not in a good way).


    Garden of Life Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil (you just want a scrape of this with a spoon, do not add too much, as you should drink this concoction throughout the day, and you don't want to max out on the recommended levels of coconut oil just in the morning:


    Organic Lemon Juice from freshly squeezed lemons:


    You can get any these from local farmer markets (lemons), and the rest from local health food stores, such as Zerbro's, Whole Foods, etc.

    The second option, is just to have some water in the morning, however I highly recommend this drink, as it's ridiculously amazing in terms of helping your body out with health. Also, again you should be drinking water throughout the day, do you want a kidney stones when you're middle-aged? No? Then drink some water all day everyday, and piss frequently as a result. And obviously drink nothing other than this, no juice, no soft drinks, all you need is water, and if that isn't enough then put some lemon juice (or the products above) in it, that's it.


    Breakfast:
    There's quite a lot of options really, here's some suggestions:

    Hemp cereal with coconut milk:
    Pro Tip: If you are thinking of drinking cow milk, absolutely do not unless it is raw milk, otherwise stick to Coconut or Hemp milk.




    Any of the following fruits/vegetables alone, or mixed. A great way to consume fruits and vegetables is to juice them, you will absorb all of the nutrients, enzymes, etc, easily when it's juiced. Obviously, only purchase organic produce, if you have the means, anything that is not labelled organic at your grocery/fruit market has an extremely high chance of containing GMOs (genetically modified organisms). I have a very strong conviction against GMOs, some people don't mind them, and that's fine, we all have our preferences, but in my opinion, GMOs are absolutely horrible for you and you are better off avoiding them whenever you can, always eat organic, the way nature intended. GMOs are not tested thoroughly and we're only beginning to witness the repercussions of consuming this garbage.

    Organic; strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, bananas, mangoes, oranges, apples, kiwis, pears, etc.
    Organic; kale, avocado, tomato, beans (chickpeas, black beans, fava beans, lima beans, etc), carrots, eggplant, mushrooms, peppers (green, red, yellow, etc).

    Can't believe I didn't mention pomegranate, best ever:


    Bob's Red Mill Muesli:


    This stuff has almost no taste, but man is it healthy, fiber everywhere.


    Lunch:

    Had a sort of salad today, on the right (the left is the Dinner suggestion below):


    Using:
    Organic, red pepper, orange pepper, green onion, the same noodles as the one mentioned below, and with the following for dressing:

    Newman's Own Organics, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (First Cold Pressed):


    Spectrum Naturals, Organic Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (antioxidants among many other health benefits!):


    Simply Organic, Black Pepper:


    and of course for just a little flavor, always use Celtic sea salt if you're going to use salt. It has potassium and magnesium, among other things, of course only use considerate amounts.


    *By the way don't you even think about going to Subway, because it's absolute garbage for you, even if you get a whole wheat honey oat sub with only veggies in it, do not eat there or any other fast food restaurant, for real. Also, deli meat is absolute garbage as well, stray very, very far away from it.

    Dinner:
    Organic Black Bean Spaghetti Dish, these noodles I bought, among other things, has 20.5g of protein per serving!



    Also gluten free, which is always great. Definitely recommend using Black Bean noodles as opposed to other things, as the only ingredient for these is organic Black beans and water, nice, simple, and healthy.



    Desert:
    You don't eat desert. What is desert, some nasty chocolate thing? Sounds disgusting.


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    Think about how backwards it is to be willing to pay top dollar for a good cell phone, but allow the cheapest possible food-like substances to nourish your body.
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  15. Post #15
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    You, sir, are a winner. I have that Apple Cider in Water every day. My mum says it's healthy for me but I'm not entirely sure why, mind explaining the reason why apple cider is good for you?

    Tastes gorgeous when you get used to it.
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    January 2011
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    You can get any these from local farmer markets (lemons), and the rest from local health food stores, such as Zerbro's, Whole Foods, etc.

    The second option, is just to have some water in the morning, however I highly recommend this drink, as it's fucking ridiculously amazing in terms of helping your body out with health. Also, again you should be drinking water throughout the day, do you want a kidney stones when you're middle-aged? No? Then drink some fucking water all day everyday, and piss frequently as a result. And obviously drink nothing other than this, no juice, no fucking soft drinks (for the love of God no soft drinks), all you need is water, and if that isn't enough then put some lemon juice (or the products above) in it, that's it.


    Breakfast:
    There's quite a lot of options really, here's some suggestions:

    Hemp cereal with coconut milk:
    Pro Tip: If you are thinking of drinking cow milk, absolutely do not unless it is raw milk, otherwise stick to Coconut or Hemp milk.




    Any of the following fruits/vegetables alone, or mixed. A great way to consume fruits and vegetables is to juice them, you will absorb all of the nutrients, enzymes, etc, easy as shit when it's juiced. Obviously, only purchase organic produce if you have the means, anything that is not labelled organic at your grocery/fruit market has an extremely high chance of containg GMOs (genetically modified organisms). I have a very strong conviction against GMOs, some people don't mind them, and that's fine, we all have our preferences, but in my opinion, GMOs are absolute shit for you and you are better off avoiding them whenever you can, always eat organic, the way nature intended. GMOs are not tested thoroughly and we're only beginning to witness the repercussions of consuming this crap.

    Organic; strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, bananas, mangoes, oranges, apples, kiwis, pears, etc.
    Organic; kale, avocado, tomato, beans (chickpeas, black beans, fava beans, lima beans, etc), carrots, eggplant, mushrooms, peppers (green, red, yellow, etc).

    Bob's Red Mill Muesli:


    This stuff has almost no taste, but holy shit is it healthy, fucking fiber everywhere.


    Lunch:
    Going to Whole Food's today, will edit later in the evening with some suggestions.
    *By the way don't you even think about going to Subway, because it's absolute shit for you, even if you get a whole wheat honey oat sub with only veggies in it.

    Dinner:
    Going to Whole Food's today, will edit later in the evening with some suggestions.

    Desert:
    You don't eat desert, what the fuck is desert, some nasty ass chocolate thing? Sounds disgusting.


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  17. Post #17
    Dennab
    March 2010
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    You, sir, are a winner. I have that Apple Cider in Water every day. My mum says it's healthy for me but I'm not entirely sure why, mind explaining the reason why apple cider is good for you?

    Tastes gorgeous when you get used to it.
    That's awesome, my mom first introduced me to it as well haha. Yea the stuff is incredibly healthy, especially because of "the Mother." Instead of explaining personally, let me quote some good material:

    Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, is made by fermenting apples in a wood barrel. It can be a powerful, healthy, weapon in your arsenal. It can help you battle a variety of illnesses and flush out toxins.

    The truly useful apple cider vinegar is not the clear vinegar you find in many stores. There's no health benefit from clear vinegar. The powerful benefits are found in the natural organic apple cider vinegar with a brownish tinge to it and floating stuff inside. The floating matter is called "mother" and is formed from the pectin and apple residue. This brown vinegar is the one creating all the buzz, the one with the minerals, amino acids and vitamins.

    Benefits:

    Potassium to avoid runny nose, hair loss, brittle teeth
    Malic Acid to fight infections from harmful bacteria and fungus
    Acetic Acid - accounts for the sour taste of vinegar; lowers the blood's pH levels thereby creating an inhospitable intestinal environment for bacterial & fungal infections.
    Pectin facilitates regulation of blood pressure and removal of bad cholesterol

    Smoothes skin texture and tone.
    Promotes a healthy immune system.
    Improves digestion and helps expel body toxins.
    Can help soothe neck, shoulder and back pain.
    Raw Apple Cider Vinegar helps clear skin irritations, like acne & contact dermatitis.
    Helps with weight control Raw Apple Cider Vinegar taken before meals will speed up the metabolism. (This is fucking awesome, just so you know)
    Can be applied shoulders, neck and forehead to feel rejuvenated (only for 30 minutes per session and shower after).
    Raw Apple Cider Vinegar has even been known to help relieve the symptoms of constipation.
    Edited:
    Added two more suggestions to the last post.

  18. Post #18
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    January 2011
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    Cruma, do you have any advice for someone who wants a pretty healthy diet but doesn't want to go away from the good stuff? I'm basically not trying to go vegeterian, I just a damn good health style without busting the budget with organic shit.