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Old 05-09-2008, 06:15 PM   #1
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Hey guys I am new to these forums and need help from any and all chefs. I want to start cooking healthy meals for me and my girlfriend because we are both a little overweight. Plus, its good to eat healthy in general.

This also goes hand in hand with my decision to explore becoming a chef. I just turned 21 and this is the first profession I am seriously starting to consider. So does anyone have any suggestions on to where I should start? Maybe some suggestions on books to read, or any information at all will be helpful. Thanks

Jesse

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Old 05-09-2008, 06:24 PM   #2
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Old 05-09-2008, 06:28 PM   #3
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Hey Jesse - welcome!
First thought, when coming to healthy eating choices is for you and your girlfriend to visit your local farmers market. You'll find amazing produce and get great ideas for tasting these wonderful fruits and veggies. Another healthy choice is to grow herbs in either your garden or kitchen windowsill. Nothing makes a dish taste fresher than just-picked herbs (and it is so much better than salt).
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Old 05-09-2008, 06:37 PM   #4
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Another healthy choice is to grow herbs in either your garden or kitchen windowsill. Nothing makes a dish taste fresher than just-picked herbs (and it is so much better than salt).
What grows the best on a kitchen windowsill?
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Old 05-09-2008, 06:45 PM   #5
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hi and welcome.

there many cookbooks , that have to do with eating healthy. google it and you should have a wealth of material. will answer specific questions here by many good cooks


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Old 05-09-2008, 06:51 PM   #6
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Yes you are right, the internet does offer a plethora of selections for healthy cookbooks. But in all honesty id rather come to a site, with real people, who have been cooking, to give me advice on what I should read, or what steps to take. Thanks for your input.
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Old 05-09-2008, 07:08 PM   #7
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Hi, Jesse. Welcome to DC. It's a sure thing you'll get plenty of help/advice here. Lots of helpful members. We're glad you've found us.

Just some quick and simple ways to eat healthier:

- Bake, broil or grill meats, poultry and fish
- Steam veggies and season with herbs
- If you must use oil, olive or canola are the healthy choices
- Choose fresh fruit if you need something sweet for dessert
- Don't skip breakfast
- Use smaller plates to force you to eat smaller portions and to give the illusion of having a full plate

Just a few suggestions to get you started.
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Old 05-09-2008, 08:09 PM   #8
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Hey guys I am new to these forums and need help from any and all chefs. I want to start cooking healthy meals for me and my girlfriend because we are both a little overweight. Plus, its good to eat healthy in general.

This also goes hand in hand with my decision to explore becoming a chef. I just turned 21 and this is the first profession I am seriously starting to consider. So does anyone have any suggestions on to where I should start? Maybe some suggestions on books to read, or any information at all will be helpful. Thanks

Jesse
Hi Jesse,

Where to start?

If you are a little overweight then you must do a little more exercise. Can you walk instead of taking the car or buy a bicycle?. Being overweight is simply the result of consumming more calories than your body requires so reduce the calories! You can do this in a number of ways:
1. Increase your energy output - go for a walk or a swim - every day;
2. Go out and buy a smaller plate/bowl than you are currently using and use this for all your meals;
3. Eat 5/6 meals per day but use fruit and vegetables as snacks;
4. Look at the methods you use to cook food - boil, bake, steam fry etc. Try to restrict yourself to one fried item per day.
5. Increase the proportion of raw food you eat each day - make snacks be your "raw food" delight!

If you want to become a chef - start applying for jobs in kitchens or go to College. Reading books will simply leaving you sitting on your ar** and achieve nothing. The reality is that if you want to be a chef you just have to get out there and join the masses. Also, start collecting recipes and recording YOUR ideas of food combinations.

Hope this helps,
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Old 05-10-2008, 12:13 AM   #9
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Hey guys I am new to these forums and need help from any and all chefs. I want to start cooking healthy meals for me and my girlfriend because we are both a little overweight. Plus, its good to eat healthy in general.

This also goes hand in hand with my decision to explore becoming a chef. I just turned 21 and this is the first profession I am seriously starting to consider. So does anyone have any suggestions on to where I should start? Maybe some suggestions on books to read, or any information at all will be helpful. Thanks

Jesse
Hi Jesse,

Welcome. I am sure you will get great ideas for healthy cooking from this forum. Alos I thought you would be interested in this thread too.
http://www.discusscooking.com/forums...ght-45592.html
Take a look. Good luck!
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Hi Jesse,
You have been given a lot of wonderful advice regarding healthy eating so I will go so your second question and that is about being a chef.

I had been in cooking positions on and off for years, but when I was considering culinary school here are a few things I did:
- talked with a couple of chefs (a friend that I know and I went to a restaurant we frequent. I asked questions about their training, what they liked/disliked about the job, etc.
- I talked to friends and family and got their opinions of my ability with meals, etc.

Mind you I was over twice your age when I finally went and wish I had done it sooner; however, if this is something you really feel drawn to know the following:
-the hours can be horendous
- the pay can be minimal until and if you make it to an actual chef's position
- you don't need to go to school, many restaurants will do on the job training and even apprenticeships
- you need to really decide if you want to cook for a hobby or for a living because once it becomes your living, much of the "fun" of cooking at home may be lost.

Stick around here, read all the posts on general cooking and try out some of the recipes. I think you will find DC is a great place to be no matter what level of cook you are (home foody or trained chef or anything in between).

Hope this helps.
- I toured four schools just to see what it would be like
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