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May 23, 2007



Hey James,

It is strange to hear you say that cooking is time consuming. Things are time consuming but the fulfillment after finishing a well done meal and enjoying is a wonderful feeling. Keep trying. As my grandmother used to say nothing usually taste good unless it takes time. Enjoy the time in the kitchen, it might just make you want to spend some time cooking more. It is always nice to have others in there but cooking alone is good for the soul as you can always try new things. Hope this will inspire you to do more.

Take care


try to have a rainbow diet/ 7-colour diet. or at least try to eat 5-colour food scheme.
Moreover, right now, I do try to eat 6x a day.
Focused on high protein and fiber. Meat (chicken/turkey), Fish ,Veggies & fruits.
if you hate the time u comsume in cooking, why not go steam your foods.
like steamed veggies and fish: cooks about 15 mins. U can experiment various foods to steam. only get fresh veggies and fish not frozen stuff ;-)

200 gram of tuna (water-based)
1 slice of brown bread
1 glass fresh fruit juice
2 cups of coffee ( of course!!)
2-3 glasses of water

snack 1:
1 glass soya milk

grilled turkey salad (without cheese, and ask for low-fat mayo)
1 peice apple
1 glass of fruit juice
2-3 glasses of water

snack 2
granola bar
100 grams of mixed UNSALTED nuts
1 cup green tea ( no sugar)
2 glasses of water

200 grams of steamed fish with extra virgin olive oil or sesame oil.
150 grams of steamed veggies
or 100 grams of baked potatoes (no sour cream)
diced apple with some raisins.

and if u have some craving for chocolates, take the dark chocolates, not more than 75 grams per serving ;-)

hope this helps. I shall email u my trainer's suggested " in-between meals".

btw, I said goodbye to Reese's and pastries !!!sob sob sob!!


I hate cooking too, so I can't be of much help in that department.

But I think your diet actually sounds much better than many other peoples that I know - no greasy fast food, lots of veggies?!

Cut yourself some slack! :)


1) Find a good chili recipe. You can make it with beef or turkey or soy meat substitute or beans or whatever, you can make a giant pot on Sunday and eat it all week, and if you're really a terrible cook, you can just add more red pepper and it will taste fine.

2) Buy yourself a big giant cast iron wok. They're really easy to cook in because the sides are so tall, and you'll feel like a big fancy chef. I started with frozen packaged stir-fry and gradually worked my way up to doing the whole thing from scratch.

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