Best Protein Foods for a Healthy Diet

August 27, 2010

This video was made to help cancer patients and has many good tips to select and eat good protein sources for a healthy diet.

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MLW2 June 17, 2011 at 12:42 pm

The first video i didn’t really enjoy because i love to eat all meats! It is making me think i don’t want to eat. I also like my meat well done and it said the redder the meat the leaner!! I tend to eat lots of carbs though like the second video talks about. These videos are getting more interesting though! I am learning more that i should just stop eating because i am doing it all wrong.

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Sparks MR October 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm

My family would riot if I cut out that much of their meat. I get my carbs and starches mixed up, usually to my detriment.

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PLP June 16, 2011 at 12:40 am

I learned a few things in that first video for sure about the proteins. I didn;t think we needed 80g for a woman per day. I like most of what you can eat to get the protein too, so that helps.

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JLA June 15, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Okay, now I’m going to starve to death. I wonder if that’s better than a heart attack? I guess I could cut down on meat, but I love pork. And cheese, how do you do without that? I will have to do some real thinking after watching this video. I had no idea the portions should be so small.

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NNH June 17, 2011 at 11:51 pm

I did not realize cheese was so bad for us. I love cheese I eat it all by itself. I am crushed after watching the video along with the hotdogs. If I want to live I guess I better make some changes.

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J. M.O. June 15, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Video 1 informs you on the nutritional benefits you get from Protein..which are they help rejuvenate tissue and repair muscle mass. which might be very helpful to cancer patient needing the protein. Need to avoid bacon and sausage these are also high in saturated fat along with protein. Limit red meat consumption.and,always buy lean ground beef and trim all visible fat from any poultry, and pork.The less red meat you eat the better off you are. It is recommended no more than 11oz. per week. Fish seafood good substitute salmon, herring, and sardines are all good choices because of the beneficial omega 3 oil that promotes good heart health.Dairy product are much need part of your Protein intake because it has active cultures that replaces bacteria in bowels.cheese very limited becase it is very high in fat along with your Protein.Vegetables are a good source because they offer a variety of nutrient and fiber along with protein with no fats along with it. Balanced plate with whole grains, and vegetables and potion and type size of any meats good plate.

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GYF June 15, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I found the last video very benefical to me. Being a vegatarian, I believed I wasn’t getting enough protein. I knew alternate ways to get protein, such as nuts, but I have never like any type of nuts. I do eat plenty of beans, tofu, and soy, though, which I learned have lots of protein. I was pleased to find out that there are high-protein vegetables, because I eat a lot of veggies.

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butch t June 14, 2011 at 11:45 pm

I dint know not covering the grill with alluminum foil would cause carcinagens. They talked about alot of foods that vegans can eat that have protein in them and i didnt know anyof the foods she was talking about. I feel sorry for veganscause i love beef too much to become one.

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J. M.O. June 15, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Yeah I have heard this before on one of the morning show with some barbecue going on. The chard smoke and ash from either kerosene soaked charcoal or wood being used It not enough to harm someone at any one time. Although over life time is a source for some types of cancer.

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HMH2 June 14, 2011 at 7:17 pm

I really enjoyed these videos and I appreciated the plug for a vegan/vegetarian diet. Many vegetarians get flack that they don’t get enough protein because most protein is found in meat. Finally, people are starting to understand the truth about protein and they are educating those who are misinformed. Here are a few new things that I learned from these videos. Protein helps to rejuvanate tissues in need of repair, heal wounds and maintain muscle mass. Women need a minimum of 80 grams of protein per day and men need a minimum of 100 grams of protein per day. Vegans can get protein from beans and lentils, veggie burgers, hot dogs and sausages, bulgar wheat, seitan, tempeh, quinoa, soy products, tofu, nuts and nut butters, high protein vegetables and hummus.

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llj2 June 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm

I have cut all beef out of my diet. Just seeing the grease in a pan after frying a hamburger can help assist people in that. These videos are very informative but discouraging at the same time, because I am doing so much wrong apparently.

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butch t June 14, 2011 at 11:47 pm

I am sorry you feel that way cause I cant just cut out my beef completely. Also, i wish you all the best in your efforts to not eat beef.

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SMH June 13, 2011 at 10:32 pm

I had no idea the redder the meat the leaner the meat. I also didnt know you could eat too much protein. So I need to pay attention to portion size too.

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LLM June 13, 2011 at 3:30 pm

I liked how informative these videos are. I did not know about the color of the red meat for the more lean they are. Its hard for me to eat alot of protein because I do not eat enough foods with protein so the video with the chicken informed me to eat chicken to get some good protein along with protein powder. The vegan video was beneficial even though I am not one it still helps me understand how to get more protein into my diet.

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RRJ June 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm

It is amazing how little you have to eat to stay healthy. Watching what you eat is almost like having a second job.

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SMB June 12, 2011 at 11:27 pm

When I was a small child my grandfather farmed soybeans. We ground them in with foods. Very healthy. I am a portion size nightmare! I appreciate the portion size of beef-big ribeye not good. Too much fat!

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laf2 June 9, 2011 at 9:37 pm

I knew you have to eat some protein, never knew that you could eat to much or to little or protein. My husband always wants his meat fried, but I thinking we are going to grilled from now on. Start eating healthier.

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J. M.O. June 15, 2011 at 3:23 pm

The way you prepare your meat has a lot to do with the amount of fat you will actually have when you are through. Some people get used to that high fat fried taste and it is very hard to get them to change their ways. Although grilling your meat is a good way because grilling gives it a better flavor with less fat in the end.

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JM2 June 9, 2011 at 7:50 pm

This class is beginning to depress me. Each video I watch makes me realize that almost everything I enjoy is just plain bad for me. And if I do like it, the portion size is so small. It brought a tear to my eye when I pictured a steak the “size of a deck of cards” on a plate, looking all pathetic and small. Do they even sell card deck sized steaks at a restaurant? I really have to start paying more attention to my portion size.

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RRJ June 13, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I am so glad I am not the only one who feels that way. Its almost as if everything you like to eat is bad for you in some way.

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llj2 June 14, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I agree with you. I had heard a long time ago, the meat portion should be the size of the palm of your hand. But they certainly are selling palm size T-Bone steaks. We are just supposed to be able to not eat the whole thing I guess, yeah right like that’s going to happen. lol.

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HMH2 June 14, 2011 at 7:20 pm

I agree with you that it gets discouraging sometimes watching these videos. The good news is that we have choices that we can make both good and bad. I’m trying to just take one step at a time and eat a little bit better today than what I did yesterday. Hang in there!

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AMG June 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm

I didnt realize how bad im feeding my children, there is always hotdogs and lunchmeat in the refridgerator and they eat alot of it. They are going to be disappointed when i dont buy them anymore.

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JM2 June 9, 2011 at 7:52 pm

That is a good point about children. Had I been raised on a healthy diet I wouldn’t be worrying about how I will break my bad habits now because I wouldn’t have them. Thanks Mom!!!

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LLM June 13, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I did not know how bad hotdogs and lunchmeat were bad to because I always eat those things when I am at the lake or laying out at the pool all day. But now I am going to have to switch alot in my diet.

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SMH June 13, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Hotdogs are my sons favorite! Im very glad I took this class and that hes still young so I can teach him the healthy way to eat.

JLA June 15, 2011 at 6:36 pm

To follow these guidelines will be difficult. I have never liked hot dogs or many lunch meats. But only 11 ounces of red meat a week? and three eggs? Wow, do I need to change my diet.

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wjh2 June 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I dont eat alot of meat but I do like eating hamburgers. So many things to consider when you eat. Is this too much fat, enough protein. I definetly will change my way of eating.

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TNS-2 June 7, 2011 at 12:22 pm

These videos were great and very informative. I didnt know that the color of the meat was a indicator to the leanness of the meat! Although I do not eat red meat, my family does and this will definitely come in handy at the grocery store. Another thing I did not know was that grilling is bad for your meat! I grill all the time! This was disappointing but I am sure glad that I know now!

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JM2 June 9, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Yeah, same lesson learned about grilling. My wife and I primarily cook on the grille during the summer. That is one thing I won’t be fixing though. As long as what I’m grilling is itself healthy, I’ll gladly deal with the negatives of the actual grilling process. I have to take baby steps!!

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aak2 June 6, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I do not have cancer, but I am prone to kidney stones. The doctor said eating too much red meat could be a cause of them. I do love my hamburgers and hot dogs! I do try to limit how much red meat I have to avoid kidney stones. If you have ever had one you know how badly they hurt! Also, I think that if I knew how to cook eating right wouldn’t be a big problem. Some of the things on the vegan video looked good! And if you really think about it, it is really gross to be eating a cow or pig. If I had enough will strength I would be vegan.

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lmp2 June 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm

i had no idea that the redder the meat the leaner the meat. i also liked how the gave you the serving size for beef. we eat alot of beef at my house. i have never been a fan of soy products. i have a friend that is vegan and she is in her 70s and does yoga but she doesn’t look a day over 55. i was amazed and she said it was what she ate that kept her so young. i guess she was right.

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TNS-2 June 7, 2011 at 12:18 pm

I did not know that the redder the meat the leaner it was as well! This is definitely interesting. I have also heard that yoga helps you stay young. Maybe we should all try it!

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TDS-2 June 4, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Hey are there any vegans here? If so what does the texture of the alternative food taste like? Is it the same as eating the non substituted food. I like that the videos shared the amount of servings or how much total to consume per day. The planning a weekly meal was very knowlegable. I gotta do better with my meal plans for my family

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aak2 June 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I am curios about how they taste too. Aren’t most vegans healthy and at a normal weight? I wonder if it would be hard to go a vegan diet?

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MRC2 Melanie Cottrell May 24, 2011 at 4:49 pm

All this talk about steroids and antibiotics pumped into our food animals has really gotten me frightened of eating any type of store bought meat. I would buy organic but the prices are always so outrageous. I guess it would be better to pay the price now then to wait and pay it later with bad health or even cancer. I have seriously thought about raising my own chickens again. There is nothing like fresh eggs. I do not eat red meat because my family has a history of heart disease. I like chicken and love fish. Now that I know fish is probably the best choice for meat, I think I will eat it more often. I don’t want to be a vegan because I love my meat but in todays day and age being a vegan don’t sound that bad.

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lmp2 June 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm

not to long ago i had heard on the radio about how they were putting steroids and antibiotics in the animals to make them bigger. i had no idea how bad it was for us. have you noticed how big kids are these days compared to 15 years ago. i believe it has to do with all the unnatural elements they are pumping into our livestock to make more money. i love fish as well and i know now that i am not doing my self any good by frying them, but it is so hard not to eat it. it is sooooooo yummy. but i guess for my well being i better change.

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PLP June 16, 2011 at 12:38 am

I agree about the antibiotics they put in the animals feed. I fully believe it is affecting our kids especially taking them into puberty early also.

ACR2 May 24, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Its amazing these videos lay out exactly what a person should be eating. I feel I only eat a quarter of protein that should be eatin. I eat to much cheese as well. My friend is a vegan and I never know what to make when she comes over for dinner, the last video gave me great ideas. I had no idea the redder the meat the higher the protein it has.

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C-W March 4, 2011 at 4:00 pm

I guess i should eat less cheese because i consume tons of it on pretty much everything being served. The advice for a vegitarian meal a day would probably be in my best intrest to rest from large amounts of fatty red meat in my diet. i should also make the portions smaller. i have also always wondered how vegans consumed all the amonts of protiens they need throughout the day without meat.

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R-E February 3, 2011 at 5:07 pm

MIA I totally agree with you, but this country wants us to be unhealthy so the doctors and drug companies can be rich. I firmly believe that if they wanted us to be so healthy they would have the food suppliers change things

RE

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R-E January 29, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Proteins are required in our body to keep it health. It is important to avoid processed meat it is not healthy for our body. I’m just not sure that I could eat that much soy. I know that I could never be a vegan

R-E

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C-S January 27, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I knew about the carcinogic content of charring foods. We used to grill out all the time when I was married before, when I went to nursing school, I learned this. NOw we hardly ever grill, and we use a cover, and we do put a marinade on it. I try and find organic meats and eggs. I used to d a better job. I need to start looking harder again.

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N-T January 26, 2011 at 7:22 pm

i really love cheese it just broke my heart to find out that cheese is not really good for u bc i love to put it on pretty much everything yiks…well i will just have to cut back on that one.

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E-A January 26, 2011 at 5:04 pm

This videos are very interesting.Knowing what kind of meat to buy is a bonus.Bt now am freaked out.I actually like grilling my meats straight on the fire,to think its carcinogenic makes me want to cry.Cos i cannot believe the dangers i have been exposing my family to.

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C-S January 27, 2011 at 12:23 pm

But at least you know now, and can make better changes to your familyies diet. We are always learning new things in life! :)

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ACR2 May 24, 2011 at 3:56 pm

I agree about grilling, I had no idea that it was bad for the meat. Ahh who new??? I love to GRILL my meat!!!

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MIA January 26, 2011 at 12:03 am

Honestly it just to expensive to eat out healthy at lunch! why pay 3 times as much when u can get a burger for a 1.00 and eat in the car ! its even expensive to buy raw or healthy foods! 5.00 for a small bag of apples
???? thats crazy! If i buy them half go bad before u can eat them!!! If u have a large family its cheeper and filling to make speg with meat than a large chicken salad for everyone!!! Thats even if all the kids will eat it to start with!

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MIA January 26, 2011 at 12:04 am

sorry didnt add name ….M-S

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S-G January 23, 2011 at 10:57 pm

I have always thought that grilling your food was better for you. I did not know that charring your food caused carcinogens. It seems like even when I try to cook healthier I find out I am still doing it wrong.

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E-A January 26, 2011 at 5:05 pm

well i thought the same thing too but i guess we are wrong.Well its never too late to learn.

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N-T January 26, 2011 at 7:23 pm

me too its hard to cook healtlhy it just so much easier to fry things

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Salvador V. October 7, 2010 at 2:21 pm

I’m always trying to incorporate more protien in my diet but I wasn’t aware that I could only absorb so much per meal. That means I’ve been wasting valuable protien by eating too much of it.

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Glen L September 23, 2010 at 9:30 pm

these videos helped me learn how to incorporate protien into my diet and be healthy when doing it. I like the chicken recipet

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Salvador V. October 7, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Ya that chicken did sound pretty good

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devin ryan September 14, 2010 at 7:03 pm

I didn’t realize cancer patients weren’t suppose to eat red or processed meat. I also didn’t know that charred meat was bad. I always thought that was a good thing! I didn’t know that yogurt and chicken was that good for you, and that you cannot absorb a whole lot at one time. And half of the ingredients for the vegan meal- I didn’t even know what they were!

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Madge C September 12, 2010 at 10:52 pm

And the list goes on and on…..I feel like I should have one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. I know I am overweight but, have most often thought of myself, as being pretty healthy. In the last 5 years I have given up most fried foods, and turned to the grill. Well– seems like I messed that one up too– because I LIKE my food charred black on one side and well done on the other, now I know I will be making adjustments in that area as well. The list of how not to do things keeps growing right along with the acquired healthy knowledge of the do’s and don’ts of maintaining a healthy diet and a healthier lifestyle.

I do not want to be a vegan, just all those beans and soy products would blow me away, as well as anyone else within a 10 foot radius of me. The cheese thing was a little contradictory to me though.

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Taylor B September 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Okay, I’m a guy, and guys like meat…however, I eat way too much red meat in a week. I could eat two servings (2 servings the size of a deck of cards) during one meal. I need to cut back on the amount of red meat I eat and switch over to more lean cuts of poultry and fresh fish.

I’m like Lauren D, when it comes to my diet, the things I do wrong outnumber the things I do right.

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Laken Teague September 10, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Putting more protein in my diet is a must for me after watching the videos. I love junk food though. I really just need to completly change what I eat.

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Tyler B September 9, 2010 at 12:31 pm

I really liked the info in these viedos and i will diffently make sure for now on that i add more protein into my meals. I am realizing that it is really simple to do all of this i just need to stop being lazy and do it.

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Holly Bean September 8, 2010 at 8:36 pm

I really liked the videos. I found the thought of having meat as a side dish very unusual but I kind of like it. I am not sure that I would be able to do it thought. I guess I will have to try it. I liked how the videos showed how easy it is to get protein. I didn’t realize how much protein some things have.

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Lacey H. September 6, 2010 at 11:18 am

The videos were very helpful as for teaching us how much protein we should take in for the day. The videos are very helpful with the meats and which ones to choose and it will help me be better at my job also because I actually work in the meat department. Now the only question I have is where the lady was explaining how many servings of different meats we need for the week, she said we should do 2 servings of fish, I don’t like fish so what should be done for the 2 servings of fish.

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Jessi R. September 3, 2010 at 5:04 pm

The second video really helped me to realize how easy it can be to get the amount of protein necessary for a healthy diet. I learned that typically a woman can absorb about 20 or 30 grams of protein in a meal or a snack and that it is very easy to get these amounts of protein. I was relieved to learn that I am currently doing pretty well taking in enough protein. This is mainly because I love chicken and I do purchase the skinless type to cut down on the fat.

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Ashley M September 2, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Everytime I watch these video’s the more I learn about what not to do and tips on what to do better. I never knew meat should be a side portion instead of the main course? Cheese is bad? All of this is greek to what we are told. Putting foil on the grill is something we have always done and never knew why. All this information is very helpful because meat is a must in my house!

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Lacey H. September 6, 2010 at 11:22 am

I used to be a meat person and I still love meat but my fiance doesn’t eat that much meat but yes now I can tell him that meats are good for us and that we must have 2 servings a week even if it is for a side dish.

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Krysten A September 2, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Most other meats besides hot dogs can majorly decrease in the fat content just by grilling such as hamburger or chicken…it might not taste better but it is healthier. I try to grill whenever i get the chance.

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Krysten A September 2, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I knew that hot dogs were absolutely horrible for you…i watched the “How It’s Made” episode for hot dogs…haven’t been too wild about them since.

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Terrie H September 2, 2010 at 11:44 am

All three of the videos are great this time. They did not just shot out the stuff we read in the book, but rather gave you tips and ideas on what good things are. I really learned a lot from these this time.
I am loving the meat as a side dish thing. Ready to order the cook book.

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D. Beard September 2, 2010 at 10:02 am

We always cover our grills before grilling. I dont know why exactly but I am glad we do. At least one thing we do right. I thought cheese was healthy. We the dairy and everything. it is processed. Theses videos show you have to be extemely careful at what you do eat and how you prepare them.

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BLisenbey October 4, 2011 at 4:59 pm

We do the exact opposite. We NEVER cover our grill. I like the taste the black charcoal makes on foods if they crisp on the edges. that is my favorite. i guess i need to think about it now. puts things into perspective i should say.

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vera, A September 1, 2010 at 9:44 pm

each time i watch the videos i learn something new.i did not know about the idea of soy or bean burgers.

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sarina m. September 13, 2010 at 4:56 pm

im the same way . the videos are great to learn new thing like the amount you eat and what to eat . i didnt know that you should eat 1 vegetarian meal a day

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Marcie G September 1, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Getting plenty of protein is great but, making the meat a side dish will be the hardest thing to do but will try. Now on the other hand eating vegatables will be the hardest cause i am not a vegetable eater. But, I will try.

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Donnie H. September 1, 2010 at 1:49 pm

We have been fried meat eaters for a long time and recently we bought a george foreman grill and the meat is awesome. I can hardly believe meat should be the side dish instead of the main course because it is so American to have large portions of meat. I do eat different type of nuts often so that is a plus but my family has a long way to go to get healthy. The vegetarian meals didn’t seem bad so I just might give it a try.

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Lindsey E August 30, 2010 at 8:51 pm

This information about meat is very helpful to me. I am a meat person, now knowing what kind of meats to buy when at the grocery store will help me with my diet. I also learned ways to curve hunger. I really like the last video. It gave me some ideas on different foods to eat that are good for you.

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Debora M August 30, 2010 at 3:55 pm

I didn’t know that charring forms a carcinogen…I will definitely start covering the grill with aluminum foil…we grill out too much, not to do this.

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Lauren D August 30, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Everytime I watch one of these videos, I add another item to my do not do list. My refrigerator is always full of hot dogs, bacon, and lunchmeat. I was like oh no! I like knowing and learning these things but I never realized how bad I actually eat until now. I never thought cheese was bad. They give us tons of cheese on our childrens WIC. That seems weird to me. This was another set of very informative videos.

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MIA January 25, 2011 at 11:59 pm

My fridge is full if everything i doint need to eat! we will have toi come up with good creative ways to try new foods. I really dont have the time to cook alot or even cut up a apple!!! It is odd how the wic give u cheese and milk since its not a great way use ur cal. in a day!! M-S

TDS-2 June 4, 2011 at 4:07 pm

there may be a difference between natrual cheese v.s american process cheese. It is a good source for calcium those. I think thats why they offer it for WIC

Lauren D August 30, 2010 at 4:39 pm

My list of things I should do is way longer than my list of things I do right. I get shocked everytime by these videos. I agree about the foil, who knew it was costly to your health not to use it? There are so many things that just seemed way easier, until now. I wanna live a long, healthy life though so I guess it’s time to start making these changes.

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vera, A September 1, 2010 at 9:48 pm

i didnt know that too.i have always covered the grill with foil papper not because iam avoding the carcinogen build uo but because i want the meat to cook faster and all and the same time.the carcinogen part is really scary !

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Taylor B September 12, 2010 at 5:17 pm

I grill a lot too and didn’t know that charred fats are considered a cancer-causing agent. I will cover my grilling surface with aluminum foil also. Why is it that so much of the good tasting stuff is bad for us!

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J-H January 27, 2011 at 11:36 pm

I agree with you it does seem like all the good tasting things are bad for you but these videos do give you a lot of good suggestions and ideas on how to make healthy foods taste good as well.

MRC2 M Cottrell June 6, 2011 at 2:32 pm

It is not that all the good tasting food is bad for us it is that we have become accustomed to these foods that taste so good that are very bad that are taking priority over the good tasting foods that are good for us. Try eating more veggies, even grilled; they are so good and good for you. Have you ever tried grilled pineapple? It is absolutely amazing! You can look online for great recipes for veggies and how to spice them up to your liking. Grains are also very good. Try eating some couscous, they are awesome and I love them.

Sparks MR October 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm

It’s all conditioning. Try grilling broccoli, it’s great! The whole charred fats/cancer thing is quite scary.

AMG June 8, 2011 at 10:38 pm

I didnt know this either and we grill out all of the time, ecspecially now that is nice outside.

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AMG June 8, 2011 at 10:39 pm

I didnt know that either and we grill out almost everyday because i refuse to fry anything, who knew that could be bad for you.

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