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How to lose weight cheaply and effectively

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I liked Roger Ebert’s The Pot, which is about cooking with a rice cooker, and M. F. K. Fisher’s How to Cook a Wolf, which is about eating reasonably well on little or no money (specifically, during the era of World War II food rationing).  Using them, I have developed a weight loss/ money-saving eating plan.  If you follow my plan, you will lose weight, be healthier, and spend very little money on food.  The one problem is that you may need to give up the idea of getting pleasure from food, but life has many pleasures, doesn’t it?

At the beginning of the week, in a large pot or rice cooker, cook up a big batch of brown rice.  As it’s cooking, add a bag or two of frozen vegetables and one cut-up sausage.  Mix it all together thoroughly.  When it’s done, measure it into half-cup servings and put it in the freezer.  Viola!  Healthy, cheap food for the week.

Now just eat that.  Two or three times a day, whenever you’re hungry, take one or two out of the freezer and microwave it.  Put some bottled sauce on it to make it more palatable if you like.

I can’t think of any reason that this wouldn’t work to make a person healthy and fit while costing a laughably tiny amount of money.

You’d just need to make the choice that you were going to find your pleasures in other things, and when you eat, you’re just going for nutrients to keep you from dying.

No, I’m not planning to adopt this plan at this time.  But it’s nice to know it’s an option if times get hard.



Written by Contented Reader

January 17, 2013 at 7:25 am

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