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9/24/11 8:45 A

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thank you, it sure is a struggle most days

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9/24/11 7:53 A

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Kitt, you are absolutely right about the sodium. And my hat's off to you for your decision and stick-to-itiveness. Proud of you!!!!!!!!!!

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KITT52's Photo KITT52 Posts: 97,565
9/19/11 8:26 A

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my motto is I can do anything I set my mind too.....
I know they have added healthier things but I still stay away....I never want to get caught in that web of unhealthy eating.....eating out always has more sodium and who knows what is in that food.....

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9/19/11 5:27 A

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I am amazed by that decision too, Kitt. And impressed. I know that I'm not ready to go there, but I have cut back. And when I do go for fast food, I've been making healthier choices. Did you know Wendy's side salad and a small chile make a wonderful taco salad - and healthy. I wish I could swear off fast food forever, but just can't quite make that leap.

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KITT52's Photo KITT52 Posts: 97,565
9/18/11 8:39 P

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to be honest with you Jules , it shocked me too....but back in April of 2006 I was very sick and worried...I had retired and was wondering if I would ever enjoy my life again.....when I watched the TV show about the people in the Fat hospital and there were stuffing them selves with fast foods.....It made me sick, It turned my stomach, and I told myself I would end up there or dead so make a choice.....and I did..

part of the story too, was the greasy food made me sick, Taco Bell meant an all nighter on the toilet, McDonalds left me feeling bloated and hard to breathe, with all the food in my stomach..a few days off the fat foods,felt wonderful, then a month off was delightful, not sitting on the toilet all night was refreshing.....my doctor told me I had IBS, it was gone.....I started to get energy......so it was all good....and I did not really eat that much, maybe 3 time a week for lunch.....It was the best thing I ever did for myself.....and I do not miss it one bit...

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9/18/11 5:31 P

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that's interesting Warm, and worth experimenting with :)

Kitt, I was always amazed that you just decided to quit eating fast food, cold turkey and then did it... I couldn't quite fathom that... either the reason why I should or would need to.

i still struggle with releasing that kind of food... but I have noticed that if I have been eating it regularly, it takes 3 -4 days of not eating b4 my voracious hunger/appetite/cravings resets to a normal hunger level.



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KITT52's Photo KITT52 Posts: 97,565
9/18/11 4:18 P

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I found the more I cut out processed foods , lots of craving have stopped...
and it is a balancing act....not always and easy one either

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9/18/11 1:10 P

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Thinking about salt, I am appalled at the sodium in the low cost frozen boneless chicken breasts I can get. I never knew they already had salt added until my husband needed to watch his salt intake. I started cooking with little or no salt and used Mrs. Dash or other no salt seasonings. So I cooked these chicken breasts one day with no salt added and they were salty. Wha-a-a-a-at? I looked at the ingredients. 600 mg of sodium in one serving. Appalling! So I've been trying to buy the fresh chicken breasts with nothing added, but they are double the price.

How to balance?

I did a "Daniel fast" for three days several weeks ago; this was for spiritual reasons, but I found some physical benefits. This was eating strictly fruits, vegetables and nuts. I included brown rice, beans, 100% whole wheat bread (in moderation), no meats, dairy products, or processed items, with the exception of a very small amount of 100% whole wheat bread. If I were to do this more, I would also accept whole grains such as barley, wheat berries, etc. You know, I did not crave sweets one time during that time, and not for days afterwards. Unfortunately, the lack of craving didn't last. But, although I'm not ready to embrace this eating style permanently, I am pondering if one day a week of eating like this would be beneficial for my health and for my cravings.

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I'm part of the "Sugar Shock" team here on SparkPeople which helps me with ideas and info on how to get away from the "evil" stuff :-) I pay attention to sugar almost as well as I do with salt when I buy stuff but my DH eats a lot of desserts so that can be hard.


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KITT52's Photo KITT52 Posts: 97,565
9/9/11 8:48 A

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so sad to think it's about money money money....sugared and salted foods seem to get us hooked.....

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9/8/11 8:59 P

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yes, and I was shocked at how many meats have added water/salt solution too.

some prescription pills have added sugars, and all the "flavored" energy drinks/waters... in the name of health... I am not sure I get it. I would rather eat my energy from real food sources instead of added sugars, I think.

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I'd also like to add don't shop if your tired, or angry or upset, we tend to buy more junk food, we feel entitled to give our self a junk food fix......

I try really hard to buy all fresh foods, even stopped buying the lunch meats, and buying turkey breast or tenderloins , boneless skinless chicken breast seem high but check out the price of that processed stuff, are and OMG the sodium and sugars that are added they say for preservatives....it's down right scary.....

have you noticed even some vitamins have added sugars.... emoticon

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emoticon emoticon just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down...


emoticon emoticon Week 2 Less sugar Food Options! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Sugar has its place in a healthy, balanced diet... some is good, too much hurts us. The recommended amount for women would be 6 tsp (about 5 grams per tsp = 30 grams a day.)

So this week, let's work on several things; identifying healthier food options and identifying foods that we are overeating (&/or have trouble resisting), and let's start pondering strategies for how we would like to handle these foods/situations in the future (think upcoming holidays, candy, baking, etc... ;)

It's ok to tailor your eating to your preferences! Ok to make small changes or big... or nothing... learning is a step and part of the process to making changes.

Also, here are some other possible activities:

~ read more labels at the store and look for new and alternative products with less added and excess sugars, excess fats &/or excess salts

~ watch your reactions to eating foods with high, excess sugar, fat or salt contents and start identifying any foods you have a hard time resisting and overeating. Are there other foods to eat instead that you would find enjoyable and satisfying? New foods to try?

~ do you have foods in your pantry with too much added sugars, salt or fats? Will you use them up and then switch to a healthier option? Or perhaps you would like to donate them to a food back during a food drive this fall and coming holiday season? What would you like to do?

~ Please share your thoughts here about what you are doing, if anything or would like to try.


emoticon Here is week 2 from the article.
It has a lot links to articles on relevant and related topics too :)

Week 2: Stock Your Sugar-Free Kitchen
In one week, you've probably found lots of sugar in your diet. Some of it may have been obvious, like those frozen waffles or lattes from the local coffee joint. But others might not have been so clear, as sugar tends to lurk in many "diet" foods and lower-fat foods, added by manufacturers to make their low-cal offerings taste better.

Now that you know what to look for (and avoid), it's time to replace the products you tossed with sugar-free counterparts. For example, replace high-sugar cereals with a whole grain cereal that contains little to no added sugars. Sweeten it naturally with fresh berries or half of a diced banana. Instead of snacking on candy or cookies, reach for a handful of nuts or some raw veggies and hummus. Replace sweetened yogurt with Greek yogurt or plain yogurt. Look back at week one and the foods you used to eat that contained sugar. Can you find no-sugar oatmeal? A healthier snack than a sugar-sweetened smoothie (how about a whole piece of fruit)? A more filling afternoon treat than that sugary "protein bar" (such as peanut butter on whole-grain crackers)?

When choosing a refreshing beverage to quench your thirst, keep in mind that you want to eat your calories, not drink them. Choose ice cold water flavored with a squeeze of fresh lemon or an orange slice. Or flavor unsweetened iced tea with fresh mint, crushed raspberries, or a squeeze of citrus.

One tip to help you avoid added sugar at the supermarket is to shop the perimeter of the grocery store as much as possible. Think about the general layout of a grocery store: The outside is home to fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, dairy products, and whole grain breads and the inside aisles are stocked with cookies, chips, soda, fruit juice, cake mixes, and other processed foods. Spend most of your time on the outside and only go down the inner aisles for specific products, like whole-grain pasta.

Never shop on an empty stomach and always shop with a list. Shopping while hungry can lead you to adding all kinds of snacks and impulse buys to your cart. Meal planning can be a tricky task at first, but following a meal plan is an important part of breaking the sugar addiction. It will help to keep you on track and help prevent stopping for fast food when you don't have a game plan for dinner. Spend a little time on Sunday afternoons jotting down some meal ideas for throughout the week. Make a list of the food items you will need to make the meals you wrote down and stick to it!


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