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Date: 3/10/11 8:02 AM

I've been reading alot about health for quite a while now and have come to one conclusion. I think all illness, disease, imbalance, or what have you is related to our lack of importance in good nutrition. I also feel that it is the goal of our country to keep us all unhealthy, overweight (in some cases) and unhappy. So many of us are in search of "the right way to eat" and all the goodness that comes with it. I'm perfectly willing to eat properly, however, which plan do I follow? Do I follow the one that says cut down on carbs? or the one that says cut out all carbs and it goes on and on and on. Why is it so hard? Is there really a way for all of us to eat the same thing with the same result or is it and individual thing? Why is it so hard to get good answers from our health care professionals. One person here says she's been able to maintain her weight for what seems like forever and I think this is wonderful for her. Why can't we all have that same feeling? I feel like the medical community is happy and generating lots and lots of $$$ on a bunch of sick, unhappy, diseased people.
Now, I'm not trying to provoke controversy in any way, just wondering if any one else is ready to get off the train and find what really works? I am.

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Date: 3/10/11 8:09 AM

The only thing is, we have never been so well nourished (by 'we' I mean people in developed countries). Humans have evolved to deal with famine and food shortages, we have never had it so good.

ETA, having read your post properly , I found weightwatchers worked for me. It had you watching what you ate, but nothing was forbidden, you just had to be careful not to eat too much. It is the same message that most doctors and dieticians seem to agree on, eat a bit of everything in moderation and get some exercise.
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Date: 3/10/11 8:30 AM

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I'm perfectly willing to eat properly, however, which plan do I follow? Do I follow the one that says cut down on carbs? or the one that says cut out all carbs and it goes on and on and on. Why is it so hard?

It's not hard. I can't believe how positively warped the American diet is. I look at peoples' grocery carts in the store and am usually horrified by what they contain; gallons of soda, pre-made meals, processed cookies, white bread that shouldn't even be classified as bread, snack foods, and most of them don't have a single fresh vegetable or fruit. It's criminal what some people feed their kids.

I hated it growing up, but we grew almost everything we ate and had to work in the garden. No sugar cereal or snacks between mealtime. That galvanized good eating habits for the rest of my life. I am 40 years old have have weighed the same for the last 20 years - around 123#. I don't deny myself anything. I eat whatever I want. But that does not include things like Doritos, Oreos, Coke, doughnuts, Lucky Charms, ice cream with HFCS and guar gum, Tasykakes or any of that crap. It includes made-from-scratch desserts, vegetables, nuts, Raisin Bran, local homemade plain yogurt, homemade bread, lots of fish, almost no meat...you get the idea. And few or no snacks during the day. We just don't eat crap...and by "crap" I mean most of what America eats. I can't believe what passes as desserts when we go to other peoples' homes - all these awful concoctions made from pudding mixes, cool whip and packaged, fake goo. That kind of stuff comes from a factory, not the earth.

Instead of following a diet, make it a point to make everything at home from scratch. The only things I use that are processed are canned beans, tomatoes (in winter) and coconut milk. Learn to cook Asian - some Asian things take just minutes to make and they don't use processed ingredients. Think about how people ate before the advent of processed foods. That's what's killing people, along with sitting on their butts all day and driving everywhere.

Carbohydrates aren't the killer. It's lack of vegetables and fruits and crap like pudding desserts laden with sugar and fake ingredients. It's fast food that is nothing but carbohydrates. It's processed sugar cereal. It's food out of a box. It's Wonder bread and Fritos. It's soda. That's why they're telling people to quit carbohydrates, because that's what typical American food is made of. EVERY processed food, including bread, cereal, and things you would never dream, include high fructose corn syrup.
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Date: 3/10/11 8:59 AM

Quote: birdmcfarland
[quote] I look at peoples' grocery carts in the store and am usually horrified by what they contain; gallons of soda, pre-made meals, processed cookies, white bread that shouldn't even be classified as bread, snack foods, and most of them don't have a single fresh vegetable or fruit. It's criminal what some people feed their kids.

I do that too, look in people's carts! I'm always amazed at the prefab meals people eat. Do they even bother to look at what's in them!!! I don't even like to eat canned soup. Seriously, how hard it is to throw together something decent?

I used to eat horribly. I was overweight, wouldn't eat a vegetable if it was covered in cheese sauce. I decided I needed a total revamp of my food intake. I did go on the South Beach diet for awhile but it was more to help me kick the carb addiction. I did learn so much more about healthy grains and carbs doing it though.

I'm not skinny, never have been, never will be but I do feel I eat fairly healthy these days. I'm actually only about 15 pounds more than I was in high school so I'm not doing too bad. My doctor is happy with my weight.

Like Bird, I cut out most, if not all of the processed foods. I avoid fast food at all costs unless I am dying of starvation, then I'm miserable afterwards anyway. I don't buy many canned goods or prepackaged foods, with some frozen veggies and canned beans as the exception.

I became a huge fan of Rachael Ray's cookbooks, especially her first one that is full of her family's favorites. That is my go to book if I want to make something yummy, quick, and wholesome. They aren't always calorie friendly but in moderation it's not a problem. I made her enchilada's last night and subbed in whole grain tortilla shells. Yum-O

My biggest peave is what they feed kids for lunch at school...this is what is on the menu for this week:
Mini Corn Dogs, Chicken Nuggets, Hot dogs, Beef Nachos and Pizza.
I've happily realized that my DS is actually listening to me. He asked me today, "If kids eat the school lunches all the time, will they get fat later?" We talk a lot about the school lunches and sit down and pick out the most healthy ones that he can buy if he likes, otherwise he packs.

I agree that the less processed your foods are the better you will feel. Eat whole grains, veggies, fruits, and lean meats. Spend the majority of the time in the produce aisles. I'm amazed at my cart somethings. I get through the whole store except the produce aisle and my car is nearly empty but by the time I'm done there it is full.

My chiropractor turned me on to this site. Lots of great nutrition information and some delicious recipes.

World's Healthiest Foods

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Date: 3/10/11 9:32 AM

My mantra is balance, moderation and exercise...

...I do this in my daily routine; so then when there is something going on (guests, holiday, vacation, going out for something) I don't worry and enjoy whatever I want. A day or even a week or two of breaking from the regular lifestyle does not change anything. You just resume that daily routine again.



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Date: 3/10/11 9:33 AM

Sometimes it is a matter of going back to basics and use common sense.
I grew up in Portugal, and I am used since I was a small child to do 3 meals a day according to the rule "breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinne like a pauper". I do eat everything I want, but try to eat every day of everything that is good for me: fruit, vegetables, natural fibers, some fish and meat, natural oils, nuts, dairy products... Sometimes, on special ocasions I indulge myself with potato chips or a fatty dessert., but it is only for special ocasions and not every day.
Sometimes if I see some of the diets around I almost cannot believe... How can it be healthy not to eat fruit and vegetables? I know they have sugar but our bodies need some of that, right? What we don't need is the processed sugars in junk food. If one day I have no fruit or fresh vegetables, I feel dizzy and tired the next day.

I am 41, I am on the menopause since I was 33, I take hormonal medication and wear a 10/12. I gained 5 kgs after the menopause. At first, they made me feel terrible. But I am lucky to have a good doctor who made me realize that my weight is perfect for my age and body type, and being in a risk group for osteophorosis it is dangerous for me to be underweight.

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Date: 3/10/11 9:39 AM

Quote: Kim12469
My chiropractor turned me on to this site. Lots of great nutrition information and some delicious recipes.



World's Healthiest Foods

I have the book that is written by the author of the website. It's an amazing book, gigantic -- I love it.

I mostly eat healthy food but I love some junk food (Pop-Tarts, mmmm) so I can understand why people eat the way they do. It's addictive. But healthy food is addictive, too, actually -- you just have to force yourself down that path before your body catches on.

If somebody grew up eating only microwave meals and keeps hearing that they're so easy and convenient, they may not realize that it's just as easy and convenient to sauté some vegetables and chicken in olive oil and sprinkle it with salt, pepper, and thyme. And it tastes so much better, and isn't filled with preservatives. But people don't know -- they have no idea.

I think it's scary how many people don't use their kitchens at all -- they just get take-out or go out to eat every single day. And you know those portion sizes are out of control.

I agree that the school lunches are very sad. If we want people to learn about healthy food, shouldn't schools be practicing what they preach in science and health class? You'd think so, but I suppose junk food is cheaper. Meh.

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Date: 3/10/11 9:39 AM

I strongly echo what Bird has said here. I just finished two books, In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. Both books are eyeopeners and inspiring. Pollan's book talks about how we are making "food", instead of "nutrition", and the vast difference between the two. He also talks about GMO foods--corn, soy, canola, and now alfalfa--and how they affect us. And how almost everything on the shelf has corn in it, which not only alone is a high carb, but also is 100% GMO.

Kingsolver's book is a journey through one year of self-sustaining food. She and her family kicked the fast food habit, and learned to raise food--real food--on a small farm. She gives recipes on how to do everything from growing produce to making your own cheese. Bird's reply follows along with Kingsolver's book--you want to lose weight? Make your food from scratch.

When I first moved here, I could not believe the amount of weight I lost. Why? Because all the meals I was eating were from scratch; whether I went to dinner to relatives, to a potluck, or simply at home. Even though I ate more, I found myself feeling healthier, as I no longer counted on the "quick and easy" on my way to work.

The other thing is, have you read the RDAs of vitamins? They're found on a vitamin bottle label or any food product and are a joke. I often wonder if the reason why they are so low is because of their potential to send you to the doctor for an illness and get a prescription, thereby supporting a machine geared toward perpetuating itself.

For example, the RDA of Vitamin C is 60 mg. Yet in order for Vitamin C to have anti-oxidant properties, combat infections, as well as to help calcium adhere to your bones to combat osteoporosis, it should be a minimum of 1000 mg.

And the RDA for Vitamin D. Here in the Northeast, where we don't get much sunlight as those folks in Southern California, Vitamin D is important for the prevention of SADD and to maintain healthy bones by metabolizing calcium. The RDA for Vitamin D is about as low as that of Vitamin C--600 ius when it should at least be 1,000 ius.

Not to get too far into the discussion of vitamins here, because I'm sure I've opened a can of worms by now, but the biggest thing you can do, besides making your meals from scratch and at the least, taking a vitamin, is to read labels--religiously. Evaluate the amount of sugar in the item you buy; it can be found in vegetables, bread--even salad dressing. Locate what is the highest content; the first four items will give you a clue because they are the four highest. If high fructose corn syrup or sugar are listed in these four, stay away.

And look at the Percentage of Calories from Fat. If that is over 30%, don't buy it. Twenty percent is better, but you'll be hard pressed to find that.

Carbs are important for energy production, especially if you get tired in the afternoon, so cutting them out entirely is not an option. Cut out the sugary carbs but not the complex ones such as rice, as that is what sustains you.


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Date: 3/10/11 10:13 AM

It's funny, but I was just complainign to my husband about how expesive fresh stuff is.

I decided a few weeks ago that I was going to try that 'couponing' stuff. You know, where you buy $400 worth of groceries for something stupid like 50 cents. I was reading message boards where women we saying things like "Oh, I feed my family of 5 for $22 week". I wanted to do that too.

So there I was happily clipping my coupons, when it dawns on me that i'm not going to feed my family of 4 on $22 a week if I plan on feeding them salads every night. Sure, I can get 3 boxes of Hamburger Helper for free, but I don't feed my family HH, so what's the point?

Anyway, I guess my point isn't all that relevant to the topic, I suppose. I'm just venting a bit. Sorry.

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Date: 3/10/11 10:16 AM

I like to use the software Calorie King. It keeps you on track with the amount of calories, fat, sugar, carbs, protein, etc. It's just like finances, you have to know your numbers. Calorie King

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