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1/30/13 8:30 A


thank you for your posts. i always find your posts very helpful.

CARADAWN Posts: 1,955
1/30/13 8:10 A

I am glad so many people are responding to this topic emoticon

I see a lot of differences of opinion on here and I appreciate the ones that "get" what the original intent of my post was. I think Sparkpeople does a wonderful job of promoting eating a healthy, well-balanced diet of real foods (I love many of Chef Meg's recipes). I was putting this out there more for the members that think the only way to loose weight is by eating highly processed, portion controlled junk - as some of the posters pointed out.

I don't have links to scientific articles (don't have all the time in the world to search for them) but what I do know is that whenever I have met someone that eats mostly whole foods they say they feel better and have an easier time loosing weight / keeping it off. Yes, correlation does not prove causation, as many have said, but I am just posting from my personal experience. I used to live off of frozen meals and highly processed everything. Now, I eat as much real food (whole milk, full fat butter, veggies, fruit, meat, seafood, cheese, etc.) as possible and have tons of energy and don't struggle with those last 10 pounds like I used to.

If I were to follow every fad diet out there that claims to be backed by scientific research I would eat like a caveman, not consume any carbohydrates, cut out gluten, eat tons of meal replacement shakes and bars, become vegetarian, become vegan, and restrict my diet to 500 calories! If you have a medical reason not to eat a food or a food group then by all means cut it out - but if not enjoy REAL food including full fat dairy and high calorie red meat. Everything in moderation people emoticon

Edited by: CARADAWN at: 1/30/2013 (08:20)
1/29/13 8:26 P

I agree, the original poster had an excellent point. Those 100-calorie snack packs may help some people over the hump, and that's great, but that's not real eating. Anything that has a slogan, or a merchandising tie-in, or comes in a sleeve wrapped in a foil pack wrapped in a cardboard box wrapped in shrink-wrap... is probably not the best thing to eat all the time.

OK, now I want Oreos......


Edited by: CALLMECARRIE at: 1/29/2013 (20:45)
1/29/13 8:17 P

I think the original poster had a good point. The first time I dieted was with weight watchers and that program does not stress whole foods. I lost a lot of weight, but through mostly 100 calorie packs, and low-fat this, etc. The Points program rewarded a lot of filler stuff. I was 120 lbs. and size 0-2 but my hair was also falling out.

This time I am eating 80% unprocessed food, with a lot of lean meats and vegetables - I wish I had read more about whole foods when I was younger -- I feel much better this time around, have more energy to exercise, and I feel like this way of eating is sustainable and I enjoy it - unlike the mistaken diet I had earlier.

Hopefully others can learn this lesson through us without experiencing the mistake of what I call the "100 calorie pack" diet!

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,689
1/29/13 7:37 P

I also wanted to say that I'm definitely not a fan of Monsanto. I'm sure that they would love it if, for example, all the farmers had to plant their patented corn seeds (of course, they are patented because Monsanto has genetically modified them). I've heard (but maybe it's only rumors that I've heard) that Monsanto employees will go into the fields of farmers growing corn from non-Monsanto seeds, take samples and run genetic analyses and, when they find that there has been cross-pollination from the fields containing the Monsanto corn that they will then sue the farmer that hasn't been growing the Monsanto corn. If it's true, it just sounds really mean and dishonest and I think it's a form a corporate bullying. I sort of think that Monsanto would like to force every farmer to only plant Monsanto seeds. The end result would be that they controlled a large portion of our food supply. It also significantly reduces biodiversity among our crops.

Although there's no proof that GMO foods are unhealthy or hurt anyone, I don't personally like to see a reduction in crop biodiversity and I don't like to see any corporation trying to achieve (and apparently having a good measure of success with their endeavor) such control over our food supply.

Edited by: LOVE4KITTIES at: 1/29/2013 (19:38)
LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,689
1/29/13 7:17 P

I think it's fine for people to do a little experimenting with their meal plans, but what I find concerning is that people could end up avoiding healthy, nutritious foods that they enjoy and that they may even end up paying more for the foods they end up eating because they eliminate things from their diet, something improves and they make the mistake of assuming correlation equals causation. So, I think that it's always important to just keep things in perspective when you're doing some experimenting with your diet and maybe involve your MD in things, especially if you're having problems.

Science builds upon itself and we're really not waiting for studies to show that GMO foods hurt us, aspartamine is bad, etc. The overwhelming majority of peer-reviewed studies which have already been done and which have been published in respected journals (and there are many) show that no harm comes to people from normal intake of these foods.

So far as studies go, it's also important to remember that not every study that makes it into a journal (even a well-respected one) is flawless and that you can always search through the studies and find a few which will show, well...just about anything that you're looking to show. So, it's always important to critically review journal articles/studies. Most of the "fringe" studies which "show" things that are not supported by the overwhelming majority of other peer-reviewed studies will have significant flaws in the design of the study, the interpretation of the data or the conclusions which are drawn from the collected data. Sadly, this sort of critical analysis of available studies often takes a lot more training in science than most people have.

Having said all that, though, I will say that I do try to limit processed foods in my diet. I have found that I can get more nutrition through unprocessed things and avoid all the salt in the processed foods. I also don't find many of the processed foods to be especially filling. So, processed foods are definitely not on my list of great things. But, I still do use some due to the convenience factor.

Edited by: LOVE4KITTIES at: 1/29/2013 (19:20)
RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
1/29/13 6:49 P

I started low carb 4 years ago, and it was for weight loss. In one year, I went from 2000 mg of Metfomin, and an Amaryl pill at breakfast, and the threat of Insulin injections, to completely being off all diabetes meds. Since then I have halved all my pills that I take, and removed my cholesterol pills completely. Maybe it is just a coincidence, but I think it has to do with diet. Yes, maybe the 147 lbs I lost is a cause, but how did I lose that weight? By changing my diet. A better diet can " be thy medicine ", up to a point.

I eat whole foods, with limited carbs, most in the form of 8-10 servings of vegetables a day. Along the way I have tried some of the "diet" food. SF jello, diet Coke, Atkins bars, low carb ice All caused my weight to stall, and a few times kicked me off the wagon, as we say.

I think the OP was trying to comment on the people posting threads, not SP in general. I disagree with SP's opinion on carb levels, but their whole foods, and promotion of fruit, and vegetables is a healthy way to eat. They don't push processed foods, microwaveable dinners etc. They have hired a chef to make REAL food.

At times though, people choose foods that are convenient, like a Lean Cuisine meal. I have mixed feelings on this. One side of me wishes the person would make a better choice, and put nutrition/ health higher up their list in importance, and make the time to eat healthier, REAL, food. The other is more realistic, and says that people are going to cut corners, and the goal should be to eat BETTER, not PERFECT.

So a Lean Cuisine is not as healthy as a home cooked meal, but much better than 3 bean burritos, and a pop. In the end we should aim for the highest amount of real food we can eat, as the OP suggested, and I think changes in diet can be beneficial as JEN said, and can make medicine unnecessary. There is no perfect way to eat though.

We will continue to read about extracts, bars, shakes, and miracle weight loss measures, but in the end the goal is to just be healthy, and that differs person to person. If someone succeeds drinking smoothies, eating vegan, low carb, or Lean Cuisine, it really doesn't matter how.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/29/13 6:40 P

*waves hand*
It's whatever, really. You made your point, and you could very well be right. Then again, maybe I and others like me are. I can't afford a lab to do a controlled study yet. Maybe if I ever get rich. Still, I feel better after not having chemicals like that, and being a heck of a lot more careful about what I eat.
Yet still-This stuff wasn't even an issue back in the day, and the incidents of obesity were more among the wealthy than among the poor. Such is not the case in America, these days, now is it? Why? I think it is because of a lack of education about nutrition combined with the fact that many processed foods are more affordable than organic and whole foods, especially when one is trying to stretch their food dollar.

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1/29/13 6:39 P

I don't have solid proof that MSG, butane, propylene, or many other hot-topic chemicals hurt people either, but have read enough peer-reviewed studies in the last few years to know that they don't belong in the human body... wait a few more years, I am hopeful for scientific advancement in this area

BTW, I would hope that people consider not consuming GMO foods, simply because they are creating ecological imbalance and bankrupting traditional, small farms who try and grow their food in a sustainable way... not because they may turn us into Frankenstein.

Edited by: 35BYMAY at: 1/29/2013 (18:52)
JENG829 SparkPoints: (15,098)
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1/29/13 6:39 P

LOVE4KITTIES, that is exactly what saddens me. It's a good point, and I agree correlation does not prove causation. However, while people are waiting for peer-reviewed studies that specifically say eliminating X, Y or Z will solve their illness, they may be missing a chance to feel better. But they can do what I've done... I have done elimination diets and found which specific things affect me negatively. That is what these other people I've mentioned have done as well. Seems simple enough.

Studies do not take into account individual physical differences. For example, some people can eat wheat without issue; I cannot. what study will show that? It does not show up in the tests I've had done. Is it the genetic modification of the wheat, is it the chemicals used to grow the wheat, is it something else? I don't know. Does it matter what specifically is the cause? or does it matter more that I am no longer on multiple prescriptions and actually feel good. I'd say the latter. :)

I'm just saying people get caught up in the "proof" on a scientific level, when maybe they need to tune into their own bodies and find what works for them individually. If someone is at the end of their rope and is looking for another idea, why not eat real, whole foods to see if it would help?

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,689
1/29/13 6:29 P

Glitterfairy, Dr. Mercola is a known quack and actively uses pseudoscience to promote his beliefs.

What peer-reviewed studies, performed at respected institutions and published in respected journals do you have to back up your claim that propylene glycol, MSG, or aspartamine hurts people? Do the overwhelming majority of peer-reviewed studies, published in respected scientific journals back your claims?

Articles that you find by googling stuff on the internet are often filled with unfounded claims/pseudoscience. It's all just a bunch of scaremongering. Just because there are "questions" about something doesn't mean anything.

Edited by: LOVE4KITTIES at: 1/29/2013 (18:30)
LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,689
1/29/13 6:24 P

JEN, the problem with what you are saying is that correlation does not prove causation. This is one of the cardinal rules of science. Just because someone says they eliminated xy and/or z and says that this or that medical problem resolved does not prove that the elimination of the food is what actually led to the resolution of the medical problem.

For example, weight loss often occurs when people start focusing on their diet and weight loss can significantly improve or eliminate a number of medical conditions. Many medical conditions significantly improve or disappear with time and would have gone away all by themselves over time, even if no dietary changes were made.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/29/13 6:22 P

A) I didn't call anyone names. I was the one called a troll. Saying that someone is being argumentative isn't calling them a name, and saying that I believe that something that was said was stupid, is not calling someone stupid. But, take it how you want to. I can't tell you how to feel.

B) I read labels. There is propylene glycol in MANY blueberry flavored products where no blueberries are present. That can't be good.


That's just two articles, and there are tons more. I am aware that you can't believe everything you read on the internet, but even before the inception of the www, there were questions about aspartame, sodium saccharin, and MSG. I don't believe that's fear mongering.

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1/29/13 6:09 P

I agree with OP in the importance of eating whole foods and fewer processed foods. I'm not sure I've seen the SP site promote processed foods too much, except in advertising and some blogs. I do think a lot of the recipes are simple & healthy, made with real food ... which is why I keep searching the recipes for ideas.

Diet is often overlooked as a valid treatment option for many conditions & illnesses. Of course, you should consult with your doctor, and sometimes diet does not cure the problem. However, it saddens me that many people would be discouraged from trying this because of lack of scientific evidence. There is no harm in cleaning up your diet & removing artificial ingredients, and if it can improve your health I say why not give it a try? I do know children who have overcome recurrent ear infections, behavior issues, allergies by doing this. I've overcome IBS, migraines, urticaria, and many other problems myself. “Let food by thy medicine.”

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,689
1/29/13 6:04 P

Glitterfairy, the problem with what you are saying is that there is actually no scientific proof behind what you are saying. It's all unfounded claims, pseudoscience and scaremongering. There's no proof that GMO foods hurt people. MSG isn't a known "excitotoxin"--this is yet another unfounded claim. There is also no proof that organic is healthier, more nutritious or safer than non-organic. There is plenty of pseudoscience out there and it's hard for people who aren't trained scientists to know what's real science and what's pseudoscience and, as a result, a lot of people fall for the pseudoscience.

I think that the point UNIDENT was trying to make (and which I very much agree with) is that, just because something is natural does not mean that it is healthy or good for you and, just because something is man-made does not make it bad for you. There are many, many harmful "natural" substances and many extremely beneficial man-made substances (which have saved countless lives).

So far as "real" food vs processed food, I do agree that there are benefits to minimizing processed foods. One big benefit is that you can really reduce the amount of sodium in your diet (processed foods are often loaded with sodium) and too much sodium is proven to cause some people problems (e.g. hypertension). But, not all "diet" foods are bad. Some of them really help people because they are convenient and help them to get needed nutrients with fewer calories. If having an occasional microwaveable boxed lunch or dinner (like a Lean Cuisine, etc.) or something else out of a can, box, tub or bottle helps someone to lose weight, then it's actually very beneficial because obesity/overweight is a known serious health problem which can lead to some really bad outcomes.

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1/29/13 6:03 P

I see so many people reply to fad diet threads, or eliminate this-or-that threads in a condescending way, but these people posting really don't know some things yet, they are just beginning this journey... that's all I want to say :)

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1/29/13 5:59 P

This whole journey for everyone is a learning experience, and takes YEARS to really, fully understand healthy living. It is not kind to assume everyone is at the same level as others when it comes to eating healthy, whole foods (which yes, are better for us). Everyone should respect the varying levels of knowledge on this site and post as though everyone is a beginner :)

SUSAN_FOSTER Posts: 1,229
1/29/13 5:33 P

I'm seeing both extremes in what Glitter is saying as well as what Unident says. I think the main goal is to eat in a way that is healthy FOR YOU. Healthy in mind, body, and spirit. We all make choices due to our own unique circumstances, so please don't try to slam your choices down someone else's throat.

1/29/13 5:15 P

Wow GLITTERFAIRY. A lot of energy expended there to prove other people are argumentative. I will agree to disagree with you, but I won't call you names. Peace!

Edited by: CALLMECARRIE at: 1/29/2013 (17:15)
BERKANA_T Posts: 138
1/29/13 5:06 P


I think I took out of the video a similar message to what you did. I know from reading labels very closely lately (due to a recent need to eliminate the hidden dairy), that there are a lot of ingredients with long chemical names in a lot of foods that I never thought once about eating before. And yet, even as I was reading those labels it never occurred to me to question the presence of those chemicals in my food, or wonder what long term effects they may have. The video provided a bit of a wake up to the realization that not all of the things that are in our food really NEED to be in our food, or that just because they're there and available on the grocery store shelf means that they've been proven safe over the long term.

We study the long term cumulative effects of certain things on the environment, so it makes me pause and ask why I haven't heard about the same sort of thing studying the long term cumulative effects of things on humans. Perhaps I've just been out of the loop, or negligently blind to the information that's out there. But it is an interesting idea.

I think the biggest change in how I personally look at food since I started eating healthier is that I actually LOOK at food now, rather than just consuming it.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/29/13 4:30 P

This is what DIDS70 said...IN CONTEXT. ONE part was extracted and twisted, and now you're calling it a fallacy-again, which seems argumentative, as well.

"God's food is amazing. it is the only word that will truly work. I feel full. I get in my nutrients. I always believed that if it is made in a plant leave it alone. if it is made by a plant, eat hearty."

That doesn't look like she's saying "one size fits all." It looks like it's saying that is what she believes.

HOW could anyone possibly infer that it meant every single plant was edible? Are you serious??? That's just stupid. Not just unwise, but stupid. OF COURSE, logically, you would not eat those plants that UNIDENT mentioned, or the coca leaf, or elderberry leaf, or tomato leaves, or hemlock, or any plant that could kill you!!! I am pretty sure that people on here are at least educated enough to know that, so to even bring that up is just asinine and ridiculous.

By the same token, why would anyone choose to eat Propylene Glycol-the same stuff that is used to de-ice cars? But people do, though. It is used to enhance or mimic blueberry flavoring in a lot of food products. Why would anyone consistently choose to eat something that is a known excitotoxin? MSG. It's in TONS of stuff. But people do, though. I was once one of the worst offenders in that, but I didn't know then what I know now. I knew about poisonous plants because I was TAUGHT about them. I didn't KNOW about the other stuff, because I wasn't taught. I do now, and I believe I'm better for it!

PS. SnowJester-*hugs*

Edited by: GLITTERFAIRY77 at: 1/29/2013 (16:33)
1/29/13 4:29 P

No problem.
I agree that using foods in a more whole state (less processed) is important to one's health.

But the author is making it sound as if allergies, autism, ear-infections, poor sleeping habits (etc) in children is all food related. It is important that parents work with their child's pediatrician for appropriate interventions.


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1/29/13 4:24 P

Unident, someone disagreeing with you does not a troll make...And as for your argument that plants can be deadly...ever heard of reductio ad absurdum? Google it because I think that's what your doing and it's unnecessary.

I've been vegan for over ten years and agree, it's good to eat whole foods. But op, where did you see on spark that people were eating mostly diet food? That's one thing I like about this site, that it doesn't push diet food.

1/29/13 4:09 P

Personally, I enjoy UNIDENT's clear and logical posts. I can see the appeal of plant = good, but I appreciate the more scientific approach. Sometimes a little critical thinking is good. (Not critical meaning "mean," but critical meaning logical and evidence-based.) It's true, not all plants are good. God made the coca leaf, but we probably shouldn't chew on it. For people like Deb, or me, those one-size-fits all "rules" just cry out for someone to point out the fallacy.

And I completely agree with the original idea that "diet" food is not by definition healthy food, and it's much better to eat "real" food.

Edited by: CALLMECARRIE at: 1/29/2013 (16:11)
CARADAWN Posts: 1,955
1/29/13 4:06 P

I apologize if I posted a video (which it seems I did) with inaccurate information. My reason for posting it was to share how I look at food differently now than when I started on this journey with Sparkpeople years ago. I think the "Diet food" industry plays on people's insecurities and that anyone can loose weight by eating whole, real food and not waste money on frozen dinners and diet snacks.

I am sorry for putting some unchecked information out there but what I agree wholeheartedly with the message in the video - eat REAL food. I wish the government would put more money into subsidising organic farming and promoting a healthy diet instead of GMO (genetically modified organism) crops and big label foods.

I hope that anyone that stumbles upon this posts takes just a few minutes to read the ingredient labels on the food their are eating and then think about what they are truly putting in their body. If eating diet, highly processed food is the only way you can loose weight then so be it - but try real food once you are in maintenance :)

Edited by: CARADAWN at: 1/29/2013 (16:06)
1/29/13 3:50 P

1. I totally agree that eating foods in a more whole state is the best way to reap nutritional and health benefits.
2. The link provided in the original post is filled with inaccurate information, not based on scientific research, etc. etc. I do not support the content. It makes it sound as if any childhood aliement can be cured with "diet".

Please provide content and links that are based on well-designed research studies that have been peer reviewed and published in medical and health professional literature/journals.

SP Registered Dietitian Becky

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/29/13 3:39 P

Exactly that. Processed foods, especially diet ones, do leave you feeling hungrier, and foster cravings!!!

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 16,697
1/29/13 3:23 P

I definitely stay away from diet food.

I have found that when I eat diet food it is sadly lacking and I am more hungry than when I started.

I can eat one piece of quality chocolate and be satisfied. If I eat diet chocolate, I will never feel satisfied because diet chocolate is usually artificial chocolate as well as fake sugar.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/29/13 3:22 P

Congrats on eating healthier! The more you know, the better off you and your fam will be!

BERKANA_T Posts: 138
1/29/13 3:16 P

I found the link you posted very interesting. I've been avoiding 'diet' foods for years now, but not because of the chemicals that can be found in them. Generally, low fat can mean higher sugar and low sugar can mean higher fat....and both often mean higher sodium. Since I was concerned with maintaining stable blood sugar and lower sodium, it made more sense to eat the 'regular' versions of foods most of the time.

To be honest, the chemical question really never occurred to me. But as my family's diet (in the general eating well definition of the term) is shifting as we all move into a healthier mode of living, this will be something that remains on my radar. Thanks for the wake up nudge.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/29/13 3:11 P

I'm trolling, but I've been here for 7 years, have pictures of myself and my kids, and my page is public. Yuuup. *eye roll* Are you serious?

NO! I have no doubt that you know very well that wasn't what she was saying and you know that's what wasn't what I was saying. You are just TRYING to be argumentative and have been from the very start by picking out ONE part of DIDS70's post!!! Read what I posted again. Go ahead. I'll wait. Or...Here it is again.

"I am sure that DIDS70 meant to eat intelligently, and I'm sure you know that's what she meant, and if she chooses-or if anyone chooses-to not eat meat, dairy, etc-so what? So long as they are making smart choices about it.
Many processed breads claim "whole grain" and are anything but.
Hell, refined sugar is fat free, right? It is, but if you eat a bag of sugar, by your philosophy, you should be just fine! It isn't deadly nightshade, arsenic, poison ivy, or oleander. We're in the clear!
No matter what you choose to eat, it should be mindfully, and with some education, too.
Don't just assume that because something says "diet" that it is good for you. Often, the opposite is the case."

Eat wisely. Eat mindfully.
It is okay to have a plant-based diet if you want to.
It is okay to incorporate meat in your diet.
Whatever the case, be smart about it and be educated about it. Don't just grab stuff that says "diet" on the label.
Yes. Leaving an intelligent answer TOTALLY screams "trolling."

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
1/29/13 2:17 P

What kind of a response is that?

Because some plants are deadly therefore we should eat everything that isn't a deadly plant? Are you serious about that? Is that really what you took from that?

Because it really looks like you're just trolling.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/29/13 1:58 P

I am sure that DIDS70 meant to eat intelligently, and I'm sure you know that's what she meant, and if she chooses-or if anyone chooses-to not eat meat, dairy, etc-so what? So long as they are making smart choices about it.
Many processed breads claim "whole grain" and are anything but.
Hell, refined sugar is fat free, right? It is, but if you eat a bag of sugar, by your philosophy, you should be just fine! It isn't deadly nightshade, arsenic, poison ivy, or oleander. We're in the clear!
No matter what you choose to eat, it should be mindfully, and with some education, too.
Don't just assume that because something says "diet" that it is good for you. Often, the opposite is the case.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
1/29/13 1:43 P

DIDS70 " if it is made by a plant, eat hearty. "

So ... deadly nightshade, arsenic, poison ivy, oleander ...

The problem with any "this rule works" philosophy is that it doesn't. No single "rule" works. So "eat from a plant" will kill you if you follow it and eat the above plants.

Eat healthy plant-based foods! But also enjoy healthy non-plant based foods as well, such as meat, dairy, and processed but whole-grain foods.

Always remember guys - any diet that knocks out entire food groups is not based on healthy nutrition science and probably should not be followed.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/29/13 1:35 P

Diet food is a marketing ploy, just like diet pills. I totally agree with you.

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1/29/13 1:27 P

I don't eat any "diet" foods. I follow SP, track my foods carefully and keep my carbs, fats and protein all within the range SP recommends for me... all the while eating "real" foods. SP has taught me that there are no bad foods, but that the important thing is portion control.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
1/29/13 1:24 P

I went vegan raw 2 years ago. God's food is amazing. it is the only word that will truly work. I feel full. I get in my nutrients. I always believed that if it is made in a plant leave it alone. if it is made by a plant, eat hearty.

too many people think you need the whole grains, dairy, and meat. I haven't had any of it in the past two years and still make all nutritional guidelines. I feel the best I ever have. Too many people still follow SAD and SAD doesn't work.

CARADAWN Posts: 1,955
1/29/13 1:20 P

I love Sparkpeople but I feel that a lot of the members focus so much on weight loss and diet food that they sometimes loose site of how this is really affecting their health. I have been on this site for YEARS and have learned so much from the Sparkpeople team and members (many whom I consider good friends) but I rarely see information posted on how bad DIET food can be for you and how eating REAL food (full fat and everything) can be a lot better for you.

I watched this video (link below) the other day which pretty much sums up why I choose to eat REAL food (organic as much as I can) and stay as far away from low calorie, fat free, sugar free, and chemically produced flavors and dyes as possible. I hope at least some of you will be as affected by this lady's story as I was.

The video is about halfway down the page:

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