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HACK_HACKER SparkPoints: (15,814)
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7/4/13 3:53 P

I actually became mostly vegetarian because I was living in NYC and going to graduate school. Being a vegetarian was just easier and cheaper. I became a full-time vegetarian after a while because meat started making me ill. Since then, I've realized that I don't even crave meat anymore, and I get much more fiber, vitamins, and protein than I ever did as an omnivore.

I stopped drinking pop years ago because its artificiality really bothered me--another thing I don't miss. But I do use sweeteners like stevia extract, partly because refined sugar and other calorie-heavy sugar sources were contributing a lot of unnecessary calories to my diet. I don't have more than one packet of artificial sweetener every day.

PASCAL921 SparkPoints: (12,733)
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7/4/13 2:29 P

I try to avoid white flour and white potatoes but I still eat them sometimes. I also avoid pizza, pasta, and really cheesy foods because I typically overindulge when I have them.

SINGERA9 SparkPoints: (4,246)
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7/4/13 1:40 P

I cut out sugar, processed foods, caffeine, carbonated drinks, white flour, and white potatoes. I first cut them out because of my concerns about how they impact the body overall (especially sugar). Then, I realized that these are all trigger foods for me and cause me to overeat. When I don't eat them, I'm more in control and lose weight at a remarkably consistent pace.

LBATES838 SparkPoints: (20,453)
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7/4/13 12:17 P

I have not totally cut things out of my diet, as much as I have started eating more healthy choices and exercising. By eating more healthy choices, I automatically do not eat as many of the unhealthy foods, and I do not crave unhealthy foods as often as I used to. I found that, by eating more healthy choices, my body has grown more accustomed to my new ways. I have been asked by many people over the last few months "What kind of diet are you on, anyway?" I tell them 1) I have become a member of SparkPeople.com, 2) By being a member of SparkPeople.com, I am held accountable for everything I eat, and 3) In a nutshell, I have just changed to a healthier lifestyle. All of this makes me more aware of what I am putting into my body, and what I am doing to work it off.
Good luck to all trying to change to a healthier lifestyle. It is a refreshing feeling to be healthier.

MS_ZENZI Posts: 259
7/4/13 10:40 A

I cut out highly modified and processed foods (foods with additives, corn sugars, processed sugars, non-whole grains, ingredients I can't pronounce, etc.). When I started my journey for weight loss, I tried cutting calories and exercising and found myself famished most of the time. I kept falling off the wagon and going way over my calories. It was really frustrating. After some experimentation, I found that the closer I came to a full whole foods diet, the more filling my meals were. I found that the end of the day would come and I would have calories left over for an evening snack!

My general rule of thumb (something I learned from a website) is that, I don't eat it if I can't; a: make it from scratch myself (even if it's a cake or pie) or b: I can't explain how it's produced to a child. This doesn't mean my life is guilt free. Even ice cream and chips can be found in those natural states. However, I don't want these often and this diet feels good to me. Also, I noticed that my belly was smaller after I ate this way for a few weeks.

Good luck to all of the people posting. I'm glad that there are so many ways to eat that work for so many people.

ANNROW0354 Posts: 603
7/4/13 10:07 A

I haven't so much cut things out as I have added more healthy choices. I just don't want to feel bad about what I eat anymore and that is helpful in cutting back on certain foods. For me, simple carbs are an invitation to weight gain and once I accepted that, it has become easier to cut them out.

Ann

SKYVALLEYGAL Posts: 395
7/4/13 9:35 A

In October I went for a check up. I saw a NP that I will never let get near me again but I have to give her credit, after that visit I changed a lot in my diet, exercise and mindset., I began to severely limit any fast food that we consume. I say we because it's just me and DH and we are together 24/7 since we are self employed together. I stopped drinking so much coffee. I used to drink 6-8 cups a day. I do still have a cup in the morning and a cup in the afternoon but it has made a world of difference in my health. My BP is much lower and I have not had a migraine since October. I also stopped buying those quick fix expensive bagged meals! I have lost over 30 lbs and at 5' 8 1/2" I now weigh around 133lbs. I weighed over 165 in October. My ultimate goal was 140lbs.so I am well below my goal weight of 145 and my ultimate goal of 140. I have been maintaining since March.

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7/4/13 9:23 A

It was hard for me to cut out drinks (lattes, frappes, coffee, tea, pop, etc). My kids play soccer so every time we would go to a practice or a game I would always stop and get a drink before hand. I finally realized all the added empty calories I was consuming. I started drinking a cup of black coffee with breakfast and then water for the rest of the day. It was a hard switch but now I don't even miss it.

PINTASUVIDA Posts: 110
7/4/13 3:34 A

Moving to Japan has made me really appreciate fruits and vegetables. I've always loved them, but i actively put them in my diet every chance i get. Veggies are cheaper here than in new york, but fruit, is an expensive treat. Alot of people here grow their own vegetables so once in a while im lucky to get some from a co worker.

I definitely have cut out alot of processed food that i used to eat back home. I eliminated alot of red meat and rarely eat pork (once or twice a year).

If i crave food from back home, i juts cook it at home with the resources i have, and it comes out healthier anyway!

OAKASHANDTHORN Posts: 331
7/3/13 10:45 P

I eat a very healthy vegan diet. I mostly eat single-ingredient foods. If there are more ingredients in any dish, it is usally because I combine single healthy ingredients into a recipe I made at home.

Within this range, I have cut out high calorie foods that don't have a great many nutrients (for example organic chocolate or cocoa powder).

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7/3/13 10:21 P

I eliminated soda, regular and diet. Excess calories and unneeded chemicals. I drink water, and some crystal lite.

BRISA027 SparkPoints: (8,572)
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7/3/13 5:59 P

That's a really good idea! I'm going to try it. Thank you NCTRANSPLANT! :)

EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
7/3/13 5:21 P

I don't know if you can call it "giving up".... I never was able to eat many families of vegetables: FODMAPs, cruciforms in particular, nightshades... I was admonished throughout my young years as to my food "pickiness". But I wasn't being picky. The stuff makes me seriously ill. So I gave those up the instant I was able.

Since then, I've given up a lot of things per a diet prescribed by our endocrinologist (he ordered us on his "caveman diet" - basically low carb). In researching that, I expanded the list of "no's" to include most grains. I deviate from his plan by adding in plenty of healthy fats and some dairy, which he doesn't include on his diet. I've never been able to tolerate milk. Butter, cream, yogurt (in moderation), and eggs or cheese seem to be fine. I use coconut or almond milk in place of animal-derived milks, and that seems to be okay, too.

Otherwise, I've given up soda of any sort, diet or otherwise. Now I notice excessive sweetness in many other foods (I've never had much of a sweet tooth to begin with). So I tend away from sugar. If I use a sweetener, it's sucralose. I'm going to try erythritol...although I'm unconvinced that's a better alternative. Fruit is about the sweetest intensity I can stand.

I've been moving more and more toward a Primal lifestyle, at least so far as foods are concerned. The funny thing is, the closer I get to real food, the less of that "other stuff" I can eat. What IS that stuff they're marketing to us as "food," anyway? No processed stuff if I can avoid it. I can't eat most fast food.

Some of these things I've "given up" haven't been by intent, it's just that my body tells me I'd better not, OR ELSE!!! The "else" is far worse.

And, like the rest of you, I have to watch out for trigger foods. Fruit will do that. Bakery aromas are killer. All I want to do when I smell baking goods is to pick up one of everything in the department and consume it all (no, of course I DON'T!!! but I wanna!) Carbs in general set me up. I have to be extremely vigilant where they're concerned.

Isn't it a shame we didn't know all these things at the beginning of our lives, instead of now trying to go back and correct the errors of our (nutritional) ways?

ANTI_M SparkPoints: (4,713)
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7/3/13 4:22 P

I gave up diet sodas because the preservative sodium benzoate made me ill, flu-like symptoms. Swollen glands, body aches, fatigue. No one needs that! I'm off aspartame too, just because I feel better without it.

Nightshades were next, they aggravate my arthritis, and my husband has it worse than I do. That's tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, and some peppers. Sweet potatoes are okay. But some days I'd about kill for spaghetti, and I sorely miss BBQ.

I also cut back on dairy, it can inflame my joints too. A few ounces a day, with breaks of a week or two now and then. Rice milk is useful for cooking, but a small glass of cold milk is unlike anything else.

WWREFUGEE1942 SparkPoints: (25,399)
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7/3/13 2:56 P

I get zits when I eat refined flour and sugar so I had to decline the occasional splurge that Weight Watchers recommends for balance and sanity. A zit can stay on your face in the form of a red mark for months. Nothing is worth that.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,557
7/3/13 2:29 P

Diet soda but it serves no real purpose

COANNIE SparkPoints: (9,512)
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7/3/13 2:23 P

I just realized this week that I can't control myself around potato chips and some crackers. I will binge and binge hard. So, I am not going to be buying them at all, and if the kids want them, they have to hide them in their rooms. Seriously. It's bad.

1JOLLYPOLLY Posts: 58
7/3/13 1:54 P

After realizing that I succeeded in quitting smoking, an addiction that many claim to be the most difficult of all to conquer, 20 lbs jumped on inspite of trying to practice moderation in food. It was then that I decided I needed to overhaul my nutrition or else I would never get my metabolism back on track.

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7/3/13 1:45 P

I cut a lot of questionable foods from my diet when I started going to the gym. You can't expect to get fit and build muscle on a poor diet.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,070
7/3/13 1:31 P

I don't look at it as "cutting" it out. I also don't feel deprived. I don't do dairy, i don't do whole grains(or I do less than the bare minimum), i eat no added sugar. I don't eat meat (or again less than the bare minimum) I don't see it as depriving myself because I get the benefits from other foods.
What made me decide? hard to say. I did the SP plan and it just wasn't working. I cut calories and it just wasn't working. i was on every weight loss drug known to man and it messed up my metabolism. I did WW and it didn't work either.
I met my chiropractor. I went three times and week and worked my way to maintenance which is where I am at. I wasn't losing though I was starting to feel better. He introduced me to his friend- a raw food chef/instructor. I decided to give it a shot. nothing else was working.
I went vegan raw through the help of my raw food chef and other medical professionals and it started working. I felt better, I had more energy, my skin cleared, my hair and nails grew, i was getting great sleep, etc. This lifestyle is MY CHOICE. I know that everyone can't follow it or even wants to follow it. Now i can't say i hate veggies or that i am a picky eater. There are still a few veggies I won't touch-- mushrooms, brussel sprouts to name a few, but pretty much everything else i can either throw into a smoothie or some mixed veggie dish. I don't live on salads. In fact i probably only eat one or two salads a week. I can have my mexican, italian, stir frys even though I don't heat my food. I can eat soup and the raw desserts are amazing (some of them are definitely not for the calorie conscious)

I don't see it as cutting food out, I just found other foods to get the nutrients i was missing. And before someone mentions B-12 I get plenty in my diet and sometimes use a supplement but not usually. my last bloodtest, i was high in b-12.



LIZ_MURDER Posts: 148
7/3/13 1:19 P

Things that tend to make me binge, such as peanut butter, not just unhealthy stuff! A lot of things unfortunately. I do what I can, but like many, if I start on some things I can't stop!

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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7/3/13 1:10 P

I don't cut out much, but I do refrain from eating certain items because once I start, I can't seem to stop. Potato chips for instance. I would rather not eat them than start and overeat. I have to be careful with nuts. While they are good for me, I sometimes overeat on them.

BANDOMOM1 SparkPoints: (3,254)
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7/3/13 12:39 P

I cut out artificial sweetners, these are very very harmful to your health, and fast food, to see videos on how slime is used in Mcdonalds, is so disgusting. Simply not knowing what is in the fast food is just not good to me. Even what they make seem healthy , is NOT. Subway has healthy sandwiches, but then all the "processed" meats. Getting older, to me is making me make much better choices on what I put in my body.

EARTH-ANGEL Posts: 305
7/3/13 11:02 A

Food intolerance and allergies.

NCTRANSPLANT Posts: 1
7/3/13 10:38 A

Sidetrack:

ParisRose, get a bunch of bananas and wait until they're spotty. Peel, bag/container, freeze. When you get an ice cream craving, throw one in the blender or use an immersion blender. Delicious and oddly sweet without any sugar (as long as they're spotty when you freeze them!) with the texture of soft serve. You can't refreeze it, it gets hard like an ice cube. Could always throw in some chocolate chips or a scoop of baking cocoa/protein powder for an extra treat.

WWREFUGEE1942 SparkPoints: (25,399)
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7/3/13 8:53 A

Weight Watchers tells us to plan occasional indulgences. I decided that one half of a loaf of Sarah Lee 45 calorie bread with 1/2 package of fat free bologna at 25 calories a slice was a reasonable weekly 'binge". I did not gain weight but I got a zit. Next attempt at a planned indulgence was a trip to the Tam O'Shanter Inn for prime rib to celebrate a medical victory. I had a hot fudge sundae. I got another zit. My conclusion is that other people can go off their diets occasionally but not me. I do not want the zits.

Edited by: WWREFUGEE1942 at: 7/3/2013 (08:57)
BRISA027 SparkPoints: (8,572)
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7/3/13 8:18 A

Anyone that knows me can tell you that ice cream is my weakness. I love it! I also love bread and potatoes. A few years ago my mom told me that when I was a baby they had to switch me from whole milk to skim milk because apparently whole milk or even 2% makes me gain a lot of weight in a short period of time. Well, as you know ice cream has milk in it and anytime I eat it, I know it'll make me gain weight and that's the opposite of what I want to do. I can't eat ice cream "in moderation" so I just try to avoid it all together. Do I still crave it? Heck yeah! Losing weight and being healthy is my focus right now though so ice cream will have to take a back burner...for now.

POUTINGPEGGY Posts: 376
7/3/13 4:30 A

I lost a lot of weight a few years ago by following Atkins for one year. I loved it and never felt better and I was never hungry or craving. I came off it for Christmas Day and I was like an addict for carbs. I couldn't stop eating bread and sweet things. I put on a stone in a week. I went on to put back all the weight and I just couldn't do Atkins. Addicted or what. Then I went on a low calorie diet for a year and lost the same amount of weight. Then I got stressed at work because of job cuts and an unsympathetic manager and , yes you guessed it I put all the weight on again and more! I have just started again and hope this time I will keep the weight off. I am calorie counting, trying to eat protein, fruit and veg, but I do have a sweet tooth. One thing I never drink is soda drinks. I have cut back on coffee. I try not to fry food. I love cheese but try and avoid this too, I can't eat just a small portion! I try and eat lots of fish.

Edited by: POUTINGPEGGY at: 7/3/2013 (04:33)
KATE_JOY SparkPoints: (31,052)
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7/2/13 11:50 P

Like many others here, I subscribe to the moderation philosophy. However, I cut out cheese. I can't eat a little cheese. It's a serious trigger food for me, and once I start eating cheese I'm unstoppable, and it makes me feel awful, so I cut it out completely and I don't miss it! Otherwise I eat small bits of whatever I want.

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7/2/13 11:16 P

I have cut back on processed foods a lot. Frozen dinners, boxed meals, and some soups. I can find a more natural or less processed substitute for anything. The only exceptions are a few canned veggies, pasta salad and other ingredients. These I could can, impractical with a lack of cabinet and freezer space in my apartment. Why I did it was to be healthier and to try and curb genetic issues in my family. High cholesterol or blood pressure, and different types of arthritis or joint wear issues are common. I am not sure if I could reverse any damage, my doctor says if I change whats bad, prevention and future lifestyle changes will help later in life.

SHEL_V2 Posts: 169
7/2/13 11:04 P

I stopped eating red meat, chicken, pork etc. over 20 years ago because everything about the process was frightening, from the overuse of antibiotics to the rate of injury among slaughterhouse workers to the extremes corporations will go to for something that is a nickel cheaper.

But as primarily a vegetarian (with occasional fish, and occasional runs of vegan) I became a 200 pound person. And then a 220 pound person. After getting down to 180 with exercise, a low fat vegetarian diet and Sparkpeople, I just couldn't stand to do it anymore. I gained 10 pounds during Girl Scout cookie season. I found low carb as a "something, anything different" hail mary, but immediately felt the benefits of not having that nagging hunger from blood sugar ups and downs.

I'm 15 or so pounds from my goal weight. When you lose the weight with low carb, continuing low carb has to be the plan. I've furthered that goal by getting the husband eating low carb. To keep the husband eating low carb I've just acquired an ice cream maker.


KPERCYMAN1 SparkPoints: (653)
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7/2/13 7:57 P

Per-packaged food is the big thing I have given up. I don't like to taste the chemicals. I have also slowly transitioned to natural/organic meat. I don't like antibiotics in my meat. My son has food allergies (milk protein) so I researched safe alternatives and prefer almond/coconut over soy. He was forced to drink soy formula but once I was able I transitioned him to almond milk.

SKABELS2 Posts: 76
7/2/13 6:54 P

Michael Pollen has a great little book called "Food Rules." It's a quick and easy read, and is really based on good old fashioned common sense.

Rules like, "Don't eat anything unless you are willing to make it yourself" and "Avoid foods that your grandmother wouldn't recognize" and "Don't eat foods that have ingredients that a 3rd grader can't pronounce". These are all some little mantras I find simple to follow and useful. Seriously, read the book.

GREENE2010 SparkPoints: (1,781)
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7/2/13 4:49 P

The items that whew deleted from my food plans were having a negative reaction upon my bodily functions. Some of the specific items eliminated are gluten, raw onions, fried foods, red meats.

Edited by: GREENE2010 at: 7/2/2013 (16:51)
LISAR333 SparkPoints: (34,714)
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7/2/13 4:37 P

I mostly cut out pork about 5 years ago. My digestive system just can't handle it anymore since I hit 40. I do enjoy bacon on a rare occasion without problems, but I was craving ribs one time last summer and paid for it for the next 3 days.

I also mostly cup out pop last year. Now that it's summer and the local ice cream place that is about 4 blocks from my house is open, I will occasionally (about once every 2 or 3 weeks) have a vanilla coke, but that's just for the season. I seem to enjoy them more now since I consider it more of a treat than normal routine.

I'm generally in the "everything in moderation" group though. I've discovered that if I "allow" myself to have anything but in moderation, I don't get cravings and splurge like I used to when I tried cutting things out. Also since I've reduced things like fat and sodium in my diet when I have fattier items and things that are higher in sodium they don't taste as good as they used to, so I don't want them again.

CHOMPSKY Posts: 41
7/2/13 3:20 P

I follow a vegan diet because the meat, egg, and dairy industry is cruel to animals and extremely harmful to the environment. I am also much healthier, happier, and have a lot more energy when I eat a completely plant-based diet. There is nothing my body needs that I can't get from a plant-based source.

KDYLOSE Posts: 762
7/2/13 2:36 P

I found the Wheatbelly diet last January while researching, after my doctor announced I was diabetic. After three months of no wheat or grains whatsoever and no sugar, surprise - my blood sugar was back in the normal range and my cholesterol had dropped from 210 to 166. So I'm a true believer now. It definitely does cut down on cravings too.

I drink soy milk but only organic, and my husband and I switched to only organic meat after seeing Food Incorporated. That movie will gross you out.

BRIANLIEBERTH Posts: 608
7/2/13 12:43 P

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I read Fat Chance by Dr. Robert Lustig and he laid out a scientific case for why sugar and heavily processed foods cause havoc in digesting foods normally. After 45 years of binging I have not binged for over a month. I attribute this to eliminating added sugar including sugar, honey, beets, molasses. Nationally occuring sugar in fruit is Ok in moderation because of the natural fiber.

FROGMAN2013 SparkPoints: (1,747)
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7/2/13 12:42 P

As others have said, certain foods trigger my hunger. 600 calories of steak and veggies keeps me happy and satisfied forseveral hours while 600 calories of pasta leaves hungry for more within an hour.

JENSTRESS Posts: 2,181
7/2/13 11:00 A

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Well, it seems like ice cream is a trigger of mine, so I now try to avoid it, so that it doesn't get me to eat all the other garbage that it seems to bring out.

I'm an "all things in moderation" girl. I limit gluten, try to eat organic and whole foods, and limit sugar and everything else. I still enjoy the occasional pizza night, but I rarely eat they garbage foods anymore.

However, my personality is such that if I said to myself that I could never have x again (it doesn't matter what it was) then I would want it. So silly.

So, I just try to eat as whole and clean as possible. It definitely makes things easy when I go to a cookout, because I usually can get away with just skipping the bun.



KARA623 Posts: 727
7/2/13 10:57 A

When I first started with weight loss, I cut out a couple of things just because they weren't worth the calories. Mountain Dew was the first thing to go, and it was pretty easy. Unless we're talking about coffee, I prefer to eat my calories vs drinking them. Wings was next just because they are way too high in calories for how small they are. But I'm mostly of the "everything in moderation" school of thought, so if there's something I really, really want (including Mtn Dew and wings), I'll find a way to have it.

I don't eat anything artificial, though. I never did artificial sweeteners before and didn't do them when I started watching what I eat. Still don't. I either don't sweeten my coffee or sweeten it with raw, natural honey. I don't want to put poison in my body. My body also works better on real food: i.e., doesn't bloat me.

WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,044
7/2/13 10:22 A

When I started breaking out in hives 3-4x a week, I started cutting things out of my diet trying to find a solution while waiting for allergy tests.

I was really sad to learn that it was 2 of my favorite nuts (cashews and pistachios) among other foods.

The thing was, whenever I started eating some of the foods that I cut out in that period, I started feeling crappy - specifically white bread. Still love it and crave it, but when I eat it, I always regret it.

SUBLUE Posts: 256
7/2/13 10:18 A

I read Dana Carpenter's book "How I Gave Up my Low-Fat Diet and Lost 40 Pounds...and how you can too" - it is entertaining and informative. This is how I ate years ago when I didn't have a weight problem! So, I've been Low Carb for a couple weeks and love it - no cravings, never hungry and yes, some weight loss and my jeans fit much better already.

MOINSDEMOI Posts: 1,207
7/2/13 10:08 A

I follow the guidelines of what foods retain pesticides and are best to eat organic. If possible I only eat lettuce, carrots, potatoes, peaches, strawberries, cherries that are organic, to name a few. If they are not available organically, I will wait until their season to eat them. Sadly I discovered that the FDA allows apple growers to spray tetracycline on the apple trees to prevent some disease and still call them organic. Seriously - what is wrong with this country! I actually stopped eating apples because the ones we can get here are so mushy anyway, but now they can spray things without telling us and still call the product organic.

I pretty much follow the Mediterranean diet because I love the food, its simplicity and the fact that it is healthy. If I want cream in my coffee, I have real cream - and enjoy it. I also drink red wine. I eat meat occasionally, sugar, chocolate, milk, eggs, wheat, and chicken. I love sockeye salmon and halibut and eat both as much as my budget allows. I am upping my protein and working on lowering my fat intake, although most of it is "healthy fat.

My grandmother lived to 97 and her mom until 95 both eating locally grown food, usually their own. Both my parents are still alive in their early 80s and my dad relaxes by growing a beautiful garden. My DH grandfather lived to 97 so we are both shooting for 100.

MIAMI_LILLY SparkPoints: (106,130)
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7/2/13 10:08 A

If you consider the calorie content of certain foods and compare it with the nutritional reward (or not) you're getting from it, you find some things aren't worth it. That's when I started eliminating certain foods from my diet.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
7/2/13 10:06 A

I eat low carb, because it allows me to eat 1800 calories and feel full. I was 360 with a heart condition, and diabetes, and I couldn't stop eating macaroni and cheese, ice cream, and Pepsi.

If I had a 6 " sub from Subway, I would be starving, and probably go to Taco Bell for a 5000 " snack/4th meal ". The sub itself isn't too bad, but I can't control myself afterwards, so it is bad for me. So I avoid pasta, bread, potatoes, corn, beets, carrots, and cereal.

I never feel hungry, and my health has improved dramatically while my BP, and heart pills have been halved, and my diabetes, and cholesterol pills have been eliminated.

I don't really miss pasta, or bread, but raw carrots, and cereal w/milk I did like. Maybe some brown rice with soup. I can't eat them in moderation though. My hunger returns within 30 minutes.

I also am on Coumadin, so soy products, like mayonnaise, or greens with Vitamin K have to be limited.

AMBER0406 SparkPoints: (15,797)
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7/2/13 10:03 A

I have decided to cut out fried foods. It's just not appealing to me. I can't bring myself to eat something that has been immersed in fatty oil. That, and I know I'll probably get sick if I eat it since my body isn't used to that much grease anymore. Pork is also something I am working on giving up. emoticon

JUSTEATREALFOOD Posts: 1,428
7/2/13 9:21 A

I personally prefer to err on the side of caution when it comes to food. Things like soy, artificial sweeteners, colours and dye, foods with preservatives and stabilizers (Why does cream need carrageenan and polysorbate 18 in it anyway?), I avoid because to me there is too much conflicting data on whether it's safe or not. There are so many foods that are safe I don't need to eat that stuff.

Beans and cauliflower hurt my stomach so I don't eat them. I minimized gluten foods a few a few years ago and felt much better overall for it. In October I cut it out completely I have noticed a vast improvement in my dry skin. I have been trying out being completely grain free for a few months now and have felt awesome. I limit sugar because it's an anti-nutrient and because avoiding it makes real foods taste so sweet!

My mom eats a poor quality diet and she is a diet pop addict. She has been drinking it since it came out and she probably drinks 12 cans worth a day. Her inflammation is really bad. At 58 she is overweight, has severe arthritis, is borderline type 2 diabetic, has low bone density, has regular diarrhea and foul smelling gas and gets regular headaches. She takes pain medication multiple times every single day. Anyway her taste buds are so shot she can't eat fresh strawberries without adding sugar to them! To me strawberries are so sweet!

My dad is 61 eats the same diet as my mom. He has been following the ADA's recommendation's since the early 90's, he is a type 2 diabetic and may have to go on insulin soon. He has high blood pressure, and heart disease. He takes a handful of pills everyday that keep him "healthy". He has chronic constipation. He is not overly heavy despite the fact he abhors exercise and he has low bone density.

My parents are a freaking mess!! You better believe I will do all I can to avoid the same fate as those two. My neighbour lived to the ripe old age of 97, at 94 he was still riding a bicycle! I want to be him when I'm old for sure. So to ensure that happens I eat as healthy as I can based on my own personal research. I eat delicious nutritious real foods that are going to keep me healthy and strong for the long haul.

Edited by: JUSTEATREALFOOD at: 7/3/2013 (21:11)
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7/2/13 8:18 A

I only buy antibiotic free meat (especially chicken) now since it's been shown that the antibiotics in our food supply make our bodies more resistant to antibiotics that we take for infections.

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7/2/13 8:14 A

This question is specifically for people who have decided to cut things out of your diet, either because you believe them to be inherently harmful or because you feel that they are not beneficial to you personally.

If you avoid sugar, articifical sugar, soy, genetically modified food, or if you follow raw foods, vegan, paleo, or whatever...What made you decide to follow a diet that cuts foods completely out? Many people like to say "Everything in moderation", but what persuaded you to make dramatic changes in your diet?

I am vegetarian because I cut off a chicken's head and after that I can't stomach eating meat. I tried- but can't do it. I avoid the artificial sweeteners and food dyes that are banned in other countries because if it's banned in half of the other developed countries in the world, I'm pretty sure there is something wrong with it.

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