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Salt and Sugar: What I Learned This Week!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I was looking for juices that contained the puree Sour sop** as an ingredient. I found a Goya brand nectar with the ingredient. I saw that the 9.5 ounce(one serving) can had 39 grams of sugar. Hmmm...so I measured the sugar out on my scale and it was almost TEN teaspoons...After getting up from the floor, I almost threw the juice out but decided to keep it and share with my Diabetic Nutrition group.
It has really hit home about just how much sugar and salt is in foods that I have been eating. Armed with my new knowledge while grocery shopping, I was picking up foods and putting them down like they were like hot potatoes after checking out the salt and sugar content.
My diet and way of eating has been drastically changed just by doing this one little thing...actually measuring out those grams of sugar and salt to actually see what they look like. It is easy to lower fat consumption, but harder with salt and sugar, because of how the food manufactures sneak them in. I can see now why my weight goes up and down but never any pounds actually go away, even with exercise.
I have lost 2 pounds since learning this and hope to see more pounds go away as a result of this new knowledge. Measure it out for yourself, especially if you eat a lot of packaged "diet" foods, and foods that come in cans, bags and boxes.

**Sour Sop is a fruit also known as Graviola. It grows only in tropical climes and is consumed in the U.S. as a nectar, juice, or puree. Can be purchased online or in some Latin/Asian grocery stores.

  


Girl Scout Cookies

Friday, February 08, 2013

YES, YES, YES!! I got my Girl Scout Cookies this year. But now it is different. Instead of inhaling..er..eating a half of a box at a turn; I will be eating them by servings. I got my usual 3 boxes of Do-Si-Dos, 1 box Thin Mints, and 1 box Trefoils. So I hope to have these cookies for a while (I hear they freeze well).
GOOD LUCK to everyone else with their cookies. I found a LOT of Girl Scout Cookies listed in the nutrition tracker.
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NANNABLACK 2/12/2013 7:28AM

    I bought a couple of boxes too and have tucked them away in the freezer. They will be a special treat. emoticon

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Avocados...Eat More of Them

Friday, February 08, 2013

I had fresh avocado with homemade corn chips for dinner and had to search to find the nutritional value per ounce of avocado. I found this website for the California Avocado Commission and it was very educational and has lots of recipes.
They had a comparison showing how much more healthy they are than butter, cheese, etc.
I will be adding more fresh avocado to my diet from now on. I cannot wait to try them with a pasta recipe. I live in the Southwest and I did not reallize how versatile avocados are.

Please cut and paste this link. Otherwise it will be hard to find...
http://www.californiaavocado.com/nutriti
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Empty

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Pour it out. Dump it out. Throw it out. Empty every bag.
box, and bureau. Empty every closet, every corner, every
cupboard, every cell. Pull it out. Drag it out. Clean it
out. Clear it out. Spread it out, sort it out. Look at
what you've collected, what you've stored, what
you carry around with you every day of your
life. Empty out the old, the unwanted,
the unusable. Empty out the pain, the
heartache, the memories. Empty
everything that offers nothing.
Leave things empty for a
while. Feel empty. Feel the
lack. Feel your way
through the
nothingness,
until at last
you feel
ready to
fill.
~Rachel Snyder~

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TAMARA6905 2/8/2013 11:11AM

    Love it!

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Homemade Veggie Wash

Monday, February 04, 2013

I read this on www.rodale.com and was really glad to do so. I had been adding 1 teaspoon of bleach...yes bleach; to one sinkful of cold water to wash my veggies. Since we all should be eating more fresh produce...here ya go!

3 Simple Homemade Veggie Washes

Don't let filthy produce keep you from getting your five servings a day!
By Emily Main @ www.rodale.com

More than 9 million people get sick every year from dirty food, and according to a recent study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, fruits and vegetables contaminated with harmful bacteria cause 46 percent of those illnesses.

But don't let that figure deter you from filling your plate with colorful produce. A 20-second plain-water rinse will get rid of some bacteria, but for a more thorough germ-killing rinse, these easy, homemade veggie washes will help cut down on any bugs that could make you sick.

Super-Simple Veggie Wash
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
2 Tablespoons distilled white vinegar
1 cup cold tap water in a spray bottle

Mix, shake well, and apply to your produce. Rinse with tap water before cooking or serving.

Leafy Green Wash
1 cup distilled white vinegar
3 cups water

Mix the water and vinegar together in a bowl. Allow your greens to soak in the bowl for about 2 minutes, then rinse them well.

This wash, which researchers from the magazine Cook's Illustrated found killed 98 percent of bacteria on food, is good for leafy greens because greens are more likely than other forms of produce to be contaminated with E. coli bacteria, according to the CDC. If you want even more of the germ-killing boost, add a tablespoon or two of salt. A study in the Journal of Food Protection found that vinegar's ability to kill E. coli bacteria was "significantly enhanced" when salt was added to the mix.

All-Purpose Germ Killer
1 spray bottleful of undiluted white vinegar
1 spray bottleful of undiluted hydrogen peroxide

Spray your food first with the vinegar and then with the hydrogen peroxide. Rinse thoroughly.

You can use this on produce or on raw meat to kill E. coli, Listeria, and salmonella bacteria, according to a study in Food Microbiology. You can also use the mixture to disinfect your countertops. Alternately, spray the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide on a surface, then let it dry. Don't rinse or wipe the surfaces down afterwards.


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ZIGGY122 2/4/2013 6:46PM

    Thank you for sharing

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LILYSNANA3 2/4/2013 5:43PM

  I work in stores....and am grossed out to see what they do with food. Then people just bring it home and eat it, and never wash it. Yuk. Thank you.

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JANIGURL 2/4/2013 5:32PM

    Very interesting , thank you for sharing this !



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