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Grocery stores and the battle of the bulge


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Motivational Quote of the Day: "Even if it's low calorie, low fat, high fiber, high protein and low carb--if it is processed and full of chemical substitutes, it's just not worth it." Susan Browning--that's me! My own personal quote;)

I just watched Dr. Oz today--he usually gets on my nerves, but he does have some good topics for shows. So today's episode really made me tune in. I have to check out his website to get the specifics, but in a nutshell there was a guest on the show talking about how the food manufacturers put extra special salt and sugar in everything they make to make it look and taste better so we will like it and buy more of it--hence, becoming addicted to it. The more I research this topic along with learning about my own body and habits over the last 25 years of dieting and trying new 'lifestyle changes' I am truly believing this more and more to be true. So, it really wasn't new information for me, but it did make me all the more frustrated as someone who knows how addicted she is to food. With the way grocery stores and our american society is set up for food, it just seems some times that this battle of the bulge is impossible to win. I am fighting it all the time, but I feel like it is going up against a huge corporation. How can one person like myself who relies so heavily on food and grocery stores to live, ever beat this thing? I'm really not trying to be a downer.

It just really frustrates me that this continues so be so, so, so,so hard.

Can you tell it has been a rough day today? Maybe it's all the snow. A hot shower and a good night sleep should help.

Good night, my Spark friends!
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UNSWEETMAMA 2/27/2013 12:21PM

    Have you seen the movie "Hungry for Change"? It's on Netflix. In it, they compare white flour and white sugar to cocaine!

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C8TSON 2/27/2013 11:54AM

    Great quote! It's so true that it seems like there is a big mean food giant out there that we are fighting against and it's so frustrating. I have heard that theory also that they have increased salt/sugar in processed foods to make them more addictive. Makes you wonder who would ever be that cruel and what their real intentions are! I know it's tough, but hang in there! emoticon

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SCAROUSEL1 2/27/2013 9:27AM

    Great quote and SO true! I am stealing it for my SP status today. :O)

Stay strong and Spark on. Chemical free, real food choices are out there. You (I or we) did not learn your habits over night. It may be hard to change, but you (I or we) are WORTH IT!

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DAWN14163 2/27/2013 6:07AM

    I hear you! I've only really become aware of how unhealthy some of the "healthy" packaged food is over the last 5 years or so - it's completely changed the way I shop for food. I try to share articles with my teenage daughter in the hope that she will be better educated to make sensible choices when it's time for her to provide for herself. The food industry doesn't make things easy for us though.

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INZILANE 2/27/2013 2:48AM

    It really is sad how unhealthy some of the things that are marketed as "good for us" are. I remember several weeks ago looking at low fat half-and-half because I like a little bit of cream in my coffee. Sure, it was slightly lower calories... but it was calories from high fructose corn syrup & chemicals. I'd much rather lower the amount of milk I put in my coffee and have ACTUAL MILK than a chemical sludge.

Cooking from scratch and using "real ingredients" seems to help a lot, but it's still tricky!

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SEATTLE58 2/26/2013 10:42PM

    I try to read all labels because my husband is deathly allergic to msg, and that takes in alot of packaged foods, especially like Hamburger Helpers, things that have the dried powder for sauces, etc. Like I can't get the packaged Bear Creek soups but I can get the Shore Lunch soups which are yummy on cold winter days. I just have to watch what I put in the cart, and that tends to filter through the less healthy packages to the more healthy ones. He'll get terrific migraines from msg! Chemical City! We definitely have to be inspectors these days. We can't all eat like cave men! At least we don't want to! We have our own beef which is very lean because we have a dairy. I still have to portion that out for me. It can add up in a hurry. Sleuths we are! emoticon

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PENNYSAVER2 2/26/2013 10:11PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing. Food addiction is REAL.

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DETERMINED_ME 2/26/2013 10:09PM

    We have gotten to where when we go shopping we shop the outer edge of the store, that is where the freshest foods are kept. We only go down the aisle if we need things like flour or oil that type of thing. We've been working very hard at finding ways to stay away from the processed box foods and are doing a pretty good job at it. Yes, at first it seems more expensive to do this but in fact once you cut out all the junk it's not much more.

I hope you find your path.

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