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Welcome to the team! Boy oh boy can I relate. Those chips ahoy cookies...how do they make something with so many yucky ingredients taste so good?
If you'd like some "baby steps" along the way, at least try the Newman's Own chocolate chip cookies. They are a good substitute, and the ingredients are much better. In fact, I was suprised recently when I was at CVS to find that their generic brand of chocolate chip cookies had the same ingredients I use to make mine!
But these changes are a process, right!
Welcome to both of you. I've been here at SP since June 2008 but just recently joined with the whole foods team. I too would like to find better choices for crackers and chips, though I do occasionally make my own and there are some recipes on Spark Recipes that sound good. It's largely a matter of convenience and that's of course why we have processed foods in the first place. So slowing down, simplifying and re-prioritizing are also parts of my overall plan for better health and a happier life! Creating time to make healthful foods consistently is a challenge for me but I'm working on it!
If you won't stand up for your community, you won't have one.--Graham Nash
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I'm new too and haven't gotten into the habit of using all SP has to offer.
But, you should read "Omnivores dilemma", "The End of Food", "The End of Nature" and "Deep Economy", if you haven't already. These are good reporting, with an obvious point of view, but good nonetheless.
They should convince you to stay away from processed foods.
I'm new.. to both SP and whole foods!
I usually have a naturally healthy taste when it come to foods. The only meat I enjoy is chicken or turkey, and I love all fish. I'm not a burger person at all, I love anything "whole grain" (wraps, bread, crackers, etc.) and I LOVE, LOVE LOVE fruits and vegetables.
My downfall, however, is when it comes to sweets. For example - the whole box of chips ahoy I had earlier tonight. Thinking back on it, it's not even the calories that disgusts me, but the amount of processed food that I ate! So I'm trying very hard to kick these slipups and become a whole grain person. Also, I have issues with my digestion, so I know it is in my best interest to remove all (or most, anyway) processed food from my diet.
I'm justgetting started with all this, so I will probably be asking for alot of advice!