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Welcome, DUMBSKITTY (feels a little weird writing that - I feel like I'm calling you dumb! no offense!)
One suggestion, that may or may not work for you: it's important for me not to try to give things up. Then I obsess about what I can't have. Instead, I focus or adding things to my diet, or replacing things. If you think that might be true of you, too, as you remove things from your kitchen, take a look at your favorites and figure out what you can have in its place.
e.g. Love Kraft macaroni and cheese? Buy some macaroni (whole wheat if you're feeling adventurous) and good cheese and make a big pan of baked mac n cheese. Add steamed broccoli or spinach or asparagus - just a single thin layer to see if you like it. And then freeze it in single sized servings. Now you've got mac n cheese just as convenient as the boxed stuff, but containing ingredients that you can pronounce!
You might find it worthwhile to join the mailing list at Whole Foods. Every week they send out an email that includes an updated recipe where they take something high fat or with lots of processed ingredients and suggest a healthier recipe.
Best wishes for your journey to better health.
I am so glad you joined this Team too! Everyone is very knowledgeable.
Team Leader: Weight Loss Cafe
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Team Leader:Green Smoothie Lovers
Hey everyone...I've been asking my friend TRAVELNISTA some things about whole foods and raw foods lately, and I thought I'd come and check out this team she belongs to.
I've kind of been flirting with the idea of trying to DRASTICALLY implement more whole foods into my diet. (Currently, I eat almost NONE.) The idea of doing this is kind of scary for me because, I'm not used to any other way of eating except processed foods on top of processed foods.
But I've been educating myself. Right now I'm reading Jillian Michael's book "Master Your Metabolism," and while I'm not quite ready to do EVERYTHING she recommends (like sleep on only "organic" bedding), I AM ready to clean out my entire fridge and pantry and start over. It just makes so much sense to me that all of these weird ingredients and preservatives in our foods can't be good for me.
I'm a little worried because I know this is going to be expensive. Some of the things I'd like to start doing are going to require that I buy some "tools." (although I guess I don't have to implement all of that at once) And, the thought of throwing out ALL the food I own and purchasing "new" food seems like such a waste, but I feel it's important for me to (1) Get organized, and (2) have a "clean slate" when I do this--I'm the type of personality that needs a lot of structure to be successful--the more organized and structured I am, the more successful I wind up being (which is hard because I'm not naturally structured or organized AT ALL).
Right off the bat I have some questions for you guys. (But I'll post those in the general discussion section in a little bit.) I live in ND so I don't have access to a Trader Joes or a Whole Foods store (the closest ones are in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and I only get there maybe once a year, if that). I DO have access to a really nice organic/health section in my favorite grocery store in town, but I know I'm not going to have access to the variety of things that people in bigger cities have. Right now, I don't have a yard or anything, so I can't have a garden, but I'll be finishing up school in a year, and I hope to buy a house with a yard when that happens.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to this process. I kind of felt the "moment" to start doing this this morning, and (I'm working all day today) I can hardly wait to go home tonight to start cleaning things out!
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. --Ephesians 6:12