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2/7/13 1:53 P

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I am trying some processed food that is lower in sodium. I am not sure if I like it. It is faster, but not as tasty as real food.

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1/31/13 4:22 P

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Be careful with the sugar free chocolates. Some of the sugar substitutes are not good for you. You are better off with a small chunk of dark chocolate! If you are going whole food route, then using real sugar might be better or using truvia type. I use Truvia for sweetening my yogurt, but i've been trying to avoid most sugar anyways!

I know the feeling of needing to get off the processed foods! I have been making strides in that the past couple weeks. I am mostly going gluten-free but trying hard to get more whole type foods in.

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1/31/13 8:32 A

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I have been eating whole foods for about a month and find that I am loving it. I am cooking more now than I ever have.

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1/19/13 9:10 A

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I satisfy my chocolate cravings with cocoa in flour less peanut butter cookies. I also buy small bags of sugar free chocolates.

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1/8/13 9:50 A

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I absolutely LOVE all veggies and fruits. LOVE LOVE them ♥
But...I also like a few not so good alternatives that I have to come up with substitute options for. I really like fries so for the most part I substitute home made sweet potato fries (and other veggie fries) Need to find healthier options for my chocolate cravings

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1/7/13 8:11 P

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Welcome, and congratulations on deciding to eat real foods! Fruits, nuts and veggies are all good snacks. Whole foods don't have to be difficult. Tonight I cut up a bunch of root vegetables and put them in a pan with a chicken with some herbs on it, and came back from my run to a delicious meal that was hardly any harder than making Hamburger Helper, but it tasted about a thousand times better!

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1/7/13 3:45 P

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I dehydrate apples til crispy and they help when i want to just munch on something. (great sub for chips ) I'm a grazer/muncher so need to find healthy alternatives.

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11/24/12 9:36 A

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I find nuts and dried fruit, the easiest way to grab something on the go. I keep a snack bag of each in my purse. I never know when I'll want something and this way I am always prepared. It is great for the grandchildren as well.

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11/20/12 12:42 P

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salty snacks were my weakness - especially in the afternoons...I have found that planning ahead and eating often works best for me...breakfast is a must for me - usually 1/4 cup oatmeal made with skim milk and fruit or canned pumpkin...less than 200 calories but breaks the fast and starts my day on the right whole food track and I don't get hungry in the afternoons like I used to!...over the last few months I have learned to nibble instead of binge (used to eat whole bags of chex mix or cheddar popcorn)...now when I feel my inner snacker trying to appear I drink a glass of water and eat 8 pistacios (32 calories), or 4 almonds (28 calories) , or 5 green olives (25 calories) and wait 20 minutes to see if that does the trick...it usually does...if it doesn't I'll grab an apple or banana if I'm at work...if I'm at home I'll make a warm salad with spinach, zucchini, tomato and feta...whole foods rock!

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11/17/12 5:58 P

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I find it too easy to just grab the processed stuff. I lack energy because of anxiety and depression i am always drained and i reeeally need to get on the whole foods. Wish i knew how to make it easier.

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5/23/12 12:23 P

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i eat very very little processed stuff. fruits, vegetables, and whole grains such as oatmeal or quinoa i find is the best diet for me. i buy a few gluten-free crackers but mostly avoid things in packages.
i find that wheat is addictive. when i avoid it, i dont crave processed stuff.
hope this helps.

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5/22/12 5:04 P

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Hi

Try to limit the processed stuff in the house. It isn't easy. I eat mini wheats for the crunchy snack I crave. Sometimes cherrios. They both have some fiber. Depending on brand, the amount of sugar. I know they are processed, but I have been gradually weaning myself off those as well. I couldn't do the big jump from chips to veggies. I try to limit the amount of dip with the veggies and am working my way up to enjoying veggies plain.

Best of luck! It can be done.


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5/22/12 2:56 P

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Hi Runningindigo!

It is difficult because processed foods are so addicting. I'm a big snacker so it's even harder to stay away from those yummy treats. I bought a lot of fresh veggies that I cut up and keep in my fridge so when that urge to snack hits I have something healthy and natural to eat instead of that bag of chips or candy.

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Good Luck!

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5/21/12 6:33 P

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Hey there Classicfilmgal!! I'm sure it's gonna be a challenge for you because it was for me...so I know what you mean!! I started out replacing one meal a day as "clean" or unprocessed...mainly it was my dinner! It's actually helped me be more aware of my other meals and limiting the processed foods. I'm new to the team, but I'm sure you'll find all the tips and advice you need to be successful in your journey!! Good luck!! emoticon

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5/21/12 5:57 P

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Hi Everyone,

I want to say how excited I am to be starting a new diet plan. I have tried many and give up half way when I stop seeing quick results. I knew it was time to change when I realized only 2 outfits in my closet actually felt comfortable to wear. I didn't want to accept that I was gaining weight but my jeans can't lie. Apart from losing weight I'd like to eat healthy whole foods, I have been on the processed food for too long now and boy does my tummy feel it, not only is it getting bigger but it has trouble digesting these highly processed foods that are so addicting. I know it will be journey and I have to take small steps but I hope that with your support I will be able to stay on track : )

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