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2/9/14 4:48 P

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I know many people (actually more than you think) who are NOT fans of artificial sweetener.
Some it is for taste, others are for healthy reasons. I think, at least from my perspective anyway, that the people who have a grip on the artificial sweeteners are those who are diabetic and those who have severe issues with caloric intake. I am in the latter category and haven't yet been able to let go of my artificial or semi natural sweetener totally. My biggest 'clean' transgression is it's use in my tea and other drinks. After a while (years for me) it tastes just as normal as actual sugar. So, this is something I am still working on.

I've never used the protein powders, ANNEMARGAR. I like to 'chew' and eat a lot, emoticon
so I choose calories I can chew over drink. My daughter gave me some protein powder (and it is good tasting), but have only added it to pancake and cornbread batter. I just don't do shakes much and it adds so many extra calories and I can't afford the extra calories. I am not athletic, we live on a mini-farm--get firewood, have chickens, a large garden, cows, etc. and I am a Realtor, so I stay active, BUT, I don't burn lots of calories (esp. in winter) and really have to keep a handle on the food calories I consume.

ALL THAT to say this, "I wish I could help you . . emoticon . . but I can't!"






Wiggle room on my weight! Getting consistent with exercise tipped the scales . . . in a good way~just don't think I need to lose any more--just get firm and fit!

SW: 275-276 Ht. 5'6"
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My focus is fitness!
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2/9/14 7:59 A

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This week I researched getting a new protein powder to replace the whey powder I was usuing. I was trying to get a plant based protein powder. I purchased two to try - RawFusion and Veggie Elite. Both "All Natural'. Well - I find they are sweetended with Stevia - which is "all natural", but to me tastes artificial and chemically. I am the only one that does not like Stevia?

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2/8/14 11:41 P

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Thanks everyone for the responses!

I don't really drink soda, my boyfriend does. I think the hardest part is getting him to eat healthy too. He loves his junk food, soda, and candies. When they're in front of my I can't help but indulge, however, I have improved. I used to throw out all the junk food and then in a week or two buy a bunch and eat it, but now that my boyfriend always has it in the house, I don't always feel like eating smaller portions, because it'll always be there.

I think the two things I have almost eliminated are coffee and alcohol. I would drink both daily. I drink tea instead of coffee, and drink a couple times week and sometimes not at all.

Fast food, junk food, and carb things are what I like :)

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2/4/14 11:22 A

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We are going in stages some better than other LOL.

Whatever we expect with confidence becomes our self-fulfilling phophecy. - Brian Tracy


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2/3/14 1:07 P

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I totally agree with the clean eating but since i started only 3 months ago, imtry to implement it gradually. Easy some days and harder some others... emoticon

Seize the day!


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1/30/14 10:35 A

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I agree. I read that Agave has as much sugar as a soda. I use Stevia in liquid and powder form I try not to sweeten to much.
Had rice with lamb, curry, peas and carrots last night it was great.

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1/30/14 7:08 A

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Good point Pam. Maple Syrup and Honey are "clean". I guess I cut them out as they are empty calories - calories without nutrition. It all depends on what "plan" you are following :)

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1/29/14 2:03 P

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Annemargar, According to the Paleo camp, maple syrup and raw honey are allowable . . . in moderation. I have found that banana's, dates, prunes, apricots and natural applesauce (using naturally sweeter apples as some apples can be quite tart) are good in many recipes for natural sweetness. You mentioned oats . . . oats, apples, and cinnamon is one of my favorite combos--although I prefer it for a late snack as opposed to breakfast.
[I have a self-created wacky schedule and eating pattern but I'm working on it!]

Just a note: I am not a dedicated Paleo follower, but have noticed some similarities in what I eat and the Paleo recommendations. I don't know the intricacies of this eating style, but know that some areas of departure for me include eating limited grains, limited dairy and limited fat.









Wiggle room on my weight! Getting consistent with exercise tipped the scales . . . in a good way~just don't think I need to lose any more--just get firm and fit!

SW: 275-276 Ht. 5'6"
GW: 135 (goal range: 130-140)
CW: 124.7
My focus is fitness!
(I'm getting there . . . )


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1/29/14 7:42 A

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Great advice Pam! When you state - omit sugar - have to admit that this seemed like an impossible feat for me. I enjoyed some brown sugar and maple syrup in my oatmeal in the morning. My brother said that he ate his plain. I tried eating mine plain, but it tasted terrible. I did realize that the sugar was just empty calories so I tried. First I took out the maple syrup altogether. Then, litlle by little (yes, I used a measuring spoon) I removed the brown sugar. Today - I eat my oatmeal with cinnamon - without the sugar and I love it. I can't eat the sugary stuff anymore - it upsets my stomach and leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Change is different - change takes time for adjustment - change CAN happen :)

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1/28/14 10:21 P

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Congrats for making the decision to eat clean. I did that when I was about your age and some of those habits have stayed with me my whole life. I am 57. HOWEVER, I still didn't maintain a healthy weight. I ate way too much and not in the proper balance. So, there is a bit more to it than just eating good, organic and unprocessed or minimally processed food.

An easy place to start is to eliminate sugar and it's by products. This will probably help your skin too. My daughter, who is 36 and has had chronic acne since she was 14, just discovered this sugar/acne connection and it has made an amazing change in her complexion. If you stay inside a lot or if you do not eat dairy, you might also need vitamin D, but check with your doctor. I had 'alligator-like' skin most of my life until I started taking Vit. D and after several months I noticed my skin on my arms and legs were smooth.
Substitute a natural sweetener in your drinks and learn to enjoy clean fresh water. Add a little lemon if you want to dress it up. (I still have a soda on occasion, but pretty rare these days.)

Fruits and Vegetables are best eaten fresh and if possible GMO free and organic.
An example of 'clean' I like to share is:
Apple pie = Not-so-good for you; Applesauce = Better; Apple = Best

You don't have to know it all or change it all at one time. I started by omitting sugar and white flour--and food prepared with these ingredients and built on that. Over time you will learn to like and enjoy foods that may never have been a part of your previous food choices. On the same note, you will discover that your old food choices do not have the same appeal.

Good luck in your journey and 'we' Sparkler's will help you every step of the way.

Wiggle room on my weight! Getting consistent with exercise tipped the scales . . . in a good way~just don't think I need to lose any more--just get firm and fit!

SW: 275-276 Ht. 5'6"
GW: 135 (goal range: 130-140)
CW: 124.7
My focus is fitness!
(I'm getting there . . . )


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1/28/14 9:11 A

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Yep, Annemargar, so right you are :D Also, once you start looking into what is in the stuff you are eating (all the processed) you will see all the damage you are doing to yourself. I read somewhere not long ago it said, "If your great grandparents wouldn't call it food, don't eat it". One way to look at it. most of the crap out there is made in a lab :( Corporate greed, then they make money off of making you sick. Something else I learned; Natural flavorings are just as bad as artificial flavorings, each can contain 60 or more chemicals. They can label it that way because of the food guide lines. Lord only know what in most of that garbage.

"Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Choose your word, for they become actions. Understand your actions, for they become habits. Study your habits, for they will become your character. Develop your character, for it becomes your destiny"~~by anonymous

"Whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, you must do all for the glory of God"
-1 Corinthians 10:31 NLT


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1/28/14 5:36 A

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Great advice from Happyenzo. I think the best way to start is to start with the clean foods that you enjoy. What are your favorite vegetables? Fruits? If salt is your thing - think of a way to wean yourself off of the chips -- perhaps carrots and hummus after work or peanut butter and celery. Don't eat it thinking "oh, these are suppose to be as good as chips?" No, you are eating carrots and hummus - you are building a new habit. Let us know how clean eating works for you - and let us know if you need anymore help!

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1/27/14 9:30 P

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Hello! Good for you for starting so young :D I am 46 and love eating clean. Don't get me wrong, I "cheat" sometimes but I can tell when I do. At your age you are going to great. :D Think about all the wonderful things you CAN eat! Lean meats, vege's fruits, I still eat cheese tho. I am working on limiting the cheese at this point. For you, I would say start slow. Do you drink soda? That would be the first thing off the list for sure! So depending on how you eat now would really be the question on how to start this process. My vice is still chips.........UGH SALT..... That has been a battle that I have about licked! LOL /Don't buy it, I don't eat it. So how do you eat now? Do you have a lot of packaged foods? I have been doing this for years, main thing....do not beat yourself up. Pretty soon you will be craving the good stuff like we do over here. I have thrown out everything that comes in a box with a very few exceptions. It'll take time but if you would like more info, I'm up for helping you out :D

"Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Choose your word, for they become actions. Understand your actions, for they become habits. Study your habits, for they will become your character. Develop your character, for it becomes your destiny"~~by anonymous

"Whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, you must do all for the glory of God"
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1/27/14 8:27 P

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I've been thinking about it for a while and have decided to start eating clean. The number reason my health, I'm tired all the time and have gained lbs. Looking to gain some more energy and clear up my skin, my skin has been breaking out a lot, I'm 25!

It's going to be tough because I am a junk food junkie!!!!

Any advice or comments would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
-H


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