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8/12/07 11:01 P

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Eat the earth is my motto.

The earth diet includes meat products but not spam.

It includes raw sugar but not splenda, certinally not HFCS or CS!

This includes whole wheat products but not wonder like products (refined).

Obviously this includes fruits and vegies.

This includes mono (#1), poly (#2), and some saturated (#3) fats but not transfats (#never)!



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8/11/07 1:07 P

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.."If it didn't exist 100 years ago, it is not food. If it comes through your car window, it is not food."

It makes perfect sense since 100 years ago we didn't have nearly the technology back then as we do now. It amazes me at how much "food" is processed, yet at the same time my family would eat, or at least used to eat, quite a bit of it.

This is a great way to look at food in a new perspective.

Edited by: HEATHER53121 at: 8/11/2007 (13:20)
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8/11/07 11:50 A

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The car window is a good idea! Another is if it comes out of a box, forget it too!

“Life is hard. After all, it kills you.” Katherine Hepburn


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8/10/07 10:20 P

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Anything made in a lab is not natural.

I heard one of the presidential candidates say today, one who has recently lost about 100 pounds..."If it didn't exist 100 years ago, it is not food. If it comes through your car window, it is not food." Makes great sense!

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8/10/07 9:19 P

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Hmm.. I haven't heard or seen anything in the news about Splenda so those of you watching keep us posted. I do use spenda but as a substitute in baking and cooking. Come to think about it I don't really use a lot of sugar as it is. And honestly I don't usually do a lot of baking that requires a lot of sugar. So we don't have too much of a sugar problem at my house. I've found that moderation works the best at our house. I don't like stressing out over anything. And keeping tabs on every little thing is a stressor to me. So I try to keep our foods fresh and natural. And If I do a lot of baking I try to substitute with the Splenda to reducet the Calorie level. And that seems to be working for us at our house.


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8/10/07 4:22 P

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I've heard that Splenda is supposedly not safe but they don't know because it has not been around long enough & I'm not sure if they've done human studies.

I have read that Splenda is being sued by the Sugar Association because it claims it is natural but I'm not sure.

I know that stevia and sorbitol are natural alternatives but that sorbitol supposedly causes diarrhea etc. I'm not sure about baking/cooking with either of these too since I haven't tried it yet.

There's lots of info on the web on these plus info about aspartame (in equal & nutrasweet which supposedly is one with the most complaints since its absorbed into the body), saccharin, etc.

Mostly a depressing subject! I should go out and eat my front lawn but I would probably die from pesticides anyway!!!!

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8/10/07 4:03 P

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Is Splenda good, or bad? I know that it is derived from Sugar, so it is supposed to be more natural, but lately, Splenda has been in the press a lot. I don't know what to think. It's not sugar, and it is made in a lab, yet, it's natural...any opinions pr facts would be appreciated.

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8/10/07 3:44 P

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But how do you shop organically/naturally while being economic?

I've tried Trader Joes but feel like the money is just bleeding out of my wallet when I leave there!

I have no problem being organic but damn if feels so expensive! I've got 3 kids (10, 7, 5), 1 husband, 1 older son (23) plus 2 large dogs & 3 cats! Yikes

“Life is hard. After all, it kills you.” Katherine Hepburn


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ANGELIAKAY Posts: 916
8/10/07 3:39 P

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No doubt. My 14 year olds complexsion goes to crap when she eats junk food. When she was 9 her nipples started to bleed. The Dr. said that our kids are growing too quickly. Will all the growth hormones in dairy and meat it is no wonder. That's what got me into the organic/natural foods and lifestyle.

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8/10/07 3:22 P

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And everything is just jammed full of sugar sugar sugar.

I stopped buying all juice. They get a small juice sometimes as a snack but it's the clifford ones which are small so they don't suck back 10+ oz of the stuff.

Its bad when food naturally already has sugar and then the overprocessed stuff has sugar plus all sorts of refined/fake/chemical stuff in it. I used to think I was doing my family a favor feeding them rice a roni but they were better off just eating regular rice or my own version of rice a roni.

What really got me thinking about it is when you really look at the shelf life of this stuff and then look at the shelf life of fresh food. Veggies & fruits are only good for so long. You can't keep meat in the fridge for 2-3-6 wks on end so obviously something is in the stuff in your cupboard to make it last that long. It really started to make me feel ill. Then when I was reading that book, the companies are really only interested in the dollar, bottom line. That reminded me just how sick this all was.

We've survived as humans for so long I don't see any reason why we can't continue to do so without all the processed junk, fast food & chemicals.

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8/10/07 3:10 P

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I know that Spenda gets an identical reaction, it's a sugar dirivative. I managed an organic/health food store for years and I had to do the homeopathic and natural medicine and I can't believe that I didn't realize what the problem was. I got lazy. I will keep everyone posted on the results. I don't care for stevia, it has maltodextrose in it which is a malt sugar and that makes me sick. At home it isn't so bad, we have been on the same bag of sugar since December, 5lb bag, it's just all the sugars and such in other stuff. The over processed stuff is awful. I have had an awful time with my daycare. They think if it is in "natural juice" that there isn't any sugar. I finally had to have them get an ingredient list and it had not only fructose, but corn syrup. They were stunned.

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8/10/07 2:54 P

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it seems like a lot of kids are having problems with healthy eating these days.

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Let me know too! I was reading the book "The Cure" and got depressed when I saw all the bad stuff our kids are really ingesting when you think they are eating healthy.

I was so used to feeding my kids anything but then I did the perimeter shopping at the grocery store - where I only walked around the outside without really going into the aisles where most of the bad stuff is. You really only hit the dairy, bakery (fresh bread), fruits/veggies, meat, etc. It was weird to bypass all that other stuff but when it comes down to it, the ingredient list has more items on it and the more there are, the worse it is!

You should maybe try alternative healthstyles - like natural living kind of stuff or vegan sites since they usually try & stay away from processed foods like refined sugars.

They even say the sugar substitutes are bad (equal, nutrasweet) & you should use natural sugar (like stevia). Maybe do a trial run with natural sugars to gauge the kids reactions and the one that work best for you keep using. I havent tried to cook with stevia yet & I think some sugars don't hold up in high temps but you can read up on that on "natural" sites.

Let me know how it goes & keep us posted!

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I have heard of this but not paid attention to this on my kids. I will have to start seeig if I see a pattern.

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8/10/07 2:14 P

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We have been having a problem at home. My 14 and 2 year old have been major points of stress in my world. We recently discovered, quite by accident, that the two of them have major sugar issues. I don't know if anyone has heard of "Sugar Rage" but they are doing some very intense studies on it right now.

When my 14, Rachel and 2, Jake have sugar, they hit almost an "alcoholic" rage. It is loud, verbal, emotional and sometimes very physical, even the 2 year old. For quite some time we have considered having Rachel tested for bipolar disorder because of the personality swings, then it started with Jake. We discoved that on days when there was no sugar these didn't happen so we started to experiment.

Long story short, after MONTHS of sever stress and upset, we think we have found the problem. Thank God!!

After consulting with a diatitian we will be going through a nutrition overhaul in our home. All of us. So, I will have a new stress level, but all in all I think that we will all feel better and be healthier.

I have a couple of books ordered and my nutritionist is sending me exchange list for the whole family, but I won't get them until the 20th.

Anyone else experience any of this personally or with family and does anyone have any good nonsugar tricks, recipes?

Thank you all so much! Angie


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