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3/7/08 5:19 P

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One of the easiest ways to ensure that the things you are putting into your body are happy, healthy, and clean is by making them yourself!
In our house we make a lot of those things on this list.
We make soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, ricotta cheese, keifer, yogurt, brown rice...
Its all pretty simple. Send me a PM if you'd like a recipe.

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3/4/08 9:09 A

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I'm great now but, I ate a white sauce Saturday & had a headache all Sunday, should have known better.



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Use it well.

This is the responsibility of thought - to choose wisely.
This is the power of thought - to create what is.


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3/2/08 11:09 P

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Melissa, thanks so much for the help! I am looking forward to checking out the links you provided.

I am learning so much here...I am so glad I found this group.

Ellen

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3/2/08 1:00 P

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Ellen, I am not sure what Dioxin is, but I try to buy milk, cheeses, yogurts that are organic. I know know these are not treated with hormones. But yes, think of it this way, anything that goes into the animal, goes into us. I would rather be eating and drinking from happy animals.

I work with nutritionists who are totally into the organic thing. They have a weekly radio show I will post. Drinking whole milk is better not only because it is not processed but also because we need healthy fats in our diets. You have to make that decision. But how I look at it our society has been trained that we need to eat low fat, lite, sugar free foods. Guess what, since these foods came about, we have gotten fatter and fatter. If you are eating all these processed foods and drinking whole milk, yep, you are still going to put on the weight, but it is not from the milk, but from the processed foods. Eat as close to nature as you can....thats my plan.

Here is the link to the radio show. I was on the December 29th show!!!! But my favorite show is the Dec 8th show. That guest was on a year or more ago when I first heard her. She inspired me to take the next step.
www.weightandwellness.com/dun_radio.
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I always download the programs and listen to them on my MP3 player!

Have a great sunday!

~melissa

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3/2/08 7:19 A

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Hi everyone, I am trying to learn about eating closer to nature too...wondered about the comments about milk. Are you saying whole milk is better than skim and is that because of the processing? It took me so long to get used to skim and now that I am, the whole is a little repulsive to me. But I want to know which is better.

I have also been reading bad things about dairy lately...that dairy products contain Dioxin...that when we ingest dairy products, we are getting the same hormones, steroids, antibiotics (used on the cows) as we would if we ate the meat directly.

What does anyone think?

I hate to give up my yogurt too...

Thanks for your help,

Ellen

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2/29/08 1:44 P

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One rule of thumb to follow is if your great-grandparents wouldn't not recognize it as food, don't eat it. But that is just a rule of thumb. So if you want rice cakes, eat them. They will not be as nutritious as a cup of brown rice, but they are not as bad as a doughnut!

I tried to buy a loaf of bread yesterday for my husband's breakfast sandwich. And I could not find a single load that did not have high fructose corn syrup or sugar as one of the first few ingredients. I was out of bread and didn't have time to go to another store or make a loaf (as if I could!) so I bought the least polluted loaf I could find. I figure if I do my best and don't stress over it, a few calories of processed food isn't going to make any noticeable impact!

About the chocolate, I think a lot of the "chocolate is good for you" is hype by Hershey and other companies. Even dark chocolate has sugar and milk, etc. With that said, we have it as a delicious dessert...but just one square...actually less than an ounce.

My step-daughter makes her own almond milk and I am sure that is healthier than soy or cow milk. But I don't know about the store brands. I do think they are delicious. I just don't use milk at all, since I don't eat cereal.

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2/29/08 10:14 A

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I have wondered about Almond Milk and Rice Milk myself. Maybe someone with more knowledge of these products will chime in.

~melissa

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"Even on the days you just don't feel like going to work, you still go, right? It's the same with exercise." -Professional Volleyball Player Gabrielle Reece

Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand. - Emily Kimbrough

The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea. --Isak Dinesen
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2/29/08 10:03 A

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Yes I figured that the less processing is better but I think a little is inevitable-especially if we want variety in what we eat. I am taking from this that the ingredient list is possibly more important than how it is made?
As far as soy vs milk, I just always thought soy was better for you than milk (but then I started looking at the ingredient list on my soy milk and now am beginning to wonder). I think milk bothers my stomach. I wonder about almond milk-would that be better than soy?

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2/29/08 9:57 A

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Peanut butter is just ground peanuts....nothing else is done to it. Is there a reason you drink soy? The more I hear about soy the less I am glad I can't have it. The soy of today is very processed. I can't have it because I am hypothyroid. But others swear by it. Most things go through a certain ammount of processing to get to our table. The closer you can stay to meat, veggies, whole grains, etc, the better you are. I eat Whole milk Yogurt with berries and flax. I eat real cheese and put whole milk in my coffee. The trick is to keep your food as close to nature as you can. Does that make sense?

~melissa

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"Even on the days you just don't feel like going to work, you still go, right? It's the same with exercise." -Professional Volleyball Player Gabrielle Reece

Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand. - Emily Kimbrough

The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea. --Isak Dinesen
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2/29/08 9:48 A

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Thanks Melissa
I am still confused. I understand that white flour is bad. But foods that are "processed" can still be good for us no? Take for example peanut butter-this is processed or soy milk-again processed. Unless I am not understanding the real meaning of processing?

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The more a food is processed, the less our bodies know what to do with it. I don't know about rice cakes at all, but think of white flour. it is flour, it comes from nature, but it is processed and enriched and our bodies just turn it right to sugar. That is one major reason to stay away from anything that is processed.

If you can have a bite of dark chocolate and walk away from it, by all means, have a bite. this is a lifestyle change, not a diet. Just make sure it is something like 72% cacao (not sure on that number) or more.

~melissa

Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.

"Even on the days you just don't feel like going to work, you still go, right? It's the same with exercise." -Professional Volleyball Player Gabrielle Reece

Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand. - Emily Kimbrough

The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea. --Isak Dinesen
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2/29/08 9:35 A

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Thanks for the info.
See that is what is a bit confusing. The only ingredients in the rice cakes I get are brown rice and salt. I am guessing they aren't good because the rice is not in it's natural state?
But what is the disadvantage if I am really only consuming the brown rice and salt?

I have one more question. Dark chocolate-good or bad. I read that eating a little is actually good for you. If so I need some recommendations.


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2/28/08 5:48 P

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My rule of of thumb is to stay away from anything processed like rice cakes. It may take a bit to figure out but after a while you just know what is good and what isn't. Most of the time if you stay to the outside perimeter of your grocery store you will do OK.
It takes time to become a proficient label reader but like the poster below said don't buy anything you can't pronounce.

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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2/28/08 4:22 P

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I eat Whole Milk Cottage cheese, but it is organic. I always try to make sure that the cows have not been treated with hormones....same with my milk and cheese.

Coconut Milk- organic again. the non organic had something in it I could not pronounce. Also I was told NOT to eat the lite by my nutritionist. Yummy way to eat it is to Mix 1/2 cup of the stuff with 1 cup frozen fruit and a little stevia. this makes a lovely 2 serving desert better than ice cream.

Chicken Broth - low sodium & organic. yummy!

The rest of the stuff I personally do not eat. I would always suggest look for organic products if you don't know the product. My other trick is to read the ingredients. my rule is if I can't pronounce it, don't eat it.

~melissa

Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.

"Even on the days you just don't feel like going to work, you still go, right? It's the same with exercise." -Professional Volleyball Player Gabrielle Reece

Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand. - Emily Kimbrough

The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea. --Isak Dinesen
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2/28/08 3:16 P

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I am fairly new to eating whole foods, all the time. I think I am doing pretty good so far. I am trying to get more variety into my menu.
Need to know if I can eat or stay away from:
Cottage cheese
Rice cakes (plain ones only lighty salted)
Coconut milk
Almond milk
Rice noodles
Chicken broth (I only buy the low soduim)

Also would love a good cook book so I can start making more meals at home. I am a horrible cook so it needs to cater to recipes that are easy and with minimal ingredients.


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