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3/14/13 1:56 P

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I learned from Weight Watchers 30 or so years ago, to count Potatoes and Corn as a Starch/Bread when it came to counting the number of Vegetables you are eating that day. Modernization of terms used now days might make the Potato/Corn put into the Grain category. Regardless of what you call it, the caloric/glycemic content takes them out of the market for me to eat on a regular basis.

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2/22/13 10:54 P

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I really like to make a potato soup and add carrots and celery and sometime I even add broccoli or cauliflower. You'd be amazed how much cauliflower I go through! I puree it and blend it in as a thickener to gravies or stews! Try to add something in a different color with them, like peppers or tomatoes. Stewed tomatoes with baby potatoes and sauteed onions and peppers. Yummm!

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1/28/13 6:29 P

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I try to see how they land on the glycemic index and if one is really high (watermelon or potatoes or tomoatoes) then I try to eat one that is much lower to balance it out.

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1/28/13 1:58 P

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My mother has always considered them veggies (or vegetables - she hates the term "veggies"). My mom also considers a salad a complete vegetable. Technically, I suppose she is right, but I'm now more of the mindset of having salad AND a veggie.

I have heard corn referred to as a grain. I do know it is hard to digest and I have seen (TMI time) whole kernels in the feces of people for whom I have to do total care. I'm not at all sure if humans were built to eat corn as a vegetable.

As someone else mentioned, potatoes in and of themselves are not bad (and neither is popcorn, in my humble opinion), it's what we put on them that makes them loaded with calories.

There are different philosophies of eating. Some say you must count total calories and that all calories are equal. Others say to stay away from preservatives and processed foods and eat only whole foods. The whole foods philosophy often admonishes about eating white foods, such as white sugar, white bread, AND white potatoes. I really don't know how white potatoes get onto the list, because they are not refined foods. I prefer red potatoes to white anyway, so I suppose there are no worries.

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1/28/13 11:40 A

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I am sorry - but i do not get bogged down in is it starch or veggie - just eat in moderation and make changes we can live with - i am sure no one ever became obese based on corn and/or potatoes...ha, ha
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1/28/13 8:41 A

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It always cracks me up when people say potatoes are a starch. Really? I don't think there has ever been a "starch" category on the food pyramid/plate. It is definitely a vegetable. Just as a really fatty piece of steak is still a protein not a fat/oil....

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1/27/13 9:58 P

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There is so much one can do in the "salad" realm, and the food is raw & full of good-for-you nutrition!
Sat. pm I had plate full of lettuce greens + 1 whole diced tomato + 1/2 sliced cucumber + 1/2 avocado + 4 mini peppers. I added several slices of breast meat from a rotisserie chicken and dinner was AMAZING!
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1/27/13 5:53 P

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with some of my menus set up through SP, a baked potato with butter is on the menu a few days a week.

One of my favorite things to do is make vegetarian potato soup with my potato so that I am getting it in a different way which makes it more of a comfort food for me. Onions, a bit of celery, potato, spices and vegetarian broth.

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1/27/13 5:50 P

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I don't want to over eat them...I want to use them as at least one of my 5 veggies a day - to make it easier to stomach.

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1/27/13 5:48 P

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I haven't hidden my veggies since I was a kid. And it is not really "seeing them" it is that they are there. If I can count potatoes and corn as veggies I might make it through.

The veggies I like, I don't want to hide or avoid....I just don't want to eat them all the time.

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1/27/13 5:41 P

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here is the clickable link for the potato thread

www.sparkpeople.com/ma/are-potatoes-
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1/27/13 5:33 P

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They are vegetables. But in the diet realm they are a starch. Here is another SP thread with the same discussion. I hope it helps.

www.sparkpeople.com/ma/are-potatoes-a-ve
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As far as getting more veggies into your diet have you tried hiding them in other things such as eggs or sauces. I add veggies to my Eggbeaters and my Spaghetti sauce. You can chop them really small so you do not see them.

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1/27/13 5:25 P

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Starchy veggies like corn and potatos are carbs and need to be limited like all carbs as is sugar. As we know carbs turn to sugar in our system. It's all in the numbers.

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1/27/13 5:07 P

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I was always taught they are veggies

Potatoes are full of potassium . It is all that fatty stuff we put on it that makes them unhealthy

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Are potatoes and corn considered veggies? Growing up, my parents said absolutely never---starch starch starch. I struggle so much to gag down veggies. It is a constant battle. I am managing to drink the V8 fusions in order to get some "veggies" down - but do they really count either?

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