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2/4/11 10:31 P

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Actually, I don't believe it's the colorant that is put in the cheese that makes the cheese an unclean choice so much as the fact that the cheese comes from milk that has been overly handled and processed and that milk itself comes from Cows that have been desperately abused and are not very healthy. The orange dye that is put in it comes from annato which comes from (oh boy) the annato tree.

Some natural cheeses do actually have a slight orange tinge. I think that has to do with things like the season, the kind of cow, and what the cow has been eating. But manufacturers have taken the orange color a bit too far and now cheddar cheese typically has an almost glow-in-the-dark orange-ness. They do the same with butter to make it look like it came from Aunt Agatha's prize, pampered Guernsey. Consumers have shown that they want uniformity. How far we have all come from real food....sigh

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2/4/11 9:41 P

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lol That was really shocking. Welp, I'll definitely be looking out for that in the future! emoticon

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2/4/11 9:39 P

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2/4/11 9:29 P

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I think Laura is a bit biased. She just has a thing against those purple cows that give orange milk. Tsk, tsk. Expand your world Laura!!
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Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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2/4/11 8:42 P

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You're all so fantastic thank you!!

I think the thing that worries me the most is grains. I adore cereal and I worried about bread and wraps and all that. Also cheese & deli meats because I've heard that they're so overly processed.

And omg... is cheddar really NOT supposed to be orange?! emoticon

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2/4/11 4:57 P

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Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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2/4/11 2:28 P

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Yeah. I am no longer scared of fat. Grain actually scares me more. I have been enjoying cheese, full fat sour cream, and cottage cheese. I also love to have some cheese melted on a slice of tomato. A small amount is all you need. Don't need to pour it on in huge amounts or anything. But, your body does need fat. Healthy fat.

One thing about cheese; make sure you don't get that stuff that has been dyed orange. It's funny how many people think that's the natural color of cheddar! lol

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2/4/11 1:38 P

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Try not to be so scared of fats. We have been widely misinformed about them through the mass media and devilish marketing campaigns of food manufacturers. Even our doctors have given us bad advice about fats because doctors just don't know much about the food manufacturing processes nor do they have to know much about nutrition. They get their cues from the media just like we do.

Solid fat facts quick summing up:
Butter - good
Coconut oil - good
Palm oil - good
Most all margarines (trans fats) - bad
Most all shortenings (trans fats) - bad
Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats) - bad

There are some margarines and shortenings available nowadays that claim not to have any hydrogenated oils in them. they are mostly made up of coconut oil and/or palm oil.

Our bodies ABSOLUTELY need fat for living energy; we even need fat to lose weight. Most people have been led to believe that "fat calories" are the bad calories when in fact those are the good calories if (IF) they don't come from hydrogenated fats.

I posted a blog on oils a while back. It's a bit lengthy but some of you might find it interesting. It isn't about fats in general but only about the oils we use in cooking.
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Edited by: ANIDUCK at: 2/4/2011 (13:41)
Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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2/4/11 10:25 A

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I started small and I actually started investigating more when I read Jillian Michael's Master Your Metabolism. The focus of the book is on the premis of food being our medicine. Not a new concept unless you are like me and really did not realize the connection between nutrition and overall health and the way food effects your hormones which effects your metabolism and onto your weight gain or weight loss.

I started out small. Gave up sodas and when it was time to replace something in the kitchen cabinet, I opted for its all natural and even organic counterpart or nothing at all. That was really the most cost effective and easy way that I could do it.

As others have said below, stay to the outer parts of the store and make your focus on whole fruits, veggies, and meats. If you can afford it, spring for organic or at the very least local.

It only took about a month to really incorporate it into our family life and as far as finances go, you would have spent the same amount on junk anyway, you are just repositioning the money towards healthier choices.

My favorite breakfast is protein packed fresh eggs from a neighbor wrapped up in a whole wheat tortilla, often I stuff in other pre chopped veggies like mushrooms and peppers. Lunch is usually some type of meat sandwich and cheese melt (no extras, no mayo or other fat laden dressings) with a side salad (I have to check out your dressing ideas)

Dinner is usually pretty simple, meat cooked in the crock pot with steamed veggies or grilled chicken and a helping of veggies.

I hope this helps! There are a lot of good ideas below! emoticon

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2/3/11 6:22 P

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Try to eat mostly fresh vegetables and meats and only a small amount of a few other things like whole oats, wheat and other grains. Start switching over to using whole wheat flour instead of white all-purpose flour. Use them half and half at first until you get used to it.

Don't eat things that come in packages that claim "diet" or "fat free". These foods usually have very unhealthy ingredients. As others have said, just eat real food and watch your portions if you are trying to lose weight.

Typical cold cereals are all junk, even the ones that claim to be healthy. They are all over-processed, over-cooked and far from being a fresh, nutritious food. Make your own granola--there are recipes in the team cookbook.

Making your own salad dressings is a snap; you can do it right on top of the salad. Almost all typical (even the so-called "healthier" ones) are made with inferior oils which are not good for us.

Cut down on all sugars and absolutely stay away from sugar substitutes except for stevia which you should use in liquid extract form or pure stevia leaf form if you can get it.
Best of success!

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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2/3/11 8:49 A

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Realize why the groceries stroes today have become so much bigger with so much more junk. Shop the perimeter and if you are lucky like me, stay in the whole foods organic section which is the first three aisles. The gorcery store need not be any larger than those 3 aisles. :)

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2/2/11 11:27 P

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I've always eaten healthy. Grew up with whole grains, brown rice. Mom made her own yogurt. Bought natural peanut butter... etc.
But I really started to HEAR about clean eating about 10 years ago from a girl I worked with. She was OBVIOUSLY into bodybuilding, and she is the first one who I had heard actually used the term "CLEAN" food. That stuck with me. So, I guess for the last 3 years I have really been a stickler to eating whole, natural foods.

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stay away from fast food, read your ingredients and stay with "real" food (as close as you can) eat whole grains and fruits and veggies. Lean meats and fish and watch your portions!
I gave up one bad habit at a time. First fast food, then beer, then bacon, white flour, etc. until I made healthy eating a habit. emoticon

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2/2/11 8:56 P

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Start out by throwing out all processed junk. Shop the perimeters of the store. Don't go down the aisles unless its for clean dressings/oils/vinegars. Make a list of meals that you and your family like. Log all food and exercise. Look at all the recipes. There are tons of them. Don't think of it as a diet, just a life style change.

Lotsa luck, you can do it. You are important and way to put yourself first. hugs, Shakenbake

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2/2/11 8:47 P

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Hey y'all,

So for some time last year I was trying to eat clean but it fell through. I just found myself so lost as to where to begin, and how to go about it, etc. etc. Granted, I'm sure everyone has a different way of starting, I'm just wondering what some of you did to transition. Basically, any tips/advice, etc. emoticon

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