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10/23/14 12:47 P

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I grew up on home grown food and was fascinated with store bought and fast food. Every chance I got I would go for the processed stuff if it was available. As I got a little older, I would go shopping with mom and would talk her into buying some of the junk she wouldn't have normally bought. But, processed and fast food was just coming into vogue and she was swayed too and would give in and buy some of those foods. Then, we would go home and eat junk a few times a week. TV dinners were something I begged my mom to try--this was at the 'dawn' of TV dinners (1960's)--they were awful. I remember that going to a fast food restaurant was a huge 'treat'. I thought the same about spaghetti O's, Twinkies, Ding Dongs, bologna--TREATS! (With that, and compulsive eating, it's no wonder I got fat!)

The Spaghetti O's (IMHO) were the worst departure from REAL food that I can imagine. But, when I grew up and had my first child, my husband and I immediately got into the healthy food movement (1977) of the day. We planted a garden, raised rabbits, chickens and prepared almost all of our own food from scratch. That's when I realized processed and fast food was not really good tasting and probably not good for you. I subscribed to Organic Gardening magazine and learned more about food and health and gardening organically.
I had the BEST food choices by default (I lived in the agricultural Midwest AND we grew our own food) and I still chose the junk way to often. When I went back to work after my children were born, ease became the culprit that sent me down the rabbit hole again. Knowing and doing are quite different, especially later when I KNEW the difference and practiced a natural lifestyle 85% of the time.

I must confess, over the years I have waffled with the eating choices . . . unfortunately old habits and mindsets die hard. (btw, my weight problem was caused from compulsive over eating of GOOD and BAD food.)

I am thankful now, that there are so many educational opportunities and HEALTHY options especially for busy people on the go!

The problem is getting our children and other adults to know the difference and EMBRACE, willingly, healthy lifestyles--before they have to learn the hard way--like me. It is sad and rather interesting that human nature is so easily manipulated. That someone can KNOW the reality and still choose to embrace bad habits--until their bodies reveal the negative effects of these bad choices. Our bodies are amazing at what they can endure but, as we age our poor choices show up in our looks and our health. It WILL happen.

Forgive me for getting on my soapbox, but I would really hope to spare people from the struggle I have endured even when I had the RIGHT answers and knowledge within my grasp.

Update! NO MORE Wiggle room on my weight! Still figuring out how to keep balance and stay in charge. Staying active but could step it up again.

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10/22/14 7:54 P

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I have been eating pretty clean for the Month of October, but I had a few different things this week, and I really noticed the salt! emoticon

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10/2/14 4:57 P

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EXOTEC - not sure where you live, but in a lot of cities you can find restaurants that are Food To Table - meaning they bring the food right from a local farm to the (well, kitchen and chef first and then to the ) table. Have you tried on of those? Also vegetarian and vegan restaurants also have many healthy selections - even if you are not vegetarian or vegan :)

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10/2/14 11:42 A

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Absolutely. Processed "foods" taste first of chemicals, and then - weakly - of food. I used to love animal crackers. I gave them up as processed and grain... but I succumbed recently and was so very disappointed. What IS this stuff?

We go out to nice restaurants, which I still would love to do... but the food isn't real food! Again, what IS it? You can hardly get a meal that's just real food. I want somebody to pamper me and cook for me now and then! but if I want real food, I'm simply out of luck, it seems.

OTOH - this is probably a good and healthy change. Gods know, what I was eating before certainly wasn't!



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8/19/14 10:14 A

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in just a few DAYS i have noticed a difference in taste if i eat processed food. amazing!



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8/17/14 8:32 A

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It's kind of funny how the taste buds bounce back. Have been cutting down on processed stuff for a while then decided to have a lean cuisine (pizza)--wow, it was *really* sweet and kind of metallic tasting. Not sure if it was just a *bad* pizza or if my buds have gotten used to the non-processed stuff already. Clean eating is the way to go!

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8/8/14 9:53 A

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Depends on what the food is, but I can taste the rancid fat in the food and I tend to get a little indigestion or what I call "bad oil burps" for me. Its not on all processed food, but some foods now just make me get a sick feeling just thinking of that bad oil food. Boxed, add water only, pancake mix gives me serious "I am in so much pain that I can't move" indigestion!

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8/8/14 9:01 A

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Yes. Growing up Mom always grew her own veggies. We did grow some for the past 4-5 years. This year's was not as good. But yes it tastes so fresh and natural. You wonder what have you been eating all along.

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8/1/14 6:11 A

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Pam - your comment about the grocery store cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce was so spot on for me. Yesterday I brought home all three from my CSA (Consumer Supported Agriculture). The family - that is usually not big on veggies - all went back for seconds on their salad saying that the salad tasted great! It really did taste so much better than the grocery store produce!

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7/31/14 8:11 P

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Some things such as soda is an occasional allowance. Salty snacks are also a temptation, but for the most part I no longer eat or enjoy 'most' processed food.

Even foods like grocery store cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce do not have the same taste as home grown. Amazing the difference!

Update! NO MORE Wiggle room on my weight! Still figuring out how to keep balance and stay in charge. Staying active but could step it up again.

SW: 275-276 Ht. 5'6"
GW: 135 (goal range: 130-140)
CW: WAS 124.7 NOW: 143.5
My focus is health AND fitness! And LOSING 10 lbs. again!
(I'm STILL getting
there . . . )


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7/30/14 11:44 A

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yes! and my daughters swear they can too. It's not just you. If you give it up long enough you swear you can taste or better/worse yet, you can 'FEEL' them LOL

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7/30/14 7:43 A

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I have also given up most processed foods. My husband and I gave up soft drinks about 15 years ago, I have maybe had one or two since then. I do not miss all the chemicals and do not crave them either. emoticon

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7/30/14 7:07 A

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I eat very few processed foods, but every now and then I may have a treat. I usually enjoy dark chocolate covered graham crackers from Whole Foods, but they have not been selling them for some time now (or I can not find them in the store any longer). Well, I was shopping at Giant and I saw that Keebler had an individual container of mini chocolate covered graham crackers, I thought - "what the heck - these would be fine". Well.....I got home a tried one and I swear I could taste the chemicals in the cookie. I have no desire to finish the little package. Has this happened to any of you?? It is a good thing, yes, I really have no taste/desire for processed foods any longer.

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