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PERSISTENCEMIMI Posts: 11,242
3/10/09 6:07 P

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My take on junk foods comes from my own personal experience.
What works for me, may not work for others. Always do what works for you the best.

As some of you said, I also like eveything in moderation and in balance.
I choose not feel deprived of any foods, healthy or not. I do best when I know it's my choice to eat whatever I want, when I want and how much I want.

I also know that nothing comes FREE!
If I decide to splurge and use all of my 35 weekly points one day after my WW meeting, that means that the rest of the week I have to stick only to my target points.
Some members may exercise more to earn extra points. It's great if it works for them.
Exercise is not my forte, so I'm not going to exercise extra time just to eat more.

For the last 6 years, I'm eating healthier and healthier. I've learnt to substitute junk greasy foods with much healthier choices and I'm very HAPPY cooking and eating that way.
My taste buds have changed tremendously. I enjoy more and more REAL foods, unproccessed, from nature as fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, legums, lean meat, dairy...etc...
While experimenting with cooking I've learnt so many wonderful recipes that are low in calories and fat and taste superbly.

But if and when I do want to eat junk foods such as onion rings, piza or a piece of a rich cake, I go for it in MODERATION - smaller portion, not often at all and always TRACKING the points for.

The key is to PLAN for it, to FOLLOW the plan, and most important - to ENJOY it.

Now, compare to 6 years ago, junk food definition is different than before. I'm more aware now of proccessed and unporoccessed foods.

Now Junk foods have second priority:
My first priority is to follow all 9 healthy Guidelines (as close as possible).
My reward every evening may be a Healthy Choice chocolate fudge bar (sold in Cosco -24 counts per package for much better price than those sold in 6 counts in the grocery stores). Lately I like McDonald low fat Vanilla Ice cream.

I'm trying to learn how many points I'm willing to spend on junk foods.
The answer is easy. By the time I follow all 9 healthy Guidelines I'm using most of my points, if not all, because I eat more whole-grains and more protein. It's a build in system that works very well when I eat healthy. ( WW has done an excellent job designing their WW programs).

That means that only the 35 weekly points allwance are there for me to eat junk foods if I choose to.

Learning to eat healthy is a work in process.
I've learnt so much from our team's members and continue to learn and change for the better.

It's time to eat and ENJOY a Fuji apple (yummy!)






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PERSISTENCEMIMI Posts: 11,242
3/10/09 7:18 A

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Great discussion. Great answers.
I'll add something this afternoon.

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These are all very good answers, and I agree with you all. I like to follow the "All things in moderation theory".

How often do I eat junk foods?

2. Sometimes But not very often.
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3/9/09 9:46 P

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To me, junk food is high fat/calories, low taste. Practically anything from the drive-through (there are a few exceptions) qualifies, as well as chips, soda, and most candy

My therapist and I have discussed the concept of quality vs. quantity. For instance, a half-ounce of high-quality dark chocolate will satisfy me far more than all the Snickers bars in the world. Ditto a well-prepared steak vs whatever Megaburger is out there. I will have less of real cheese and butter, since I've never found a margerine that I think is worth eating.



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3/9/09 8:29 P

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These are good questions.

I consider junk food to be prepackaged grab it food, which is why I don't keep it in the house.

I don't much like processed foods because they don't have much taste and you have to eat more of it to get any taste out of it.

Some things need to be real, some can be adapted. There is a book called the Best Light Recipe where the Cooks Illustrated kitchens take recipes and lower the calories gradually until it tastes bad, then brings the ingredients back up to taste. It is a great book just to read as well as use as a cookbook.

If it is grab and go it is junk. Even baked potato chips are junk.

When I lost my weight in 1970, all junk was absolutely forbidden, so I learned how to live without it. Took awhile, but with time and effort my tastes actually changed. I no longer craved saltines and pretzels (though I still don't keep them in the house all these years later), but I crave dinner as long as I know it will be wonderful, which is completely in my control. That was recurring theme at meetings.

Since I still count exchanges I don't really know the filling food list, healthy or not.

I eat some junk food maybe once or twice a year. I don't know if I'd be able to stop once I start, so it's easier to not start. And I only eat that stuff with other people around so I know I won't go overboard.

That said, I agree with Hungrywoman that you can gain weight on any food, junk or not. I remember a woman who gained 20 pounds from mangoes. Weighing and measuring is essential, as is brutal honesty.

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3/9/09 8:05 P

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1.high in fat & calories, no nutritional value
2. I don't think of them as junk foods, guess I should
3.low cal sub is the way I go
4.not usually
5.once a month
6.less often
7.don't eat them usually at all


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PERSISTENCEMIMI Posts: 11,242
3/9/09 5:39 P

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Great answers!

1. What do you consider junk food?

2. What do you think about proccessed and unproccesed foods? How do you relate it to junk foods?

3. Is it the REAL thing (a New York cheese cake....) or a lower in fat and calories substitute?

4. If it's lower in fat and calories, do you still see it as junk food?

5. Do you find it a MUST to iclude REAL junk foods in your healthy lifestyle, but with portion control, moderation, and only once in a while? (what is once in a while? once a week, every two weeks, once a month....?

6. How often do you eat HEALTHIER NON filling foods? Every day? Less often??

7. How often do you eat junk foods?

1. All the time
2. Sometimes
3. Often
4. Not at all



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3/9/09 5:19 P

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Thanks once again for the timely reminder. My definition of junk food exactly. For me it also includes things I can readily grab and eat. Often more processed than I really prefer. Sometimes, however, although I don't overeat junk, I may overeat something better for you, and lose my necessary balance. I am finding that even too much of a good thing isn't always the best for you.

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3/9/09 2:13 P

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I also go with the easier to get worse to eat!
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Another thing about junk food is that it's easy: it's easy to obtain, store and you can eat it with little or no preparation.

Nell
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Thanks Mimi. I try to substitute healthy choices when I eat out.

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Thanks for posting.

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PERSISTENCEMIMI Posts: 11,242
3/9/09 12:44 P

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A high-calorie food that is low in nutritional value.


1. What do you consider junk food?

2. What do you think about proccessed and unproccesed foods? How do you relate it to junk foods?

3. Is it the REAL thing (a New York cheese cake....) or a lower in fat and calories substitute?

4. If it's lower in fat and calories, do you still see it as junk food?

5. Do you find it a MUST to iclude REAL junk foods in your healthy lifestyle, but with portion control, moderation, and only once in a while? (what is once in a while? once a week, every two weeks, once a month....?

6. How often do you eat HEALTHIER NON filling foods? Every day? Less often??

7. How often do you eat junk foods?

1. All the time
2. Sometimes
3. Often
4. Not at all



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"If you want to cut down on junk food, cut down your intake of salt, sugar, fat and refined foods. Choose your calories by the nutrient company they keep".


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