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BEVIEG41
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11/12/12 4:37 P

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I have to watch my sodium. When I keep it at 1500 mg (over 50) I lose weight, but it is a challenge. Eating out kills me, as the sodium is off the wall. An excess of sodium stays in your system for 48 hours and no matter how much fluid you drink, doesn't help. That is one of the reasons I stay away from Chinese Food, fast food and prepared foods. Losing weight doesn't come easy.


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11/9/12 9:44 P

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I think the sodium advice is good. Also, price is a factor. What I find sometimes is it just comes down to taste. Try them both and then go with the one you like the best.

I, too, struggle with protein, so I know how hard it is it get in the minimum.

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11/4/12 11:01 P

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Littlewinds, I do have smoothies for breakfasts ( or a light lunch if I'm off and haven't really been active yet in the day. ) I do use a soy based protein powder right now, but when this runs out I do want to try whey just to see if I notice a difference.

I haven't thought about adding it to oatmeal, though the flax seed I added to my oatmeal this morning was amazing!


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11/4/12 8:32 P

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Do you ever drink smoothies for breakfast? When I was working I used to have them a lot especially in the summer I would have instead of supper ---- and would always put in a scoop or two of protein powder in the smoothie. I have also heard of people putting it in thier oatmeal to boost thier daily intake. I guess you could add to all kinds of things where you could blend it into the liquid of the dish?????

You just need to decide which type of protein powder you wish to use.... whey or soy. I personally use whey -- avoid all soy if I can --- but I don't know if there is much of a difference in the quality of protein each provides.....

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11/4/12 10:55 A

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Right.. Well, um, maybe I need to say why I'm eating these. I'm still -way- below my protein goal for the day, and I can start to feel the effect of not having enough protein. My hair is falling out, and while I have energy my muscles get tired way easier. I also have hypothyroidism, so that doesn't help.

I see these patties as a quick way to add some protein, I also eat egg whites/oatmeal ( I kinda rotate them out ), whole grain cinnamon/raisin toast in the morning, and greek yogurt. I have just bought flax seeds, so I will be sneaking that into my oatmeal tomorrow.

I don't believe that -all- package food is bad, especially since the companies that package them now see that we want healthy options. Of course, you should always try for simple, wholesome foods, but sometimes it's just not possible. Any more tips on how to kinda choose "the best of two evils"?


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11/2/12 9:51 P

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If it was me, as a regular breakfast item, I would buy ground turkey meat and add my own spices, then make patties and freeze them seperately then put them in a bag and seal them... You control all the ingredients and will not be getting any of the chemicals or additives that the pre packaged ones have.....

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Just the word sausage makes my sodium counter wince, turkey or not. I don't eat anything packaged that has more than 10% of my daily sodium goal. And if I do so, I don't eat anything else that day out of a package - there is plenty of natural sodium in plants and meat/poultry (Celery, for example) to reach my daily sodium goal.

The Jennie O brand equals 25% of your daily goal and the Great Value ones are 15%.

It would be much healthier to choose a different breakfast. But if you feel compelled to eat these, I would choose Great Value.

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If things are very similar in the nutrients I usually go for the lower sodium item because sodium is used to give flavor for processed foods and is usually higher than it needs to be. As for which item you choose I would stick with things that are as natural as possible so the less additives the better.

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Hello all!

While the husband and I were doing our monthly grocery shopping, I noticed that two labels on two different turkey stuffs were... Very, very close to one another. Now, right now my two goals are to 1. Lose weight and 2. Keep my cholesterol down. Also, I am going back to school soon, so money is an issue. If I can buy a bag of pre made turkey patties that are just as good as the other ones, that may interest me more for convenience and price. The links to both are below, and feedback about which one you would have picked is more than welcome!

1. www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/great
-value/fully-cooked-turkey-breakfast-p
atties
Great Value Turkey Patties

2. www.jennieo.com/products/84-Lean-Turkey-Br
eakfast-Sausage-Roll---Mild
Jennie-O Sausage roll

I will say this - the Jennie-O turkey sausage package had less additives listed in the ingredients section. I purchased both, but will be eating the Jennie-O for the next week. What are some other foods that you find are super close to each other nutrition wise? Share your stories!


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