I cut out all carbonated beverages years before starting with Spark, convinced that they are really not good for my system. I do still struggle to eat more nutrient rich foods, even 5 months into my Spark program. I hit my calories, but need more of them to be made up of better quality foods. I know that when at my largest, I was probably nearly as malnourished as someone who doesn't get enough to eat. While I'm MILES ahead of where I was when I began, I am encouraged by the progress I have made and keep making better choices every day. And I can feel the difference!!
1/29/2010 4:56:45 PM
I have gotten better about reading the nutritional labels, it was shocking about how much garbage is in these cheap foods. My rule of thumb is spend the money on good food and less at the doctor later in life when it all catches up to you.
1/6/2010 2:56:43 PM
Luckily, growing up we weren't allowed to drink soda often. But my weakness is breads, rice, and pastas.
My junk food crave is bubble gum. Like most it's cheap and I'm wired to want to just chew and chew. At first I was going to just gently try and consume less, but that's not working and I know I don't need of the sugar or food coloring, so I've decided to put a cap on what I'm allowed to have. At the end of the day I feel better knowing that eventually this little battle of cravings will be conquered! :)
12/20/2009 8:17:23 PM
The demon junk food! In our society it is so hard to get away from it. The marketing people can make a bag of sugar sound like a new diet product!
Junk Food: Empty calorie, highly processed foods that are loaded with chemicals, trans fats, and corn syrup. These have no place in a healthy diet or in an "eating well" diet. Once you start to avoid these foods, the rest begins to fall into place. After some time of eating healthy food, you lose your appetite for this stuff. I do not include dark chocolate or premium ice cream in the list of junk foods.
That article was hard to read. Especially "a plan for weight reduction should emphasize eating differently, not just eating less." I guess I figured I could lose weight just staying in my calorie limit and eating what I wanted within that limit, but the scale definitely tells a different story. I guess I have to actually start eating better, lol.
Sadly, it took me 19 years before I realized the disservice I was doing to myself by drinking sodas and eating copious amounts of cookies, chips, etc. Finally, I decided enough was enough and completely cut out sodas and cookies and chips and junk like that from my diet. Along with exercise, I managed to lose some 40 odd pounds and feel better than ever. I still enjoy the occassional treat - chocolate, a delicious flavor of granola bar, etc. - but I try to do that in moderation. Once I cut out the soda from my life, I find that I no longer even want it, and if I do ever take a sip of a friend's drink for whatever reason, I cough and splutter because it's so awful-tasting!
I believe it really depends on what is meant by "junk". I'm having a healthy lunch now and enjoying a small bag of all-natural potato chips with it. I logged it into my nutrition tracker. I consider the impact of the salt and told myself to drink 2 glasses of water when I'm finished with them. For me, a vegan trying to avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup, even though they may be vegan, the occasional small order of fries, bag of chips or vegan dessert treat is fine, as long as I count in the day's nutrition.
while I commend this article as being absolutely true, I think we need to look at who allowed this to happen in the first place. Junk food is very cheap, in its manufacturing, ingredients, quality.For years and years it was available in our children's schools, and because we are second or third generation of both parents working and too busy to make a proper lunch, we and our children were given lunch money and told to spend it for food. Once tasted, junk food, becomes a preference over fresh fruits and vegetables. Soda pop over milk and just good old water, every thing has to be sweet or salty. Our brains become wired for any product that has these qualifications, and then we stand back in horror, when we look around ourselves as well as see our indulgences in a mirror. This is not an excuse, but rather acknowledgement why a site like spark people is one of the best answers, they know these facts and are more than willing to help us that indulged. They have the instructions and the ability to help any one REWIRE their brains, and that is why you see the wonderful success stories..
8/16/2009 8:53:27 AM
I can relate to this article. Many times I have brought home 'healthy' snacks such as fibre bars or thinsations. I have recently learned that these kinds of snacks are LOADEd with sugar. If you just focus on the calories or fat or fibre you are being taken. If you read the carbohydrate grams on the box, you'll see that almost half of the carbs come from sugar. I've now focussed on finding snacks that are only a third percentage of sugar.
Eating 'clean' and having fruit and/or veggies as snacks will help both your insides and your outsides. These foods contain tons of vitamins and nutrients that fill you up longer and will keep your skin, nails and hair looking amazing. AND if you eat more healthy snacks, your dinners can be more filling, since you can eat more. (in moderation of course.)
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