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This is not easy...

Friday, March 26, 2010

I tell ya, it's a hard trip, trying to take this journey, with not only eating clean but giving up meat too.
My biggest problem "still" is the sodium. I have to find products that use little or no sodium, or meat or by products of meat.
And I have to say it's not easy to do at all. I am first and forefost trying to keep that sodium content down.
Well, it's almost impossible. I guess to make the item tastier, it has to have the sodium. Sorry but I prefer to add my own tasty spices, and NO salt of any sort.
But becoming a vegetarian, is not only that the products "For Us" have been loaded down with this horrid ingredient, but the cost goes sky high for a product with less, now what's up with that?
It's becoming a all fresh ingredient ride, because of all this. And actually that isn't half bad, I just look for the bargains of the week.
What messed with my head, is that since I no longer eat the meat. I chose to get the vegetable broth, how can you go wrong with that?
Well, if you don't take that time to read the ingredients....this is what I found in 1 serving (1 Cup) MSG! High Fructose Corn syrup! And other asst not good ingredients. Wow I croaked. I guess some poor bloke will have to eat this, I will not.
I am going to roast some veges with olive oil, and then boil them in some water, and make my own danged broth!

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  • SABLE77
    good idea to make your own stuff, I make my own broth but I eat meat so use the bones to make the broth :) Have you tried a health food store for ingredients? I know we have a "nutters" store up here and they have all kinds of soup mixes with no sodium no msg and they are pretty good to use.
    3010 days ago
    I seriously get where you are coming from! With my food allergies, I have to read ingredients for almost anything that goes into my mouth. Everything is suspect. Even stuff that I've bought a thousand times will sometimes change ingredients and I only catch it by reading the label. With my thyroid problems, I have to also watch the amount of soy that I eat, although I still eat it regularly in tofu and tvp.

    Fresh veggies seem the only really safe food.

    And with the recalls this last year, even the purchased veggies are suspect. I love the farmers market, but I want to control my food even more. So this year, I'm growing a garden. Not the standard in the ground kind, but a self watering container kind. Once I get them built and set up, maintenance will be relatively easy and water conserving.

    Oh, yes. I was going to mention that nutritional yeast can make a good, fast broth. Two heaping tablespoons have about 5 mg salt, 60 cal, 1 g fat, 7.2 g carb, 8 g protein, and a good amount of vitamins, etc.
    3010 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/27/2010 9:53:16 AM
  • FITKAT2010
    If you have a food co-op, Trader Joes, or Whole Foods grocers go there. Then, google and spark for receipes.

    You are correct that this is forcing you not only to become awake and aware, but also to work for your food.

    Not so bad actually as you said.

    You can do it. There are resources to help. Find them. Use them.
    3010 days ago
    For one of the blc challenges we had to track our sodium. I was amazed at what some foods have. It's now a permanent part of my tracker but I really read the labels now to check for sodium. And, you're right, the lower sodium foods are more expensive! Go figure.

    You're doing great but it does make it a challenge.

    Mary Anne emoticon
    3010 days ago
    I was going to say, making your own veggie broth would be the way to go if you really want to control what you eat! Keep up the good work!
    3010 days ago
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