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4/23/12 11:09 A

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There are a lot of oils you could try. Canola, grapeseed, light olive oil... Just have to experiment. I just checked the label of my Newman's Own one, no junk in there. So it is good in a pinch.

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4/22/12 1:42 P

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Thanks, Donna, I appreciate that. I read a post recently on one of my blogs that a woman said she saw that her balsamic vinegar had corn syrup sweetener in it. I am almost afraid to get anything from the store any more. This is a bit overboard, I know, but I am so disheartened to think that I trusted these companies to do everything in their power to provide me with healthy and nourishing food.

What kind of oils do you use for your dressings. I find that olive oil has too strong of a flavor for some of my salads. I just love the pimento cheese on my salads so am looking forward to making my own cheese spread. This has really turned into quite the learning process. But I am loving every minute of it. Thanks for your help. Julia

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Congrats on finding the recipe!

Will try and find the beautiful dressing I had. In a pinch I use Newman's Own Balsamic Vinegar Dressing.

Hope some others add their recipe!

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4/21/12 11:05 A

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I couldn't believe it would be that easy to find a healthy recipe for my pimento cheese... found the recipe at Creative Kitchen Adventures.com

I have a question... does anyone just use oil and vinegar on salads or have a favorite healthy vinaigrette dressing to share. I have all of these healthy greens and need a vinaigrette to serve it with. Thanks

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4/21/12 8:29 A

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I'm sure you will or maybe you will find a new healthy favorite!

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4/20/12 11:29 A

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great for you for the honey find. I am on a recipe hunting mission today so hopefully I will find a healthy version of my favorite salad topping,

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Glad you read the label on the cheese spread. I guess the operative word is spread - that would have all sorts of crap in it. You probably can find a way to make it yourself.

Glad you found the raw honey. I actually found in our local grocery store, raw and organic!

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4/19/12 4:03 P

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Thanks, Donna, that is what I was thinking... still trying to learn about this new lifestyle of eating. I had read somewhere that locally harvested honey is the best for an individual. There is a group of Mennonites a couple hours away that sell organic and raw honey... might just need to try that.

I just read the ingredients on one of my favorite foods (pimento cheese spread) that 2nd and 3rd on the ingredients are high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils/canola. I am SO DISAPPOINTED! So I need to rethink that ingredient on my salads or find a recipe so I can make it myself.

Thanks for the info to keep me aware of these unhealthy ingredients that are being loaded into seemingly healthy foods.

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I think it would be fine to use raw honey. Paleo to me is eating what is put on this earth, raw honey would fit the bill!

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I organic sugar cane considered okay for the primal or paleo diets? I have found a supply of raw honey that I will most likely use from now on when I do make a desert. Just wondering.

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Thanks for your posts. When I do have dessert once in a while I just get back at my regular eating the next day. We had roast beef and lots of different veggies for dinner last night but no dessert. The sugar I use is organic and is from sugar cane, not beet sugar or whatever sugar source they use now.

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Anything concentrated is probably a bad idea. Granulated sugar, HFCS, Cocaine.

If it has to be manipulated in order to be consumed it's probably best to stay away from it.

Thanks for the info, I really enjoyed it. Now to get many more to read it....LOL.

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I wish I didn't have a sweet tooth. I was raised with sweets though. Not trying to make excuses, but it is a fact that I must deal with on a daily basis.

I have found that when I stick to the primal way of eating, my craving for sweets greatly diminishes. Last night I had some broasted chicken and a desert... I knew it was a mistake. It was just too difficult to say no to... and I had all of these excuses made to justify my poor eating choices. Boy am I paying for it.

After 3 weeks of eating whole and healthy foods, my body was rather upset and angry at me for putting that junk in my body. Today my craving for sweets has returned with a vengeance and I find a salad doesn't sound as appealing as it had been (I was craving salads before this). So lesson learned... will I slip again? Maybe, but I refuse to fall back into my old eating patterns. I have too much to loose ( in health and in weight :)

After trying for years to lose this weight, this realization has demonstrated to me that I am ready to change my lifestyle and to become fit and healthy.

Thanks for your post... it has served to remind me of how far I have come in learning about myself and healthy eating. I guess I am lucky... I learned to like coffee and tea straight up. And, to re-learn to bake foods with seed flours and honey is I do need something sweet.

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Me too! I have a bit of real sugar and honey for tea and coffee and love some dark chocolate too. I think that is okay though! No processed crap for me.

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Never been much of a sweet eater...

Although I do love me some dark chocolate, fruit and honey... urrr....
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Sugar and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are not just in soft drinks, pastries, and candies. They are hidden in most processed foods, condiments and sauces. Sometimes the sweetening ingredients in those foods and condiments are disguised as dextrose or corn syrup (which is most likely genetically modified) instead of sugar or HFCS.

So sugar is ubiquitous in the standard American diet (SAD). The food like substances from convenience stores, fast food stops, and even upscale restaurants are usually loaded with either sugar or HFCS.

High fructose corn syrup has become the sweetener of choice because it's cheaper and sweeter than sugar. Many say it's worse for you as well. Much of HFCS goes directly to the liver before it is metabolized anywhere else. What isn't used for energy from HFCS is stored as fat. Excess sugar also gets stored as fat.

Even some infant formulas contain sugar or HFCS amounts equivalent to a can of soda. They're getting hooked on sugar early. Sugar and HFCS tend to be addictive.

Since sugar became a household commodity in the 18th Century, sugar consumption has increased from four pounds per person annually to 180 pounds annually for half the American population. HFCS use has increased over ten thousand percent since its introduction into processed foods and beverages in the 1970s.

Health issues with sugar and HFCS
Obesity is obvious. Obesity levels are higher now than ever before. One-third of Americans are obese and another third are overweight. Eating a low fat diet only hurts your health. Our bodies need natural, good fats (http://www.naturalnews.com/035069_low_fat
_diet_myths_weight_loss.html).

Obesity and overweight conditions usually lead to pre-diabetes and diabetes type 2, which can also cause kidney disease. If dietary habits remain the same, high blood pressure and artherosclerosis (clogged and hardened arteries) can occur, leading to heart attacks and strokes.

Coinciding with increased HFCS use is a sharp rise in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which is a precursor to sclerosis of the liver.

Many tend to make a couple of bad mistakes upon realizing they need to cut down or completely eliminate sugar and high fructose corn syrup from their diet. The first is to use artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and Splenda (sucralose). That's just trading physical problems for neurological issues, while still getting fatter in the meantime (http://www.naturalnews.com/022785.html).

However, you can use naturally plant based Stevia as a healthy sugar replacement.

Another mistake is to cut out obvious sweets and sodas while continuing to frequent fast food places and eat processed food meals at home. The gradual transition from the standard American diet should be toward cutting out processed and fast food meals completely, since most are laced with sugar or HFCS.

Studies are beginning to determine that consuming lots of sugar or HFCS leads to cancer. Anaerobic cancer cells do thrive on sugar. They depend on fermenting glucose (sugar) for their energy because they've lost the ability to metabolize with oxygen (http://www.naturalnews.com/024827_cancer_
sugar_women.html).

That's why alternative cancer treatments strictly forbid sugar consumption. Of course, mainstream oncology does not even discourage sugar. It's widely understood that we all contain some free floating cancer cells that have not developed into tumors.

Natural fructose in fruit is okay. But high added sugar/HFCS consumption will only encourage cancer cells and cause the other health issues mentioned in this article.



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