Thursday, September 23, 2010

fairwell processed foods

just as the title states, this blogger is saying good bye to processed foods. 

it is something I have been thinking about a lot lately.  often times I am not mindful of what I am putting in my body. Sure, I have cut out sodas and juice and only drink water, with coffee and wine on occasion.  But when it comes to food, I often find myself eating whatever is most readily available. 

here are a few things that I am going to start being very mindful of:

this info is from this site :

1) Milk It doesn’t matter what kind of cow’s milk it is, drink a little less and you may feel better. Just like everything else, use milk and dairy products in moderation.

{i don't drink milk anymore, ever.  it is very sad, but it was giving me stomach aches so about a year ago i cut it out completely, i only use soy milk. i don't really even eat a lot of ice cream anymore, but the cheese thing i need to cut back on :( i think i need to limit it to 1-2 days a week, not 4-5 like i do now}

2) Saturated Fat
If you love to eat animal fat because that is what makes meat extremely juicy and tender, or oily deep-fried foods, you have taken the first step towards the Heart Attack Club.

Saturated fat is known to increase bad cholesterol (LDL).
Research has shown that even the leanest beef, pork, or chicken breast is already full of saturated fat. However, eating lean meat is certainly better than eating fatty meat. Just remember the key word: Moderation.

Saturated fat is commonly found in:
• Chicken
• Pork
• Beef
• Lamb
• Chocolate
• Cookies
• Sweet and salty snacks
• Frozen and prepared foods
• Ice cream
• Cheesecakes
• Desserts
• Butter
• Cheese and other dairy products
• Burgers
• Fried foods
• Lard (animal fat)
• Salad dressings
• Vegetable cooking oil

{ i think is going to be very hard to be mindful of. 
I think the two things that I eat most on that list
aresweet and salty snacks and frozen and
 prepared foods.I really need to make a
conscious effort to make more things from scratch.}

3) MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)MSG could also show up in foods under the following common names:

• Accent
• Autolyzed yeast
• Amino acid
• Autolyzed plant protein
• Calcium caseinate
• E621
• Flavor enhancer
• Gourmet powder
• Gutamic acid
• Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
• Monopotassium glutamate
• Sodium caseinate
• Vetsin
• Yeast Extract

MSG or Monosodium Glutamate is a type of food additive commonly known as flavor enhancer. Its job is to deceive your taste buds by making the food taste better than it is. It also makes you eat more than you need.

Through long-term use, it could be harmful to the brain and nervous system.

MSG is commonly found in:
• Canned soups and foods
• Sausages
• Most flavored potato chips and other salty snack foods
(Including children’s snacks)
• Chips’ dips
• Packaged chicken and beef stocks
• Frozen and processed foods
• Instant noodles’ seasonings

{hello, i bet i eat way more MSG then i think. 
again, there are those salty snacks, and the frozen and instant foods. }

4) Sugar
Sugar in other common forms or names:

• Dextrose
• Fructose
• Glucose
• High fructose corn syrup
• Saccharose
• Sucrose
• Sweetener
• Syrup

Before you eat it, yes sugar is fat free! But once you eat it, it will turn into fat if you don’t burn it off shortly after your consumption.

Potential or common side effects:
• Anxiety
• Aging
• Bloating
• Hyperactivity in children
• Constipation
• Heart diseases
• Fatigue
• Diabetes
• Obesity
• Food craving
• Lack of focus or concentration (leads to decrease
• Tooth decay
• Lost concentration
• Lack of ability to sit still
• Premature aging and wrinkles
• Weight increase leading to health challenges
• Weakened immune system — get sick more easily and
• Difficulty sleeping — especially for children

{i really have no idea yet how to cut out sugar, but i know i should. 
 just look at the list of possible side effects!}

I am really going to have to get the hubs on board with this as well, because he is the king of frozen foods and pre packaged meals.  I know that in the long run we will feel 100 times better than we do now, but taking the first few steps well be challenging. 

I often wonder how I can manage so many things in my life, yet I can't manage the food we consume.  It really has to be a priority.  {does anyone else feel like everything in life seems to be a top priority??}

wish me luck!

{I wonder if changing my diet will make me grumpy for a while??}


Bridget said...

i hate msg and all its many misnomers! you go girl!

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