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Monday, September 7, 2009

We are what we eat...

... and lately I've slipped back into eating too much sugar. I am now on day 4 of no sugar and have already lost 5 of the 15 pounds I've gained after losing 60 over a year ago. I was sitting hear reading some research on HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) and came across this article. I also have read that not only are Americans over weight we are mostly starving ourselves nutritionally. HFCS has the effect to keep us from feeling satiated. The food industry banks on this and we are banking in added weight. We crave these high sugar foods and are putting less of the vitamin packed foods into our bodies. The commercial side of the food industry doesn't help this. There was a news story on the other day which showed gimmicks the food industry uses to make unaware consumers think they are buying healthy foods. Some of the foods listed in the healthy choices program (with a green check on the label) were Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, Kids Cuisine, Fruit Loops... These healthy?

I have (since having children) tried to keep over processed food out of the house as much as possible. There are some occasions when we eat out (as a treat-- not really a treat to our bodies I suppose) where it is hard to get whole foods. I have found many brands of different foods that do not have HFCS or hydrogenated oils (trans fats). I still find that the products listed as 0Trans fats still can have partially hydrogenated fats which is still an over processed oil. I have switched to using mostly Olive oil in my cooking (or canola for baking). Other things that I try to keep stock in is fresh fruits. My girls love to have fruit for a snack, lunch and even breakfast. I used to use Splenda in all my sweet cooking (not really healthy, but the choice between man made sugar and diabetes causing sugar...?), but have since found a HEALTHY alternative-- Stevia. It takes very little and works just as well. It has no calories and is completely natural. I am going to make a pumpkin cheese cake with a nut crust, and low-fat cream cheese and sweetened with Stevia for my mom's birthday (she is coming up this week). I am curious to see how it turns out.

In all my reading, I came across this site which made me think about my own fridge. I wonder what people would think if they saw my fridge? It makes me really think about what I feed my family. I feel responsible for feeding My Hubby and both girls are depending on my good judgement. I am going to try even harder to make sure my family gets healthy, whole foods as much as possible.


  1. Whole foods, stuff your great-grandmother would recognize as food - that's the best! Nice fridge, BTW!

  2. Are you trying to show us your well-stocked refrigerator? We believe you, you don't have to show us.

  3. Anon, did you look at the link to the Refrigerator site? I just thought it was an interesting thing to take a picture of, so I took one of mine. Thanks though for the faith in me.


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