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ennay
01-19-2008, 01:36 PM
OK, ok, I am a whole foods girl....most of the time. But are there any processed fake foods that you just cant/wont give up and eat regularly? I know a lot of people use the artificial sweeteners regularly

My biggies are
Kraft 2% sharp cheddar singles - I like the fake melty goo I confess..I have one slice every morning in my omelet
(Caffeine free- if possible) diet coke - my only source of artificial sweeteners..I probably average about a can a day of the caffeine free or maybe1-2 x /week I'll have a caffeinated one instead.


modkittn
01-19-2008, 01:41 PM
I love Fiber One bars. They are the one thing I can't seem to give up!

kaebea
01-20-2008, 04:06 PM
chips and any candy--snickers, reeces cups.


but i guess one thing i would hate to live without:

Macaroni and Cheese! with the powdered 'cheese'.

granted i always use evoo instead of butter and add a chopped tomato or spinach, but it's still a favorite treat.
the last few batches have been from Trader joes. I don't know if he makes it with less chemicals than your regular macncheese or not, but i think most TJ's stuff is less preservatives, right?


zenor77
01-20-2008, 04:55 PM
I know this isn't exactly processed fake food, but homemade cookies are a weakness (sugar, white flour, etc.) I do try to get at least something healthy in them though. I made pumpkin chocolate chip ones last time I needed a cookie fix.

I also love good vanilla ice cream on occasion.

jillybean720
01-20-2008, 06:13 PM
I can't get myself to make my own bread. I'm not actually eating bread right now since I'm on Phase 1 of South Beach, but I'll be adding back into my life when I reach Phase 2, and I just use a whole grain bread with no HFCS and no sugar (mine has a small amount of sugar alcohols, which are derived from plants).

I thought I was buying way processed turkey burgers since I'm too lazy to make my own patties from ground turkey--I assumed they were loaded with sodium and had preservatives and such in them, but today I checked the label more closely, and the only ingredients are turkey and seasonings, and there's only 85mg sodium per burger--I was so excited! I'm not sure how it happened that I'd been buying them for so long and never read the label that closely, as I read the labels on EVERYTHING--I think maybe I was afraid they were so bad I just didn't want to know anything other than calorie count :p

jtammy
01-20-2008, 06:16 PM
Blue bunny fudgesicles - 35 calories each and they give me my little bit of chocolate and ice cream. I'm NOT giving them up!

WaterRat
01-20-2008, 07:31 PM
Jill - I was reading bread labels yesterday, as we're about out and I didn't see where I was going to find the time to bake. Every one I picked up had HFCS in it. Sigh. I'm baking bread today. I don't mind an occasional slice of bread, but I don't want to buy it for everyday.

I actually love mac n cheese too, the powdered cheese kind, or the real stuff (which has waaay too many calories and fat). Probably eat it only 1-2x a year. But like Ennay, I like the gooiness of the 2% slices too. And I still buy some Lean Cuisine dinners to keep at work so I'm not tempted to go out for a pricey - both in $$ and calories - lunch when I don't bring one.

jillybean720
01-20-2008, 07:36 PM
Blue bunny fudgesicles - 35 calories each and they give me my little bit of chocolate and ice cream. I'm NOT giving them up!
oooh, that too--I get the no sugar added Popsicle brang fudgesicles for 40 calories each. Good call!

tamaralynn
01-21-2008, 09:07 AM
Chocolate bars eek!

I've started making peanut butter cookies by doing the following:

1 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg.

Blend together until thick. This makes 24 cookies. I usually have one or two a day max... maybe for 2 days before they're gone LOL. I love how there is no flour or any other flavorings.

I cook at about 350F... but keep an eye on them, they cook fast and will burn easily.

nelie
01-21-2008, 11:27 AM
There isn't really any processed food I eat regularly but there are a number of things I buy....

Whole grain bread - DH eats most of this but occassionally I will have a sandwich. I like Ezekiel Cinnamon raisin bread which is pretty good.

Whole grain cereals - DH eats a lot of whole grain cereals, mostly Trader Joe's brand. Although they aren't sugary, they are still processed.

Snack bars and such - Larabars, Clif bars, etc. Even though I try to buy the ones with fewest ingredients and all natural ingredients. I rarely eat these though.

Soy milk/almond milk - DH mostly uses these with his cereal but occasionally I'll have cereal too.

Dark chocolate squares - These are a treat which I sometimes indulge in and DH really likes as well.

That is pretty much it.

pamatga
01-21-2008, 11:36 AM
I completed Phase One and I am almost done with Week One of Phase Two.

I haven't read of anyone else having had this experience or posted about it but I seem to have lost almost all taste or desire for carbs. I thought I would be ready to add them in when the time came but when I did I was disappointed that what I used to eat and love the taste (or so I thought) I would want and maybe even crave but I didn't!

I am taking this as a cue that my body has really detoxed from some of my former taste preferences. I have decided that I am going to follow that cue and only add in the carbs that I need to keep me going to the bathroom and forego some of the ones that I really don't miss.

I have found that the sugar free Jello, chocolate pudding and hard candies that Dr. A. recommends in his book have satisfied any residual desire I have had for anything sweet. I plan on keeping it that way.

I have lost 12 lbs since starting this and I am psyched to keep going so all of those goodies you ladies are eating I do not even want to "go there". There will be none of that in my kitchen as long as I can help it. In the past, I allowed myself some cheats and all it ended up doing for me was weakening my resolve and stalling my weight lose.

In his book, he did say that on occasion you could have a piece of cake or bread but in my experience that only works in theory.For me, in practice, it doesn't work. I was following WW Flex Points prior to switching to SBD and I was allowing myself things that I shouldn't have both for health reasons and to aid in my weight lose. For me, and I am only speaking for me, this doesn't work well. I have to follow the plan as it is written.

Besides, I want to reach my goal weight by Thanksgiving of this year and I can do it if I work the plan the way it was meant to be worked.

Thanks for sharing though,;)

walking2lose
01-21-2008, 11:51 AM
Occasional splenda (as of Jan 1, 2008) I have stopped using it in my daily coffee.

Fiber One Bars - couple a week. I usually have them when I'm in a pinch with no snack.

Occasional other random treats that I have a showers, parties, night's out. I do have a sweet tooth!

jillybean720
01-21-2008, 11:53 AM
pamatga, did you mean to post in the South Beach section? This is the Whole Foods area--some similarities, but overall quite different plans (I know some Whole Food-ers don't do sugar-free Jell-o or pudding since there are chemicals and artificial sweeteners, for example) :^:

baffled111
01-21-2008, 12:20 PM
I don't eat much in the way of processed food, but I do have a weakness for processed potatoes. I love McDonald's french fries and have a serious weakness for salt and vinegar chips.

I buy and eat dark chocolate but don't consider this a processed food. It's processed in the way that canned tomatoes or goat cheese are processed--naturally and inevitably.

BattleAx
02-17-2008, 11:26 PM
Laughing cow cheese
Lean Cuisines. I only eat them occasionally, but I don't want to give them up
Sugar free pudding

SoulBliss
02-18-2008, 12:21 AM
There isn't really any processed food I eat regularly but there are a number of things I buy....

Whole grain bread - DH eats most of this but occassionally I will have a sandwich. I like Ezekiel Cinnamon raisin bread which is pretty good.

Whole grain cereals - DH eats a lot of whole grain cereals, mostly Trader Joe's brand. Although they aren't sugary, they are still processed.

Snack bars and such - Larabars, Clif bars, etc. Even though I try to buy the ones with fewest ingredients and all natural ingredients. I rarely eat these though.

Soy milk/almond milk - DH mostly uses these with his cereal but occasionally I'll have cereal too.

Dark chocolate squares - These are a treat which I sometimes indulge in and DH really likes as well.

That is pretty much it.

Quoting you is easier than typing it all myself! ;)

I'm not eating cereal, bars or bread but DH and DD eats the same ones you've listed.

I will enjoy unsweetened almond milk a few times a week which is a healthy choice but not 100% whole or "unprocessed".

The only thing to add to the list: I occasionally have erythritol (made from fermented fruits and vegetables) in organic, fair trade coffee.

Glory87
02-18-2008, 05:25 PM
OK, ok, I am a whole foods girl....most of the time. But are there any processed fake foods that you just cant/wont give up and eat regularly? I know a lot of people use the artificial sweeteners regularly


Well, I still eat a lot of "convenience" packaged foods. I wish I had the time to make my own whole wheat pasta/tortillas/bread but I don't. I don't make my own yogurt, jam, salad dressing or peanut butter either. I also buy MorningStar farm veggie burgers/crumbles instead of making veggie burgers from scratch. I just try to do the best I can and buy organic products as much as possible.

As far as processed fake foods - I just can't stop my tall skinny mocha from Starbucks. I have no idea what's in that sugar-free syrup, it can't be good, but I love it!

Glory87
02-18-2008, 05:31 PM
Jill - I was reading bread labels yesterday, as we're about out and I didn't see where I was going to find the time to bake. Every one I picked up had HFCS in it. Sigh. I'm baking bread today. I don't mind an occasional slice of bread, but I don't want to buy it for everyday.


Do any stores in your area carry Milton's (http://www.miltonsbaking.com/) or Ezekiel? (http://www.foodforlife.com/) No HFCS in either one! I prefer the Milton's, Ezekiel slices are kinda small.

kaplods
02-18-2008, 05:48 PM
I am not a "whole foods" purist (nor I guess would anyone who could answer yes to the original question). In that sense, I believe most low and lower carb plans fit well within a "whole foods" umbrella, because more often than not the foods that will be making up the greater part of your daily diet will be less processed and in a closer to natural state. No one lives on Sugar free pudding. And even the most devout whole foodist probably is probably going to eat something "questionable" by their own standards at least once in a while. Also what a person considers "whole" can vary quite a bit from person to person. Not that instant pudding would ever qualify.

I try to look at it as how many generations before me would recognize the food I'm eating. The farther back I can go, the better I'm doing. If great grandma would have been stymied, not so good. If it would be instantly recognized by Cro-Magnon man, hey that's great.

WaterRat
02-18-2008, 05:51 PM
Hmm, I've seen Ezekiel occasionally, but not Milton's. I've gotten into a routine now of making my own bread, but I think I'll look for these. DH can't digest a lot of whole grains, so I need to get a more processed grain bread for him (I usually make him an egg bread), so we often has two loaves of bread going....

nelie
02-18-2008, 06:10 PM
I see Milton's all the time here but it has too many calories in it for me. Costco actually carries a pretty decent organic whole grain bread but I'm guessing Costco in AK is a rarity?

Elanajel
02-19-2008, 07:44 PM
Nature's Valley granola bars--especially Cinnamon flavor

Thomas light multi-grain English muffins

Trader Joe's cinnamon graham crackers

Hey, we're only human. I can't imagine giving up all processed foods--it seems I'd spend the entire day harvesting from the back 40 or something along those lines.

WaterRat
02-20-2008, 12:56 AM
I'm guessing Costco in AK is a rarity

Actually, Nelie, there are 2 in Anchorage! And we have a store not too far from here called 3 Bears that carries many of the Costco products. I no longer have a Costco membership - it made more sense when I drove to Anchorage to work every day, but I don't do 100 miles round trip just to shop - usually! :) I will get friends to pick me up stuff when they go though.

doubtingJulia
02-20-2008, 03:23 PM
Cabury creme eggs!
And Lean Cusine cheese cannolli

emiloots
02-20-2008, 04:17 PM
Diet Pepsi - I know it's probably the worst thing I could be eating/drinking in terms of chemicals etc... I gave them up for almost 2 years b/c of being pregnant & breastfeeding but they're back in my diet. I trying to cut them out completely but it's tough once you're "addicted".

Also, dark chocolate (although I do try and buy green&blacks organic 72% cocoa) and candy in general.

Other than that pretty much 75% of what we eat is organic and the rest is as natural/unprocessed as possible.

Jasmine31
02-20-2008, 04:23 PM
I absolutely love Milton's whole grain crackers. Yeah they are "whole grain" but they have like 15 ingredients in there with them. lol

AndLy
02-28-2008, 05:20 PM
I would never be able to give up Crystal Light. I'm addicted to it, and it does help me get in an extra glass or 2 of water...I'm sure none of the chemicals in it are any good for you but at least it doesn't have any calories.

BattleAx
03-09-2008, 03:53 PM
The Miltons breads I've seen here have preservatives.