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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Aiming for less processed foods

No, I'm not going vegetarian or vegan or 100% organic, or even clean (I think that's what you call it), but I am trying to be more aware of what I am putting into my body and how it makes me feel. I am certainly reading more labels, and not just fat and calories. I'm actually reading ingredients. I hate it when I don't know what I've just read. Must be bad for you if you don't even know what it is??? I am going to eat less processed foods. I don't think I've ever really been "in tune" with my body before, and what I am eating and how it affects me. Mike can eat something, then later have a headache, or feel tired, and immediately blames it on what he ate a couple of hours earlier. I used to just roll my eyes. Well, now that I'm paying attention, I totally get it. Sorry, honey. My bad. I think I'm interested now, because I feel so much better, and If I can feel even better? Well then, why not?

Here are a couple of labels I looked at today. Then ate the packet of oatmeal anyway. I CAN NOT waste food! :) WelI, I lied. After looking at the ingredients on the syrup, as much as I like it? I am tossing it.

Good bye old friend.....

In comparing the oatmeals, most of the Nutritional Facts were very similar, except when it came to the Sodium. The Rolled Oats and the Steel Cut Oats had 0 mg, and the tasty delicious Maple & Brown Sugar High Fiber had a surprising 260 mg. I'm one of those people that really needs to watch my sodium. I look at a chip and swell instantly! I am going to play with some oatmeal recipes and try to eliminate the packets from my pantry.

Syrup? Alternative's.........

I also need to look at 100% maple syrup. I think I just was always staying away from the calories without thinking about the actual nutrition of the product.

Honey is honey. Nuff said. No extras. Same with the Blue Agave. It's growing on me. The Aunt Jemima? Eeekkkkkk!!! The first ingredient is High fructose corn syrup! I don't even really know exactly what that means, but I've just always heard it's BAD!! But because it was in my pantry, I guessed I was in denial and ignored the ingredient. I tossed it right after I took this picture.

So, just a little food for thought. No pun intended. Okay, fine. Totally, pun intended. How could I pass THAT one up?

Read labels, try alternatives if you don't like what you read. The key here is really to just make the healthiest choices for you and your families so everyone feels good, inside AND out!

Make great choices today!

"love the life you live, live the life you love"


  1. Real maple syrup tastes so good! You will love it! Carla makes her oatmeal pancakes by using old fashioned (not quick) oats. She soaks the oats in water overnight and then uses the soaked oats to make her oatmeal pancakes. You're doing the right thing. The less processed food the better!

  2. Roberta, have you tried "overnight oats"? It's now on my..."I need to try that" list.