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Once I really started looking at what I put in my mouth, I finally realized how many empty, worthless calories I was consuming on a daily basis. I was eating low calorie, low fat, prepackaged, processed foods with small amounts of fruit and fresh vegetables and virtually no dairy. (I missed cheese!) Even then I wasn’t at my feel-good weight. My snacks were wrapped in plastic. Everything I ate had a long list of ‘ingredients’ (if you want to call them that) most of which I couldn’t pronounce and still have no idea what they really are. Low calorie frozen dinners are nutritionally inferior to eating fresh foods, so what am I gaining by consuming an imposter? I was missing out on the essential nutrients while wondering what was really in that frozen box.
There are many terrific blogs that address these issues. Melissa at A Better Bag of Groceries has a great post today (10/8/10) about a serious problem that plagues our youth’s eating habits. Melissa discusses their daily calories lacking in vitamins and essential nutrients. This scenario isn’t limited to just children, adults are eating the same empty foods. Meals are often quick, easy, immediate, sometimes tasty but lacking when it comes to satisfying what our bodies crave. Sure I feel immediate satisfaction by eating a bag of chips, but it isn’t a few minutes later that I’m back at the fridge looking for whatever it is my body is telling me it needs!
Before I started reading healthy eating blogs, before I quit drinking soda or started paying attention to the chemicals that are in the processed foods I was eating, I began to realize that my body still wanted something more. It’s called cravings. I now know that I had cravings because my body was not being fueled or satisfied with the right foods.
I’d heard about eating healthy fats, spreading out the carbs, and being able to eat whatever I want in moderation. But never really ‘got it.’ I still have a long way to go but am finally beginning to understand. It’s becoming clear why I have a problem with sugar. I could never eat just one cookie or a small slice of cake. As soon as I swallowed the last bite, I was thinking about when I can have another piece.
It must be a good day for freaking me out about food because there is another very interesting post on Sarah’s blog today at Peas and Thank You. Even though I don’t have small children anymore, I enjoy reading Sarah’s blog for the great recipes and the funny antics of her two little princesses. She is a snappy, upbeat writer with a great sense of humor. I’m not a vegan, nor a vegetarian, but do seem to be eating less and less meat. I guarantee that I’m going to stick with eating meat that’s recognizable as meat. Check it out.
So what am I eating today? I had a wonderful banana and greek yogurt smoothie for breakfast – recipe to follow soon. For lunch I’m having a turkey sandwich on a whole grain sandwich thin with the last of our cantaloupe and fresh pineapple. I also threw in a few dates and prunes for a snack. Arm yourself with the truth about processed foods my friends! Will microwaving in plastic cause cancer? Does soda, sugar free or regular, cause health issues such as diabetes? Sounds like future blogging topics to me!