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Posts Tagged ‘diet’

Diet

Posted by terrepruitt on April 26, 2011

Have you ever watched the nature channel?  Or Animal Planet?  Or a National Geographic special about animals?  You might have heard something like, “The monkey’s diet consists primarily of . . . .”  “Hummingbirds eat a diet mainly of . . .”   “The average diet of cows in the United States is corn.”  Do these shows mean that these animals went to a doctor because they wanted to lose weight?  Did they buy a book because they wanted to “be buff”?  Did they subscribe to a website so they could be ultra tasty?  No.  For some reason when we talk about what animals eat we get it right, but when we talk about what we eat, we are a little “off”.  The first definition of diet is what we eat.  Whatever we consume, that is our diet.  There are different types of diets.   There is the omnivore diet, the carnivore diet, the vegan diet, the vegetarian diet, the Pescetarian diet,  the Buddhist diet, the fruitian diet, Kosher diet, Mediterranean diet. . . . I could probably fill an entire page of the different names we have given the sum of the food consumed by an organism or group.  There are diets that people “go on”, there are “fad diets”, there are long term diets, there are short term diets, but whatever the case it is what we eat

Whatever we eat it is our diet.  Whatever is our habitual nourishment is our diet.  But society has gotten into the habit of saying things like, “I’m going ON a diet.”  “I am trying the low carb diet.”  “I am on a low fat diet for three weeks.”  For  some reason we have been programmed to think of the word diet as a bad thing.  As something that is suffered through in order to get a certain result then go back to the habitual pattern of eating.  I wonder when that happened?  I wonder how that happened?

This is a list of items to avoid for 14 days on one of the detox diets.

Since I try to use the word diet to mean whatever it is we are eating, I try to qualify the statement if I mean a diet for a specific period of time.  I say “try” because sometimes I fall back into the mainstream pattern of saying, “Oh are you on a  diet?”  I am not a fan of “Fad diets” that promise quick results. And sometimes I am talking about a specific “diet” –whether it is a “fad” or not, there are “diets” out there that are used for a specific time frame, as in the Grapefruit Diet or a detox/elimination diet.  I don’t think anyone could survive long just eating grapefruits and the detox/elimination diet could result in a change in your diet as it is used to see what effect certain food have on the body.   Once you determine any issues then the food that is causing unwanted issues could be eliminated from one’s REGULAR diet.  I know people that have “been on” the Atkins Diet and I know people who follow the Atkins way of eating as their diet, their habitual nourishment.

I keep thinking of trying the detox/elimination diet to see what foods affect me in negative ways, but I have not yet.  I feel my diet/my regular consumption of food could use an overhaul or at least an adjustment, but the overhaul/adjustment will be for the long haul.

Basically when I say “diet” I mean what you eat.  That is a diet.  A nutritional plan.  A way of life.  What we eat.  Whether you are “on one”, “trying one”, “restricting” yours, or “blowing” it, it is really just the food you eat, so I guess we are all “on” a diet.

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Consumer Affairs

Posted by terrepruitt on March 27, 2010

I actually received a response to my feedback . . . or actually I received a response to the feedback form being completed.

I had asked Lea & Perrins about their Worcestershire Sauce and explained that it has been a staple so long in my house that it was not something I had checked the ingredients on.  Since I noticed it has High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) in it I would be on the path of moving from Lea & Perrins to a Worcestershire Sauce without HFCS. 

The response from the Heinz company told me that recently the media has brought to light HFCS and its “role in the U.S. diet”.

You see, they say U.S. Diet because a lot of companies don’t put HFCS in foods that are made for other markets.  It is primarily the U.S. that is subjected to HFCS. 

The response also stated that a lot of the articles attempted to link the consumption of HFCS to obesity.

Ok . . . . thanks for that information.  But I still am wondering why they are telling me this.  Do they automatically or defensively assume that the reason I don’t want to consume HFCS is because of “attempted links to obesity”?

Then they reminded me that excess calories without exercise is the reason for weight gain.  They feel it is incorrect to focus on a specific food or ingredient when talking about obesity.  Like the HFCS manufacturers the e-mail from Heinz said that “moderation” is the key.

The way I have chosen to moderate my intake of HFCS is by not consuming Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce.  Since HFCS is in so many foods, I have to eliminate as many as I can so that I can achieve this wonderful thing that manufacturers and users of HFCS call “moderation”. 

Then the e-mail ended by telling me about the various Ketchup products they are coming out with.  Including one without HFCS.  (Because I asked about Ketchup?)

A lot of products have HFCS in them.  I can only control what is purchased and brought in our home.  When I go out to a restaurant, even if I order a salad, the dressing could have HFCS in it.  The bread on my sandwich could have HFCS in it.  The BBQ sauce, the ketchup, the mayonnaise, I don’t know, so I can only keep from purchasing products that I can read the ingredients of. 

I do not eat a totally healthy diet, but I try to eat healthy. I am trying to really cut down on OVERLY processed foods.  All of our food is processed, but I think it is the OVERLY processed, really chemically altered food, that is not very healthy.  I know it is not easy, but I am going to do what I can and that is all that I can do.

I wanted to share that I did get a response, as odd as I thought the response was, I wanted to let you know that they responded.

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Bakers Make the Difference

Posted by terrepruitt on March 6, 2010

I was trying to avoid Girl Scout cookies.  When asked about purchasing some I went to the Girl Scout website to see if they contained High Fructose Corn Syrup and / or Partially Hydrogenated Oils.  Well, according to the website, yes.  So I said no.  I have two boxes of Thin Mints in my freezer so I don’t need any more.  I get enough HFCS and trans-fat in my diet even though I try to avoid it.  I don’t need to add to it.  But, guess what, my hubby came home with FIVE boxes of cookies.  I don’t know who he bought them from, but . . . now we have Girl Scout cookies in the house.

So I was looking at the boxes to see if these were the ones with the HFCS and trans-fat in them because some of them had it and some didn’t, but the thin mints we got didn’t have them.  I thought that I was mistaken, but instead of going to the website I went to my freezer.  The two boxes in my freezer have HFCS but the one my husband just bought, does not.  And it turns out that the baker is different.

Freezer boxes:  ABC Bakery (WITH High Fructose Corn Syrup AND Partially Hydrogenated Oil)

New box:  Little Brownie (WITHOUT High Fructose Corn Syrup.  But still contains Partially Hydrogenated Oil)

So, it can be done.  Manufacturers CAN make products WITHOUT HFCS, we just have to make them do so.

Both bakeries use Partially Hydrogenated Oils, which we shouldn’t tolerate either.

Neither baker is near San Jose or California for that matter, so I don’t know why one baker is used over the other.  But these are the Girl Scouts, I would hope that they were concerned about what ingredients are in their cookies.

So if you are interested in trying to avoid HFCS as much as possible check the baker and the box of your Girl Scout cookies.

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Dietary Supplements

Posted by terrepruitt on February 13, 2010

We have a certain expectation of things in the United States.  We have the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) that regulates Biologics, Cosmetics, Drugs, Foods (except meat and poultry), Medical Devices, and Veterinary Products so we expect a level of safety.  Did you know that supplements are NOT required to be tested and/or approved by the FDA?  There are NO “clinical trials” or safety inspection administered by the FDA that a supplement is required to pass.  Most supplements aren’t even required to be so much as registered.

An Act was signed into law back in 1984 by President Clinton, the Dietary Supplemental Health and Education Act (DSHEA) that makes the supplement manufacture responsible for self regulation.  The supplement manufacture is to make sure the product is safe and pure, with NO policing.  No one checks on them.  This is a $27 Billion business (it could be more that figure is the only one I could find and it is from 2007–three years old).

There are rules about the labeling and so they are “supposed” to be truthful in their labeling.  The FDA steps in where there is a problem (as in reported deaths or mass illnesses), but there is no testing done by the FDA to ensure anything about the supplement before it is marketed and used by the public.

I just find that so amazing.  I wanted to share it with you because even though I know this, I still forget.  I would think that if you are concerned enough about your health and wellness that you want to take a supplement, I would check with your doctor to see if you really even need to be taking a supplement.  They are expensive and you might be getting all the nutrition you need from your diet.  That is actually the best way, but I understand that it not always possible.  I would advise people to be careful.  I would suggest that one way to be careful would be to buy supplements that are manufactured by trusted companies.  I like to think that a well known, well trusted company is going to produce a safe quality product.

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