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Positive Attitudes

I am continually amazed at the positive responses I’ve received from people when I’ve mentioned our quest to eat healthy and cut out MSG. People are so helpful in sharing recipes and where to buy whole foods cheaply. I’m almost overwhelmed at all the information online and in books that I’m not sure where to start. We went grocery shopping for the first time and we were on a mission. I thought we would be there for hours decoding food labels but we weren’t. We picked up frozen hash browns to use in an egg, ham and cheese fritata and discovered the 2nd ingredient was vegetable oil. After analyzing why that would be in there we put it back and purchased a bag of potatoes instead. We are able to shred potatoes so we may as well do it ourselves and lose the extra oil that we don’t need. Everything we purchased was fresh so I consider our first week of grocery shopping a success.  We ended up eating out twice this week but our choices were made based on what we have learned already and I feel we are making progress. I went to a class through the library system on blending spices. The class was taught by people from Urban Relish MN. I’m not sure I am going to go so far as to grind my own spices but I could tell a difference in the spice when they ground it fresh and toasted it.  I am on a quest now to find healthy recipes that actually have flavor and are good.

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Eating More Healthy

I watched the documentary Hungry for Change last weekend with my husband and by the end we are both determined to eat better. We paused the documentary  several times to discuss what was presented. Did you know there are 80 different names for MSG? Did you know aspartame causes formaldehyde to build up in your brain causing serious medical problems? Did you also know MSG and aspartame cause you to GAIN weight? I did know that most Americans are starving even though they are overweight because they don’t eat the right kinds of food to get the correct nutrition. I had this experience a couple of weeks ago. I forgot my lunch and had to grab something quick and inexpensive. I went to an unnamed fast food restaurant and ordered a burger, fries, and diet soda and gobbled it up. I couldn’t figure out two hours later why my stomach was literally growling loudly when I had eaten lunch. Yes, I ate lunch but it was a garbage lunch. There was no nutritional value at all in any of it, hence the growling stomach. After the documentary finished I looked at my husband and commented that I was only going to shop the outside of the grocery store from now on. I received the strangest look at first and then it dawned on him why I said that. All of the produce, meat, and dairy; the fresh fruit, is located around the outside of the grocery store. The processed food that really isn’t food with zero nutritional value is in the center. He agreed so we are on a journey to eat healthy from now on. Cooking healthy meals at home and limiting eating at restaurants will be a challenge for us but it will be worth it to feel healthy and shed the sluggish feeling.

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