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30 Day Eat Less Processed Foods Challenge: Get Educated!

If knowledge is power, then knowledge about what’s in your food is health!

If you have ever taken the time to read ingredients lists on some of your favorite foods (especially snack foods), you have probably noticed that you cannot pronounce some of the ingredients.  And the list might be so long you fall asleep in the middle of reading it!

I try to provide healthy foods for my family, but I’m still a little disturbed by some of the ingredients lists in our pantry.

I’m not going to get super extreme about it, but I am determined to find some healthier replacements for some foods.

One way to get educated about foods is to use some of the incredible new technology available!

Here is an example of an app I found (available for both iphones and android phones) that I am loving so far: Fooducate!

(see bottom right corner and try to ignore how many unread emails I have!)

fooducate app The amazing thing about this app is that you can scan a product (or search for it) and it will provide a lot of information about what’s actually in it:

fooducate scanner Here’s an example using Lance crackers!  Notice it gives a rating (score) and some basic warnings regarding ingredients.  You can also click on the warnings for more detail.

fooducate crackers The great thing is you can see healthier options!  You could even do this right there in the grocery store!

fooducate options Here is an example of a very healthy food with a high rating:

fooducate almonds

From a dietitian standpoint, the information that I saw seemed pretty solid.  I was happy to read that the Fooducate app was developed by dietitians, making it more trustworthy.

You can read more about the app here!

{Linking up to Life Made Lovely}

I’ll share more helpful websites and apps as I find others that help us live a healthier lifestyle!

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30 Day No Sugar Challenge: Day 2

We’ve made it through the first two days with no sugar!

No sugar for two.whole.days.

Today, I realized how bombarded we are with sweets.  For some reason, every sweet food ever made just jumped out at me and begged me to eat it.

Let’s start with Arby’s.  No, I didn’t eat there.  But, the sign I saw when driving by really caught my attention: “Jamocha Oreo Milkshake.”  What?!  Anything with Oreo is just plain good.  I probably better never even taste that milkshake.

Then, the fudge brownies at the checkout counter at Chick-fil-a just looked so super-fudgey and full of goodness.  Oh well.

Thankfully, I didn’t go to the grocery store hungry.  But I bought a magazine while I was there, and when I got home, I could see through the bag that there was a Breyer’s Oreo Blast ice cream ad on the back.  Seriously?

How can so many things just call your name and beg you to eat them?

Actually, I felt pretty strong in resisting.  It did occur to me, however, how often we are bombarded with these temptations.  No wonder so many of us are addicted to this stuff!

Daily Recap (how my day went with no sugar)

  • Being a Friday night, I probably felt a little more tempted to indulge in something sweet (it’s so fun to eat ice cream on a Friday night!)
  • I think physiologically I felt different today
  • I realized how unnecessary sugar is
  • Grocery shopping was a little boring with no fun little treats (but maybe I saved some money)

Sugar Rehab

You are probably really starting to see what habits you actually had with sugar.  It’s amazing how big a part of our lives sugar is.  I am not against ever eating sugar, but sugar has really become way too important in our diets.

Here are some tips for breaking those bad habits:

If you…

like something sweet after every meal

Try…

brushing your teeth or chewing minty gum right after a meal

If you…

like to eat sweet breakfast foods

Try…

to make your own oatmeal with honey and fruit

If you…

Crave something sweet in the afternoon

Try…

a protein bar (may satisfy that craving and also give you a good bit of added protein)

 

Habits are hard to break sometimes, but if you stick with me for these 30 days, you will start to leave the old habits behind.

 

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