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5/7/15 9:16 P

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I love a good salad too! And all different kinds of vegetables. One of my favorite things to put in salads is garbanzos, because they have that meaty texture and with me anyway, satisfy a craving for bread, crackers, or croutons.

Hey - I know what I'm having for dinner!
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5/7/15 9:06 P

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I don't eat white bread either. I love my Oatnut bread, so not sure if I could give that up! My strategy is to stop eating the processed convenient lunches and start taking the time to make some awesome salads for lunch!

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5/6/15 3:24 P

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I don't disagree, necessarily, with the cardiologist and his theory on modern wheat, but I think a lot of our problems stem from the heavy processing. White flour is a relatively new invention, and whole grain flour is so good for you. I love a chewy, textured whole wheat bread so much more than the bland white bread that is so popular. I think that has a lot more to do with it than modern versus ancient grains. Thankfully, ancient grains are making a comeback, which is pretty cool too!

I agree that everything in moderation is the best approach!

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5/6/15 1:44 P

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Thanks for the resources! I'm with you - my definition of "clean eating" is minimal ingredients and/or "real food". My husband and I have been trying to improve our diets and recently saw a PBS special on "The Wheat Belly Diet". It was very interesting...it's a total grain free lifestyle based on the premise that "modern" wheat is very different from the wheat our ancestors ate long ago. The cardiologist famous for this program, blames "modern" wheat for a whole host of ailments and people following his plan claim to have lost substantial weight, but more importantly, their ailments have been significantly reduced or disappeared all together. I discovered quite a few groups on SP that follow this plan successfully. But, like you, I enjoy convenience foods on occasion, but I would be willing to give it a try.
Overall, my motto is all things in moderation!
We have a spectacular food market here that kicked off last week-end, so I'll definitely be taking advantage of that. My biggest challenge will be to stop eating Lean Cuisines and Weight Watchers for lunch, and take the time to make healthy lunches with "real food"!


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5/6/15 12:04 P

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50DOROTHY has brought up an interesting idea. What does clean eating mean?

Here is a blog post on the subject:

www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po
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There are not one but (at least) two SparkTeams dedicated to the concept:

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
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and a Google search yields tons of other resources.

I would say that I aim for a clean diet, but I do eat some processed foods. Some of it is for convenience (although I try to get the healthiest version I can - whole grain, minimal ingredient bread, for example). I eat a lot of fresh and frozen vegetables, and love this time of year when the farmers markets are running and there are even more healthy choices available.

How about you? When you are planning your weekly meals, what do you focus on?

-- Steve, Clearlake, California (Pacific time)

"The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude." --Friedrich Nietzsche


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