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11/16/09 4:26 P

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That sauce sounds delicious! I refuse to get pre-made, except for Bove's sauces (they're made by a family-owned and operated restaurant that's been in town since the 40's!), because all those brands are made with sugar!! Why would I ever want SUGAR in my tomato sauce???

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11/16/09 10:37 A

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I did fairly well with this challenge last week. A big reason behind the weight loss for me is to be healthier and I can't do that if I'm putting junk into my body. A calorie is NOT a calorie when comparing 100 calories of fruit with 100 calories of say, jelly beans.

BTW, my DH LOVES pasta, but at least he will eat the whole wheat kind. I found some freshly made whole wheat pasta at a local store that is pretty tasty. I eat a bit of it, no more than 1/2 cup.

My sauce is always homemade (the sodium in premade is so bad!). Normally it's tomato based with tons of fresh veggies. I make another "sauce" (it's very chunky) with lots of fresh spinach, garlic, and fresh roasted red peppers plus a bit of extra virgin olive oil that he just loves. He was hesitant at first with all the fresh stuff, but he's coming around.



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11/13/09 4:49 P

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I am glad you are all on board with this challenge; it's been a tough habit to get into, but once you are in it, you stay with it forever; it's very hard to go back to eating "crappy" food after eating whole foods. No matter where you're at in your goals, or life right now, taking a minute to reflect on what you put into your body will help you make better, more mindful decisions with every meal. Good luck to you all! I'll be sending out and posting the next challenge on Sunday! Keep sparking!

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11/13/09 9:46 A

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These have been wonderful posts, coming in a bit late. People dont realize the "meal" challenges involved for so many. It is not just me, I am not alone. More mindful of that today and to over come the challenges that have presented themselves to me.

Bread products are not a part of my daily diet. I keep few processed foods and try to make exchanges for this or that. Fruit as the carb etc. and to balance the carbs throughout the day. This has not been on target and will be more mindful of my meal planning. A week wasted on stressful things, such is life but getting back in line real quick!

A mindful weekend to you all, Deb

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11/12/09 7:34 P

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I hate to sound all know-it-allish, but after working with several children with Celiac's disease, I have to say this: Not all bread is actually made with wheat! There are breads made with rice, barley, amaranth, even tapioca!

That said, you are right, that "Wheat" bread is usually labeled as such to make people think they're getting a whole grain when they're not. I especially hate this at restaurants like subway, where you can have wheat or white bread -- they're the SAME THING basically!

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11/10/09 5:55 P

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Sharing a titbit - We want to be mindful when we say only eat "wheat" bread/pasta. ALL BREAD is made with wheat. What we have to look for is WHOLE WHEAT flour as the first ingredient, and the package will always say whole wheat bread/pasta.

...... But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal ....... Phil 3:18


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11/10/09 12:00 A

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LOL, "dirty trash eating" made me laugh so hard!
Baby steps, take it slow, one meal at a time. Maybe it's easy for me having the world's tiniest kitchen, no room for packages! but then again, we grocery shop twice a week atleast!

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11/9/09 10:51 P

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I so need this... I went from clean eating todirty trash eating and I have had enough... NO MORE!!!!!

I'm ashamed to admit but will I spent almost $200 in grocery and the only healthy stuff was to bags of grapes, 6 pears, bananas and bag of oranges everything else was process foods.. URGH... I need to go back to clean eating....

Thank you for this reminder....

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11/9/09 8:05 P

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hey MARPARMC!
making your own frozen meals is a great option for eating while on the run. Packing your lunch (bento boxes are so cute and make lunch eating fun!)with snacks to munch on such as fruit and veggies and a sandwich made at home is probably still better than what you'd order on the run. In a pinch, even gas stations now sell cheese sticks, small yogurts and fruit. It's not about passing up on all processed foods, sometimes it truly is unavoidable, but making the best decisions when you've got no other options.

For instance, my sister is at 7-11 constantly buying giant foot long sub sandwiches. Atleast twice a week. My sister was always the "skinny" one, but recently put on 10 lbs and we were chatting about where it came from. I asked her to write down all the food she ate in a week and email it to me. Those sandwiches had almost a thousand calories. each. and the chips, and the cokes, and the icecream sandwiches (4 during the week, and yes they are small, but so what?!). That and no exercise added on ten pounds really fast, even though atleast one meal a day was a salad and a healthy breakfast. She's cut back on stops to 7-11 completely, and though she's still not exercising (I'm working on her! =), she says she feels less bloated (hello sodium!) and has been cooking more at home.

In reality, we are all in charge of what we eat, and for some, the changes are less convenient than for others. Someone who is on the run a lot probably needs to do more extra planning to get in the right foods.

A mini cooler with a sandwich, some fruit and some veggies cut up, with some containers of peanut butter and a homemade dressing can make even those necessary car meals a bit fancier. Food should be fancy; we all deserve that!

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11/9/09 7:18 P

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I have very very few packaged foods in the house. We've got some canned beans (I just don't like taking 5 hours to prep dried ones), some whole-wheat pasta, a quart of yogurt, and a package of light english muffins. I don't have any problems with these -- beans are a miracle food, I need whole grains to refuel during a busy day, and yogurt is delicious and nutritious!

The only pre-fab processed food in the house right now is a big bag of frozen chicken potstickers from costco. They're not the best thing in the world for me since they're processed, but they are low calorie, low fat and high in protein. I love stir-frying them and serving them over a big pile of veggies -- hold the rice. It's not as healthy as tonight (stir fried veggies and diced chicken over whole wheat noodles), but it's a great go-to, easy meal after a long day.

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11/9/09 4:35 P

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I just cleaned out my pantry and frig and freezer of a bunch of stuff with the intentions of starting fresh with healthier foods. I like the challenge of seeing how I can replace the boxed stuff because I do buy those things from time to time. It is easier to buy that stuff when you are single and work a lot of hours.

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11/9/09 4:33 P

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i too eat on the run so much. what are some ideas to make them healthier. i have started taking homemade frozen meals and heating them up in the microwave but even some days that is not possible cause i am from one appt to another all day.

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I have been doing Sparks for about 11 months now and little by little we are eating more and more whole foods and less and less processed foods. Sure sometimes it takes a little bit longer... I hardly even heat things up in the microwave any longer either.... but the effort has been worth it.
One thing that has helped is doubling recipes when I make them and put one in the freezer. Just take out and heat on stove or oven for those times I "forgot" to plan dinner.

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11/9/09 11:19 A

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I work 3 hours from home and live on convienence meals the days I'm gone. I can't really give those up, but I am going to work on not buying other junk/trash foods that tend to make up my snacks and other eating, I'll be ahead.
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11/9/09 10:04 A

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This came at a great time for my family and I. We've set a goal for this coming Sunday to stop eating unhealthy carbs (bread, pasta, quick rice and oats, etc...) and all the highly processed no good for you but quick and easy foods. We've prepared the kids that there won't be any more crackers, chips, or mac n cheese. This will be a huge change for us but I know these foods are holding us back and weighing us down. I'm going to donate everything from my cupboards to our local food banks (we've made use of them frequently so it'll be nice to give back)

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11/9/09 9:42 A

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I have noticed better results since I gave up the WW meals and make my own lunches to bring.
Someone mentioned making their own power bars - would love to see a recipe if you're willing to share.

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11/9/09 7:55 A

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From the first week,I went thru my cupboard's and clean house. I don't buy anything that's not on the plan. I have no junk food in the house.I have fruits, vegetables and lots of nuts have no soda's only water. everything is whole wheat, nothing white, that's the enemy.

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When I see the challenges Becky and Holly have I feel ashamed.
I may eat anything I want just less salt and less fat.
I eat way too much salty crunchy.
I had chips and fries today.
I let myself go too long not eating and had gone for a long walk.
I also had read an article that salt craving is associated with the desire for social interaction. I was at a speaker event last evening. I ate appropriately but I felt uncomfortable in the 100 plus group packed into a room that is usually warm and fuzzy for me. I was with friends but felt isolated and defensive.
Oh well time to let my ego go and allow God to work His will in me.
I find if I am discontented I am not doing God's will.
How do I find God's will?
I quiet my mind and listen for that quiet soft voice.
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11/9/09 1:44 A

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becki, fear not, i'm sure we'll think of something for you! can you let me know what is "ok" by your dr's list?
I've had crohn's outbreaks far and few between since giving up bread and pasta (but also veggie skins too (so sad)! Not sure if our issues are similar, but it's always good to do the best with what you've got from your doc.

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11/9/09 12:40 A

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My gastroenterologist took me off all diary products, whole grain products, no nuts or seed including preparations made out of them because I have diverticulosis. She also took me off salads. That doesn't leave me much I can eat healthy does it.

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11/8/09 11:48 P

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This morning I sat with my recipes and picked out about seven meals that should get me though the next couple of weeks without having to purchase much expect fresh fruits and veggies. Once I had the menu sketched, I made a grocery list. All was going well until I got to the grocery store and then my hoarding mentality got the better of me. Some of the things I got in boxes and bags I did need, like raisins and dry milk. However, I also caved and got some energy bars, even though I'd purchased ingredients to make my own earlier in the week.

While I'm not happy about these purchases today, I am happy that I completely ignored the cookie aisle, the sweetened cereals and cereal bars, and all the pastries and ice cream treats. Two steps forward, one step back.

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11/8/09 10:42 P

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Oops, I posted on the other message board. This is going to be a good challenge for me. Thanks.
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11/8/09 10:38 P

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This will be a great one for me. I just started tracking my salt and whoa boy! Was that an eye opener. What is a good sodium level each day to aim for?

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thank you Holly, this is only my 2nd day on program, which I am trying to get familar with everything--thanks for challenge, I will go through cupboards after I exercise in am. emoticon

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11/8/09 10:30 P

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Use this thread to discuss November's week 2 challenge; evaluating boxed and bagged grocery purchases, here!

Thanks!

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