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02 November 2007 @ 08:37 am
back to nature....  
So for the past few days I've been working on cutting out all foods that contain hydrogenated oils and/or high fructose corn syrup. It's so tough. I think I've just eliminated 70% of the packaged food from most American grocery stores. They're so damn pervasive. Even the foods marketed as healthy and diet often end up having them.

Now if I could just stop eating the leftover Halloween candy....

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Listening to: Shoestrings - "Summer Days"
I solemnly swear that I am up to no goodkakskiv on November 2nd, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC)
Haha I'm cutting sugar tomorrow. Tomorrow, not today, not yesterday, but tomorrow. That way, I can finish the leftover candy first *smart*
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: silhouetteassmonkeydiary on November 2nd, 2007 12:59 pm (UTC)
Nice... good luck!
- kakskiv on November 2nd, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC) (Expand)
ghibli_geek on November 2nd, 2007 01:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, try finding a simple loaf of store bought bread that doesn't have high fructose corn syrup in it. It's maddening.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: angel and the apeassmonkeydiary on November 2nd, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah, if the government is going to keep subsidizing corn farmers, they should at least force them to make fuel out of it instead syrup.
- acardart on November 2nd, 2007 01:09 pm (UTC) (Expand)
- jackiesadork on November 2nd, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Entry-Level Positionpkthunder on November 2nd, 2007 01:06 pm (UTC)
Yep. I wanted to start eating fiber-rich cereal, and the richest, Fiber 1, gives you the choice of "sweetened with aspartame" or "sweetened with HFCS".
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: aqua chairassmonkeydiary on November 2nd, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC)
If five grams of fiber per bowl is enough, I'd highly recommend Kashi Heart-to-Heart. It's tasty and pretty darn healthy. Just about all the Kashi cereals are pretty good.
- pkthunder on November 5th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Another one of the birdsacardart on November 2nd, 2007 01:08 pm (UTC)
I've heard that one of the best ways, and easiest, is to shop at Mexican delis. Most of the products there have pure sugar and none of that high fructose corn syrup crap hidden away in it. Smucker's also put out a "natural" peanut butter that lists the ingredients as "peanuts, salt."
I'm still trying to eat healthy bread wise by cutting out starched flour and high fructose corn syrup but the alternatives that I've found taste like sweet vinegar.
Tell us more as you progress!
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: green tikiassmonkeydiary on November 2nd, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC)
We've been eating the Skippy Natural, which is pretty similar, but also lists palm oil and sugar.

I'll definitely check out the Mexican delis. That's a great idea.
saint_boner: boner ranchsaint_boner on November 2nd, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC)
I cut out all the carbs. No bread, no potato's, etc. Swithched from sugar to Splenda. I was at 217 and am now 198. I feel a lot better.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: Ape vs. Jet Girlassmonkeydiary on November 2nd, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC)
That's cool. I can't quite make that step yet. But I'm trying to lessen the damage by going with whole grain breads and pastas.
xterminal on November 2nd, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC)
Now if I could just stop eating the leftover Halloween candy....

...which is, of course, nothing but solidified high fructose corn syrup.

The Mexican Deli idea above is spot on. While you're there, grab a Mexican Coke and give it a sample-- the difference in taste is stunning.
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on November 2nd, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Mexican Coke rocks. It tastes like childhood.
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- assmonkeydiary on November 2nd, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC) (Expand)
traballenguas: medfoodtraballenguas on November 2nd, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)
That is a good start. Just to make it more complicated, you want to avoid cottonseed oil as well, since it is loaded with pesticides (it is not a food crop, so the rules are not the same, and then they resell the oil to make a little extra money on cotton production).
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: serious monkeyassmonkeydiary on November 2nd, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)
Aw, man, I know I've seen that listed on some of the things I'm allowing myself to eat....

*snaps fingers*
- traballenguas on November 2nd, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC) (Expand)
- assmonkeydiary on November 2nd, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC) (Expand)
a foxy vixen, so illustriousgloriamunty on November 2nd, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
I didn't get a single trick or treater. So I did the right thing, and returned all my halloween candy...
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: green tikiassmonkeydiary on November 2nd, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
Haha.... that is an awesome display of willpower.
theballadofyoko on November 2nd, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC)
It's hard to cut out hydrogenated oils and corn syrup, especially with prepared foods, but it's worth it-- I feel much better. Less sluggish.

I'd be willing to bet there's not much of either in dim sum.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: comics: cowboy monkeyassmonkeydiary on November 2nd, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
Mmmmmm.... cannot... wait... for... dim sum!!!
everybody hates a tourist.dynamine on November 2nd, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) on November 3rd, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC)
If you're bumming (heh..) about all the things you *can't * have focus instead on how great the things are that you can have! It's a grass is greener/class is half full sorta thing, but it works.

I too have been cutting hydrogenated fats and the *huge* amount of sugar (all kinds not just HFCS) from my diet. Seems to be too many casual relationships between dietary intake and ype 2 Diabetes.

Good luck! Keep up the good work, Monkey!