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Removed Processed Food from My Diet - Anyone else?


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I've removed almost all processed foods from my diet and was wondering if there was anyone else out there who was doing the same. I need to lose 50 lbs in the next 6 months and would love to work together with some others that are interested in doing the same.

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Actually practically everone on calorie count has eliminated processed foods from their diets as far as possible.

Best of luck with your goals.

Me too! . . . for the most part. 

  I always thought I ate healthy and that I just plain ate too much.  However, when I got really serious, I was surprised at how much processed food I did consume . . . Bacon, ham, sausage, chips, (and occasionally) hot dogs , bologna sandwiches, birthday cake, ice cream, etc.   I also loved all the old time comfort foods in too big helpings, i.e. chicken and dumplings, dressing, cornbread, macaroni & 'processed' cheese, etc.  --- I experienced a little grief eliminating these foods, but made it through and have revised some of.  Now and then, I allow myself a couple tortilla chips and I still have a piece of turkey lunch meat or season green beans with home cured (processed) ham, but don't seem to be tempted much with soda's, sausage, or Steak n Shake.  

I am very satisfied with my better food choices and just as full---the one thing that seemed to be what drove me to overindulge (A need to feel full--sometimes very full. I still haven't figured out why--somewhat like a compulsion, but that's another post, lol.). 

I just reached  -75 lb --- in 6 months!   I still have 50 to go and think I'll do it!

 

 

I know! I thought I was eating well too, but once I started with Calorie Counter and was seeing the nutritional content of each and every food I was eating I saw that I was not. Especially the sodium content! I had a constant craving for food, standing in front of the pantry or refrigerator always looking for my next fix. Never felt satisfied. I seriously think it has something to do with the processed food industry. Whatever they put in there I think is the root of all evil for everyone today. Used to be only a few people were overweight, now a majority of the population is. Today everyone is so busy so everyone opts for QUICK and it so easy to just grab something from the pantry to take with you if you are on the run. One of my problems is I am stuck in my home all the time. I care for my handicapped stepson and am not always able to get out so I was not getting enough exercise. Finally convinced my husband to buy an elliptical in January so I am able to get the exercise I need and along with Calorie Counter am hopefully on my way to losing 50 lbs. I've lost 5 after only 1 week! I love the way I can see all the nutritional content when I do my food logging and where I am lacking in my nutrients and make up for it before the end of the day. It really makes you think about everything you put in your mouth.

Congrats on losing 75! If you would like a buddy for the other 50 I would be happy to be there for ya!

Thanks.  I feel much lighter on my feet and I can always use a buddy.  I don't know how much I'll get to communicate, but I'll try!  Most days (at least, currently) it's about all I can do to find time to count the calories! 

I like calorie count too and sodium is one of my biggest concerns -- wow! Many times I am 3x's over my suggested amount.   And I don't even eat potato chips or canned soup!  I am trying to be more aware and cut back to get used to less salt, but it's not easy.  (I like soy sauce, dill pickles, mustard . . . which are high in sodium.) Baby steps . . .Thursday, amazingly, I had 78% of my sodium--NOT typical.  Some of the other nutrients that I am low in, I can get to some extent with supplements. Sometimes, when I am logging my food, I substitute "the best possible food" such as in the case of vegetable soup and adjust my calories to fit 'my' soup, for instance.  In situations like that the sodium level is higher or lower than you actually use.  I have entered a few 'custom' foods, 'meals' and 'recipes', but it is time consuming unless it is something I eat frequently and can't find it on the list.  In the case of vegetable soup, most of what is in the cc list is 'canned' and my vegetable soup is always different each time I make it so I can't really enter a recipe.  In those times, I substitute and adjust. 

5 lbs is a good start and enough to motivate you another week!!! Some people take a couple weeks before anything shows on the scales, so you're doing good.

Is this the first time you've had to lose weight?

 

 

 

No, this is not my first rodeo in losing weight! LOL! Since I had my daughter at age 26 it has been a roller coaster up and down. I will be 53 in March and last year I was really sick with some digestive issues that they never figured out what was wrong with me. I just decided I had to change the way I was eating to feel better. So far its been working. I was also anemic and they wanted me to take iron supplements but they made me feel even worse because I was constipated all the time. I haven't been since I started my diet, I also don't feel bloated. I have alot of energy and jump out of bed in the morning now.  My body just ached all the time before and now I am getting around pretty easy. My starting weight was 248, but I didn't start CC until I was at 243 so I've actually lost 10 lbs. Well, 11 now since I weighed myself this morning and lost another lb! I am determined this time to meet my goal and stay on it. I don't want to feel the way I did last year ever again.

It is difficult to find time for everything, but logging the food is very important part of what we are doing. Without that your mind plays tricks on you and you don't really think you are eating all that much, but you really are. We can just do our best to help each other out even if it is only once a week. But feel free to message me if you need alittle support during a difficult time, I will try and respond back. :)  Have a great day!

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Every food is processed. Cleaning a fish is processing, as is cooking it. You'd have to be a careful rawist to not eat processed food.

If you mean what I think you mean, no. I've removed one food category which is highly processed: dry breakfast cereal. I don't often eat prepackaged snacks, but I'll gladly eat homemade cookies and pies, which are the same thing. Counting calories allows you to lose weight eating less of what you ate before. Hopefully you'll always eat unprocessd but you don't have to.
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Every food is processed. Cleaning a fish is processing, as is cooking it. You'd have to be a careful rawist to not eat processed food.

If you mean what I think you mean, no. I've removed one food category which is highly processed: dry breakfast cereal. I don't often eat prepackaged snacks, but I'll gladly eat homemade cookies and pies, which are the same thing. Counting calories allows you to lose weight eating less of what you ate before. Hopefully you'll always eat unprocessd but you don't have to.


With that definition, you could say picking an apple from a tree is processing.  But I don't consider that processed food.

Everybody has their own definition of processed food, I guess.  But in general, I think people have a pretty good idea of processed vs unprocessed.

A piece of sirloin, I'd say is unprocessed.  Sausage is processed.  Ground beef is where it gets grey for me.

But to answer the question, I try to eat as unprocessed as possible.  I eat a lot of canned and jarred foods - not sure if you'll consider those processed.

Original Post by thhq:

Every food is processed. Cleaning a fish is processing, as is cooking it. You'd have to be a careful rawist to not eat processed food.

If you mean what I think you mean, no. I've removed one food category which is highly processed: dry breakfast cereal. I don't often eat prepackaged snacks, but I'll gladly eat homemade cookies and pies, which are the same thing. Counting calories allows you to lose weight eating less of what you ate before. Hopefully you'll always eat unprocessd but you don't have to.

Huh?

Processed to me is the adding or subtracting from the original product.

Apples (off the tree) is unprocessed.  Apples with sugar and salt added is processed.

Pork (as the butcher gives it to us) is unprocessed.  Pork, cured with salt and sugar which results in ham or sausage is processed. Sausage can be unprocessed if it is ground fresh, but it has a lot of fat either way you go. 

Flour made from 100% whole wheat (with no additives) is unprocessed.  Flour which is bleached and enriched is processed. 

White rice has been stripped of it's outer hull and bleached to make it white is processed.  Brown rice is not. 

White sugar is processed. Honeycomb is processed only to extract the honey, sterilized and bottled.

If someone were to remove or restrict one or two categories, I'd suggest white sugar and white flour. 

 

 

I did this for around a year, I really should start it again, but it's hard as a student with a food plan consisting of pretty much only processed/deep fried food. As an added bonus, when I did this, it got rid of my acne and I stopped having migraines. I just felt so much better all the time.

Picking an apple doesn't make it processed, but chopping the apple is processing it. 

I guess I consider any food in its natural state to be unprocessed. Its when you start stripping it of its natural state, or by adding preservatives, etc. that I begin to consider it processed.

I noticed years ago that eliminating processed foods made me feel a lot better. Losing weight or not, stop all processed foods and you will see a big difference in your general health. After awhile you don't miss any of those foods you were used to. Best wishes for your success.

thhq
Mar 03 2012 12:46
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The steps between picking the apple and eating it might define processing better. Eating it right off the tree is as close to unprocessed as you can get. Cooking changes it and turns it into a processed food. With that as a definition you can't separate a homemade pie from a prepackaged turnover. Mixing ingredients in a recipe and baking something is processing whether done at home or in an industrial bakery.

I know for a fact cutting out process food is the why to go. I spent the last fortnight cutting out meat just eating tuna and fish and lots of fresh veg, I feel less sluggish. I could never be a vegetarian but now I see how good a meat free diet is. best of luck..

 

Mark A.

 

 

Now that is the best definition I have read of "processed foods". Good job! To the young lady up above this writing. Miss pcoo

 

I'm trying to do the same, and by processed food I mean removing all the crap, like fast food, white flour, sugar, and other easy foods. It feels good too eat fresh whole foods. I will occasionally still have a treat here and there but for the most part while others are eating pizza and Chinese food at lunch I'm enjoying a salad with chicken, or leftovers of brown rice and quinoa and lots of veggies and I feel good about doing that for myself. I've been doing this a while now, but I've been on meds that may have been preventing my weight loss that I recently stopped and spring is on the way so we will add some walking to that too and see what happens.
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Perhaps if we all agreed on a definition of processed we could speak to each other as a group more knowledgeably.  This idea comes from the old addage that a house divided will not stand...maybe a bit deep, but true in all things.Smile

Have you read the book Wheat Belly by William Davis? I have just finished it and had already removed all processed foods from my way of eating. I have now also removed all wheat and the inches are falling off my waist! Weight loss is also easier.

Outside of how to cope with a pizza lunch today, it is working very well and not nearly as difficult as I had imagined.

sweadon, You are right. I am allergic to preservatives and processed foods. i am trying to stay away from them. It is so hard. I cannot get my sodium down because everything has sodium! I started years ago at 285 lbs. i got sick to my stomach all the time. the doctors could not find out why. When I got to 240 I done weight watchers till I lost 20 more lbs. then at 209 I started on CC. i have lost 7 lbs. since Jan. 24th. last week I gained a lb. I am struggling to get below 200. I just have two- three lbs. to go. Last night I ate ice cream. My downfall. I just have to quit buying ice cream. I was doing good every week. it seems when I lose some weight i tend to eat like I am congratulating myself for losing. That is a battle for me. I do real good all day till bedtime. then I think I have to eat something because of my diabetes. I am off the diabetes medicine now. My blood pressure is finally getting under control. I am 57 now and need support!    Please help!

Cheryl

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