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Topic: So much unhealthy food in grocery stores

Forum: Recipe Swap for Healthy Living —

A place to share our "healthier" recipes and food tips for everyday life.

Posted on: Nov 22, 2013 07:54AM

Fallleaves wrote:

http://oracletalk.com/10-foods-sold-u-s-banned-elsewhere/

Is it any wonder we have so much illness in this country (not just cancer)? I love Fresca, but I've cut it out because of the brominated vegetable oil. I've replaced it with green tea, so at least that's one move in the right direction.

Dx 7/5/2013, IDC, 2cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/19/2013 Lumpectomy: Right
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Nov 29, 2013 06:01AM Momine wrote:

One of the things I like living where I live is that I have an actual green grocer, a butcher, a great bakery (they make old-fashioned whole wheat bread and grind their own wheat for it) and a large health food store. If I want fish, I go down to the central fish market. The end result is that we really don't eat any pre-fab food. Going out is also easy in Greece. Greeks can't conceive of a meal that does involve some sort of salad or greens, and you can always get a piece of fresh fish. In traditional restaurants, dessert is often just fresh fruit.

Dx 6/1/2011, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 7/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/20/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/13/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/9/2012 Surgery 3/8/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 29, 2013 02:48PM Fallleaves wrote:

Wow, lucky you! (You make me want to take a trip to Greece!) I think many in the United States need to learn (or relearn) how to cook. We've gotten so used to heating up frozen food or going by fast food places. I definitely think the Mediterranean diet is the way to go.

Dx 7/5/2013, IDC, 2cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/19/2013 Lumpectomy: Right
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Nov 29, 2013 03:19PM SelenaWolf wrote:

Mediterranean is a nice way to eat.  It's nutritious, flavourful, light on the digestive system and healthy.  Never had a Mediterranean-style meal (from Italian to Greek) that I didn't like.

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Nov 29, 2013 04:36PM Blessings2011 wrote:

Shopping takes us forever. Nothing goes in the cart unless DH or I have read every single ingredient on the package. Lots get put back on the shelf.

Dx 9/15/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/4/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/21/2012 Reconstruction (left): Saline implant; Reconstruction (right): Saline implant Hormonal Therapy 9/4/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 10/21/2013 Femara (letrozole) Dx 7/15/2021, IDC: Papillary, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 30, 2013 05:16AM Momine wrote:

Fall, it really is a pretty nice way to eat, and I agree about the cooking. Cooking seems to be a dying skill, which is a pity.

Dx 6/1/2011, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 7/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/20/2011 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/13/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy 1/9/2012 Surgery 3/8/2012 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2012 Femara (letrozole)
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Nov 30, 2013 10:08AM SelenaWolf wrote:

Blessings... I`m the same way. I read the label before anything goes into the buggy. I`m also watching salt content because my honey has some minor heart issues that we don`t want to become major issues. I`m finding that, more and more, I am just buying frozen and fresh; it means shopping more often, but it`s healthier. I keep dried and canned goods on hand, just in case, but prefer to make fresh.

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Nov 30, 2013 10:47AM rozem wrote:

im Canadian, of European decent (my parents are both Italian) and we have always had a really great diet. Very little red meat (veal is the meat of choice), olive oil, fresh veggies (we have been eating veggies that have only now come into vogue such as rapini, brocollini etc since I was a kid). The biggest healthy thing we did is that we had little to none BOXED food - crackers/chips/granola bars etc. In part because my parent didn't believe in them, and partly because they were always on a budjet and couldn't afford it. My mom cooked and baked everything (and she worked) I strive for this for my family but its difficult when they are pre-teens and just want junk all the time

I have to tell you I have travelled all over the US for work and there are definite regional differences evident to me in grocery stores that paint a picture of how people are eating. In some stores the fresh food aisle is pathetic, with produce in trays wrapped in cellophane and where the frozen and boxed food aisle is 3/4 of the store. We would never buy 6 oranges in a tray wrapped in plastic! In other states (like California) there is much more focus on fresh, organic, locally grown. I know this is because as the sunny state they grow a lot of produce but I think its a lifestyle and way of eating that is just focused on health. I found this interesting -

FEC-DH, LUMP, 25 RADS, TAMOX, BMSX with LD flap (worst surgery ever) Dx 8/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+

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