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MARZYDOTES
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3/21/07 2:00 P

Thanks! I'll have to check these out before I go on my trip. Otherwise, common sense always prevails!
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3/21/07 12:34 P

Some websites you might find helpful when in London:

http://www.lfm.org.uk/index.asp
(London Farmer's Market)


Over the past several months, the Food Standards Agency has started recommending food manufacturers use a Traffic Light system when displaying food.

http://www.food.gov.uk/foodlabelling/sig
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Most grocery stores and food producers have implemented these suggestions in their packaging, making it a bit easier to see just how many calories, carbs, and grams of fat there are per serving.

Food labelling otherwise just has to list how much is in 100 grams of the product, not per serving.





MARZYDOTES
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3/21/07 11:34 A

Dear Sleepynan, Thanks for all of your good advice about eating/cooking in London. I will be sure to look for the farmers markets (we're staying in the Knightbridge area around Harrods). I really didn't know that the UK started putting nutritional values on pkgs. either. That's great news! I love London as we go usually every year; it's like my second home. Although I'll try to eat healthy, I still won't deprive myself of that one fish & chips meal that I love so much. Good luck on your weight loss journy also.
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Edited by: MARZYDOTES at: 3/21/2007 (11:35)


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3/21/07 9:28 A

Food packets in the UK do have nutritional information, you just have to look for it. Yes, some things are listed differently. For instance, when looking at carbohydrate, sugar, and fibre the fibre grams have been subtracted from the sugar on the listing. Most foods don't give contents for vitamins and minerals unless they make a specifica claim regarding that nutrient.

We don't eat a lot of fried foods. Yes, fried fish and chips are popular, and very nice too I might add. But that's not the only thing you're going to find.

What you will find here in London is a wide variety of fresh foods. There are farmer's markets running every weekend somewhere up in London. Places where you can buy fresh, whole natural foods.

I have adopted most of my American recipes to the fresher, better quality ingredients that I can find in the market stalls here.

Yesterday, for instance, I cooked a seafood jambalaya for our dinner and served it over brown rice. The seafood I put in included fresh line-caught cod, cockles, welks, squid, scallops, prawns, and mussels. All bought yesterday morning. The vegetables that made up the large proportion of that nutritious dish came from a local farm shop which primarily sources from local growers.

Tonight, I've taken a left over beef cottage pie from the freezer. Lean roast beef that has been roughly chopped in the food processor combined with sauteed onions, peas, carrots, parsnips in a low-fat gravy (Oxo gravy granules - no transfats, no hydrogenated oils) then topped with mashed potatoes - boiled and mashed without milk or butter.

There are a lot of really good, simple traditional English dishes that are low in fat and sugar.



MARZYDOTES
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3/12/07 11:24 A

Exactly! Europe tends to eat much more high fat food than we do. I someone told me once that their recipe for a Cadbury bar, had something like 60% more sugar! Guess I won't be eating those anytime soon. We'll see what happens.



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3/12/07 10:56 A

I went to Germany last year for a period just over a month.

when i left my cholesterol level was 168, when I got back it was 198...yet i hadn't gained a pound!

I was mindful of how much food I ate, but I forgot to think about what it was I was eating.



MARZYDOTES
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3/12/07 7:48 A

No not really. They may just be starting with some items, but I'll just have to judge and try not to eat the fried stuff. It's all very tempting. At least our hotel is by a supermarket so I can get good snacks there. Thank for sharing your thoughts.



KUNGFOOD
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3/12/07 7:09 A

Hm. I thought there was even more info on product labeling in UK than US! Maybe it's just export items that I've seen, but I thought they were way ahead on posting nutritional information, especially when it comes to GMO.
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3/9/07 10:00 P

I'm headed to Costa Rica for two weeks in May and I know I won't worry about eating. The food is fresh and fabulous, and while I may splurge a bit (some fried things can be yummy once in a while) I know the extra walking/hiking will even it out. Sometimes it's best not to worry about the specific calorie/fat content, but just to use common sense, enjoy yourself and worry about how healthy/good you feel! It also helps that I'll be staying in a hotel only part of the time and with family the rest (I can cook my own food sometimes)



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3/9/07 9:58 P

I'm headed to Costa Rica for two weeks in May and I know I won't worry about eating. The food is fresh and fabulous, and while I may splurge a bit (some fried things can be yummy once in a while) I know the extra walking/hiking will even it out. Sometimes it's best not to worry about the specific calorie/fat content, but just to use common sense, enjoy yourself and worry about how healthy/good you feel! It also helps that I'll be staying in a hotel only part of the time and with family the rest (I can cook my own food sometimes)



MARZYDOTES
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3/9/07 3:37 P

Right, right. Gotcha! Yes, I love their big, hearty breakfasts too. A full English breakfast is included in our hotel rate too. Oh dear! Well, enjoy yourself, when you do go. I know I will!



HOKMAH
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3/9/07 2:25 P

I'm headed there myself in a few weeks.
Almost all packaged food has calorific content listed. And an apple or banana is pretty much the same everywhere.
I always tend to drop quite a bit of weight whenever I go, between all the walking and how cheap it is to get fresh produce. And there isn't a better breakfeast than beans and toast or toast and marmite.
If you are eating out a lot, here or there it is challenging to avoid high calorie foods. They same principles apply, don't eat fried, sauteed, cream sauced, etc.



MARZYDOTES
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3/8/07 4:31 P

I'm going to London in about a month and it's difficult to eat there b/c they don't have any nutrition information on their food products that we do here. Has anyone encountered this problem and, if so, how have they overcome it? The British eat a lot of fried food (fish & chips, etc.). I hope I'm not insulting anyone from the UK. But their food guidelines are different than ours. I guess, though, in the end, I'll just have to use my common sense.



 
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