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Fat Free or Not Fat Free ?!?!?!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Everyone usually says that fat-free is the way to go when dieting. Up until last week I was one of them until a program I was watching chnged my mind.

I happened to catch a show with Dr. Oz on tv last week and the topics he was discussing really caught my attention. One of them dealt with fat-free foods on the market and how they really affect us.

First of all, I read the nutrition labels on everything I buy because of my high blood pressure. I know to check the sodium levels but then I found out that so-called fat-free foods do us more harm than good.

Did you know that our bodies need a certain amount of fats to maintain good health? I sure didn't! Dr. Oz pointed out that just ecause a food is labeled "fat-free" doesn't mean its good for us. Most of the fat-free foods on the market do us more harm than good!!

I really plan to do more research on this subject and will let you know what I found out - especially the fats that our bodies need to maintain good health and what to look for on nutrition labels in the grocery store!!

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GIGALENA 4/17/2011 8:11AM

    If they take one thing away they are adding something else. It so crazy. I think anything in moderation is going to be okay. But to truly get the benefits from our food we have to go FRESH FRESH, not processed food. Thanks for reminding what not to do.


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GAMELISSA 4/15/2011 3:47PM

  Most of the time when a product says fat-free-- the first ingredent is some type of sugar. Look at all the fat-free salad dressings- - and you will be amazed.

When you take the fat out of something you tend to loose the flavor..... continue on your research and let us know how it goes!

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LILIYARN 4/15/2011 3:21PM

    I am living proof that fat free isn't exactly healthy. I did low fat religiously for two years. Keeping my fat calories to 20% or less every single day. Got my BF to 18%. Then I just shut down. My body stopped processing fat. My hair began to fall out, my nails started splitting vertically down the middle and my skin looked sad. I got an infected gall bladder from eating "too healthy." Months later, I'm still trying to transition to higher fat, full fat items. Advice from my own personal experience...if you do low fat/ fat free then don't do it for long. When you increase your fat cut back on carbs to balance out calories.

Keep doing research and decide for yourself. Try for a start.

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    I have heard similar things about fat free items, including some having added sugar.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

What can I say about Spark?? What can't I say about Spark!!

Since joining this site I have learned so many things about not only weight loss and nutrition but about myself as well. I don't know what I did without this site before!!

I do know that when I wen through my non-internet days after joing this site it was horrible!! I missed the challenges, tracking,and most of all - ALL my friends here!! This site is truly motivating and inspirational!! I felt totally lost and without support during those days - even though I get a lot of support at home from my son and my boyfriend - it's just not the same as interacting with people who are going through the same things that I am.

The support system here is one of akind!! There are so many different types of people going throuhg the same issues who generally help and support each other. This is something that is rare and hard to find on any internet site.

I recently talked to one of my co-workers and asked her if she knew about this site (she had mentioned that she had downloaded the app for SparkPeople to her phone). I felt that I had found another kindred heart!! We spent just about our entire break talking about Spark!! What really tarted the conversation was that she heard me mention to another friend of mine that my doctor had put me on a diet to control my sugar.

Being diabetic herself (she just found out) she asked me what my doctor has me doing and it just went from there. I told her all about the different support systems, tracking tools and groups that are available here and then seh asked me what groups I belong to. I named a few (but not all of them) so we'll just wait and see if she joins any of the ones that I am one.

Spark is a truly wonderful site and I NEVER want to go without it again !!!

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WATOGA17 4/1/2011 7:55AM

    I'm glad you are here, Angie!

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NOCALORIES 3/31/2011 11:52PM

    I am so glad you have joined Fit and 50 something because you sure write nice blogs. These are what interest our members and cause them to check on the team and possibly type a blog themselves. Thank you!

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It's Time To ----

Thursday, March 17, 2011

It's time to start taking control of my life!! If you have read my recent blog entries you know just what I'm talking about. Here are a few more things that I'm going to take control of ---

1. I just sent off for a copy of my child support order against my son's dad. I keep telling myself (and I know this to be true) that I am doing this for my son. I separated from my soon-to-be ex-husband 11 years ago. I know that this is a long time. The only thing I can say in my defenses is that up until a few years ago, I didn't know hwere he was. I just couldn't bring myself to file for my divorce without letting him know what was going on. This brings me to #2.

2. I am going to file for my divorce as soon as I get the copy of my child support order. I could just as easily file now, but I would'nt et the back child support that he owes his son. I have been in contact with him and he is sending something (even though it barely works out to half of what he is supposed to send every month) now.

I understand that he has his own life and a new girlfriend now but he still needs to take responsibilty for his son (who as far as I know is his only child).

3. I am also going to start seriously working out and getting my calories in every day. This is the easiest for me to do with the help of my Spark Trackers. These keep me accountable for everything I eat and do!!


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NOCALORIES 3/17/2011 6:01PM

    Your goals can be achieved so stay positive and continue striving for your son. His dad needs to take responsibility. We are here to share encouragement so you can be strong in your desires.

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Take charge! Stay positive too!


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Making Progress!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Slowly but surely I'm making progress towards a healthier me! I started out by getting a home glucose monitor (my doctor told me I wasn't pre-diabetic but I needed to limit my sugar). I feel that the best way to do this was get the monitor!!! Diabetes does run in my family so I would rather be safe than sorry.

Next I bought myself a new home blood pressure monitor. This I (try) to use at least once a day (I even added it to my daily goals)!! I do have high blood pressure, I just wasn't checking it as often as I needed to.

The main thing I need to work on is getting my daily fruits/veggies in. Since I work different shifts, this is a real challenge for me. I don't always remember to take a lunch and usually wind up buying something from work. If I set my mind to it, I know that getting my veggies in won't be a challenge anymore but a joy!

At home, I really need to prioritize my activities!! During this week I am going to create my daily journals for everything I track in my other goals. I feel that by doing this, I will be able to do these things without needing to remind myself!

All in all, I am working towards a healthier and better me!!

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    Good ideas and a great attitude!

Have you tried any batch cooking? I do and then I freeze the foods for work lunches.

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RONALANA 3/15/2011 2:46PM

    It sounds like you are headed in the right direction for reaching your goals! emoticon

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Monday, March 07, 2011

This is a new month for me. I have decided that this is the month that will be the turning point in my life! There are a few things that I have been puttine off ( I admit that I am a procrastinator) and this is the month that I am going to start working on them.

First of all, there is an important detail in my life that REALLY needs to be taken care of. I have been legally separtated for the last 11 years and I am now in the position financially to to file for my divorce. I know that some of you will be thinking "What took her so long?" - well, when you don't know where the other party is and you have a strong sense of right and wrong, it is kind of a hindrance.

The second thing I am going to do is start exercising more seriously. Exercising for me is a chore (and not one I look forward to). Now I am going to look at it as an :adventure" with the outcome a brand new me!!

Finally I am going to start tracking my glucose. My doctor told me that I am not prediabetic but that I have to limit myself to one sugary snack a day. Since diabetes (along with high blood pressure) runs in my family (and I already have high blood pressure) I took the first step in my glucose tracking. I have a friend at work who works in our pharmacy department and she helped me pick out a glucose monitor with the lancets and test strips. As soon as I got home today, I went to WebMD and found out the acceptable glucose numbers. Starting tomorrow morning I am going to test every day and track it in my nutrition!!

I am finally going to get my life on track just by doing these 3 things!!


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