SwagFit Challenge Day 22: Time to Share!

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I got some exercise in, but not a lot.  Hoping to go running tonight.  Did eat great and stayed away from “processed” food but geez everything is processed in one way or another it seems like!  I can only eat so many veggies….LOL.  Makes it tough! 

Yesterdays challenge was to research what you are doing!  What did you find out….time to share!

OK your turn…how did you do today? Eat right/exercise?

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  1. CandyLand on June 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I did ok today. Did a little exercise and ate a veggie wrap for lunch. Breakfast was special K which I love!

    I did my college thesis on wether or not High Fructose Corn Syrup is causing cancer and my research showed it probably is. (I can’t legally say it definatly is). Meanwhile, Aspartame is so bad it is banned in MEXICO! Not to down Mexico, but the US is supposed to be more ‘educated’ and Mexico admits it is an awful carcinogenic substance. Anything with Aspartame is awful for you. Can sugar and sucrose are the only way to go. The bad news is I have only found two brands of gum that don’t have Aspartame-Fruit stripe and Chicklets. This sucks because I used to love gum before my research.

    If you want to look in to anything you are eating, google the words “peer reviewed medical journal” and then what ever your topic is. This will give you hard proven research on the products.

    • christy on June 21, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      Oh, I hear ya on the gum! I was a gum FANATIC. I would chew 2 pieces at once and then change it every 30min or so. It was pretty disgusting actually. When I started reading about the MSG and aspartame (actually how they are almost identical in how they work on the brain), I knew I had to give it up, especially since I made a huge deal about it to the kids. It was difficult but I did it.

      I have found that spry gum doesn’t have aspartame, it has xylitol. My daughter likes it. I don’t even chew it anymore.

      Funny you mentioned the Mexican’s outlawing the HFCS because I will occasionally buy my husband the Mexican coca-cola as it is still made with the cane sugar.

      • christina l on June 22, 2011 at 8:43 am

        Isn’t it crazy what our food has in it?! I read the book ‘skinny bitch’ and although im sure that the book is very biased it also contains a lot of factual food information about things we don’t think twice about eating daily! After reading that book, I would not touch milk…it’s been two years since I have drank it!

  2. egregg on June 21, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Sheri, take it slowly. It will get overwhelming if you try to remove all/most processed foods from your life at once and you’ll be more likely to resort back to it quickly out of frustration. Pick one thing your family eats a lot and research alternatives. For example, my husband loves making breakfast foods, pancakes & waffles. he used to just buy the mixes and use them. well they are full of processed things so we looked up homemade alternatives. healthier and cheaper!

    today i ate great! the comments from the last post remotivated! instead of focusing on weight loss i’m going to focus on eating for a healthier life. exercise wise, my cardio class starts in about an hour! plus i cleaned a lot and did yard work

    • SwagGrabber Sheri on June 21, 2011 at 6:40 pm

      I really didn’t think I ate that bad til I started this. For pancakes we use the Bob Mill stuff – processed in some fashion and I though it was healthy! It just seems everything you buy in the store besides fresh veggies from health food store is processed in SOME form. Very annoying….LOL

      • christy on June 21, 2011 at 10:11 pm

        I actually think the Bob’s red mill is fine. Yes, everything to some extent is processed but the main ones that aren’t really good are the processed cookies, crackers, boxed and frozen type foods etc. The foods with the preservatives to keep it on the shelf and the partially hydrogenated oils and all.

        It’s hard to keep from buying anything processed as even yogurt, cottage cheese etc would be considered that. Of course there are brands that are worse than others. Just like you said about research, reading labels etc. For the most part the fewer the ingredients the better. I did spend alot of time wandering the stores reading but I found this website http://www.foodfacts.com where you can put in ingredients you are trying to avoid whether it’s due to allergy or whatever and when you put in a food in the search it will tell you what exactly is in it and highlight if it has the avoid ingredients. It helped me quite a bit.

        I also agree about baby steps. I know my husband thought this would all blow over originally. I was NEVER one to cook from scratch or bake or anything. Bare minimums. But I really am passionate about giving my family the best nutrition possible and the more I learn, the more committed I am. I have started to do so much more cooking and baking and I actually enjoy it. Still room for improvements but it’s like a 85/15 for the most part.

    • egregg on June 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      opps left out the researched some alternatives to common processed house staples, like crackers and cookies. i think i’ll try a homemade cracker recipe later this week.

  3. CeCe on June 21, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Ate well today. a little exercise in , but I had a busy day. I am enjoying the fresh fruits this time of year.

  4. Katie on June 21, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    It has been a very busy day today. I did make it to the gym though and I feel like I ate pretty well. I am getting a into good workout routine, which I am actually enjoying. A first for me at the gym!

  5. Joy Shepard on June 21, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I ate good, exercised, but not entirely happy about how I am doing with weight loss

    • egregg on June 21, 2011 at 11:47 pm

      any amount of weight loss is good! The slower you lose it the better for you. Try writing everything you eat down for a week and see how you do. plug it into myfitnesspal.com everyday to see how many calories you are actually consuming. journaling food is hard but once you start getting an idea of how many calories your regular go to’s are you’ll start shying away from them

  6. stacey on June 21, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    22 mile bike ride yesterday, 1.5mile swim and 2 mile run then walked the dog….I think I’m good on the exercise….now if the food would just cooperate!!!!

  7. Tracy on June 21, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    So, finally felt up to exercising again! Ran 35 minutes though my foot hurt. Called to make appt. With the foot doc & was able to get in tonight. Anyway, confirmed heel spurs & plantar fasciitis. Received a cortisone shot in foot & already foot is feeling better. Next week, I’ll get castes for new orthotics. Hopefully, on the way back to 100%. Someone left a link to a website last night (unable to get the exact name/ link as I’m on my iPhone since the power went out) but I’ve started reading through Marie’s nutritious & delicious journal and found it very interesting, eye-opening and at times, overwhelming! But a good resource to go to and some “healthified” recipes! Thanks for sharing, and excited to try some of those recipes!

    • egregg on June 21, 2011 at 11:49 pm

      i started looking through that website too. I like the alternative, homemade recipes she gives for some normal go to’s. But yes it was very overwhelming at the smae time. I tried not to read too much in one day for fear of getting overloaded with facts.

  8. Jean Mitchell on June 21, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    I ate well today and drank lot of water. i did have one sweet drink today. Will do better tomorrrow : } I exercised hard and only did 50 sit-ups. I stretched for a long time because I’m still a little sore for the other day.

  9. Millie on June 21, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Wow today was stressful but I did great with my exercise as far as my eating I had all kinds of fatty food. I also pop today so not that great of a day.

  10. rae on June 21, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Bad day :( shoes were wet from yesterday so i couldn’t go running (on vacation so no other sneakers) and didn’t eat well. On a roadtrip home for 2 days starting tomorrow

  11. sjc9991 on June 22, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I don’t buy store-bought mixes for anything. Instead what I do is buy whole grains and flours and make big batches of my own mixes. This way I can add whatever flavorings and sweetener that I prefer and still have the convenience of a mix. You can find recipes for this online from the culinary Institute of america.

    Also when i bake cookies for my kids, i double the amount and make my own ‘slice and bake’ cookies.i just mix the dough and then i spread out a long piece of plastic wrap. roll the dough into a cylinder and roll it up w/ wrap and put in freezer. this way you can have fresh-baked cookies anytime you want, you get to control the ingredients and the amount that you bake. ?My boys have a big sweet tooth so i don’t want to have packages of cookies around that they can sneak and eat.

    When I make any kind of cake or cookie recipe i always cut the amount of sugar by at least one third, usually by half. You still get a good product but a lot less sugar. Also I will add oatmeal in place of part of the flour to add fiber and keep moisture in. You can also use Polaner All-Fruit , applesauce, bananas, or dates in place of the sugar.

    You can make a really good Chocolate pudding using one block of silken tofu, one-third cup cocoa powder and one-third cup of agave nectar and blend in the food processor and chill. great texture and you can fool the kids into eating tofu

    • christy on June 22, 2011 at 10:31 pm

      I like all your ideas. I do the applesauce in place of oil/butter (actually it is organic babyfood applesauce) and no one can tell. I like the oatmeal in partial placeof flour.

  12. Carol D on June 22, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I did eat well. Bought a cookbook thru Taste of Home – Healthy Cooking – and made a recipe from there, plus some cantalope. Filling. Plan to use this cookbook often. Hope to get some exercise in tonight.

  13. the other beth on June 22, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I made my favorite yummy healthy dinner: stir-fried chicken chunks with carrots and celery.Flavor with sesame oil, a little low-salt soy sauce and red pepper flakes.

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