The only thing I will not eat is fake sugar - asparatme. I read a study once that it rotted the brain stem in rats, and have been wary ever since. I have no idea if the study was accurate or not, but I do not want to risk it.
I will not buy margarine - even the non hydrogenated kind - I just do not trust any process that renders oil solid at room temperature. I will eat this one out of the house, though.
Now, clean doesn't = low fat. I've made plenty of fattening rich awesome desserts from scratch using whole foods, and I'm not giving that up at all. :
ETA: We don't do HFCS and MSG too, and try to avoid all GM foods. We also try really had to only do ethically raised meat...that one's a bit harder though since it's not always available locally.
Most of my 'banned' list is ingredients:
Aspartame for the same reason as you, OP.
Hydrogenated oils (we like real fats)
MSG and all the additives that contain MSG. It also messes with your brain function.
I also have a list of things that I'm working on banning, but you asked for the ones that were already nixed.
Other than that I'll eat pretty much anything in moderation.
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Isn't it great when you think something unhealthy is gross and everyone else talks about how much they miss it - for me, it's potato chips, I'm not a fan really so it's not something I miss.
Margarine isn't allowed in my house and I'll avoid it when eating at my parents' house. (Though I don't question butter when at a restaurant if I need it for my baked potato or something.)
I also try to avoid HFCS in foods we buy. We drink Coke sometimes, but that's about it. I don't buy foods that have long ingredient lists in general.
We try to avoid MSG also, for the most part.
We avoid fast food except for an occasional meal...it's unhealthy and it makes me feel gross for an entire day after eating it. The gross feeling is more of a motivation than the unhealthy factor, sadly. I don't freak out if Grandparents take DD to McDonald's every now and then, and sometimes we order pizza, but it's not that often.
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I can't eat:
soy, except soybean oil, which I don't eat anyway, but I COULD
(Actually I've gently reintroduced a bit of tamari, and I'm doing okay with that.)
a variety of other natural and artificial sweetners
(The only "sugar" I really eat is raw honey.)
starchy fillers like corn starch
steel-cut or rolled oats
stone-ground corn meal
other grains besides whole-grain rice
Um, I think there's probably more. I'm slowly weaning myself from the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, which I've been on for several years to deal with moderate-to-severe ulcerative colitis. The diet limits carbohydrates to non-starchy vegetables, honey and fruits. So I didn't eat sweeteners, and I didn't eat starches. The diet also prohibits high-lactose foods like liquid milk, soft cheeses, ice cream, or commercial yogurt, but I've now fully reintroduced milk products. I'm in the weaning process on the starches, although I don't plan on reintroducing the highly processed starches on the "can't" list.
I also don't eat most packaged foods with additives and preservatives, but mostly because those foods almost always contain starches or sugars I can't have. We also sharply limit certain kinds of cooking oils, like soybean oil, sunflower and safflower oil, peanut oil, cottonseed oil, and sesame oil. We do that because my fatty acid balance has a big impact on my digestive health. Omega-3 fatty acids in any form are expensive, and in natural forms are difficult to keep fresh. So I limit omega-6 fatty acids, to achieve a balance that works for my gut.
chemically processed soy
margerine/hydrogenated vegetable oils and hydrogenated fats
fast food/processed food
very very sparingly (I'll eat it occasionally, but almost never, as it's not healthy)
vegetable, corn, soy oils (I can't say never to fried foods at restaurants)
things i try really hard to avoid
gmo corn products
animals fed gmo corn or soy
things i try to limit
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Oh, MSG, I try to avoid that, though sometimes i miss it on labels. If I do I go ahead and use it (I can't afford to be wasteful) and try to be more careful the next time.
won't buy anything with HFCS, although i'm sure that i have eaten it at events and things where food isn't labeled
Splenda- gives me awful headaches
I limit hydrogenated oils
MSG-It makes me sick
I do avoid a lot of preservatives, my body doesn't tolerate them well. I just don't buy anything in a box.
aspartame and others like it. I do use stevia
I don't freak out about fast food but I do limit it a lot.
Anything from the water (seafood)
Only if we eat out (which is about 2x/month), never at home:
Trans-fats (most restaurants we eat at cut them)
MSG (I always order without, but sometimes it is in things I don't know about)
HFCS (dh loves fountain coke)
Processed foods (rarely order anything in this category)
Very limited at home (or at restaurants):
I limit myself to eating restaurant Chinese food about once a year, because it always makes me feel sick afterward (even though I like it).
-any artificial sweetener
-McDonalds (I'm not quite so strict about other fast food places)
-canned "meat products" like Vienna sausages
Things I almost never eat:
-Fast food (generally only when I'm on a long car trip and then only specific restaurants)
-deep fried anything
-pre-packaged convenience foods or processed foods
-milk (ice cream and cheese should be on this list too, but they're too good to give up!)
-canned veggies (except tomatoes)
-meat from a typical grocery store
Things I'd be ok with eating, but they make me sick:
-oatmeal (makes me gag/puke)
*any artificial sweeteners--aspartame, splenda, etc. NEVER EVER for me and my kids.
*MSG...never never never. for me or kids.
*soy milk, soy meats, etc...NEVER especially for the kids
I also avoid fake butter thingys (margarine, etc). and I try to get all produce organic as much as possible, and meat organic and grass-fed if possible. I also try to buy raw as much as possible, raw cheese, etc. I would do raw milk if I had a source for it.
I never buy margarine, but probably eat it occasionally without knowing it.
I mostly avoid aspartame, but I occasionally like a piece of gum. I used to buy a xylitol-based gum, but my kids get into it and I find it everywhere, and buying it by the single pack is too expensive. So, I do have an occasional piece of gum with aspartame (and mannitol, sorbitol, etc.).
I prefer not to buy anything with MSG or trans fats, but don't do as well as I should. We don't eat a lot of those things, but they do creep in.
Fast food? We do take out pizza quite a bit (too much, probably), but I can't remember the last time I had any other fast food.
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i thought it was toxic and then asked at a drive-thru when getting fries once.. and they said they used a blend that includes it to cook fries. i really, truly had lived most of my life believing that that was poison (something to do with not feeding it to livestock).
and.. hotdogs. i do not see how people can eat that let alone how they consider that to be a "kid" food. omg.
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No margarine.... again fake dairy.
No soy, especially the processed stuff like soy milk, fake meat, etc. I realize soy is hidden in a lot of things so I just never eat the non-hidden stuff.
Most other things I am fine with in moderation, including fast food like McDs but that's only about twice a year so I really don't worry about it at all.
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I don't know exactly why I am so freaked out by that... but, I just can't make myself eat non organic eggs.
I stopped eating all fried foods a few years ago. Just because I knew I should. The other day I tried some french fries from Mcds.. I used to LOVE those things. But, they tasted really spoiled to me. Like the grease was rancid. Nobody else thought they tasted bad. So, I was glad to realize that I now hate greasy foods.
I also only have artifical color/flavors and margarine if I absolutely have a very rare craving or am somewhere without much of an alternative.
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Soy milk and soy fake stuff--right up there--I think it harmed my thyroid. I even only eat tofu a couple of times a year; fermented soy slightly more often
Fish on the "don't eat" list--especially tuna
The only time we eat margarine is at MIL's house, and even then, it's a halfway decent one (Smart Balance, I think)
I read labels and avoid chemicals and preservatives as much as possible, but I'm not super-dogmatic about it when we're out of the house.