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I thought this would be interesting to see the range of answers and commonalities. What are the top five things you'd start/stop doing to insure you were eating/drinking well. (well = healthy) The other reason I'm interested, is I'm trying to change my eating habits, and a list of top things to do/stop is nice b/c I can incorporate one at a time. :)<br><br><br>
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1. buy as much organic as possible<br>
2. drink green tea instead of coffee<br>
3. cut out all trans fats<br>
4. no processed foods/msg/food dyes/etc<br>
5. no white flour/white sugar<br><br>
I think that's my top 5...I can think of a bunch more to include.
 

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Great topic! I'm thinking of what I did when I started eating more NT:<br>
1. NO artificial sweetners!<br>
2. organic and pasture fed - as much as you can do<br>
3. add probiotics (yogurt, kefir, kimchi, salsa for us)<br>
4. soak grains<br>
5. homemade broth<br><br>
It's pretty hard to pick out 5! These were the easiest for me to incorporate, though.
 

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Just five, huh? Okay, I'll give that a shot ...<br><br>
1. Cut out white sugar and artificial sweetners!<br>
2. Switch to raw milk and milk products.<br>
3. Yep, organic and pasture fed as much as possible.<br>
4. Whole, living foods as much as possible.<br>
5. Probiotics, probiotics, probiotics ... especially in the form of fermented foods!<br><br>
And if I could sneak one more in, it would be to sprout all your grains ... and change your oils. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Told you five would be hard! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Top Five Start <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/goorganic.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="go organic">:<br><br>
Whole Grains (actual oats, brown rice, millet...)<br>
Olive Oil instead of butter/veg oil<br>
Salmon<br>
Flaxseeds<br>
Leafy Greens (Kale, spinach, collards, chard)<br>
A nice variety of supplements<br><br>
Top Five Stop<br><br>
Sugar<br>
Flour<br>
Hydrogenated Oil, margarine<br>
Dairy<br>
Meat with added hormones
 

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STOP:<br>
white sugar<br>
white flour<br>
hydrogenated fats<br>
caffiene<br>
soy<br><br><br>
Begin:<br>
Good fats: Coconut, extra virgin olive oil, pastured animal fats<br>
Drink water, half body weight and drink that many ounces<br>
make broth with leftover bones<br>
leafy greens added to just about everything<br>
limit fruit and carbs
 

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1. Eliminate processed foods - mixes, crackers, cereals, froz foods, etc. Make them from scratch instead.<br>
2. Replace white flour/white rice/white potatoes with whole wheat/brown rice/sweet potatoes<br>
3. Replace sweets and junk snacks (pretzels, potato chips) with fruit, nuts, seeds<br>
4. Eliminate soda and juice. Drink water or milk instead. Eliminate all caffeine<br>
5. Add five servings of fruits and veggies, plus one serving of leafy greens or salad each day.<br><br>
I've had no problem with 1-4... it's #5 that gets me every time!
 

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1. Eliminate white sugar, flour, fats (butter, partially hydrogenated oils, lard)<br>
2. Cook from scratch and eliminate processed foods<br>
3. Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day<br>
4. Use as many organic products as possible<br>
5. Eat raw fruits, vegetables, and sprouted grains and seeds every day
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">STOP:<br>
white sugar<br>
white flour<br>
hydrogenated fats<br>
caffiene<br>
soy<br><br><br>
Begin:<br>
Good fats: Coconut, extra virgin olive oil, pastured animal fats<br>
Drink water, half body weight and drink that many ounces<br>
make broth with leftover bones<br>
leafy greens added to just about everything<br>
limit fruit and carbs</div>
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Neat thread!<br><br>
Lessee . . . if I were starting from scratch (i.e., what I did, oh, 10 years or so ago):<br><br>
START:<br>
1. Drinking at least 5 glasses of water a day.<br>
2. Eat *fresh* fruits and veggies.<br>
3. Eat whole grains.<br>
4. Buy organic as affordable/available.<br>
5. Make at least one meal a day from scratch.<br><br>
STOP:<br>
1. Eliminate caffeine. (That one's personal -- caffeine does NOT agree with me even though I loved my caffeinated beverages.)<br>
2. Get rid of the processed foods.<br>
3. Ditto partially hydrogenated oils.<br>
4. Ditto preservatives.<br>
5. Ditto dyes.
 

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In no particular order...<br><br><br><br>
STOP:<br><br>
1. Reusing plastic water bottles or containers, and never heat or freeze foods in plastic.<br><br>
2. Consuming caffeine and alcohol (or lower your intake)<br><br>
3. Buying premade things, learn how to make them yourself<br><br>
4. Using refined vegetable oils or margarine<br><br>
5. Paying attention to the crazy pyramids they come out with<br><br><br>
START:<br><br>
1. To eat a wider variety of foods<br><br>
2. Drinking more water<br><br>
3. Eat more raw veggies<br><br>
4. Soaking your grains<br><br>
5. Eating more antioxidants- Vitamin E (almonds), Vitamin C (fruits/veg), Vitamin A (retinol from animal products and beta carotene from plants), blueberries have the most antioxidants of any food.
 

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here are mine:<br><br>
to start:<br>
1. Eat lots of green leafies and plenty of other fruits and veggies- especially nutrient dense ones<br>
2. Drink lotsa water<br>
3. Buy organic when you can find and affort it<br>
4. Eat as many foods as possible that are close to their orignal state ie not refined<br>
5. Find local sources for foods, or grow your own; ie raise your own garden even if it is only in your window sill, find someone who has a fruit tree, raise chickens or your own animals, or find actual farmers to buy from where you know what has went into the produce/animals<br><br>
Stop:<br>
1. SUGAR- avoid sugar and you will avoid most things that are bad for you, it's in everything<br>
2. Anything white or processed<br>
3. Caffeine<br>
4. Hydrogenated oils<br>
5. Foods with stuff added; hormones, antibiotics, colors, antibiotics, "vitamin enhanced", etc
 

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Top 5 START<br><br>
Whole grains bread only and whole grain cereals<br>
More veggies<br>
I'd go organic again if we weren't so dang broke<br>
organic dairy<br>
pasture fed organic meat<br><br>
Top 5 STOP<br>
soda and other fake juice--any beverage with high fructose corn syrup<br>
Any non-homemade sweets as they're full of fake crap and trans fats<br>
so much other beverages besides plain water<br>
White bread and grain products<br><br>
I cna't come up with many stops sorry.....I do fairly well I think healthy stuff wise....My big thing would be getting DH on the same bandwagon with buying.
 

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Oh yeah!!<br><br>
This is perfect, and just what I was looking for out of this thread.<br>
It's so neat to see everyone's list, b/c there are differences and similarities. See, not I can compile it, and just start picking one or two at a time.<br><br>
thx!<br><br>
Tammy
 

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Stop:<br><br>
white flour<br>
white sugar<br>
partially hydrogenated oils<br>
preservatives<br>
non organic<br><br>
Start:<br>
whole foods<br>
organic<br>
whole foods<br>
organic<br>
whole foods<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Stop:<br><br>
*all vegetable oils, except virgin coconut oil and virgin olive oil<br>
*white flour, white sugar, and all cold breakfast cereals<br>
*soy products<br>
*preservatives, colourings, artificial flavours, vitamin fortified crap<br>
*soda and commercial thickshakes, milkshakes, protein drinks and bars etc<br><br>
Start:<br>
*pasture fed meats and pasture fed raw dairy products (for me, it is milk, cream and butter)<br>
*organic vegetables and fruits<br>
*bone broths and vegetable stocks<br>
*6 glasses of filtered water everyday<br>
*and make all your meals at home with plenty of good fats!
 

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So I've got to ask....those who list making foods at home from whole foods and from scratch, are you SAHMs? If not, how do you swing it? Freezer meals?
 

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Nice idea for a thread!<br><br>
1. No soy<br>
2. No Trans fats<br>
3. All organics<br>
4. No refined grains, all whole<br>
5. No artificials<br><br>
(and of course, go vegan! But that is just my opinion so I did not put it in my 5)
 

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Crockpot.<br><br>
I am a sahm but when I was working, the crockpot was my lifesaver. I also did most of my prep for meals on the weekends. Once I got my groove, I could spend 3 hours on a Sunday and 30 minutes each night for dinner and packed lunches.
 

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I already posted five but thought of a few more after reading thru all the posts....great thread by the way <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
watch labels for and totally avoid:<br>
corn syrup<br>
cottonseed oil<br><br>
also find out which fruits and veggies are highest in pesticides and buy them organic, grow them yourself, or just avoid them.
 
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