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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. :)

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1. buy as much organic as possible
2. drink green tea instead of coffee
3. cut out all trans fats
4. no processed foods/msg/food dyes/etc
5. no white flour/white sugar

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:
1. NO artificial sweetners!
2. organic and pasture fed - as much as you can do
3. add probiotics (yogurt, kefir, kimchi, salsa for us)
4. soak grains
5. homemade broth

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 ...

1. Cut out white sugar and artificial sweetners!
2. Switch to raw milk and milk products.
3. Yep, organic and pasture fed as much as possible.
4. Whole, living foods as much as possible.
5. Probiotics, probiotics, probiotics ... especially in the form of fermented foods!

And if I could sneak one more in, it would be to sprout all your grains ... and change your oils.
Told you five would be hard!
 

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Top Five Start
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Whole Grains (actual oats, brown rice, millet...)
Olive Oil instead of butter/veg oil
Salmon
Flaxseeds
Leafy Greens (Kale, spinach, collards, chard)
A nice variety of supplements

Top Five Stop

Sugar
Flour
Hydrogenated Oil, margarine
Dairy
Meat with added hormones
 

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STOP:
white sugar
white flour
hydrogenated fats
caffiene
soy

Begin:
Good fats: Coconut, extra virgin olive oil, pastured animal fats
Drink water, half body weight and drink that many ounces
make broth with leftover bones
leafy greens added to just about everything
limit fruit and carbs
 

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1. Eliminate processed foods - mixes, crackers, cereals, froz foods, etc. Make them from scratch instead.
2. Replace white flour/white rice/white potatoes with whole wheat/brown rice/sweet potatoes
3. Replace sweets and junk snacks (pretzels, potato chips) with fruit, nuts, seeds
4. Eliminate soda and juice. Drink water or milk instead. Eliminate all caffeine
5. Add five servings of fruits and veggies, plus one serving of leafy greens or salad each day.

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)
2. Cook from scratch and eliminate processed foods
3. Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day
4. Use as many organic products as possible
5. Eat raw fruits, vegetables, and sprouted grains and seeds every day
 

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Originally Posted by Chanley
STOP:
white sugar
white flour
hydrogenated fats
caffiene
soy

Begin:
Good fats: Coconut, extra virgin olive oil, pastured animal fats
Drink water, half body weight and drink that many ounces
make broth with leftover bones
leafy greens added to just about everything
limit fruit and carbs
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Neat thread!

Lessee . . . if I were starting from scratch (i.e., what I did, oh, 10 years or so ago):

START:
1. Drinking at least 5 glasses of water a day.
2. Eat *fresh* fruits and veggies.
3. Eat whole grains.
4. Buy organic as affordable/available.
5. Make at least one meal a day from scratch.

STOP:
1. Eliminate caffeine. (That one's personal -- caffeine does NOT agree with me even though I loved my caffeinated beverages.)
2. Get rid of the processed foods.
3. Ditto partially hydrogenated oils.
4. Ditto preservatives.
5. Ditto dyes.
 

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In no particular order...

STOP:

1. Reusing plastic water bottles or containers, and never heat or freeze foods in plastic.

2. Consuming caffeine and alcohol (or lower your intake)

3. Buying premade things, learn how to make them yourself

4. Using refined vegetable oils or margarine

5. Paying attention to the crazy pyramids they come out with

START:

1. To eat a wider variety of foods

2. Drinking more water

3. Eat more raw veggies

4. Soaking your grains

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:

to start:
1. Eat lots of green leafies and plenty of other fruits and veggies- especially nutrient dense ones
2. Drink lotsa water
3. Buy organic when you can find and affort it
4. Eat as many foods as possible that are close to their orignal state ie not refined
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

Stop:
1. SUGAR- avoid sugar and you will avoid most things that are bad for you, it's in everything
2. Anything white or processed
3. Caffeine
4. Hydrogenated oils
5. Foods with stuff added; hormones, antibiotics, colors, antibiotics, "vitamin enhanced", etc
 

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Top 5 START

Whole grains bread only and whole grain cereals
More veggies
I'd go organic again if we weren't so dang broke
organic dairy
pasture fed organic meat

Top 5 STOP
soda and other fake juice--any beverage with high fructose corn syrup
Any non-homemade sweets as they're full of fake crap and trans fats
so much other beverages besides plain water
White bread and grain products

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!!

This is perfect, and just what I was looking for out of this thread.
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.

thx!

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Stop:

*all vegetable oils, except virgin coconut oil and virgin olive oil
*white flour, white sugar, and all cold breakfast cereals
*soy products
*preservatives, colourings, artificial flavours, vitamin fortified crap
*soda and commercial thickshakes, milkshakes, protein drinks and bars etc

Start:
*pasture fed meats and pasture fed raw dairy products (for me, it is milk, cream and butter)
*organic vegetables and fruits
*bone broths and vegetable stocks
*6 glasses of filtered water everyday
*and make all your meals at home with plenty of good fats!
 

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Originally Posted by sanguine_speed
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?
Crockpot.

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


watch labels for and totally avoid:
corn syrup
cottonseed oil

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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