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What foods are you avoiding completely?

I have just been making overall changes: exercising more, eating less, making better food choices, etc. But there are a few things I have just decided not to eat because they're so full of fat and I don't "need" them, know what I mean? They are:

cheese
butter
potatoes, including chips

What, if anything, are you not eating anymore?


Sun. Jul 3, 2:55pm

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I can't say that I've given up any foods *completely* -- but I've cut down on butter and cheese to the point that I'm only having them very, very occasionally, and never much when I do. I

This actually isn't recent: I had to take steps to lower my cholesterol several years ago, and butter and cheese were the first items (in addition to most meat) I jettisoned. Eventually, I added them back into my diet, but only in a very limited way.

These days, if I buy a pound of butter, it lasts me literally months. I go through it so slowly that I keep it in the freezer instead of the fridge and take out 1/2 a cube at a time.

I almost never buy cheese -- but when I do, I buy the really good, expensive stuff. I've lost my taste for the plasticky orange cheese. Give me one small piece of good stilton or crowley or pecorino romano, and I'm all set. No need to bury my food under the cheap stuff. And I'd rather have no cheese than that tasteless low-fat cheese.



Sunday, July 03, 2005, 6:32 PM

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What I'm Not EAting anymore

I am not eating "white" foods, such as white bread, white rice, white pasta. Instead going for whole wheat, brown rice, whole wheat pasta. Also not drinking sodas. Havind diet Snapple instead. Skipping ice cream. Eating frozen yogurt and fat-free popsicles.

Monday, July 04, 2005, 5:41 PM

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I'm avoiding trans fats and every thing with partially hydrogenated oils, even if it says 0g trans fat. Since trans fats are mostly found in pre-packaged food, I'm trying to avoid anything that has been processed (my definition of processed is pretty loose - bread and cheese aren't on my bad list, for example). Trans fats were much easier to cut out than all processed food, but I no longer crave chips, crackers, cookies, granola bars...almost all those snacky foods that come in mylar wrappers.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005, 7:48 AM

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check out the google ads to the right

It's funny -- they are all cheese ads (and note "Chuck E. Cheese" LOL).

No salad ads though... :)

Tuesday, July 05, 2005, 10:41 AM

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I cut out my daughters snacks such as crackers, rice, or pastas, breads. Can't get rid of ice cream though so i serve myself half a cup and put the rest away before i sit down and make sure it takes me a really long time to eat. single servings help ALOT too.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005, 2:53 PM

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Ice Cream

not eating ice cream is the best thing I ever did. I have so much more energy and am losing weight. For me, quitting ice cream yields more than quitting drinking.

Friday, July 08, 2005, 4:08 PM

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Trying to cut coffee out

Replaced my coffee with some Jasmine green tea. Does not pack the same punch, but I don't have the headache I usally get when I try to go off coffee.

Monday, July 11, 2005, 11:03 AM

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I'm trying a dairy and soy free diet for a couple of weeks. It's only day 5, but I already feel more energy. Unfortunately I don't feel any change in my waistband - if anything it feels a bit fuller due to bloating, blech. But I committed to a 2 week trial, and I plan to stick with it.

Monday, July 11, 2005, 11:40 AM

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Say no to controlling food!

I enjoy eating many things. But there are a few foods that I crave so much I cannot turn them down if they are in the room. I have said goodbye to pizza, ice cream and chocolate except in very rare occasions. I want to know that when I'm eating something, I am doing so because I want it, not because of a misplaced "need."

Monday, July 11, 2005, 5:30 PM

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all ethnic foods. Chinese, Sushi, Indian, etc. Replaced with really plain food, which I eat less of. PB and J vs. Chicken Vindaloo? Which one would you eat more of?

Friday, September 29, 2006, 11:19 AM

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I really don't eat cheese.

Above poster, since you asked - I would eat 1,001 PB&J sandwiches before a bite of Chicken Vindaloo. I ate PBJ for lunch nearly every day from grades K-10 and I HATED the days I got stuck with turkey or, god forbid, ham or roast beef. Not to say I don't love Indian food, but I just really love PBJs.

Friday, September 29, 2006, 11:33 AM

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yeah, i'd devour a couple loaves of pb & j's. i stopped red meat and butter and milk and have not eaten processed foods for a long time.

Friday, September 29, 2006, 11:40 AM

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I didn't really stop eating any specific food, per say. But I stopped eating the full-size or large size of anything. I typically buy my lunch at work, and instead of getting soup-and-sandwich at this cheap deli, I just get a cup of soup from Au Bon Pain (which lists the nutritional info so I know what I'm eating), in the smaller size, and some grapes. Or, if I go somewhere else, I throw out about half of what they call the serving before I sit down to eat it. If I get something from the vending machine (very rare), I throw out half first, then eat the rest. For breakfast, I eat small "light" bagels instead of the "New York Style" or "toaster bagels." I just make the serving smaller, and afterwards, I really think about whether I need more food before I get more. Usually, I don't really need more.

Friday, September 29, 2006, 11:47 AM

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I have given up my sweet snacks like cookies, ice cream, cakes, etc. I am thinking about trying the wheat and whole grain products. I like wheat bread so I am going to replace our white pasta for whole grain brands...

I have noticed some poster have stopped eating dairy or drinking milk. I thought we were supposed to drink milk and have even seen ads that claim milk can help you lose weight...

Friday, September 29, 2006, 11:55 AM

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It's the calcium they recommend for weight loss. It just also suits the dairy industry's needs that they can promote dairy products b/c they are a source of calcium.

For example...from www.gotmilk.com:
"Milk isn't only a calcium source, it's a nutritional powerhouse with additional performance enhancing properties like protein and vitamin D. That's why top athletes drink four to five 8-ounce glasses of milk daily."

FYI, an 8 oz glass of 2% milk, in addition to its 10g of protein and 35% of daily calcium, has 140 calories, 3 g of sat. fat, 13 g of sugar and 20 mg of cholesterol. I personally cannot imagine drinking a gallon of milk every two days (how expensive!), or consuming 700 calories a day from just milk.

People avoiding dairy are probably avoiding the fat, cholesterol, lactose and also antibiotics and hormones that appear in milk these days.

Friday, September 29, 2006, 12:52 PM

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i get calcium from many sources, although milk is not one of them (unless you count the fortified soy milk). below is a link to a vegan website with calcium food sources. i just cannot stand the taste / feel / idea of milk.

Link

Friday, September 29, 2006, 1:49 PM

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another great link for food sources of calcium...

Link

Friday, September 29, 2006, 1:49 PM

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Bottomless Pasta Pit

In general I am avoiding refined flour products (I've never had much of a sweet tooth) but pasta specifically. My main reason for avoiding pasta is that I love it but it never satisfies me. When my wife makes spag. or lasag., I will eat the serving she gives me, another serving, clean off the kids plates and if it doesn't get put away quickly I will finish off the whole thing. Then I will be bummed when the last of the garlic bread is gone as well. Pasta is that dark place that I dare not enter. 1st runner up: Cheese-its

Friday, September 29, 2006, 2:28 PM

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Wow OP, I eat ALL the foods on your banned list! I really do not forbid myself to have anything EXCEPT fast food and that is not entirely true either -- because I have had a chicken sandwich there a couple of times -- but no fries and no milkshakes -- that stuff is just not worth the extra calories and fat. Anyway,.that is what I have given up more than anything. Someone mentioned PB&J. I still eat that almost every day -- I love them!

Friday, September 29, 2006, 3:37 PM

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Milk is what baby cows should drink, not people. I'm not saying it's terrible for you, but there are better sources of calcium. I get highly irritated with milk producers / sugar producers who put out misinformation in order to sell their product. "Sugar gives you energy". Yeah, it does, but anything beyond moderate intake acts as a precursor to diabetes, mood disorders, binge problems, etc. Milk promotes weight loss. Noooo... people who drink milk are usually more health-conscious, and are making an effort to reduce calories in all areas. That's why they lose weight, not because they drink milk.

My opinion...

Friday, September 29, 2006, 4:06 PM

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I've stopped having chips and foods like chips (even the baked kind). I find that I can never have just one serving and I usually end up eating half the bag. It's better just to not have any in the first place.

I also only buy whole grain starches; I always go for the one with the most fiber.

What else? I stopped drinking any kind of soda or anything other than water (and occasional alcohol!) about 10 years ago. For sure one of the best moves I ever made for my health.

Friday, September 29, 2006, 4:26 PM

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What foods are you avoiding completely?

Candy bars. And fast food. With the exception of an occasional "healthy" Subway sandwish. I also never eat any red meat, but that is not new. I never have and never will. Also, I don't drink any alcoholic beverages so automatically save myself those empty calories.

Friday, September 29, 2006, 6:52 PM

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No wheat, no corn or corn derivatives, no artificial sugars, no processed meats, no pork.

Friday, September 29, 2006, 6:56 PM

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Sugar

When I don't eat sugar my appetite goes way down.

Friday, September 29, 2006, 8:56 PM

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Things I no longer eat;

white grains
cheese
Mexican food
butter and creams
and processed foods

Sunday, October 01, 2006, 2:48 AM

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Not one. Although there are certian situations I aviod such as a a party. I eat a mini meal before I attend. I don't touch an ove"rdero. No Chips or prezels/ When I go out to dinner I hae a mini meal. I don't touch the bread basket. Those are 2 things that will set me off.

Sunday, October 01, 2006, 9:18 AM

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just for clarification

hors d'oeuvre

Sunday, October 01, 2006, 9:58 PM

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I avoid...
milk
cheese
candy
fast food
frozen products
ice cream
peanuts
.......... It's painful to think about the absence of these items ( i love chocolate), but my body feels much better eating fruits and veggies. My cravings rarely come, and I made myself believe that my body is "pure" and "energized" and "enlightened" and sugar makes me weak.



Wednesday, October 04, 2006, 12:45 AM

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this is the nutrient info in whole milk. Carbs, Proteins, Vitamins. My guess is that if you are not lactose intolerant, it is a pretty good source of all sorts of nutrients.

Link

Wednesday, October 04, 2006, 12:04 PM

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i pretty much do not eat any food that is not organic. absolutely NO GMO's !!!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006, 12:06 PM

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Well as a rule I'm trying not to eliminate anything completely but I have given up completely one of my favorites... cheesecake. It's just too bad. I can't ever seem to make myself spurlge that much anymore.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006, 12:24 PM

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