Foods you've stopped eating or given up??

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    Oct 02, 2017 3:36 AM GMT
    They are as follows:

    Bread
    Dairy products
    Beef
    Pork
    Wheat products
    Pizza-even gluten free
    Diet Soda
    Sugar
    A few more when I get there....lol

    I find living a cleaner has really helped my general health overall

    Any success stories out there?
  • Happenis

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    Oct 02, 2017 11:25 AM GMT
    I've given up on diet drinks too.

    I find it far better to just either:
    - Drink water
    - Buy a sugary drink and then mix it in with water at a ratio of 20:80. I know that not everyone likes diluted juice but it works for me. It's also a great way to save money.

    I've also given up on bagels and processed meats,
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    Oct 02, 2017 12:26 PM GMT
    - No bacon
    - Nothing fried
    - Few breads
    - Few red meats (which I never ate much, anyway)
    - Nothing greasy
    - No processed meats
    - No junk food, not even potato chips
    - No regular big meals, just the "kid's portion"

    Actually, true all my life. I just listen to my body, it seems to know what's good for me and what's not. These studies come & go, but it always turns out I was instinctively doing it correctly all along.

    Eating the right stuff, avoiding the bad. Just because it's what I naturally like, not because I read it somewhere as the latest discovery or a fad to follow.

    I'm 68 and just plugging along, still riding a bicycle and working out. Remaining a bit overweight, I blame it on my Italian husband (always shift the blame, a la Trump), who insists I eat his pasta, more carbs than I should have, and other big meals he prepares. On top of the meds I must take for my epilepsy, which tend to slow my metabolism down on top of what the natural aging process does.

    But in his Italian culture giving food is love. I sometimes fear he's gonna kill me with his kindness. icon_confused.gif
  • dvike

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    Oct 02, 2017 4:28 PM GMT
    I allow myself one cheat day a week where I get to experience the joys of red meat, usually a burger with some fries. The rest of the time meals are just a nutrition delivery system. Lots of salads, chicken, tuna etc.

    I cut out dairy milk years ago but I still eat a fair amount of cottage cheese, hard cheeses and yogurt with no major ill effects.

    The hard part for me was quitting caffeine which came in the form of soda and workout supplements. I feel much better now that I have quit all stimulants. The soda got out of hand too, so now I only consume one approx 12 oz serving of soda on my cheat day, usually 50/50 diet to reg ratio, but all caffeine free. Now i just drink unsweetened seltzer water/ flavored sparkling beverage like La Croix.

    Haven't given up gluten yet. Maybe someday.
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    Oct 02, 2017 5:00 PM GMT
    I've had no problem making the lifestyle adjustment of cutting out LOTS of stuff.

    Part of the reason is that I DO have an occasional cheat if there are extenuating circumstances (lack of choices, I'm being hosted, or I just want to treat myself like last night's Chinese dinner out where I had shrimp in lobster sauce on fried rice and an egg roll for the first time in YEARS). Though frankly, the cheat never lives up to expectations; it's never worth it.

    Generally, what I've given up on (mostly) is:

    - almost all beverages except water since 1986
    - almost anything identifiably artificial or processed
    - bread except occasional sprouted grains or thin multigrain
    - dairy
    - beef and pork
    - anything fried, even stir fried or sautéed
    - tomato sauce except on occasion
    - most oils and added fats except fish, coconut, maybe I'll occasionally have olive
    - sugar and all sugar substitutes and sweeteners except honey or date syrup
    - salt except for pink himalayan salt pre workout
    - beans, regular and sprouted (temporarily)
    - sprouted brown rice (trainer told me to switch to white)
  • Destinharbor

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    Oct 02, 2017 5:49 PM GMT
    Trainer told you to eat white rice? ^^^^^ For the quick energy? My supplement store guy wants me to add a carb powder to my pre-workout drink to give me fuel for a hard workout but I seem to get through without it (and a stimulant in my pre drink).

    I really haven't given up much of anything except processed foods and sugar. But I've drastically reduced all the bad stuff to occasionally or my cheat Saturday. Even then, if my weight is up a lb or two I'll skip anything evil. For me, the ticket is portion control. And weighing (dry) first thing every morning so I know exactly where I stand. I get balance with protein shake, baguette bite with real butter in the morning, usually a healthy lunch (or not if my body is craving something, it's at lunch that I allow it), and a healthy protein at dinner with veggies. And that's it. Snacks in the late afternoon are peanuts or cottage cheese. I eat a lot more chicken these days and a lot less red meat, some pork for variety. And I season with lots and lots of spices and herbs. And use homemade chicken broth or whole milk yogurt if a dish needs moisture. But I eat butter, don't fear it, and salt which my chemistry requires or I cramp. I drink lots of water and unsweet ice tea, white wine with dinner.
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    Oct 03, 2017 11:49 AM GMT
    All red meat 30 years ago
    White rice this year.
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    Oct 03, 2017 12:42 PM GMT
    What impresses me here is that this is a conversation you wouldn't have heard 50 years ago. And not just because there was no Internet, but not heard this anywhere.

    Perhaps another reason why "40 is the new 30", "50 is the new 40", and so on. At least among educated and informed people. Less cigarette smoking helps, too, as does drinking moderation. You can't believe how heavily people once drank, which inspired the disastrous Prohibition movement. A man's hip flask (usually actually carried in his inside jacket pocket - most men wore suit jackets), along with his cigarette case were a gentleman's standard accoutrements. Grab a puff, take a swig.

    BTW, one of the treasured possessions from my late Father is a priceless sterling silver Alfred Dunhill cigarette case, shiny black enameled in a beautiful art deco motif, as were many of his accessories. But he never used it after the mid-1950s, when the first reports were coming out about the dangers of smoking. He quit cold turkey.

    I can't recall if he had a hip flask, he only drank socially and at restaurants, rarely at home. Who here remembers hip flasks, or even know what they are?

    And maybe that's the reason many of us are living longer, and having this health conversation here. Something unthinkable to be doing half a century ago. Some good advice, guys, thanks!
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    Oct 03, 2017 1:12 PM GMT
    Destinharbor said
    I really haven't given up much of anything except processed foods and sugar. But I've drastically reduced all the bad stuff to occasionally or my cheat Saturday. Even then, if my weight is up a lb or two I'll skip anything evil. For me, the ticket is portion control. And weighing (dry) first thing every morning so I know exactly where I stand. I get balance with protein shake, baguette bite with real butter in the morning, usually a healthy lunch (or not if my body is craving something, it's at lunch that I allow it), and a healthy protein at dinner with veggies. And that's it. Snacks in the late afternoon are peanuts or cottage cheese. I eat a lot more chicken these days and a lot less red meat, some pork for variety. And I season with lots and lots of spices and herbs. And use homemade chicken broth or whole milk yogurt if a dish needs moisture. But I eat butter, don't fear it, and salt which my chemistry requires or I cramp. I drink lots of water and unsweet ice tea, white wine with dinner.

    I should add to my list above that I've given up processed meats. And I MISS my summer sausage! YUM! The eating habits of my northern European heritage are difficult to suppress. But today that stuff's got too much salt and additives.

    Yet I do have to take potassium chloride pills, to avoid muscle cramps, and my primary doctor tells me my salt level is low. Which isn't good, either.

    I eat little beef. But love chicken, turkey, fish, and other seafoods, so I get by. I make faux-beef tacos using lean ground turkey, that you'd swear are beef, by the look, smell, texture & taste. I'll send you the recipe if you like. The secret is a broth, like you mentioned.

    We've also gone back to real butter. Actually don't use that much of it, anyway. But new studies indicate it's not as bad as once thought, and some of the substitutes are worse. Well, at his point I doubt it's gonna kill me any faster than anything else.
  • metta

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    Oct 03, 2017 5:58 PM GMT
    meat (don't miss it)
    soda (too sweet anyways)
    alcohol (never liked it)
    coffee (never liked it)
  • Destinharbor

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    Oct 03, 2017 7:16 PM GMT
    metta saidmeat (don't miss it)
    soda (too sweet anyways)
    alcohol (never liked it)
    coffee (never liked it)

    Well, if you don't like something then you certainly shouldn't eat or drink it but new studies have confirmed moderate drinking of alcohol is actually good for you and coffee, too. Three cups/day lowers the likelihood of all sorts of diseases.
  • Destinharbor

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    Oct 03, 2017 7:23 PM GMT
    Should add that anytime I need to lose a pound or two, I do boiled shrimp (and nothing but shrimp) for dinner. The ticket is to make your own broth: Water and salt, half a red onion, 2-3 carrots chopped in thirds, two celery stalks chopped in thirds, half a head of garlic sliced in half along the equator, one lemon cut in half, squeezed and thrown in, and sometimes fresh tarragon if I have any. Boil the broth for an hour or two, throw the shrimp in for two minutes, remove from heat for a while, pour over ice in a colander and stir to chill and stop the cook. Serve with melted butter. I can eat a pound of shrimp this way dipped in warm butter and I will lose at least one pound, maybe two. Rich and savory.
  • Destinharbor

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    Oct 03, 2017 7:28 PM GMT
    art_deco said
    Destinharbor said
    I really haven't given up much of anything except processed foods and sugar. But I've drastically reduced all the bad stuff to occasionally or my cheat Saturday. Even then, if my weight is up a lb or two I'll skip anything evil. For me, the ticket is portion control. And weighing (dry) first thing every morning so I know exactly where I stand. I get balance with protein shake, baguette bite with real butter in the morning, usually a healthy lunch (or not if my body is craving something, it's at lunch that I allow it), and a healthy protein at dinner with veggies. And that's it. Snacks in the late afternoon are peanuts or cottage cheese. I eat a lot more chicken these days and a lot less red meat, some pork for variety. And I season with lots and lots of spices and herbs. And use homemade chicken broth or whole milk yogurt if a dish needs moisture. But I eat butter, don't fear it, and salt which my chemistry requires or I cramp. I drink lots of water and unsweet ice tea, white wine with dinner.

    I should add to my list above that I've given up processed meats. And I MISS my summer sausage! YUM! The eating habits of my northern European heritage are difficult to suppress. But today that stuff's got too much salt and additives.

    Yet I do have to take potassium chloride pills, to avoid muscle cramps, and my primary doctor tells me my salt level is low. Which isn't good, either.

    I eat little beef. But love chicken, turkey, fish, and other seafoods, so I get by. I make faux-beef tacos using lean ground turkey, that you'd swear are beef, by the look, smell, texture & taste. I'll send you the recipe if you like. The secret is a broth, like you mentioned.

    We've also gone back to real butter. Actually don't use that much of it, anyway. But new studies indicate it's not as bad as once thought, and some of the substitutes are worse. Well, at his point I doubt it's gonna kill me any faster than anything else.


    I think just about anything that is fresh and natural is better than anything concocted in a lab. I made the shrimp thing^^^ once and just out of curiosity, measured the butter before and after dipping a pound of shrimp in. I'd actually only consumed 1 tbsp of butter which is 102 calories. And the shrimp is heart healthy protein.
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    Oct 03, 2017 7:59 PM GMT
    Destinharbor said
    I think just about anything that is fresh and natural is better than anything concocted in a lab. I made the shrimp thing^^^ once and just out of curiosity, measured the butter before and after dipping a pound of shrimp in. I'd actually only consumed 1 tbsp of butter which is 102 calories. And the shrimp is heart healthy protein.

    After my husband's open-heart bypass surgery he went to a cardiologist, we had never met before.

    And the doctor started lecturing about healthy eating habits. He argued for a vegetarian diet, even Vegan. My husband told him he's not not a lesbian who eats tofu. That stopped that approach.

    But the doctor said the key was not to eat anything with a "face", meaning having a mouth and eyes. And I asked him if that meant fish wasn't allowed, that I thought were healthy. No, he insisted, only vegetables.

    I could see my husband was getting disturbed, and frankly I didn't like the condescending attitude. Just say "eat vegetarian", rather than "nothing with a face". We're not pre-schoolers.

    So I asked: "Well, if Xxxxxx can't eat anything with a face, what if I put a paper bag over my head"? They were both stunned. Good. I HATE pushy authority figures, and I'm never intimidated by them.

    Turns out this is an excellent doctor. My husband is still with him, years later. I think he now understands we're not to be treated like children. Sometimes you have to send them a signal, a message, that you're not senile yet, and expect respectful mature treatment. Now we get it.
  • MuchoMasQueMu...

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    Oct 04, 2017 7:09 AM GMT
    I find it a bit contradictory how some people will go out of their way to avoid certain foods yet boast of eating crustaceans. They have some of the highest levels of mercury out of just about all seafood. Not to mention, they're bottom feeders that get their nourishment by consuming the excrement of all other aquatic life.
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    Oct 05, 2017 2:39 AM GMT
    Found it easy to give up American fast food outlets.
    But still like the odd lamb souvlaki, and fish and chips, from the fish and chip shop.
    Maybe having once a month.

    If I want something, I'll have it. All in moderation.
    Pork Belly, with fresh steamed vegies, and salad, for lunch today.
    For me it's more about, feasting like a King for breakfast.
    Dinning like a Queen, for lunch.
    Picking like a peasant, for dinner.
    So my biggest meal, is at the start of the day.
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    Oct 05, 2017 8:03 AM GMT
    Packaged food mostly.
    Sugar except for one spoon of it in my morning coffee
    I don't eat red meat anyway except for lamb but I have given up on that.
    I buy fruits and veggies directly from farmer's market. They are a lot more fresh.
    No White bread.
    I have switched from white rice to brown rice.
    Butter
    Cold drinks (not that I drink it but even if I am at someone's home and they offer me, I take water)
    No Chips
    No biscuits
    No fried food
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    Oct 06, 2017 6:44 PM GMT
    Wheat (Gluten)
    Soy - anything with soy - including soybean oil - hidden in so many things
    Corn - including high fructose corn syrup hidden in just about everything
    Shellfish
    Pecans
    Chick peas (garbonzo beans)

    Mostly due to allergies. I gained a lot of weight after some injuries, then have been battling with extreme allergies. This has truly helped with breaking out in rashes and inflammation. I started eliminating foods in January. I'm down a little over 60 pounds.

    I do still allow myself to have pizza with gluten free crust once every week or two. It's my cheat day meal.

  • ai82

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    Oct 08, 2017 11:48 PM GMT
    The only thing that I've given up permanently is poptarts and swiss miss hot chocolate. I would sprinkle them with cinnamon, put them in my toaster oven and enjoy them with a cup of coffee with swiss miss. Then I learned how much sugar I was consuming and gave it up. Beyond that, I eat anything but in moderation. I can't deny my sweet tooth, I just limit how much and how frequently I consume them.

    One thing that I've added to my diet, after losing my stove for a few months, is frozen meals. What do you guys think about frozen meals? They may be processed but they're portioned and can be balanced with protein, carbs and fats. Maybe high in sodium, but I do not eat salt from many other sources.
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    Oct 09, 2017 6:08 AM GMT
    ai82 saidThe only thing that I've given up permanently is poptarts and swiss miss hot chocolate. I would sprinkle them with cinnamon, put them in my toaster oven and enjoy them with a cup of coffee with swiss miss. Then I learned how much sugar I was consuming and gave it up. Beyond that, I eat anything but in moderation. I can't deny my sweet tooth, I just limit how much and how frequently I consume them.

    One thing that I've added to my diet, after losing my stove for a few months, is frozen meals. What do you guys think about frozen meals? They may be processed but they're portioned and can be balanced with protein, carbs and fats. Maybe high in sodium, but I do not eat salt from many other sources.


    Frozen, prepared meals and other prepared foods lack many cancer fighting nutrients. Eat fresh! Lost of veggies. Also, add some all natural stevia to your coffee. A boost to the flavor and no harmful side effects like sugar.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Oct 09, 2017 12:51 PM GMT
    I avoid high fructose corn syrup as much as possible. I only buy grass fed beef and chicken. I got rid of soda in my diet almost ten years ago and cannot stand the taste of it. I got rid of all alcoholic beverages at the beginning of this millennium, 01/01/00. I dont use refined white sugar. I use either honey or natural maple syrup as a sweetener. I rarely touch candy or chocolate.
  • Apparition

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    Oct 10, 2017 2:23 AM GMT
    i gave up eating peanut butter some 20 years ago. I could eat a jar a week. Not eaten it raw since.
    i also have not bought potato chips in 20 years (although i can eat them at other people's houses)
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Oct 11, 2017 1:47 AM GMT
    Bread, hummus, chips, pasta, sandwiches, almost all carbs. I also work out 6 days a week. In the last 18 months I've slimmed down and now weigh what I did when I was 25. I feel great! One of the things that I like about myself is that I am extremely disciplined. I intend to maintain this for good.
  • Triggerman

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    Oct 12, 2017 2:13 PM GMT
    I live on a gluten full diet. 195lbs, 8 percent bodyfat, ripped as fuck. Thanks for all the glutens, sheep . Ciliacs aside, your morons
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    Oct 12, 2017 6:59 PM GMT
    Triggerman saidI live on a gluten full diet. 195lbs, 8 percent bodyfat, ripped as fuck. Thanks for all the glutens, sheep . Ciliacs aside, your morons


    There is such a thing as sprouted grains, correct?