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Sunday, February 21, 2016

They muddy the water to make it seem deep.

Deception...it happened to us Minnesotans on Friday. We awoke to 45 degree temperatures, and rain. It felt like Spring. The snow melted on all the western facing lawns, and trees started hinting of budding. This happens once in a while. When you live in Minnesota, Winter usually lasts from November to May, so some February thawing is mighty appealing. We know, however, that it is a little deception by Mother Nature, teasing us that we are almost done with the deep freeze and the blooming flowers are right around the corner. We will get more snow here, it will drop into the teens again, and we are by no means done with Winter.

This happens every day, all the time with all kinds of food. Salad seems to be a big culprit. What is the most fattening thing about salad? Of course, it's the dressing. If you take the dressing out of most salads, you have a reasonable and good choice for a meal. I make some dressing that has very little oil, and it tastes great, and is only 10 calories a tbsp.

The other big deceit is using the words "healthy" on food. I have become a label reader. I look at sugar content, salt content (even though I RARELY buy processed foods), and know what goes into what I am buying. I have been eating yogurt parfaits lately, and really like them. I had to really look around to find some granola that wasn't filled with sugar and all kinds of chemicals. I finally ended up buying some at the food co-op where my darling Daughter works, as they list every ingredient on almost everything in the store. The same thing happened with yogurt. Low fat yogurt might be low fat, but it is filled with sugar, and is double the calories of non-fat yogurt. Yogurt and granola SOUND good for you, and if you check and buy right, they are.

Don't be deceived, either by a Winter warm-up or a low-fat label. Look at what you are buying, shop sensibly. Maybe by itself adding an additional 100 calories to a yogurt doesn't sound so bad, but if you add that up daily, in a month, you could lose a pound, just by making good choices.

Read the labels. Become your own food advocate. Know that if you cannot pronounce it, it shouldn't be going into your digestive system. Eat as close to nature as possible, and work every day to make sure you are not one of those fooled by those food deceivers.

Mother Nature, well, she really does her own thing, and when she finally sweeps Spring into Minnesota, it might be the most glorious thing ever. I'm looking forward to it!

Spark on.
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  • FRAN0426
    I too have been reading the labels on food items. Many a time I put the item back on the shelf, do to having to many of this or that in it. We are, and need to be our own advocates when deciding what is best for our bodies and living this way of life with good choices.
    1825 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    You are right on both accounts! Our deceiving winter weather here in MN, although so excited it is going to be in the 50's today, hopefully with a nice dose of sun to go with it!
    And reading labels has become a big part of my life. I look for sugar, calories, fat etc....
    It was definitely an eye opener when I started doing that.
    Have a great weekend!
    1826 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    1831 days ago
    Spring has become my favourite season, and I'm easily fooled by Mother Nature's tricks, because I so want to believe that Winter is over and Spring is really here.

    When it comes to food labels I'm a lot harder to fool. A lot of processed foods, specially "diet" ones, are anything but healthy! So just like you I avoid processed food as much as possible, and always read the labels when I do buy them.
    1831 days ago
    So true! Thanks for the reminder!
    1831 days ago
    This is a great message! Deception is all around us, and it is especially important to become a wise consumer when it comes to our food. Thank you for providing this information... (And the jonquils are about to bloom in the south-- but our winter is not yet over!) Hugs!
    1831 days ago
    1832 days ago
    I like to buy products that have just one ingredient: 100% broccoli, 100% romaine, 100% chicken. No thank you to hormones or injected "broth" or preservatives. We do buy some processed foods, but only the ones that are minimally so, like whole-wheat pasta or brown rice. I'm much happier when I can control what goes into the food that goes into my mouth.

    If we all stopped buying the processed foods that are manufactured to be shelf-stable, maybe those companies would actually start creating products that were better for us! If it can last a year on the shelf, why would I want it to spend a year (or more) on my hips?

    Spark on, my friend! XOX
    1832 days ago
  • HEDSTS58
    It's amazing what is in 'HEALTHY" food. Well said

    1832 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    emoticon I love the image and my first thought was people trying to deflect responsibility for poor choices that affect someone else as a means of excusing themselves.
    1832 days ago
  • CRETE2953
    You know, it's funny, pretty much the only things I can't pronounce all the words on are on my foods and medicine bottles. The other things I usually can't pronounce all the words on are things like cleaning products, bowl cleaners and such. I obviously know I shouldn't drink my household cleaners because it's poison................. why do we feel safe when those type of words are on our foods???
    Good point you've brought up. It does muddy the water doesn't it. emoticon
    1832 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Moderation is the key here. Eliminating all fats/oils is not healthy. Choose wisely, the easiest and best way to get rid of unhealthy fats is to eliminate or at least greatly reduce the amount of processed foods you eat.
    There are articles available on Spark that will help you determine which fats/oils are healthy. Your body needs small amounts of healthy fats/oils in order to absorb all the nutrients from vegetables.
    What your body doesn't need is artificial ingredients that give products that smooth rich taste. Label reading isn't a choice it is a necessity. emoticon

    1832 days ago
  • no profile photo CD16110307
    1832 days ago
    Great (as usual) information packed blog/analogy. Thank you.
    1832 days ago
    1832 days ago
    Nice blog! emoticon
    1832 days ago
    I have been taking a class that has me reading labels much more closely. I have a lot to learn about what is in our food but I'm choosing to eliminate a lot of the processed foods and replacing with "real" food.

    That was what my husband and I were doing during the downpour on Friday - shopping for organic produce to add to the cupboards! With the winds blowing it was pretty fierce outside but the day sure did improve by afternoon. Daisy and I went out for a very enjoyable walk!
    1832 days ago
    This was a good read. Quick, but filled with sound and valid information and suggestions. Thank you.
    1832 days ago
    Definitely have to read labels!
    1832 days ago
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  • DYANNE4293
    I'm a label reader as well. And I ask alot of questions when eating out.
    1832 days ago
  • no profile photo CATFURMAMA
    I really enjoyed this post! Thanks!
    1832 days ago
    Your quote made me gasp. Things are not always as they seem.

    Food is an instant fix ... for true hunger.

    I know it does not "fix" any other problem that I may have.

    There is no love in the bottom of the cookie jar.
    There is no defense behind a bag of chips.
    There is no strength or protection in the ingredients of chocolate.

    Change your mind ... and the rest will follow.

    1832 days ago
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