Monday, January 10, 2011

Fake Food

Do you eat fake food?  Have you ever thought about fake food? 

I'm not talking about the food that toddlers use in their tiny kitchens.  I'm talking about chemically engineered food.  Although with how much the agriculture industry has changed, I'm starting to wonder if all food isn't fake.

When I started out a year ago I tracked everything I ate.  I can't seem to get back into that habit because I think I've convinced myself that I know what is good and about how much I am eating.  Anyway, I tracked everything I ate.  I ate 3 meals and 3 snacks.  Most of my snacks were things like South Beach bars.  My noon meals were things like Healthy Choice meals.  I lost weight, but didn't have a good idea of why I lost it and how to sustain that losing pattern.  Not that I didn't learn things while doing this.  I learned about greek yogurt, fresh produce, nuts/dried fruits...

When I started with my trainer last summer she pushed meal supplements.  Acutally she pushed for the company that she sells for.  And I remember saying to her that I didn't want the supplements/replacements because I needed to learn how to eat real food.  I needed to learn t put together meals and snacks that were real food because that is what will sustain me for the rest of my life. Not South Beach bars or replacement shakes.

Then I went to the One Breath, One Step; A Prior Fat Girl Get-Together last fall.  (The link is actually for this month's event.)  And one of the speakers talked about all the low fat and no fat foods that yes, had low fat...but also had additional chemicals to make them taste good.  So your trade off is low fat but more chemicals. 

Ever since then I've been trying to cut out the fake foods.  It's something that Jen; A Prior Fat Girl is doing too.  I don't know if it's working.  And I still slip sometimes and have low fat items.  But I want to know that the food I'm eating is REAL food.


  1. That is a great goal and something that we all need to do more of!!!!

  2. Kelly7:05 AM

    Really interesting to learn about all the fake foods. I've been reading more and more over the last few months about the same thing and it's a bit scary isn't it.