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This Week in Healthy Eating

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Friday, January 26, 2007

My healthy eating journey continues. Stepped on the scales this morning. I'm down six pounds since I started cutting HFCS out (and adding in more fiber) two weeks ago.


Now, I could say that since everything has HFCS in it, I'm just eating less and that's what caused the weight loss. While that's true to an extent, it's not the whole story. After all, M&M's don't have HFCS. ;) Neither does Meijer brand chocolate chip cookie dough. I've eaten my fair share of both of those in the last two weeks. On the other hand, I've eaten very little bread, eaten far more fruits and veggies and made a concentrated effort to cook more foods from scratch.

So the good and the bad...

Well, I discovered yesterday that Giant Eagle not only has a very nice (and affordable) organic section, they also have a new fresh meat section. It's not organic, but everything is free range, grain fed, hormone free and antibiotic free. The price is about halfway between conventional meat and organic meat. Works for me! That said, I had some frustration in the bread aisle. In the entire aisle, I found ONE loaf of bread that didn't have HFCS. That included all the so-called "healthy" whole grain breads that come double packaged to stay fresh. So I came home with Sara Lee Blueberry toasting bread.

So help...I like bread. I don't need to eat it often, but I like to have it around for toast and what-not. Anyone know any good national brands of bread that are whole grain and free of HFCS? Or, got a good homemade bread recipe that stays good for more than a day or two? (Lindsay, this is where I think you come in...)

The good? Mmmm...fresh cooking. Made my famous "Not so chili" last night with some of that Giant Eagle ground beef, ground turkey, organic diced tomatoes, organic carrots, onions, mushrooms, some jalepeno and serrano peppers and a big old combination of yummy spices.

Ain't nothing wrong with losing weight while enjoying M&Ms and chocolate chip cookies.


  1. Blogger Unknown | 4:43 PM |  

    Well, why not just eat bread with HFCS in it. If you have eliminated it everywhere else then it shouldnt be that bad if you eat it in moderation. Sorry, i dont know of any breads not containing hfcs, but dont punish yourself, if you want some toast, eat it!

  2. Blogger Lindsey | 5:02 PM |  

    I'm on it, Jen! Bread recipes to come...THIS WEEK! :)

  3. Anonymous Anonymous | 5:38 AM |  

    I'm not too into organic and HFCS free foods but I saw this in my local Publix organic section. It's a HFCS free BBQ sauce. Did you ever find one near you? Their website says they have it at Meijer’s. I haven't tried it. http://www.anniesnaturals.com/Pages/nutrition/dietsmbbq.htm

  4. Blogger Jennifer Laycock | 7:48 AM |  

    I'm a little adraid of Annie's Natural's...I've tried several of their salad dressings (NOT cheap) and hated them. :( That said I did finally find one at Giant Eagle. Not cheap ($4 a bottle instead of 79 cents for Kraft BBQ sauce on sale...)

    It's called "Daddy Sams" and it's "all natural." No preservatives, no HFCS, no PHO. It's also dairy free, gluten free, soy free, corn free, chloesterol free and fat free.

    I haven't tried it yet. I hope it's not taste free...

    As for the bread, the problem is that I already have my HFCS "moderation" treats. Primarily, syrup. I LOVE waffles, love, love, love them. But I can't stand real maple syrup. Unfortunately, all the good "fake" syrups (Mrs Butterworths, etc...) have HFCS.

    I'll find a bread eventually, it's just going to take some hunting and quite honestly, if I have to make my own, I'll do it. I've got a bread machine. Easy enough to make up zip lock bags of the dry ingredients and to just dump it all in in the morning to bake.

  5. Blogger TheFatOne | 8:51 AM |  

    Have you tried Ezekiel bread? It is usually in the organic aisle in the freezer section.

  6. Blogger Jennifer Laycock | 9:49 AM |  

    Whole foods seems to be the only place around here that carries organic bread and its quite a haul to get over there.

    If I can't find a good homemade bread I may have to try that...

  7. Blogger Meg | 1:54 PM |  

    If you do get over to buy the ezekiel bread or any of the sprouted grain types you can always stock up and freeze them. Costco sells these in bulk here in Seattle.

  8. Anonymous Anonymous | 8:18 PM |  

    Wow, I just stumbled onto this site. Last night I went grocery shopping without my 3 little ones and had a chance to actually read the labels on what I was buying. My goal was to find a bread that was HFCS free and I did. I found one called "Earth Friendly" and also a few by Healthy Life www.healthylifebread.com. So far I've tried the Earth Friendly bread and it tastes great, it has great texture and yet it soft. I can't wait to see how the others taste.

    Oh, and on the Annie's BBQ my family thinks its great although I'm not a huge fan. Last night I bought a bottle of Saz's Original Barbeque Sauce and that I do like (it has a thicker consistency whereas Annie's was more runny).

  9. Blogger Chris L | 2:00 AM |  

    I just found this list:

    Pepperidge Farms whole grain honey oat
    Nature's Own Sugar Free 100% Whole Grain bread link
    Nature's Own -Honey 7 Grain link
    Nature's Own 100% whole wheat link
    Martins Potato breads and rolls
    Thomas's Low Carb English Muffins
    Thomas Hearty Grain Honey Wheat English Muffins (?)
    Nature's Own -Healthline SugarFree Wholewheat
    Ezekiel 4:9 sprouted grain breads (in freezer section)
    Francisco International Extra Sour Dough bread (the regular Sour Dough has it!)
    Pepperidge Farm Honey Wheatberry
    Milton's Wheat and Multi-grain bread
    Bagels from a local Jewish bakery
    Kirkland brand (Costco) multigrain bread
    Sara Lee Cinnamon Raisin
    Pepperidge Farm whole grain bagel
    Matthew's All Natural Bread link
    Amana Multi Grain Bread
    Country Hearth 12-Grain Bread
    Earth Grains 100% Natural 7-Grain Bread
    Orrow Wheat Light 100% Whole Wheat
    Rays New York Bagels
    Whole Foods store brand hot dog and hamburger buns (they are whole wheat)
    FlatOut Bread link
    Alternative Bagel --- sweat wheat link

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