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  •  Ugh, I have tax stuff too (7+ / 0-)

    I'm going to check out more zefrank.  The voice is brilliant but that whole thing was utterly outstanding.

    I'm going to have to do a eating healthy recipe diary at some point soon -- including Indian curry which I forgot I was supposed to do.

    Low fat isn't always the best choice and please check your labels re: fat free -- often they add high fructose corn syrup -- don't ask me why.  Sorry -- enjoy your manicotti because it will probably be great.  

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 01:55:24 PM PST

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    •  Oh hon, (6+ / 0-)

      I come from the land whence corn syrup flows. My hometown had a corn sweetener plant, a corn starch plant and a General Mills plant that made cereal. If you lived in certain spots on the south side, you kept a full-sized broom, in order to sweep off the overnight dust fallout, so you could see to drive.

      I now live 20 miles away from another corn sweetener plant. When the wind is right, I open the windows and wax nostalgic. The smell of Kix sometimes makes me tear up. And not for the reasons that others might.

      However, I try to avoid it whenever possible.

      I used to be able to duck into the grocery store and come out 15 minutes later with a week's worth of vittles. Now, it seems to take hours longer, because I have to read every label for fat and sugar content, etc. And even then, I can't really trust some of what I read.

      I have always been more of a make-it-from-scratch cook, but, I am trying to make better choices. When I quit smoking, I started eating chips and ice cream, things I never ate that much of before. None of those things have darkened my door for the last 4 months, and I have given up my beloved and corn syrup-laden Mountain Dew. It has been replaced by multiple bottles of juice and Diet Squirt and root beer, which I have maybe 2 cans of per week.

      •  Hmmm, (6+ / 0-)

        Wasn't Kix an actually healthy cereal maybe 40 or 50 years ago?  I remember liking it -- along with the Chex cereals because they didn't taste sweet.  Today, I could only eat Grape Nuts or Shredded Wheat if still could afford cereals.

        I can't even walk down the bread aisle in the grocery store.  The smell of sugars, syrups, molasses and additives makes me gag.

        Ok, I am so happy you gave up Mountain Dew -- it looks like piss and it can't possibly taste the same without real sugar.

        Label reading is truly a good exercise in good judgment.

        " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

        by gchaucer2 on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 03:49:43 PM PST

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        •  I have always HATED (6+ / 0-)

          diet pop. Soda, if you will. I discovered though, that I can drink it, as long as the regular version isn't something I love.

          So, Diet Dew is out. Diet Pepsi is out. But, I can drink other flavors and brands if I need something fizzy and I don't hate them. I don't love them, but I don't hate them. I have an occasional real Pepsi on the rare occasion I eat Mexican or Pizza in a restaurant. It's part of the package.

          I don't want to make a habit of consuming aspertame, though. I am now virtually caffeine-free as well.

          40 or 50 years ago, all sugary cereals were part of a nutritious breakfast. They even had Sugar in the names.

          Of course, not much longer ago, there were doctors that recommended cigarettes, too. And, the military handed them out like candy.

          Times change. And, so do I.

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