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[QUOTE=JohnR41;4330715]My critique may seem overly strict but I never ask anyone to do something that I'm not doing myself. I don't buy any foods with added sugar or salt. I don't buy ready made dressings; I use olive oil and lemon juice. I don't eat processed foods other than olive oil. And I don't eat any dairy or grain. I get all of my carbs by eating about 16 to 20 servings of non-starchy vegetables and dark leafy greens every day. And that's easy to do because I don't fill up my stomach with grain. I also eat about 4 servings of not-so-sweet fruit and lean protein like boneless skinless chicken breast.

Just thought you might like to know. :)[/QUOTE]

It is helpful though, even if most users on here don't eat as strict as you do, because then we can learn some helpful tips on ways we can improve our own diets! I doubt I'll ever be able to 100% eat like you do, but I think the more changes I can make, the better. I mentioned in another thread that I struggle with making sure I pack good foods ahead of time, but it's something to work on! I find myself in odd situations where I can't buy food at a grocery store or have to choose between sleep and going to the store. I hope one day it won't be like that :)

I agree that if you can keep the condiments to a minimum, that's best! I do buy some packaged items that are processed, but I make it a point to look at the ingredients. If there are a ton of items that I have never even heard of, then I look for something else. There are a lot of options that at least have fewer ingredients without strange chemicals in them. For example, Larabars are a good alternative to some breakfast bars, since they don't have many ingredients (the cashew cookie kind only has cashews and figs). You might want to try those if you like granola bars! They may not be perfect, but they are great options compared to many other bars.

With the margarines, also be sure to make sure it doesn't have trans fats! With the mayo, I'll occasionally have it (reduced fat w/ olive oil), but I'd say no more than once a week, and probably more like 1-2 teaspoons for a serving rather than the serving on the bottle. MOST of the time though, I actually like to use hummus or avocado instead.

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