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July 22, 2008

Oh my! This site has been mentioned in so many places.
Farmingdale Public schools has turned our list into a pdf, check it out, I'm really hoping they will continue to update the list.

Major big news!! We are in a magazine! It was such a thrill to see my little website actually mentioned in a magazine. "Thank you" to all the folks that have been getting the word out.....this would not have happened had it not been for your efforts.

Please remember to check out the message boards and share your thoughts. We've had some wonderful folks signing on and sharing their HFCS concerns and if you have a few minutes to welcome them, I would greatly appreciate it.

Once again, thanks so much for getting the word out!!

May 22, 2008

Well, I've been struggling with integrating blogger, and simply could not add any blogs nor would it display viewer comments. So, I'm back to strict HTML until I can figure out a way to integrate a blog.

I'm finding a lot of products now without HFCS.....in fact many now say no HFCS on their packaging. I found a new line of salad dressings by Kraft. I bought the Honey Dijon Vinaigrette dressing and marinade as well as the Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing and marinade. The label states no artificial preservatives. I know that HFCS is used as a preservative (as well as a sweetner) and it is artificial. I will try to look for more labels like this, but still will be reading the ingredients list.

I wanted to share this gals blog. She did an amazing job loosing weight and attributes part of her success to eliminating HFCS. Thank you Tania for yourr email and for sharing your story!

April 7, 2008

Oh my, is it April already!?!?

Sorry for such a long delay in blogging. I'm still trying to find out how blogger works. Now and then I pop in to my blog and see no response, but when I click on the posts I'm taken to another page with responses! I love reading them and I hope folks continue to add comments.

I'll either re-design this blog page so it's not so confusing, or see if my talented and techie husband can make this work properly.

Still pretty much HFSC free with few exceptions. Now and then I'll buy something on the spur of the moment and forget to check the label! It's always there lurking....note to self....read every label!

I'm loving the Safeway organics. I buy their apricot jam and use that to glaze pork chops. I mash it around in a little bowl with fresh minced ginger and a dash of curry powder. Turns out really well and no HFCS!

I found myself with so much fresh fruit and veggies that I had a raw day a few days ago. We keep raw nuts around from our parrot so I had a few of those as well. It was rather refreshing, and I might try to do that once a week. It was nice not having to think about cooking or label reading. Most folks I know go from vegetarian, to vegan, and then start experimenting with raw. I know I can't really hit a raw newsgroup or discussion board since I do eat meat and would be chastised! But I'm quite fascinated by the theory of getting as close to natural as possible.

I guess that's what we are all trying to do. Out with the chemicals, in with nutrition!

Anyway, thanks to all that have sent me emails and who have posted to the blog. Your support means a great deal to me!

January 21, 2008 Salmon....yummmmmm

Ok, this stuff is too good to be good for you. But thank goodness it is! Bought some today on sale. Really wanted some rice with it and didn't want to wait for brown rice in the rice cooker. I was thrilled to see Rice-a-Roni had a "natural" wild rice blend for $1.00/box. It was really quite lovely.

We had gotten a large Harry and David basket for Christmas. I was really pleased with the Sweet Ancho Red and Chili Pepper Spread (no HFCS). So I melted a heaping tablespoon and used that to glaze my salmon with. We had steamed asperagus too with our meal.

My point with all this dribble? Well, the fish was on sale for 6.99/pound. I bought slightly over a pound for two adults and a pre-schooler. With sides this meal came to less then 3.00/per person. No HFCS, very healthy stuff, fast and easy to prepare.

One last point.....hooray for mainstream products (like Rice-a-Roni) for putting out a Natural line and doing so at the same cost as their regular line. I feel like I can vote for a natural product without paying a mark-up penalty.

January 10, 2008

I wanted to take a moment to thank all the people that have visited this site. Many of you have been kind enough to send me emails supporting this effort.

I promise that I will be adding a discussion board shortly. I'd love for folks to be able to share tips and help with encouragement. Success stories would be terrific too.

I first heard about HFCS about six months ago, but didn't really commit to ridding it from my diet until about 3 months ago. I have felt so much better. I've lost close to twenty pounds, my energy level has improved and I have no interest in sweets.

Strangely, the elimination of HFCS from my diet has prompted me to explore the wide range of organic foods available. Our family is now eating mostly organic and natural (still have to read those "Natural" labels pretty darn close), while cooking most meals from scratch.

I have a love/hate relationship with Walmart. Hate some of their policies, but love that they are building "green" stores and that they are stocking their shelves with quite a few organic choices these days.

My goal for 2008 is to stay away from as much processed food as possible. Make sure we eat more fresh produce, and stay away from ingredient lists that contain words my 5 year old wouldn't recognize.

I bought the book Exposed by Mark Schapiro and will write a report on it once I've finished it. I'm a bit of a geek when it comes to books about health, environment, sociology and culture, and voluntary simplicity.

I've also have become fascinated with the Slow Food movement and hope to explore that in the near future. I noticed there is a meet-up in my area for Slow Food, but it's been rather inactive.

Lastly, I want to thank the folks who email me regularily with updates for my lists page. Not only has this been terribly helpful, but I've met the nicest bunch of folks!

Please feel free to email me! I'm webmaster at stophfcs dot com.

Thanks for visiting!