Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Think you're doing great avoiding MSG in foods?

Well, think again.

Here's an article by Dr. Mercola which exposes how MSG--under different names-- is added to foods. The names are listed at the end of the article.

It's always something, I know.

But more and more these kinds of things are convincing me to just buy basic foods. You know, the oft-mentioned fruits and vegetables, and then things like peanut butter where only peanuts are listed on the jar (seeing 'organic peanuts' listed is even better). And canned tomatoes or beans where just tomatoes or beans are the only ingredients. Or frozen blueberries which have only frozen blueberries in the bag.

But have you noticed how difficult it's become to find such simple foods?

In other news... Remember how Tom and I were going to race to see who could lose 5 pounds first? Well, that lasted 3 whole days. But alas! I began writing, "Tom bought snacks" on the calendar each day he brought them home and suddenly he stopped lugging in the sherbet and chips and chocolate. Having his sins up there on the refrigerator for all to see bothered him, I think. As it should. :)

So that helped--and one more thing. This winter Tom's noticed me hobble off the couch (often) all stiff in my joints. I told him I believe it's partly because of our icy/wet/annoying weather and partly because sugar and fats are two of the worst inflammatory ingredients known to man. I told him we would both feel better (Tom is always stiff and sore due to his polio issues) if we cut wayyyy back on processed sugary foods, fatty ones and even dairy and nightshade vegetables. All stiffness-inducing culprits.

And you know what we've found? When we eat better, Tom and I feel better. Can you fathom such a revolutionary thing?

So today I'm feeling grateful for our stiff joints. No, really. They just might be the final wake-up call we've needed to plain ol' grow-up in our eating habits and to treat these bodies God gave us the way He asks.

And it only took us a half-a-century to get here.


To read more about inflammatory foods go here.


James 4:17 "Therefore to him that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin."


Elizabeth said...

Thanks for that reminder Debra,I needed it. I have been having hip pain for over a week I have not been able to think of anything I did to hurt my hip,but I have been eating a lot of sweets and dairy lately.I know better!So starting today I am cutting back.
We leave for a 4 day weekend tomorrow,International classic boat rally.I am so excited!

Debra said...

You're welcome, Elizabeth. Oh! And have fun at the boat rally... sounds like fun! I hope you'll have terrific weather for it. Blessings, Debra

Nan said...

Speaking of polio, I don't know if you two would be interested but I just rented a dvd from Netflix called The Polio Crusade. It was a PBS American Experience program, an hour long. I found it quite informative.

Judy said...

"And it only took us a half-a- century to get here."

Oh, Debra. I SOOO hear you!

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

Debra, thank you so much for posting the link to this article. I avoid msg but didn't know of the other names. I also try to usually cook whole fresh food at home, but am not perfect........This was very informative...Thanks again.

Pearl said...

Thanks for the info Debra. Your home is just breath taking, with the tree's and blue skies. You take great photo's. Pearl