How noisy is your diet?

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De-cluttering means getting rid of the junk that trips you up. When we think of spring cleaning, we often think of the the rooms, closets, pantries and cupboards in our home.

But it is just as important to de-clutter our body as our physical home.

Our inner environment needs to be calm and tranquil if we are going to contribute calm and peace to our outer environment. Pollutant, stimulants, foods that are difficult to digest, and synthetic chemicals are all types of “noisy” foods that disrupt our systems and strain our detox organs.

When we eat whole, real foods, they filter into our body slowly and quietly. Noisy foods bombard our systems and senses, producing intense highs and lows, sending our blood sugar levels, water balance and hormones out of whack.

We all need a tune up from time to time to clear out these kinds of foods from our body.

Lower Your Noise Level

Think about these three types of “noise” in a diet: refined sugar, caffeine and chemical additives.  Consider how your body and mind react after eating them. Pay attention to your energy levels, your moods, and your mental focus. Lessening these ingredients helps us regain balance, calm and health.

1.  Refined Sugar

  • Identify the sources of refined sugar in your diet.

We know the obvious offenders like candy, sweet baked goods, cookies or ice-cream, but there are also hidden forms of sugar in many processed foods.

Did you know that a leading brand of spaghetti sauce has more sugar per serving than a leading brand of hot fudge sauce?  Crazy, but true.  Sugar is added to many items to make them taste more appealing and addictive.

Begin to read the labels on processed foods, take note of the sugary treats or drinks you consume, and think about where you add sugar (like in your morning coffee or tea).

  • Bring more natural sweetness into your diet.

We are hardwired to enjoy and crave the sweet taste. Increasing the amount of healthy sweetness in our diet is an excellent way to reduce our dependence on refined sugar, while still meeting the need for sweet on our tongue.

Carrots, sweet potato, squashes, and fresh fruits (especially berries) are all natural ways to add the taste of sweet without the jolt of refined sugar.

  • Avoid substituting in artificial sweeteners.

We’ll talk more about this later, but replacing refined sugar with artificial chemicals in your diet is not a healthy solution.

  • Reset your senses.

Have you ever gone off sugar and sweets for a few days, and then found that an apple was exquisitely sweet and satisfying?

When our taste buds are overwhelmed with intense flavors we begin to lose the ability to recognize the subtle and satisfying nature of whole, real foods.

An excellent way to recalibrate your senses is to go on a short, food-based cleanse. I’ll share more about the cleansing book I wrote in a moment.

Photo by Bah Humbug

2.  Caffeine

  • Slowly wean the amount you consume.

Caffeine is a powerful stimulant. If your body ingests a large amount daily, your system grows dependent on it.  Going cold turkey off caffeine may cause headaches or bowel upset.

Take special note of times when you rely on caffeine for an energy boost. This will give you important information on when you need to provide your body with healthy, energy giving sources of whole foods.

  • A step-down process to kicking the coffee habit is:

  • Drink equal amounts of water every time you have a caffeine drink.
  • Shift your coffee or tea to decaf, beginning with half caf/half decaf for a few days.
  • Reduce the number of cups of coffee you drink each day by one half.
  • Fuel your mornings with a high energy, natural breakfast.

Mornings are a common time to depend on caffeine for energy. The more you rely on caffeine for your morning jolt, the less likely you are to consume a hearty and healthy whole foods breakfast.

Try a veggie egg omelet, protein smoothie, or whole grain and fruit hot cereal to give you the healthy energy and protein you need to start the day.

3.  Chemical Additives and Fake Foods

The food industry has built an empire marketing chemicals to us as real foods. Artificial preservatives, colors, flavorings, hydrogenated oils– these additives all put a strain on your systems of detoxification.  They simply gunk up our gears.

  • Identify the sources of chemical additives and synthetic foods in your diet.

Check out this post on how to identify red flag additives in the foods you buy. Know how to quickly identify off limits additives so you can make easy decisions in the grocery isle.

  • Wean out processed foods from your diet.

Real food is made in kitchens, not labs. As you move away from processed foods, take out the biggest offenders first. Stick to this advice:  “If you can’t assemble the ingredients in your own kitchen, don’t buy it.”

Make things from scratch that you normally purchase at the store.

Photo by Pink Sherbet

The truth is, no one’s diet is perfect. We all could benefit from a break from foods that strain and burden our system.

Maybe it’s time for a healthy tune up?

Spring is for clearing out, reviving, energizing. Our inner clutter deserves just as much attention as our outer clutter.

Cleansing can be a very effective way to spring cleanse from the inside out. That’s why I wrote the ebook, The Real Food Cleansing Guide. In the book, I take you, step by step, through the process of determining what cleanse is right for you and how to go through a successful detox.  Great for beginners and busy lifestyles, these simple food-based cleanses give you a jump start to feeling cleaner, lighter and healthier.

Giveaway Time!

Yep, we’ve got another giveaway! Lisa wants to give three Simple Mom readers a free copy of her e-book, The Real Food Cleansing Guide. Here’s how to enter:

1. Leave a comment on this post, answering the following question: Which of the three types of diet “noise” mentioned above is your biggest challenge?

2. If you’d like a second bonus entry, tweet about this giveaway using the Retweet button above, including @simplemom in your tweet.

This giveaway will end on Friday, May 14 at 11:59 p.m. EST, and I’ll announce the winner soon after. I hope you win!

Lisa Byrne

Lisa is the bestselling author of Replenish and founder of WellGrounded Life. She's got a big-hearted vision of a world where moms are fully equipped to live calm, healthy, and vibrant lives. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, three kids, and 110 pound yellow lab.

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  1. The greatest challenge for me is definitely the sugar. I do use stevia in my iced tea and honey or stevia in my hot tea, but I have a sweet tooth.

  2. Definitely sugar! I’m trying to replace it with honey

  3. I think it is a tie between sugar and caffeine. I am new to this whole eating clean thing and we are still trying to eat out the bad in our house. Can’t just throw it out or give it away because we are on a tight military budget.

  4. Caffeine is the hardest for me!! In addition to the fact that I just really like and want it, we live in a society where black tea is served constantly throughout the day and is very, very hard to avoid!

  5. Jessica Brammer says:

    I think that sugar is the hardest one for me. I try to replace it and cut it down in recipes so that we don’t have too much, but it is just so darn tasty!

  6. Sugar and caffeine!! I just love coffee with milk and sugar.. but it’s organic.. does that count? 🙂
    .-= Steph´s last blog ..Organic Cotton Sun Hats Made in Canada (No sweat Shops Here!) =-.

  7. Chemical additives! Have started reading labels recently and I am horrified at the stuff they put in these ‘fake foods’. Not only chemicals but it is normally packed with sugar (disguised in all sorts of ways and named different things: glucose, corn syrup, dextrose, brown sugar, etc, so as to attract as little attention as possible).
    Expecting my first baby and looking at pureed food labels already – they too are packed with sugar – so we get used to the sweet taste of refined sugar from a very young age.

  8. Definitely caffeine.

  9. Sugar, caffeine and not eating processed foods. Doing well, but could do better. We fast often and it really is amazing how good food tastes afterwards…and how much less you really need to eat.
    .-= Mari Larkin´s last blog ..Congratulations to our new Nurse! =-.

  10. When I have a look at the thing I buy in our grocery store: it’s sugar. And I want to get rid of it.
    .-= Micha´s last blog ..Garten / garden =-.

  11. It absolutely has to be caffeine. My favorite part of getting up in the morning is my first cup of coffee. My challenge is … can I stop at one or two.
    .-= Merri Ann´s last blog ..Fish Pants =-.

  12. I really enjoy reading your blog and have been a subscriber for a long time.
    Eating healthier is one of my top goals right now , for me learning how to read labels and really know what is in the foods I buy has been a learning experience. No. 3 and No. 1
    I am trying to cook and bake now from scratch….
    This book looks so interesting to me , thanks for the giveaway!
    .-= kathie´s last blog .. =-.

  13. Jennifer says:

    Caffeine for sure. I didn’t think it was considered bad for your body?

    • Caffeine is an addictive chemical like nicotine, and in large amounts, it can really mess up your system.

      (Not that knowing this stops me from drinking 3+ cups of coffee daily…)

  14. For sure, without a doubt…caffeine! I drink loads of hot tea and it is so soothing to my soul and the pick-me-up is such a bonus. With all the amazing health benefits in tea…is it really such a bad thing? I wonder…

  15. refined sugar with chemical additives a runner up. I love to bake but try not to make sweets more then once a week.

  16. Alice S says:

    I don’t want to give up my coffee. I also love sugar, but not hidden in other foods. I probably really need this book.

  17. If the frosting I ate last night with a spoon, all by itself, is any indication, sugar is definitely my biggest challenge.

    I think it would be easier if my school age children weren’t constantly given sweets and candy at parties and even the bank. Cutting back on sugar is much harder with little ones in the house.

    Thanks for the great tips!
    .-= Kat @ Inspired To Action´s last blog ..Summer of Purpose: Help Your Kids Set Goals (FREE chart) =-.

  18. Oh, sugar. Definitely. it’s everywhere.

  19. I struggle with refined sugar.

  20. Carrie Shaw says:

    Sugar and caffeine is my problem. I am addicted to coca cola. I drink it all the time. I don’t drink coffee but the amount of coke I do drink is way too much caffeine for me.

  21. my biggest challenge is refined sugar. i have a real sweet tooth, and love cake and cookies. im not really sure what i can substitute with when i bake.

  22. My biggest challenge is the chemical additives, the processed food that creeps into my diet.

  23. My breakfast IS my coffee & I sheepishly admit to indulging in rocky road ice cream while my toddler is down for a nap.
    Just beginning the transition to healthy eating for my family. Feeling a little overwhelmed but more relieved at knowing that I’m on the right track to taking better care of my family.

  24. mdvlist says:

    I often feel virtuous about never having developed the customary caffeine addiction, but sugar is definitely my downfall. Just looking at my breakfast makes me a bit sheepish: I’m having steel-cut oats with walnuts, cinnamon, plain yogurt, and banana. But then there’s the sprinkling of brown sugar and the sweetened dried cranberries, and the blob of honey in my herbal tea . . . .

  25. Great article! I’m excited to look into the book as it’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately.
    Sugar is probably the biggest problem for me although we are quite busy right now and not getting as many “home-cooked” meals as usual. So, additives are also an issue.
    Thanks for this article!

  26. This is a toss-up between sugar and caffeine. But if I have to choose one, I’d say sugar. I can definitely notice changes in my mood and energy level depending on when I had my last sugar fix. I’m probably addicted and ultra sensitive to it. Gotta get that out of my diet.

  27. I really struggle with all 3 – but sugar is probably the hardest for me! I am so addicted…

  28. I stumble my way to the coffee pot every morning as if my life depends on it…that should be a clue that something isn’t right??

  29. Sugar, sugar, sugar! I gave up caffeine years ago, and we’ve been doing pretty well cooking from scratch to get rid of preservatives and chemicals, but the sugar! I still have really bad cravings for it.
    .-= Jessie´s last blog ..Good Thing I’ve Got a Big Garage =-.

  30. Toss up between caffeine and the sugar – sigh.
    .-= Terra Jones´s last blog ..May = International Doula Month =-.

  31. Sugar and caffeine. I can (sometimes) replace the sugar with something healthier… but when I’m really tired (which seems to be all the time lately), coffee or tea is the only way I can keep up with my toddler.

    I do feel good about generally eating a healthy and filling breakfast with my morning coffee 🙂

  32. Sugar! Yikes!

  33. my struggle… sugar,sugar,and more sugar!
    .-= rebecca Mast´s last blog ..Holy Week =-.

  34. Definitely the sugar…but I have also just started enjoying coffee…I need to switch to decaf. But the sugar thing…it is so disturbing how it is in bread and hot dog buns…and yes the spaghetti sauce. I will pick items up now “just to see” not expecting to find items with high fructose corn syrup or sugar in it and sure enough it is the top ingredient. Makes me want to make more and more stuff from scratch….it might have sugar in it but it is an amount that I am aware of.
    .-= For the Love of Naps – Sarah´s last blog ..Tell me this is normal… =-.

  35. Woo hoo! And I retweeted…for the first time.

    4theloveofnaps is my twitter.
    .-= For the Love of Naps – Sarah´s last blog ..Tell me this is normal… =-.

  36. Stefani M. says:

    Hmmm. It’s a tie between 1 &3 (no caffeine around here)… mostly because they’re so prevalent in processed foods, but I’m working really hard to cook from scratch more. For instance, we have one more can of spaghetti sauce, and then I plan on making my own from scratch (or at least from canned diced tomatoes, LOL).

  37. Refined sugar is my biggest offender.
    .-= Pam´s last blog ..Great Freebie =-.

  38. Valerie R. says:

    Hi, my name is Valerie, and I’m a sugar addict…

  39. Caffine would by my issue. In fact, as I was in labor, I told the nurse that I needed a cup of coffee because if I didn’t have at least one cup I would have a migraine, and I didn’t want to start my first day of motherhood with a migraine. She complied.
    .-= Suzette´s last blog ..The Challenge Is On! and Other Outdoor Activities We Have Been Enjoying =-.

  40. Jacqueline says:

    Caffeine. I’ve been cutting back slowly but have yet to make the final push towards eliminating it from my diet.

  41. PanJiaLe says:

    Yes, I, too, struggle with the sugar. If I only fed myself the way I fed my children….

    I also have a question that your book may answer…. I’ve really wanted to do a cleanse/detox/purge for a long time, but I’ve been either pregnant or nursing for the last 3+ years. I’ve heard cautioning against anything too extreme during these stages of life. What is your take? Detoxing requires those chemicals to go out somewhere and I don’t want that ‘somewhere’ to be my milk supply. (Obviously, that happens no matter what, so a healthy lifestyle is the key solution to this problem.)

    • Interested in your answer to this too.

      Caffeine is the worst offender right now, though I limit myself to two small cups because of the nursing. Don’t really know how else to survive the sleepless nights/early mornings without it. Plus, I really enjoy my coffee 🙂 Maybe I can challenge myself to cut back to one a day. Then I could get rid of the big ol’ coffee maker and make my one cup in the french press. Hmmm, I think that is my new challenge for the month- thanks!

  42. I struggle with caffeine. Granted, it is only two cups of coffee per day, but still…it is a powerful two cups!!!

  43. sugar, sugar, sugar and…..sugar.

    I am working now to cut out HFCS but I definitely need help in all sugar categories!
    .-= amanda´s last blog ..i’d a danced like the king of the eyesores… =-.

  44. My biggest challenge is to cut down on sugar. I have such a sweet tooth! We are gradually working at cutting down on the sugar we eat, but it’s a slow process.
    .-= Greta @ Mom Living Healthy´s last blog ..Moving Matters: How Much Physical Activity Do Families Need? =-.

  45. It’s a three way tie!! We have been in a processed food rut, and my body is definitely feeling the consequences. :/
    .-= Shellee´s last blog ..Go Philippines!!! =-.

  46. They are all issues – but I can give up the other stuff, so caffeine is definitely the worst. I get serious headaches and fatigue if I don’t get my dose in…

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com
    .-= Mozi Esmes Mommy´s last blog ..Baby Girl =-.

  47. Caffeine! I have a cup of coffee with milk and sugar in the morning. That’s the only time I have sugar or caffeine but in all my healthful changes that has been the one thing I have been unwilling to change. All about cooking from scratch, whole foods, cutting out meat and dairy but the one cup of coffee hasn’t made its exit yet…. though I don’t mind drinking decaff, I just enjoy coffee.
    .-= Kindra Houston´s last blog ..Back from Travel =-.

  48. Sugar is definitely the hardest for me too. I’ve avoided additives, preservatives and most chemicals as well as caffeine for years now, but I just can’t seem to kick the sugar habit. About a month ago I really started to switch to honey and natural sweeteners and it has helped, but I still fail regularly. I can stay strong and avoid other junk, but sugar is my down fall.

  49. Sugar is #1 with caffeine close behind. Both are tough for me to avoid.
    .-= Heather G´s last blog ..Done for love =-.

  50. Refined sugar mostly, but unfortunately all of the above!

  51. These are all so important–I definitely am a sugar & caffeine addict!! The sugar comes from a hobby, cake decorating, and the coffee is just a MUST have for grad school. I’m hoping to let it all die down a little bit now that I’m out.

    Great article–love your blog!!

  52. For me, the biggest challenge is eliminating refined sugar from my diet. I love to eat sweet cookies, cakes, brownies…you name it. I’m getting married in a few days, so I haven’t been eating sweet foods for three weeks—and let me tell you: it. has. been. hard. (I stopped eating the sweet stuff because all of the sugar makes me break out!)

    Here’s to willpower!

  53. Sugar is the thing that trips me up the most….I have such a sweet tooth!
    .-= Erin´s last blog ..April Update =-.

  54. I struggle to replace cereal with a healthier alternative.

  55. sugar is definitely the hardest for me…. i have been slowly purging our house of refined foods, sugar and the like…. but my sweet tooth still gets the best of me many a time. although, now, when craving ice cream, i buy the $1 mini cup of ice cream (that comes with the little wooden spoon) or for our family we only get the pint size and not the half gallon. that way it is one evening of a splurge and not several days worth.

  56. This is so perfect for me right now. I’ve been talking about eating better, and making some small changes, but I can’t seem to stay away from my addictive foods (hello, Dr. Pepper).
    .-= Emily´s last blog ..Miles Being Cute =-.

    I love it, I crave it…I need help!
    Soda is my worst nemesis too…sugar and caffeine!
    It’s not an excuse but I find it hard to not buy processed food with the very limited grocery selection in our very small town.

  58. CAFFEINE is my “must” of the day … every morning … I have “quit” before but have always come back to it … my morning pot is now half-caf and half-decaf. A day doesn’t start for me until I have had that first cup of warm liquid goodness running through my veins … even my preschoolers know “don’t talk to mommy until she has had her coffee!”

    I am in denial about the importance of sweets in my life – though that has been the area I have been working on lately in my family food. For them, of course. I don’t have a problem (hahaha).

  59. I am a stay at home mom that needs some help. I am ashamed of the unhealthy habits I have developed. I drink coffee all morning and iced tea with sugar all afternoon and a coke with dinner.
    I would love to read your book to jump start a cleanse!

  60. Rachel J. says:

    Biggest challenge for me is the sugar…hands down!

  61. Sugar is definitely my worst offender. Could I be addicted? It seems so. When I’m able to stop/reduce the sugar intake, I feel so much better. Why do I go back to it?

  62. In my household, the one I’m working on most right now is….well….sugars and processed foods….the caffeine isn’t so much a problem because I went off it many years ago for a medical reason and hubs has a stimulant ADD med, so he only occasionally has a soda or tea.

    We’ve _DEFINITELY_ noticed a connection between ingestion of red food dye and crazy behavior in both my husband and son (as well as artificial sweeteners with my son), so those are the ones I shy away from most. Except for the sodas, it’s only very rarely now that we eat those.

    The hardest part for me is cooking without processed stuff. I grew up on condensed soups and hamburger helper, so it’s been an adventure weaning off of those while still providing meals for my family.
    .-= Princess Leia´s last blog ..Fooled You! =-.

  63. I think that Sugar is by far my biggest enemy right now. I don’t pay nearly enough attention to the every day things to see how much sugar they really have in them.
    .-= Laura L´s last blog ..Every girl needs. . . =-.

  64. Sugar is definitely my biggest weakness. In any way shape or form, I love it. Truly an addiction, and I love to bake, so it makes it even harder to take out of my diet, but I am going to try. You have inspired me!

  65. At the moment I’m severly decreasing the amount of food I eat (a short sharp shock!), so it’s all the more important that I eat the good stuff. As you say the ‘Real Foods’ – I can’t claim to totally abstain from some of the things I really like, but I do try to make better decisons.
    Thanks for this.
    .-= Dave (Selfish Blogger)´s last blog ..The Secret Of Weight Loss =-.

  66. Oh sugar, sugar, sugar… My kids get it in tiny amounts as an occasional treat – certainly not daily, or weekly… I can’t say the same for myself. I was raised on the stuff and it’s a hard habit to break!!!
    .-= se7en´s last blog ..The Week that Was – 2.45 =-.

  67. shari bryant says:

    i would refined sugar is the biggest offender in our home. ice cream at night is our guilty pleasure. oops.
    .-= shari bryant´s last blog .. =-.

  68. Sugar, I like treats .
    .-= Marci´s last blog ..Waverly at 4 1/2 Months =-.

  69. Sugar is definitely my hardest one. Baked goods just taste so good! I have gotten better in that I’m down to 1-2 a week, which is a huge improvement over 1 a day. I really like the line of “real food is made in kitchens, not factories.” I totally agree!

  70. for me it is probably the refinded sugar. I love to bake, which is part of my problem. 🙂 If I want something I don’t have to go to the store to get it – I just make it myself. I am “patient” like that …. unfortunatley.
    .-= Liz´s last blog ..Eric David Autry =-.

  71. Sara S. says:

    Surprisingly (at least to me), my worst vice on this list is caffeine. I’m getting really good about avoiding over-processed foods and refined sugars – it helps that I love to bake and cook and can make appropriate substitutes – but with my last semester of college nearly over, I’m hitting the coffee pot a little harder than usual. (And taking advantage of the free energy drinks around campus, which also go under #1.)

  72. Emily Walker says:

    Caffeine! Seriously!

  73. melissa says:

    sugar – for sure! i only drink one cup of coffee a day. i am struggling to find a healthier alternative to sugar in my coffee that soesn’t make me cringe. any suggestions would be welcome. i’ve tried agave and honey. i think both taste awful. i guess i may just have to learn to like the taste of coffee unsweetened!!

  74. For me, caffeine! I don’t have a major sweet tooth and have cut out most processed foods, but my morning coffee is my true love 🙂
    .-= Bre´s last blog ..Frugal Food =-.

  75. Sugar is my nosiest offender…oh and well more sugar! I love to bake all the sweet stuff.
    .-= Courtney´s last blog ..Little Austrian girl…. =-.

  76. Definitely sugar. I know it’s bad for me and I try not to buy baked goods, but in any social situation I rarely have the self-control to say no thank you.

  77. My greatest challenge is cooking from scratch. I work 50+ hrs. per week and have a 32-mile commute. In a household of just two people, I find it difficult to cook from scratch without wasting food or having it spoil before we can use it all. I love salads and veggies, but my husband has digestive issues that limit the amount of vegetables he can eat without negative effects.
    I’d love to find some practical solutions!

  78. Stephanie P says:

    As much as I hate to admit it, processed foods are my downfall 🙁

    I stock very few at my home but there are a couple I’ve just come to depend upon that I can’t seem to let go of (i.e. Crystal Lite…).

  79. Refined sugar. Just having junk around that I shouldn’t be eating like that.

  80. I struggle with caffeine the most! And I would LOVE to win this book!

  81. sarah w says:

    most definitely my challenge is refined sugar. i LOVE baked goods of all kind. my husband doesn’t get it. he’s all about the savory. i think they’re equally addicting – just appeal to different types of people.

  82. SUGAR! I eat whole, real foods 95% of the time, but that 5% still kills me. It depletes my energy, doesn’t allow me to lose my baby weight and more! I would love to be sugar free, but it’s so hard with so many treats in our world!

  83. Ironically because, for as healthy as I eat, the hardest for me to give up is “fake foods.” I consume diet foods, like power bars and other food alternatives, thinking it’s helping my cause but in all actuality it’s harming my attempts at keeping healthy and maintaining a healthy weight. I just need to clear my head of all the messages that diet foods are better than real, whole foods and not feel guilty when I eat those real things!

  84. I’m a sugar junkie! I love baking and white refined sugar is lots cheaper than natural sweeteners.

  85. Unfortunately, I don’t even have to think about this. It’s sugar.

  86. KIN (Kathy) says:

    My biggest challenge is processed foods. I do cook a lot from scratch, but there is something about a chip or cracker that just calls to me. I am *trying* to wean off, but it is hard!

  87. Sugar! Even though I make most things at home, I still use a lot of sugar in the recipes.
    .-= Monica´s last blog ..Welcome Summer =-.

  88. It’s a toss-up between caffeine and sugar. Caffeine ingestion is more intense: a six-cup pot of freshly ground dark coffee before noon; while the sugar thing is a slow-drip day long feed. Hm. Methinks I need a cleanse!

  89. I’ve just been redoing my menu plans to be healthier, and many of my favorite blogs have been talking about this today 🙂 I nixed artificial sweeteners a couple years ago, but just started using them again this year on a diet I was on. Well, I’ve lost the weight and I’ve already thrown them all out. So now I just have to stay on track!
    .-= Angela @ Homegrown Mom´s last blog ..To Those of You Who’ve Asked =-.

  90. Fromagette says:

    It’s funny, but I have a degree in Food Science (which is basically Food Processing), but I really don’t eat processed food. The hardest thing for me would be the sugar. While I do make everything myself, I do like sweet things.

  91. Jennifer S. says:

    I think my troubled area is processed foods. I suppose it is mostly for convenience. Something I need to start fixing now!

  92. Coffee! We have been on a GF whole foods diet for a year, since we found out my son was chemically sensitive and allergic to a bizillion additives and foods. I drink my herbal teas, but I still love black teas and coffee!
    .-= Casey´s last blog ..Sock Monkey Celebration =-.

  93. Without a doubt it’s caffeine. I have at least 3 cups of coffee in the morning, and then another one or two in the afternoon. My almost 2 year old isn’t a great sleeper, so I’m relying on coffee to make up for lost sleep.

  94. crystal says:

    I’m unfortunately very addicted to sugar… especially in the form of chocolate!

  95. My biggest “noise” is refined sugar. I like caffeine, but my only caffeine comes from my 2 cups of daily coffee. Sugar is the beast because it is hidden in so many things! (Like you mentioned the spaghetti sauce…) It sounds exhausting to have to constantly read lables and look for hidden traps.

    I did Kathy Freston’s Quantum Wellness Cleanse, and lasted 12 days out of 21. It was fantastic, but it was a lot of effort. If I ever had to do it again, I’d definitely enlist friends for support.
    .-= kirwin´s last blog ..My own personal Food Revolution =-.

  96. It shouldn’t be, but it is sugar. I know better too! I’ve been working on it, so today’s post was encouraging!
    .-= Tammy´s last blog ..~A sweet and sticky, oily, soapy mess!~ =-.

  97. Sugar is the hardest for me.

  98. Jessica says:

    My biggest is definitely refined sugars. We love to bake at our house, and so we often bake good with refined sugars! We try to avoid too many processed foods, but the ones we do eat definitely have sugars in them too.

  99. I’m really bad… I live off of coffee all morning, sometimes straight into the afternoon and don’t really even eat until dinner. Maybe lunch if I find the time…but find myself grabbing things like peanut butter granola bars and chocolate to hold me over til dinner rolls around. I know….shame, shame!
    No excuses, but three kids and self-employed with hubby running 2 businesses… I come last.
    Have been trying to work on this, your website is a real boost for all things good! Glad you’re here!! 🙂

  100. Nannette says:

    It is all too easy for me to run through the drive-thru when I’m on the run and hungry! Processed foods are my downfall – more “take it from the freezer and bake” than make it myself lately! Caffiene and artificial sugars are taking their toll on my body as well!