Sunday, April 29, 2012

Unjunk Your Junk Food Book Review

Here is what is on the back cover of the book, just so you know where we are going with this little book and why:

You don't have to give up junk food to eat healthy - just make smarter choices. Discover yummy alternatives to your favorite treats. UnJunk Your Junk Food is a quick and easy guide to:

**Healthy choices for the snacks you crave
**Savvy alternatives to conventional brands
**Tips for reading food labels and recognizing false claims
**Nutritious ingrediants to look for and dangerous additives to avoid
**A tear out Worst Ingrediants chart and more

Okay, here is my first problem and I really was hoping that I would find out that I was really doing sorta okay on the foods I have been eating but in the back of my mind, I knew I probably was not, well, I am doing pretty good but could do lots better.

But, in my case, here is the hitch: I have Acid Reflux, which really isn't that bad and in most cases wouldn't stop me from eating spicy foods. But it does help me by preventing me from eating alot of fried foods so I am good in that department. Everywhere I go I squeeze the living daylights out of food to make sure I got as much as possible grease off. Next hitch is: I have I.C. which is chronic bladder pain brought on by foods and drinks that contain potassium. Do you know how many foods and drinks contain potassium? Just about everything in the whole grocery store!! I have read so many labels that they are all starting to run together!

I have given up so many foods I used to eat that it is not funny. I kept having flare ups and the doctors kept asking me what are you eating? Alot of bananas? No, I said, because I really am not that crazy about them to begin with. Do you know what it ended up being that nearly killed me to give up? Yogurt and Sweet Potatoes! I did not like the cleaning out of my cabinets one bit! And my Mr. Pibb! The only drink that would stop my queasy stomach so now that I can't drink it anymore, I take loads of phenegran (medicine) to stop the nausea. I have it just about every day because of the amount of pills that I am on and taking them on an empty stomach is not so good, but, when there isn't hardly any to eat, whatcha gonna do?

Lastly, I have Fibromyalgia, IBS and RA and Hypothyroidism. I got alot going on and I was looking thru your book and I was really hoping for miracles to pop out at me that might tell me some great food choices that did not contain potassium, which, I know, would have been almost impossible because potassium is pretty much in everything. I know, I took hours in the grocery store one day trying to find something that didn't! Even crackers, pretty much all cereals, good and bad ones, both white & sweet potatoes, breads have it, sports and vitamin drinks have it, it is just downright not right that potassium has to go in everything!

So, in full disclosure, because I really was not the ideal person to test this book out and if I had know ahead of time, I would not have signed up for it because I can't give you the type of help I had hoped I would. The problem is, what few foods I do eat and can get by with, pretty much are what you consider bad foods! It looks like they have found some good alternatives in the book to get lower potassium levels and I am very grateful for that but my I.C. is so chronic that even a small amount is still pretty serious, but I am glad that someone is paying attention to potassium and all the forms that it comes in. I got messed up a few times because potassium was being called something else on some foods and I did not realize it until it was too late and I ended up having a Rescue Treatment.

I even tried to get on NutriSystem awhile back to help lose a few pounds. As soon as they heard that I had I.C., she flat out told me I could not eat anything on their list! Because it is either too spicy, too much acid or has potassium. She said I would have a hard time finding foods that I could eat safely and lose weight and not hurt my bladder worse than it already is. So, I was pretty discouraged because I figure if NutriSystem says there is no good diet foods that they make to help people eat better who have I.C., what are you going to do?

Now, if you don't have any of these health issues, I think this book would be good for those of you who do have some misconceptions about what is good calories and fat versus bad everything. While I was checking my cupboards back when I had to for the potassium, I also read the labels and saw how much other ingrediants I was eating that was bad so in a way, having this problem with potassium did get me away from a good bit of bad foods but not enough to help me lose weight. I have gained about 20 pounds more than what I weighed before I got sick in 2004 and later deemed disabled. Both knees have been replaced so all of my aerobics and hard core exercising became a thing of the past.

I do ride a stationary bike when I have the energy. Because of the Fibromyalgia my energy levels are extremely low. On top of that, I am anemic. Have been for years since I am no longer able to eat right. So, I know I am a mess but for those of you without all of this extra baggage, I would really sit down and read this book and go thru your cupboards like it suggests and read the labels and really check to see if they have some of the bad ingrediants that you did not know where bad and see about replacing them. You have that option where I don't. I am pretty much stuck with what I have. I do venture out from time to time and will eat something with potassium but in small amounts and I will take my pyridium just in case so if it starts to burn, I have at least done something ahead of time to ease the pain. So, I do sometimes, get the good food in my system but I have to be extra careful for a few days after to really not eat or drink anymore potassium.

The book, Unjunk Your Junk Food discusses weight loss, poor eating habits, dangerous ingredients and why they're bad for us, etc. There is a glossary in the back of the book to help you guys go thru and clean out your cabinets in your kitchen and fridge to see where the hidden dangers lie. Paying attention to calories without paying much attention to the ingredients in foods is one of the misconceptions we have been told for so many years.

Look out for chemicals, preservatives, artificial flavors and colors, etc. I also now realize that just because a food has a lower fat count and fewer calories, does not mean that it is healthier for you. You will begin to be more conscious of what you are eating and will stop and say, do I really want this? And you will fall off the wagon, it's okay, just get back on it. That I think is one of the worst things we do, when we fall off, we say, well, I can't do it so you stop doing it altogether. Instead, look at it like a "free" day but then go right back to doing the right foods and I bet you will eventually see the weight and your health get back in line.

Good Luck and I wish all of you much success on completing the book and seeing those results! Just take the Glossary with you when you go shopping to help you with the ingrediants and before long you will get the hang of it.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monitary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I did take the photo of the book with my camera so the images came from me for once!