I'm going to start a new segment on my blog, called What the hell CAN I Eat? because there is seriously, like, nothing that is edible in the grocery store.
I've long been a proponent of shopping on the perimeter of the grocery store, even when I wasn't actively trying to lose weight and be healthy. The stuff down the middle aisles, aside from some of the baking ingredients, and the occasional bit of rice or pasta, is largely chemical-filled junk.
But I'm paying even more attention now because we're getting ready to start trying to get me pregnant again, and as I get healthier, I realize how much further I have to go, and how much more feeling-awesome there is waiting for me. I've started using agave in my tea instead of sugar. I switched to the "natural" coffee creamer (milk, sugar, cream, and vanilla). I eat a lot of veggies. I'm doing the whole oil-pulling thing.
I am trying desperately to get off of diet coke right now. I've read enough about aspartame to know that it's no good. It can screw up your fertility, make you gain weight, probably causes cancer, and lots of other bad stuff. I've been drinking it for nearly 20 years. I did quit at one point, for Lent a few years ago, but I went back to it after we lost Baby T, and have been off the wagon since.
So I think it's probably ok to give up diet soda, and I won't have to worry about aspartame, right? I go to Whole Foods, see they have stevia-sweetened soda, order a 24 pack on Amazon and sign up to have it delivered every month. I think I'm doing good, right? I'm gonna get rid of aspartame, and be super-healthy.
Now, I enjoy snacking on yogurt. And I'll admit, I'm a sucker for those Yoplait ads that show the lady talking on the phone about how she's eating red velvet cake and still losing weight while her hubby goes foraging through the fridge and only sees yogurt.
Plus, they're usually the cheapest yogurts at the store. 10 for $6. It's a deal.
They look innocuous enough. Pretty innocent. It's just yogurt, right?
Till you look on the back, and not only does it have Yellow #6, which is a carcinogen (and has been banned in several European countries), but it also has aspartame. What the hell CAN I eat???
Looks like after I finish this batch, I'll just be getting the all-natural stuff. Which really sucks because I like the raspberry cheesecake flavor a lot. But, you know, not enough to stay addicted to aspartame for.
Stay tuned for my next installment, where I find out that my fiber bars will also give me cancer! Who knew the grocery store was such a frigging death trap.