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Jan 30, 2011 06:37 AM

Are there things you eat/avoid every day to be healthy?

I know a guy at work who has to eat 10 specific things every day.

1. oatmeal
2. blueberries
3. flax seed
4. avocado
5. sweet potato
6. grapefruit
7. mackerel or sardines
8. green apple
9. banana
10. I am forgetting the last thing

He also take lots of vitamins and supplements.

Are there specific foods you eat every day to be healthy? And what are the things that you avoid every day that you consider unhealthy?

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  1. I know a couple of people like this, and they do seem to be more of the "eat to live" as opposed to "live to eat"... same foods day in and day out, little variety.

    As for inclusion, mine are more in the general variety, as someone who doesn't eat meat, I have to make sure I get enough protein a day, something that's even more of a priority now that I'm on chemo. I make an effort to get all my fruits and vegetables into my system, have some dairy, and hopefully some whole grains.

    In my mind, there isn't a "wonder food" ... it's variety that matters. *shrug* ....but i'm no expert.

    As for exclusion, no more soy for me. Not because I consider it unhealthy per se, it's doctor's orders. Ditto for flax, but I really don't care about that one.

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    1. re: im_nomad

      I have two things on my list that I must have every day

      other than that I also think that eating foods as close to their original state as I can, and eating a great variety of foods is the most important thing

      I think (and I'm not a food scientist or a researcher) that there are different benefits for each vegetable, fruit and whole grain... eating as much of a variety that you can would be important to reaping those benefits to the fullest extent.

      (plus I'd get bored eating the same stuff day in and day out)

      1. re: cgarner

        Don't Eat
        Anything White (and no sister, this does not mean "halibut")
        corn products

        1. re: janetms383

          Anything white? milk, grits, yogurt, apples (except for the peel), eggs (except for the yolk)? And no salt? This is a bit too restrictive for me.

          1. re: small h

            And feta, cream freeeesh, mayonnaise, cream cheese, kohlrabi, belgian endive, cauliflower... whoa. Those are some of my favorite things.

            I try not to eat too many black things. And no - that's not a racist comment.

            1. re: linguafood

              You can pry my queso blanco out of my cold, dead hands. And last I checked, garlic was looking mighty melanin-challenged. Not giving that up, either.

    2. I'd guess his #10 to be kale.

      Only 2 things that I consume daily would be water and a single multivitamin. On weekdays mornings, blueberries, banana, egg, spinach and tomato are common/routine and milk finds its way later on in the day.

      In the big picture, everything is unhealthy when consumed in excess and most things are fine in moderation. So, while it's not a bad idea, making a list isn't really a good idea. It's certainly not something I'd do unless I'm on an ultra-serious training program.

      1. hell yes...though I'm not as regimented as your co-worker...I need to change stuff up as far as daily vegetables/ fruits/lean protein but to include every day: lots of water and 3 cups of green tea with fresh lemon, no sugar. Pretty much what I avoid every day is white sugar (am not perfect on that but have learned to say no to cookies/bagels/cakes that are always present at work) and fast food.

        1. Like a lot of people around here, I avoid transfats and HFCS, and I try to minimize overly processed foods.

          I eat yogurt most days, but the only thing I eat every day is chocolate -- it's necessary for my mental health.

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          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            I soooo agree. Plus think of all the extra benefits dark chocolate offers! I think my friends realize that if I was deprived of chocolate it would be scary...

            1. re: cioccolata

              In addition to the mental health benefits and antioxidants, dark chocolate is a decent source of fiber. Seriously, an ounce of 70% cocoa content chocolate has ~3g fiber.

              1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                Yes, I was discussing this on FB the other day ... my Lindt 90% has 5 g fiber and 3 g sugar...but I was remarking that even the "junky" dark Hershey's kisses that someone brought into the office have decent fiber (but waaay too much sugar for ME, anyway).

          2. I consume zero pre-processed/packaged foods, no fast foods, and minimal amounts of simple sugars.

            I eat broccoli, eggs, oatmeal, and coffee daily.


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            1. re: uhockey

              wow, i find that hard to beleve you never consume anything that's pre-processed/pre-packaged. Do you ever eat out? Even the highest quality places use some packaged goods that are still high quality.

              1. re: spinachandchocolate

                If you check out his blog, you'll see that he does eat out! Has written up some nice restaurant reviews, it seems!

                1. re: spinachandchocolate

                  If its not in that blog then it has been made by myself from items I know to be of quality.


                  1. re: uhockey

                    Sorry, even the "finest" most high quality restaurants use pre-packaged good. I worked in one of the most regarded restaurants in NYC at one point and that's just how it is. Maybe rephrase your statement.

                2. re: uhockey

                  You don't even eat any canned foods such as tomatoes, tuna fish, sardines, anchovies or beans? It is hard to find all those items fresh year round.

                  1. re: escondido123

                    I think by pre-processed/packaged, uhockey might mean convenience items, not ingredient items, such as canned tomatoes. I use canned tomatoes or beans, for instance, but I never buy a prepared entree containing them.

                    1. re: mcf

                      yes, mcf...that's my understanding of it too.

                    2. re: escondido123

                      I do use canned tomatoes and frozen vegetables, but that is not "pre-packaged" or "processed" - merely preserved.


                      1. re: uhockey

                        I consider a can a package, and frozen vegetables come in a box--and they've certainly both been run through a processing plant...guess we just have different ways of defining those terms..

                        1. re: uhockey

                          How about pickles, mayonnaise, chutney, ketchup, mustard, garlic bean paste and the like? They are all created using a recipe, processed under heat and sold--thank God I don't have to make them all on my own unless I want to.

                          1. re: escondido123

                            ....I don't eat those.

                            I consider processed to contain myriad unnecessary ingredients: My green beans say "Ingredients: Green Beans" .........but they are frozen.


                            1. re: escondido123

                              I think you're off on an irrelevent tangent here. uhockey isn't eschewing every ingredient that has packaging, but is using whole, fresh foods or good quality, unadulterated packaged ingredient foods that retain their characteristics and quality.

                              1. re: mcf

                                Well then that makes him like many of us.

                                  1. re: escondido123

                                    Then Why the attack? How does my eschewing products that contain 10 extra ingredients bother you? Frozen or canned produce is essentially the same as fresh.


                                    1. re: uhockey

                                      I assumed that when you wrote "I consume zero pre-processed/packaged foods, no fast foods, and minimal amounts of simple sugars" that you were stating that because it was something unusual, something other people didn't do. Clearly, you do eat packaged foods, so maybe that was the point of confusion. Sorry that I misunderstood. All the best.