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What foods or ingredients do you try to limit or avoid in your diet to eat healthier? (Page 2)


Added salt
11% (147 votes)
Added sugars
16% (228 votes)
Saturated fat
11% (148 votes)
Processed foods
39% (541 votes)
Red meat
7% (97 votes)
Alcohol
3% (44 votes)
Refined grains
6% (85 votes)
Other, I'll explain in the comments
7% (102 votes)
Total votes: 1392

207 comments

Anonymous wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

No fast food, red meat,

No fast food, red meat, sodas, dairy, canned food, processed food, sugar, salt. My diet is as basic as possible, fresh fruit, veg, quinoa, chia seeds, unsweetened almond milk, fish, green tea, water.
I gave up the real nasty habits like, cigarettes and alcohol years ago, best thing I ever did.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

sugar

sugar

Anonymous wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

alcohol and any sugar.Feel

alcohol and any sugar.Feel great and noticed a difference in such a short time!

Anonymous wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

My only problem is with

My only problem is with sodium. It is SUPER hard to limit THAT item since it's in so many foods, especially frozen foods and canned stuff, including canned veggies.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

Any diary, i've very

Any diary, i've very sensitive to basically any dairy, like within a few minutes i start to not feel well

Anonymous wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

I avoid all partial foods

I avoid all partial foods like table salt and white sugar. . .even synthetic singular vitamins and minerals for the most part. (I do take magnesium and vitamin C though.) I try to keep the hydrogenated fats, preservatives, GMO's and the cheap salt and sugar out of our diet completely, but it is hard to live that way 100%, so we just avoid processed foods (including dairy) and commercially grown foods at home, and eat out usually once a week or less and call it good. We get our food from local farmers as much as we can, and organic the rest of the time when possible.

 
Lori_803 wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

I avoid gluten due to

I avoid gluten due to intolerance.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

added salt, high fructose

added salt, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, trans fats, and foods with deceptive or inaccurate ingredients lists and nutrition labels (happens a lot more often than I originally thought before I started checking all the lists and labels)

 
megan_659 wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

i try not to eat many dessert

i try not to eat many dessert items such as ice cream, chocolate, cake,pie ect...... i could go on all day but as of a year ago i had become about 10 lbs. over-weight and decided to take action before it got worse as my family has a hereditary history of diabetes and heart conditions. i also stay away from salty things.

 
Benita_28 wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

I avoid almost all the items

I avoid almost all the items on the list. That wasn't a choice

Anonymous wrote 1 year 13 weeks ago

Although I LOVE it, I'm

Although I LOVE it, I'm allergic to wheat (farro) and buckwheat, so try to avoid this product.
It's difficult since so many things have wheat base in them.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 13 weeks ago

I wanted to click all of the

I wanted to click all of the choices in your poll, but it wouldn't let me do that. I've been a vegetarian for over 40 years, but also try to avoid too much salt & cheese. In this, moderation is the key. If shopping at a standard supermarket, I avoid those non-organic foods that are known to be the prime GMO crops & look at the annual list of the "dirty dozen" for heavy pesticide residues. (Unfortunately, that includes blueberries.)

After a new study on the Mediterranean Diet came out on Feb. 25, 2013, I read more about it. I'm glad to see that there are vegetarian & vegan versions, but I can't eat too many beans due to the gas. Still, I am looking into that. I'm glad to see that I can include sesame oil, which I prefer to olive oil. At this stage, I'm not really sure how the Mediterranean Diet would be a change for me, except I'm trying to include more veggies & to count how many I eat each day. Keeping fruits & veggies on hand is the biggest difficulty. Having things ready to take to work is another.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 13 weeks ago

I eliminated refined sugar.

I eliminated refined sugar. By doing this I stopped itching (my skin is improving), and I am losing weight..

 
Lynne Horne wrote 1 year 13 weeks ago

If you eliminate Wheat, Dairy

If you eliminate Wheat, Dairy and Sugar from a diet you will lose weight with ease. No sweeteners, sugar, or sweet additives!! Also stay away from Tea and Coffee.

You can lose about 10 Kg in 10 weeks with the Candida diet. Stick to it - it is great.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 13 weeks ago

I do not drink

I do not drink pasturized/homogenized milk, only raw from an organic farm. No GMO's, no high fructose corn syrup, almost no processed foods, no caffein, not even decaf. To the best of my ability I eat only seasonal organically and sustainably raised foods. I source most of my food from my garden, local farmers and the wild. As far as salt, fats, alcohol, etc, I try to excercise a modicum of moderation, sometimes more, sometimes less.
Sandi

 
Linda_1887 wrote 1 year 13 weeks ago

As a newly diagnosed Type 2

As a newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetic, everything on the list is now restricted. Had to pretty much change entire diet. Now eat much more healthy.

 
_64538 wrote 1 year 13 weeks ago

All gluten! Diagnosed with

All gluten! Diagnosed with Celiac Disease in August 2011. It makes a huge difference in my daily life and how good and energized I feel. also, gluten affects blood sugar control, which I also have type 2 Diabetes that is well controlled and I attribute GF eating with that benefit. Last May, I was diagnosed with stage 3a melanoma and after 2 radical surgeries I am NED for the last 10 months...medical protocol was for me to take Interferon as an adjuvant therapy for 1 year. All doctors and medical info agrees a very nasty drug and it came down to only a 3-5% advantage over doing nothing! It is supposed to super charge your immune system to fight off any additional cancer but absolutely destroys 1 year of your life! Instead, I chose to eat gluten free, clean, whole foods and eliminate processed foods from my diet. Thereby accomplishing the same goal of pumping up my immune system to be able to fight off cancer but leaving all the poison out! If I have a recurrence I want my body as well as my immune system to be in the best shape it can be! Even with such importance for me to eat GF, I still struggle with the addictive power of gluten and processed foods. It is a battle and the reason for seeking out all the help I can get!

Anonymous wrote 1 year 13 weeks ago

I have food allergies so I

I have food allergies so I eat healthy without any additives, especially corn syrup, cornstarch, artificial sweeteners. It's hard but not impossible.

Anonymous

Anonymous wrote 1 year 13 weeks ago

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The main objective to keep focus on to help prevent heart disease is to reduce the inflammation and oxidation damage that is already occurring in your body. To help you do so, I have compiled these 10 steps to guide you.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 13 weeks ago

Low sodium..I cook my own

Low sodium..I cook my own soup. Low fats. Low carbs. Eating more fruits and vegetables. Also eating only 1/2 of the quantity I used to. Recently diagnosed with pancreatitis and diabetis. Overweight and also suffer from high blood pressure and high colestroal.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

We don't deep fry foods and

We don't deep fry foods and use olive oil to pan sauté. We eat lots of fruit and veggies and follow a moderate Mediterranean diet as my husband is Spanish.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

No soda/juices, no fried

No soda/juices, no fried foods, heavy on the fruit and veggies, no nuts/nut butters/oils, and limit dining out.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

We avoid milk, eggs, peas,

We avoid milk, eggs, peas, rye, peanuts, tree nuts, sunflower, lentils and soy (to some extent). Our son has multiple and life-threatening food allergies and as a result-- the whole household is on a modified diet. It serves us well, we eat a lot healthier. We read every label three times over and with that said we started paying a lot of attention to other ingredients such as sodium, food coloring, and any mystery ingredients such as brominated vegetable oil (so unhealthy!). EatingWell is a great source of healthy recipes with few simple ingredients. We love it.

 
vcol105704 wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

Processed food if I use them

Processed food if I use them I have to drain the liquid off and rinse to clear because of sodium.
I am diabetic so sugar is cut real low for me, also certain carbs especially simple. The complex carbs is easier to get along in recipes with. My hardest thing to deal with is I love potato chips so have to make sure to have something else around.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

High fructose corn syrup and

High fructose corn syrup and MSG! MSG can be hidden under a variety of names including spices. If ingredients don't list (ie. Parsley, oregano, garlic ) and only states spices probably msg. My body reacts badly if I accidentally ingest this crap-can send me running to the bathroom in 30 to 45 min. or total body inflammation hours later or next day. Not sure which one does what but many times they are together. They are toxins, neuroexciters, and cause inflammation. It is a shame that our government makes it so hard to stay healthy. Anything for a buck, Buy local, buy fresh!

 
Wendy_337 wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

I have been enjoying a vegan

I have been enjoying a vegan and gluten-free diet for the last two months. Vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and grains. I feel so much more energetic and have lost 20+ lbs. Tried some prepackaged vegan and gluten-free foods but not worth the bother.

 
megan_205 wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

I avoid anything processed,

I avoid anything processed, white rice, pasta and potatoes. Only eat lean meats and use oils approved by the heart foundation. Cook with salt but never add more than necessary. No added sugars and only drink water, green tea and rooibos. 5 small meals a day and a power snack 30 mins before I run. Best thing I ever did was remove alcohol, frozen goods and the added nonsense.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

All meats, dairy, oils,

All meats, dairy, oils, processed foods, processed sugars. We eat plant-based with LOTS of veggies, fruits, legumes, whole grains and some nuts.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

No artificial sweeteners.

No artificial sweeteners.

 
Lori_73 wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

High Fructose Corn Syrup-I

High Fructose Corn Syrup-I believe this ingredient is not good for us at all-It is a chemical within this that causes us to want more of what we just ate. Don't eat a lot of red meat.
Stay away from table salt-eat less with sea salt. Processed foods-love bologna as a kid -try real hard to stay away from it as an adult -not good for us. Really anything processed is not good. ALL NATURAL.VEGGIES, FRUITS LOVE THEM

 
Joanne_431 wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

I live in France (Paris

I live in France (Paris region) and the one most important thing I've learned to stay away from is Genetically Modified Foods. By French law it's not allowed to be grown anywhere in the country. All food companies, restaurants (even fast foods) and food groups are required by law to mention "non-GMF" on their products, processed or not. I also stay away from red meat (and meat in general), as well as saturated fats, added salt, added sugar and from all processed foods. I buy my food completely natural at open (outdoor) markets, good supermarkets and organic suppliers, prepare and cook it in a stove (no microwave). The best and healthiest way to prepare a meal is in the Mediterranean style. When I travel, especially to the US, I prefer vegetarian style meals to be sure I'm not absorbing unnecessary "additives" and/or extras.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

I liked when someone said if

I liked when someone said if it comes in a packet, don't eat it. I don't always keep to it., but it is a guide line I use.
I read salt hardens arteries, but we need some. Sugar feeds Cancer and can agrivate Arthritis.
Bought Bread has so many ingredients the mind boggles, and gets stuck in between teeth. There are Pesticides all over bought Fruit and Veg, and the soil is starved of nutrients. No bleached products please. So we are on a mission. Organic Fruit and Veg. Grass fed meat. Virgin Olive or Coconut oil. Filtered or mineral water. Plus beans and pulses. Then in moderation Molasses or Maple syrup for sweetener, (at least you get some vitamins). Brown rice and flour. Butter on occasion, not margerine. Omega high fish and other fish. Experiment with all none dairy milks, and organic products.

 
Chris_778 wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

Avoid MSG including all it's

Avoid MSG including all it's hidden names which means NO processed foods. Eat only fresh fruits, vegetables and meat containing NOTHING injected into it. Also limit salt, excess sugar and anything artificial.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

avoid fried food, processed

avoid fried food, processed food, baking powder, MSG foods.....

 
Andy_87 wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

Personally I stay away from

Personally I stay away from bread and starches. I must add that there is no use in treating the symptoms of being overweight, because then I would never really find a permanent solution to my weight problem. I had to find the root cause of the problem. I found some great tips on this site: http://fatburn.learn2earn4sure.com/ It seems to me that those little decisions I make daily compounded over time either have a positive or negative effect on my weight, health and life. Cheers Andy.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

Limit salt and sugar intake,

Limit salt and sugar intake, no red meats or processed meats, fresh organic veggies and fruit if available, no coffee , herbal decaf teas only, unsweetened almond milk only, olive oil only....eighty four and still going strong..

Anonymous wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Salt & sugar

Salt & sugar

 
Julie_1171 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

High Fructous corn syrup

High Fructous corn syrup avoiding it like the plague! Wheat flour because of GMO enhancement, extra salt &Sugar.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I don't do any soda , I cut

I don't do any soda , I cut out bread, but still have problem with my diet

Anonymous wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

ALL OF THOSE haha :) fruits

ALL OF THOSE haha :) fruits and veggies, yo!!

Anonymous wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

No gluten, dairy, soy, corn,

No gluten, dairy, soy, corn, peanuts, pork, tomatoes, potatoes, sweet peppers, white rice, caffeine, alcohol, sweeteners of ANY kind, citrus (except lemons), no oils except cold-pressed olive and coconut. Nothing processed and packaged.

Have added hemp, red quinoa, amaranth, teff, millet, buckwheat. Now have added organically fed, grass fed beef and lamb, free-range poultry and eggs, after years of being vegetarian took its toll on my body.

Every body has different nutritional needs and sensitivities. It is worth discovering for each person, now that we've lost our own ability to be discerning about what affects us poorly.

Have had remission of arthritis, psoriasis, candida, lost over 50#, etc. Had tried everything else before to address these conditions. Nothing "conventional" worked.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

No soda, EVER!

No soda, EVER!

Anonymous wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Fatty food,sweets and snacks

Fatty food,sweets and snacks not good for my skin.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

First I gave up soda, then

First I gave up soda, then beer, less cups of coffee in the morning, then chocolate and all candy. Now I'm starting a 500 calorie a meal and 250 snack. Now I'm starting to see results.

 
akpobome wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

red meat,salt,processed food,

red meat,salt,processed food, canned drink and limit my intake of sugar

Anonymous wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Anything fried.

Anything fried.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

bread, pasta and sugar and

bread, pasta and sugar and alcohol

Anonymous wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

sugar, salt, bacon, cheese,

sugar, salt, bacon, cheese, cream, puddings, pastries, cakes, sweets, crisps, i only have a packet of crisps occasionally as i don't really like them,

Gwen

Anonymous wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I don't eat dairy, red meats,

I don't eat dairy, red meats, processed foods, white flour, wheat flour, white rice, sugar, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, corn syrup. Basically, I only eat fresh fruits and vegetables, egg whites, chicken and turkey breast, unsweetened almond milk, olive or canola oil, raw nuts and seeds. Feel great.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

saturated fat, refined

saturated fat, refined grains, and sugar.

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