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shibaluvr 03-17-2011 01:13 AM

I watch the commercials on tv from the guy named Bob who trains on the Biggest Loser. He's telling everyone to eat Quaker Oat Squares for heart healthy fiber.

So I think, "Ok! I'll go get some to switch up my mornings a bit. They look good. He says they are good."

The second ingredient on them is sugar. I'm on no refined sugar. The third ingredient is brown sugar.

I'm sure they taste great. I took a moment and looked at other "healthy cereals". Sugar as the second ingredient in them all. I left them on the shelf.

Back I go to my steel-cut oats, stevia and skim milk.

Crimpet 03-17-2011 04:49 PM

It's so frustrating isn't it? I'm on a no sugar diet as well and I thank GOD for stevia, but I'd like to have something sometimes that I won't have to add it to. When I was in the USA I was a HUGE fan of the gluten free Isle at the grocery store because it had a ton of cereals that tasted awesome, without the sugar. My weakness was peanut butter cereals and I was thrilled when I found they had one. Of course there are other healthier choices too. So try checking out if your grocery store offers gluten free foods. There are also other things like gluten free brownies. My mom has celiac disease, as well as me(though I'm miserable about following my diet) and she introduced me to a whole new world of sugar free.

Also, I try to switch up my breakfast cause I get sick of eating the same thing every morning. Love oats, but not really suppose to have them. I do like to grill or sauté apples till they're soft, then lightly sprinkle a stevia cinnimon mixture on top of them. That with an egg is awesome. This kicks sweet cravings quickly too.

Yogurt, with peach slices, stevia and cinnimon was a breakfast I ate for a while till I got burnt out on it lol

lastri 03-17-2011 04:52 PM

I know, It is hard to find cereal with no sugar coated. And most cereal bar are full of sugar. TV is your enemy, all they do is try to advertising, try to sell you something. They are not work in your interest.

shibaluvr 03-18-2011 01:35 AM


Originally Posted by lastri (Post 40088)
I know, It is hard to find cereal with no sugar coated. And most cereal bar are full of sugar. TV is your enemy, all they do is try to advertising, try to sell you something. They are not work in your interest.

Have you seen that they are now doing Biggest Loser Nutri-System type meals? They've lost my respect with this.

rooster57 03-18-2011 05:50 AM

Thats how effective marketing is and probably the majority of people watching buy into it and why not - its designed that way. I love this fitday site - I feel committed yet balanced with my diet and not worried that it will end and I will revert to old bad habits. Its not controlling or manipulative and it gives me the responsibility of making good choices and seeing that it only affects me if I don't make good choices. Its an honour system so if you can't be honest with yourself, then likely this site will be revealing about what the problems are. Its easy to say I just wont enter my info today and I can ignore the bad day I had or pretend I didn't eat this or that but honestly I think we all know thats exactly why this is a great system - you can mess up but be honest and unload the guilt, forgive yourself and realize thats a big step forward by dealing with it and moving on. How many people on weight watchers or dr bernstein or whatever learn to be honest about their food habits? I think not enough do. Those programs are still using reliance on something or someone else to lose weight and gimicky. Everyone I know on WW and Dr B have gained their weight back and more. I know they advertise testimonials of successful cases, but personally I don't know any. Dr Oz recently wrote that its not a good idea to do any weight loss program or change your diet so that your calories significantly drop from what they had been - he says if you fet a hungry feeling, then your body is already fighting to store calories. He says just eat one less thing each week, make good choices and don't be hungry. Life long success will depend on finding eating habits that don't feel like a penalty.

BabyBiscotti 03-18-2011 08:01 AM

The fat-free labeling is misleading, too. First you think, "Great, this treat is fat-free!", until you read that your entire day's allowance of carbs are in one cookie....umm...Next!

Meggietye 03-18-2011 06:52 PM

Weight Watchers..and many others, don't work, if they did you would do it once and be " fixed"...and this is life long. They make their money on people who come for the magic fix...over and over and over. I have been here for about 6 weeks and I have not been separated from one thin dime. I have 2 friends who just this winter have bounced around from one diet plan to another and not made any headway that will hold them in good stead, and it is sad for me to see. One of them asked what I was doing and was shocked that the correct thing to do is read labels .. And she is 50 yrs old!! IMHO Weight Watchers keeps people thinking they are dependent and that is how they make their money. I watch my 2 friends who have been at WW on and off for 30 to 40 yrs and they both quote overly simplistic jargon that makes my head spin. So for myself I will just stay in here and quietly plug along losing my weight then maintaining it when the time comes.

Meggietye 03-18-2011 07:05 PM

I would like to say one more thing. There are people in the world that will just take on an issue such as weight loss or addiction and be successful no matter how they do it. I get a bee in my bonnet when some leader type people claim they are the way and you have to follow them to get there, and they keep people down instead of teaching and giving skills for people to become independent and skilled and strong in their own right. I actually had a priest tell me he was closer to God than me..and to get to God I had to go thru him!! utter rubbish. I love Fitday for educating us and giving us the daily gift of taking care of ourselves and learning from each other.

wannabefitgrl 03-21-2011 12:01 AM

Special K brand bothers me too with all their added artificial crap and sugars. They market themselves as diet friendly, but it's really not. Sometimes I get jealous when I see co-workers eating their 'whatever was in the cupboard' snacks knowing I took an hour to plan my day's meals to ensure the right balance of proteins/carbs/fats, kept my calories at an appropriate level, and managed to get in two workouts so as to keep my calorie deficiet at a fat-burning level. It really can be exhausting, but I just keep reminding myself of the new pants in my closet (a size smaller than before) and look ahead to bikini season and remind myself that the effort is absolutely worth it. That look on my boyfriend's face when I put on some slinky new lingerie that shows off my newly thinner self is fantastic! (sorry if that's TMI, but it's true!)

Aerobics 03-24-2011 04:02 PM

Everyone has the strength and grace to accomplish anything! When we are blessed with knowledge, it is our responsibility and should be our joy to share our gifts with others. I have been an aerobics and fitness instructor for most of my adult life. I am also a Communications consultant.

You are all wise to discard these marketing tactics as rubbish. Big Media will do anything to manipulate messages for big bucks.

Never, NEVER will a refined, boxed food source be better for you than the natural food source. Oat groats, rolled oats, steel cut oats, and other natural sources of fiber will always be best for your body. Go organic. Even better!

Here is a tasty alternative: Pull out your crock pot. Combine water, oat groats, raisins, apples, and cinnamon. Cook on low overnight. In the morning, you will have a lovely, tasty treat. Add stevia to taste.

Peace, love, and joy,


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