What Really is in Your Food?


I'm not really even sure if I want to document my story this time around.

I mean, I've had 'OperationSkinnyButt' up on my site for...oh.... YEARS.

And if you know me personally...you know THIS mama is the FARTHEST from that skinny butt ever.

About a year and a half a go I lost 30 lbs.  

I documented it.  And was super thrilled (yet not content) when I did.

Then this past spring and summer?

Hello Fat Ass.

I've also shared my trials and tribulations with my addiction to food.

Unfortunately I have issues with ANY substance that gets in my brain and helps me feel good.

Or stuffs those feelings down for that matter.

Hell. Who am I kidding?  All it REALLY does is NUMB those feelings.

Then when the numbness goes away?  This mama is stuck with some serious guilt.

I stopped drinking alcohol awhile back because I found when I was going through my depression and PPD that all it really did was makes my depression worse.  

So what did I do?

Eat my face off.

And I ignorantly didn't realize it.

Till I went up 2 clothing sizes and gained 30 pounds.

And my 3 year old weighs 35 pounds.



So, right now I'm on a plan.  One that I've done before and was successful with.  And hopefully this is the LAST time I have to lose these 30 pounds.  I am changing the name to something other than 'OperationSkinnyButt' because my goal isn't to become 'skinny'.  It's to GET healthy.  

So, if you're interested in getting healthy with me?  Let's stick together sister.  Cause that's the best way to win.

((Once I start documenting, likely via videoblogging, I will have it on the right sidebar...))


Last week, while sitting on my BLOGGER BUTT, I happened to catch The Doctors on TV.

And what I saw not only sickened me. But scared the hell out of me.

I took notes.  And I really want to share them with you....Are you ready for this?

((Link to segment on show)) 


Propylene Glycol
 It is generally used to absorb extra water and maintain moisture in food.
• Found in many baked goods, cake mixes, fast food tacos and even some salad dressings and condiments.
 Found in anti-freeze, engine coolant and solutions to de-ice planes; also found in enamels and varnishes.
 The United States Food and Drug Administration says the levels of propylene glycol in food is safe.
 The FDA considers an average daily intake of 23 mg per kilogram of body weight to be safe for people 2 to 65 years old.
 Study results are mixed.


Wait.  There's more.

 Cancer-causing chemical that forms in carbohydrate-rich foods, like potatoes, when fried or baked at very high temperatures.
 High levels found in potato chips, crisps and french fries.
 Found in cigarette smoke.

 A 2005 study found the levels of acrylamide in potato chips exceed the levels allowed by the World Health Organization in a glass of water by 100 to 1,500 times.
 Scientists estimate as many as 30 percent of cancer cases arise from dietary sources.

WE ALL KNOW AND HEAR ABOUT HOW BAD BPA IS.  Amazing to think that they find it OK to put in baby bottles?!?!?!?  **When Sheryl Crow was talking about her breast cancer on the Ellen Show she also mentioned not to drink out of hot water bottles left in cars.  AHEM.  BPA CAUSES CANCER!

Bisphenol A (BPA) 
 Industrial chemical used primarily in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins.
 High levels of BPA may lead to hormone problems, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and liver toxicity.
 A Johns Hopkins University Study found elevated levels of BPA in pregnant women lead to babies with smaller head circumference and lower birth weights.
 BPA is banned in the European Union.
 In the US, effort has been made to eliminate BPA from baby bottles and water bottles, but it is still found in the linings of food cans and containers. 



Food Dyes
Every year, 15 million pounds of dye is put into food marketed toward children, but most people don't realize that these harmful additives have been linked to behavioral problems like ADHD and inflammatory problems such as allergies. The popular dye Red #3 has also been acknowledged by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a carcinogen, but is still found in some processed foods.

Dangerous Food Dyes to Avoid 
 Red #40
• Red #3
• Yellow #5
• Yellow #6
• Blue #1

Here are some REALLY great food label tips:

Food Label Tips
The first five ingredients listed on a nutrition label are the main components of the food you're eating. Choose your foods wisely by remembering these three label tricks:
• Any ingredient that ends with "ose," such as fructose, is another word for sugar and sweeteners, and should be avoided.
• Monosodium glutamate, popularly known as MSG, is an unhealthy preservative.
• Enriched means the product lost its nutrients through processing and they are restored artificially.