I used to eat white bread ketchup sandwiches in high school because I thought it was fat-free and would help me lose weight. Also, I ate fries because I thought it was healthier than a burger. No lie.
I also downed sugar laden yogurts thinking I was being "healthy" and eating low-fat.
I also flirted with vegetarianism in college, eating salads and hummus because it was once again, sigh low-fat.
I used to spend hours making whole grain breads, packed with as much wheat germ, vital gluten flour, seeds, and nuts I could cram in there. In spite of the stomach cramps, crushing hunger, brain fog, and declining grades that resulted I was convinced that it was healthy and just needed to eat more of it to adjust to the extra fiber load. It sucks knowing how hard I worked to cause a leaky gut.
Also thought Diet Coke, soy nuts, and margarine were good for me at one point.
I tried to convince my family to use margarine instead of butter. Got to the point where my brother started disliking butter, he would only put margarine on his veggies or he wouldn't eat them.
When I became paleo and started eating butter again and asked my mom what she thought, she said that when I was a margarine eating vegetarian she wanted to make me eat on the deck with the dog. She hated cooking separate meals for me, and she always thought margarine was bullshit. Could have used that tough love before I became vegetarian!
That was the nucleus of my diet for a long time. I remember feeling quite smug about it.
Edamame, tofu, hummus, ANY beans, beans & rice, whole wheat breads, yogurt (I bounced between low fat and whole fat), diet soda, juices/smoothies.
Looking back, I believed everything the government, medical community and TV ads told me (sigh.)
I used crystallized fructose rather than white sugar in apple pies because it was "healthy." I made my own whole grain, cracked wheat bread. I went low fat for a while, until my skin started to hurt all over and I realized I had to have more fat--and then I used "healthy" vegetable oils. It's probably a good thing I decided I liked the taste of grapeseed oil because I probably could have done worse.
I ate a lot of boneless, skinless turkey breast--and to this day I refuse to eat that any more. I eat dark meat and skin, but breast meat has to be drowned in butter before I'll look at it.
Beans, quinoa, brown rice, lentils, hummus, sugary yogurts, oatmeal, lowfat milk, frozen organic meals, organic mac & cheese (what?! It's ORGANIC!), canned soup, whole grain bread, bagels, fruit juices.
I shudder to think of all the breakfast cereals. On the rare occasion I go down those aisles, I laugh at how much time I used to spend there debating which one was better. It's painfully obvious to me now that they're all made with the same dust and water as all the rest. I actually used to eat chocolate cereal for dessert, thinking it was better than a cookie since it was so low fat.
Oat porridge! Had it every day for breakfast for ten years... Beans and lentils. Ignored the fact that I looked like I was pregnant in 5. month every time I ate it. Still thought it was healthy for some reason..
Before I switched to a "clean" diet, I ate a lot of artificial sweeteners, low-fat/sugar-free processed foods and tons of Jif crunchy peanut butter, diet soda and Quaker cinnamon roll oatmeal packets. I was really into Hungry Girl recipes at the time, because healthy to me was "fewer calories" rather than "more nutrition".
After banning processed foods, and later becoming a vegetarian and then a vegan, I ate the crap out of oatmeal (especially oat bran), homemade whole grain bread, homemade bran muffins, all-natural peanut butter, homemade hummus (in fact my first foray into a paleo-ized recipe was making cauliflower hummus, which turned out gross because I refused to use the "massive" amount of olive oil it called for), soy and wheat proteins, whole wheat pasta, tons of fruit, canola and rice bran oils for cooking, "light" bread which was really just overpriced regular bread cut smaller, all pulses, bulgur, barley, tofu smoothies, Quorn products (before I went vegan), quinoa, brown rice, agave, Earth Balance fake butter, nutritional yeast (which I still eat, but I would literally eat 1/4 - 1/2 cup of the stuff at a time to make up for my vitamin-deficient diet) and white whole wheat pastry flour.
It's kind of funny to me that I decided that it was good that I didn't fit animal products in my diet because they were too high in calories and fat, when they were the only things that ever satiated me. On my previous diet I got hunger pains every 60-90 minutes and it was a fantastic feat if I ever made it 3 hours without eating. I'm still amazed whenever I realize that I haven't eaten in 6 hours and am not even hungry.
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