The Healthy Junk Chronicles: Talk about Healthy Junk (accidentally vegan foods)

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Now I’ll be honest with you…when I was a kid, I was big into Islam. Being from “the hood,” you had the 5 percenters to deal with. The 5 percenters were an off-shoot of the Nation of Islam. They were heavily involved in numerology to some degree and also did their best to abstain from pork.

So things like chicken wings and pork fried rice, Colt 45 (which was said to have pork in it) and Oreo Cookies (rumored to be made of pork fat at the time) were no no’s. (Let it be known that I was NOT drinking Colt 45 when I was 13…that came after at 19…but later for that! LOL)

Fast forward to today….I found out yesterday that Oreo’s are VEGAN! Say what?! I had to ask two of my vegan/yoga friends about it and they surely did verify.

I am still surprised. Even after seeing this information from PETA. It gives a list of foods (not only snacks…click on the links at the top of the website for more info) that are accidentally vegan but NOT necessarily good for you. Even though these foods are considered vegan by a margin, they are still processed foods and not the best foods to be on if you want to acheive and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Bottom line, if you want to induldge in one of these foods ONCE IN A WHILE…then feel free. Otherwise, stick to the good stuff – fruits, veggies, quinoa (hehehehe), you know the drill!

My apologies for making you happy for two seconds and then shooting your Oreo hopes down¬†but…that’s what I’m here for. Balance. ūüėÄ

Talk to you later and remember…if you’re gonna eat junk, it might as well be Healthy Junk!

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The Healthy Junk Chronicles: My Experiment with Junk II

What’s good everybody?

I hope you’re all enjoying this Earth Day and did your level best to be green…even if it’s only for one day! ;)

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I wanted to continue with my experiment with Junk Food and what I have done, so far, to rectify my situation.

disclaimer time!

Everything I am about to discuss from here out, you don’t have to do. You can try it and if you like it, then, go ahead and make it happen. Otherwise, wait for me to get specific and explain certain things before making a decision. It don’t make sense to ride the horse if you don’t know how to ride! ^^

When I got home from running, disgusted with my time and how I felt, I sat down and decided to make some changes. The first change I was going to make was how I was going to budget my money for food. Usually, I’m hungry. I see how much $$ I have. I then go downstairs and buy whatever will last me for the day. Then, I would wake up the next morning hungry and feeling funky.

I needed to buy enough for a week. Refrigerated, Microwave it (we’ll talk about that soon too. I told you I’m a “flexitarian” (lol)) and save it for later…I was all for that. So I went to my stores and bought dried cranberries (in bulk), a bunch of pears, 2 Macro/Vegan Noodle meals (Pad Thai and Udon Noodles), an organic microwaveable meal (yo, Whole Foods got it…don’t sleep!), some chocolate (I can’t wait to talk about this with you but first things first! (siffle)), and my gallon of water. Continue reading