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15 hours ago, Natalie68 said:

Pretty good!  I was able to keep it at 1 veggie dog and salad.  Down 23lbs.  It has slowed down which is fine by me. I am *almost* down 2 sizes.  It was too freaking hot last week to exercise (over 100 at midnight!) so I am back this week.  How are you doing Sunnybebe?

That's awesome.  TWENTY-THREE pounds is a lot and you must really be feeling better.  Do you only eat organic? 

  I hadn't even thought of veggie dogs, though, I do like the veggie burgers.  I did make a salad with iceberg lettuce, which I hardly ever use, blue berries, strawberries, cucumbers and feta cheese (not too much cheese). It was very good and refreshing.

  I know what you mean about heat. It's been close to one hundred around here too.  We had a little bit of a break from it, but, it's hitting back to the 90's next week.  

I haven't dropped any more weight though.  I think I'm at a plateau, but, that doesn't bother me as much as most people, because, I do want my loss to be slow.  I might try to bump it up a little next week by doing more activity. I know that doesn't make a huge amount of difference, but, some. And, I will start logging my food.  When I do that, I have tighter control .  I've been having some knee and hip pain and normally more activity helps that for me. I know. Sounds crazy.  But, sitting too much seems to aggravate it.  Lots of stretching and walking helps.  And, I can do that inside, if I have to. 

I did try on some new clothes though and that was nice, because I'm back into the smallest sizes that I've been in a long time. It really feels good and I'm even looking forward to returning to the beach soon.  I had a business trip there recently, but, couldn't stay and enjoy due to my tight schedule.  My old suit that's a small size is going to work out fine.  It's actually never been worn! I tried it on and it fits perfectly.    

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On 7/14/2018 at 6:57 AM, SunnyBeBe said:

That's awesome.  TWENTY-THREE pounds is a lot and you must really be feeling better.  Do you only eat organic? 

  I hadn't even thought of veggie dogs, though, I do like the veggie burgers.  I did make a salad with iceberg lettuce, which I hardly ever use, blue berries, strawberries, cucumbers and feta cheese (not too much cheese). It was very good and refreshing.

  I know what you mean about heat. It's been close to one hundred around here too.  We had a little bit of a break from it, but, it's hitting back to the 90's next week.  

I haven't dropped any more weight though.  I think I'm at a plateau, but, that doesn't bother me as much as most people, because, I do want my loss to be slow.  I might try to bump it up a little next week by doing more activity. I know that doesn't make a huge amount of difference, but, some. And, I will start logging my food.  When I do that, I have tighter control .  I've been having some knee and hip pain and normally more activity helps that for me. I know. Sounds crazy.  But, sitting too much seems to aggravate it.  Lots of stretching and walking helps.  And, I can do that inside, if I have to. 

I did try on some new clothes though and that was nice, because I'm back into the smallest sizes that I've been in a long time. It really feels good and I'm even looking forward to returning to the beach soon.  I had a business trip there recently, but, couldn't stay and enjoy due to my tight schedule.  My old suit that's a small size is going to work out fine.  It's actually never been worn! I tried it on and it fits perfectly.    

Thank you!  I feel a ton better.  I don't always eat organic.  Somethings yes, but it really depends on the price (I am pretty cheap).  I also quit smoking and noticed that smoking had been making me really tired so I no longer need a nap on my days off.  The eating better/exercising made quitting much easier.  Kept my mind occupied and I am almost at 3 months post smoke.

Smart Dogs are the best veggie dog I have found.  They are really good.  I don't eat them often but they are my choice when looking for a veggie dog.  That salad sounds really good!  Feta has such a strong flavor it really doesn't take much.  Same with Blue Cheese which I love.  Just a sprinkle is all it takes.  

Logging my food really helps.  I realized I wasn't getting enough protein even though I thought I was so I log not only the food/points, I log the protein #'s.  I found I had to trade some snacks for higher protein snacks so I am glad I looked.  I get hip and knee pain as well and walking really helps it!  It doesn't seem like it would but it does.  Then I stretch when I get home and throughout the night when I start feeling stiff.  I finally got a fitbit so I can keep track of my steps easily.  I make myself hit at least 10K steps on my walk so everything else I do is just gravy.  I am working on adding extra blocks to the route.  Keeps it interesting.  

CONGRATS on being in a smaller size!  That is so fun!  When I hit my goal I will be getting a few items.  I am about a size and 1/2 from that.  It will get there eventually.  

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Congrats on being so close to your goal size. You sure have a good plan in place. 

I think that I'm about 2 sizes away. It's hard to say really.  My top part tends to get much smaller than my bottom.  I wouldn't mind if that didn't get too much smaller.  I'm a large now in tops and don't care to be smaller in the top than a Small. When I was really thin, I found that smalls weren't that small.  lol And it's hard to find XS.  

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Anyone have any tips & tricks that work for them when you just cannot stop eating???  I'm having a bad few days and have been eating literally non-stop.  I even missed work today and just ate all day.  I'm not even hungry.  Hell, I've got massive acid reflux right now and I'm still rooting around to look for my next snack.

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19 hours ago, Token said:

Anyone have any tips & tricks that work for them when you just cannot stop eating???  I'm having a bad few days and have been eating literally non-stop.  I even missed work today and just ate all day.  I'm not even hungry.  Hell, I've got massive acid reflux right now and I'm still rooting around to look for my next snack.

I have those days too and I'm not sure what causes them.  I suspect that medication causes mine, but, I can't prove it. lol 

These are some things that I have tried.  I try to prepare free or healthy foods and have them already sliced, diced and ready to eat in the fridge. Things like cucumber, celery, apples, pears, carrots, etc.  I cut them in small pieces, so, it takes longer to eat them.  I also keep low sodium chicken broth on hand, so, I can heat it up and sip on something that is warm and tasty, without too many calories.  I might take the shredded cheese and put a serving in a bowl and eat it one piece at a time. It takes longer to eat that way.  Plus, I try to drink as much water or low calorie beverage as possible.  Decaff coffee helps busy me too.  After I finish eating, I floss, then brush my teeth. It makes me less inclined to eat again. 

I've also tried cleaning house, going shopping or dancing at home. lol  Putting on some of my favorite music, puts me in a good mood.  Watching tv is not good, because that makes me more inclined to eat.     

And, I'm considering getting hypnosis to use as a tool as well.  It's not really in my budget right now, but, I intend to do it soon. 

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On ‎2018‎-‎07‎-‎27 at 2:06 PM, SunnyBeBe said:

I have those days too and I'm not sure what causes them.  I suspect that medication causes mine, but, I can't prove it. lol 

These are some things that I have tried.  I try to prepare free or healthy foods and have them already sliced, diced and ready to eat in the fridge. Things like cucumber, celery, apples, pears, carrots, etc.  I cut them in small pieces, so, it takes longer to eat them.  I also keep low sodium chicken broth on hand, so, I can heat it up and sip on something that is warm and tasty, without too many calories.  I might take the shredded cheese and put a serving in a bowl and eat it one piece at a time. It takes longer to eat that way.  Plus, I try to drink as much water or low calorie beverage as possible.  Decaff coffee helps busy me too.  After I finish eating, I floss, then brush my teeth. It makes me less inclined to eat again. 

I've also tried cleaning house, going shopping or dancing at home. lol  Putting on some of my favorite music, puts me in a good mood.  Watching tv is not good, because that makes me more inclined to eat.     

And, I'm considering getting hypnosis to use as a tool as well.  It's not really in my budget right now, but, I intend to do it soon. 

Those are some really good tips, thanks.  I really like the broth idea.

I wish I knew what caused my episodes.  I just get into these modes where I can't stop, even though I consciously want to.  It's bizarre when it happens.  I feel like a huge part of it for me is stress and, when it gets really bad, I start making decisions that are not in my best interest!  Too much eating and too much shopping is usually the result.

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12 hours ago, Token said:

Those are some really good tips, thanks.  I really like the broth idea.

I wish I knew what caused my episodes.  I just get into these modes where I can't stop, even though I consciously want to.  It's bizarre when it happens.  I feel like a huge part of it for me is stress and, when it gets really bad, I start making decisions that are not in my best interest!  Too much eating and too much shopping is usually the result.

I can relate.  I think that there are explanations for it, but, I'm no expert.  For me, I think it's a stress coping mechanism that also has components of habit. That's why I think that hypnosis will work for me.  There is something about getting and staying in the ZONE, that works.  If I get out of zone, which means very focused and not prone to feel the urge to overeat, I have to pull myself back into it. It can be challenging to figure out how to do it. 

Another idea that I can offer is that I pick one day per week, in which I have any treat that I want or meal that I want.  I don't eat a huge amount of food, but, what I do eat is what I want.  Like a desert or meal that has fried food or heavy in carbs or fat.  I just eat a normal amount to satisfy myself AND THEN resume healthy eating for the next week.   I can be more focused, if I know that at the end of the week, I'll have a treat.  I've done that and still lost over 50 pounds, so, it works for me. 

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On 7/26/2018 at 6:45 PM, Token said:

Anyone have any tips & tricks that work for them when you just cannot stop eating???  I'm having a bad few days and have been eating literally non-stop.  I even missed work today and just ate all day.  I'm not even hungry.  Hell, I've got massive acid reflux right now and I'm still rooting around to look for my next snack.

Honestly?  I clean (and organize) or worst case scenario I take a nap.  Its certainly not easy. 

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Oh, Token, I thought of something else.   I have read that sometimes our bodies crave fats and that if we eat a low fat diet long term, we may need fat to help us feel satisfied.  I don't know if this is true, but, you might look into it.  I try to eat healthy fats like avocado, nuts, olive oil and fish like salmon.  

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I’ve heard a parallel theory about sugar.  So if you eat sugar substitutes, you’re body isn’t sated so that drives you to eat more of these foods that don’t satisfy the need.

The recommendation was, in moderation, eat a product with real sugar.

My sil would eat a small piece of good chocolate, so hitting both sugar & fat, each night.  Her husband, my brother, goes the route of no ice cream during the week, but he can have some on weekends.

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Well, today marks 50 pounds, peeps.  In just under 7 months.  The surprising thing is that I have not moved my ass off the couch the entire time - this was all food, not one bit of exercise.   My love for food is about equal to my hatred of exercise, but I figured restricting my intake was the easier path. So I guess Dr. Now is right.  

Actually I did exercise once.  I took a city vacation, walking up to 10 miles a day for a week, but also allowed myself to eat whatever I wanted - desserts, fried food, bread, cheese, candy, potato chips.  Lots of ice cream.  I gained one pound.  And it was totally worth it.  

According to some online calculators I could stand to lose 40-50 more. The Hell?  I am about 10-15 pounds from the healthy weight that I maintained comfortably for many years (being mindful of food and exercise, but not obsessively strict about it) before getting sick a few years ago.   So that's the goal.

I celebrated with Dairy Queen, and added the points to my daily WW tracker, so I've had nothing but chicken and vegetables for the rest of the day.  The DQ wasn't as good as I remembered.

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On 8/26/2018 at 6:44 PM, Quof said:

Well, today marks 50 pounds, peeps.  In just under 7 months.  The surprising thing is that I have not moved my ass off the couch the entire time - this was all food, not one bit of exercise.   My love for food is about equal to my hatred of exercise, but I figured restricting my intake was the easier path. So I guess Dr. Now is right.  

Actually I did exercise once.  I took a city vacation, walking up to 10 miles a day for a week, but also allowed myself to eat whatever I wanted - desserts, fried food, bread, cheese, candy, potato chips.  Lots of ice cream.  I gained one pound.  And it was totally worth it.  

According to some online calculators I could stand to lose 40-50 more. The Hell?  I am about 10-15 pounds from the healthy weight that I maintained comfortably for many years (being mindful of food and exercise, but not obsessively strict about it) before getting sick a few years ago.   So that's the goal.

I celebrated with Dairy Queen, and added the points to my daily WW tracker, so I've had nothing but chicken and vegetables for the rest of the day.  The DQ wasn't as good as I remembered.

CONGRATULATIONS!  That's a huge accomplishment.  I'm working on getting my body in motion too.  I stay active, but, I need full on, cardio.

After a week of staying on focus, I decided that I would treat myself with a couple of Lemon glazed Krispy Kreme donuts. They are only available one time a year and that was through Sept. 2.  But, I wasn't planning on being in town and so Friday was my last day to get one.  So, as I drove through the drive-thru, I was a little hesitant, but, thought as a treat, it would be okay.  But, the lady said, "Sorry, we are out and won't be getting more today."  lol  I laughed out loud.  I said, okay, God, I got the message.  I was able to back out of the drive thru! lol I didn't even want another flavor.  So, until next year.  

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What's your favorite breakfast go to's?

I'm been a WW member for 10 years. But I still get stuck in a breakfast rut. I eat oatmeal topped with Fage fat free plain yogurt and fruit everyday. 

The only way I shake it up is by using steel cut oats vs what old fashion or Trader Joe's muti grain hot cereal.

Your breakfast?

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I think there's nothing wrong with being in a breakfast rut. For me, the vast majority of mornings is fruit and coffee (with half and half.) 

And that rut works for me, because in Weight Watchers terms, I know I've started the day with 3 points. Knowing that I'm hitting lunch time with the same base already set down then lets me play with how much I distribute to the rest of the day.  And there is way more desire from me to mix up the lunches and dinners than breakfasts.  

If I start messing around with breakfasts, adding in oatmeal or yogurt or cereal, then I need to remember to wipe out a whole bunch of what I normally eat later in the day.  So the rut works for me, simply so that I don't have to think about anything later in the day.

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I have a couple breakfasts I rotate:

1 - Eggs and 0 smart point turkey sausage.  I can make this to be 0-3 points, depending on if I put reduced-fat cheese in my scrambled eggs

2 - Overnight oats (I use the Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana recipe from WW).

3 - On days that I need to grab something and go, it's a Clif Bar.  They are 9 points, so I need to work it into my day, but it does keep me full.

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I haven't checked in for a while because I haven't been doing good for a while. But I recently finished this book and I highly recommend for anyone still struggling. Even if you don't want to embrace a larger body type, I think it would help you come better accept where you are at every stage of your journey. 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13594976-hot-heavy?from_search=true

Also, I'm on vacation but I've managed to get 2 workouts in when I could find a gym in the hotel. One 30-minute, and one 1 hour. So I'm currently feeling good about that. I mostly manage with weights and body weight and when I'm not concerned about sightseeing, I'll add cardio back in. I feel like I'm finally settling into a routine that feels manageable regardless of what equipment/machines are around. An exercise ball, treadmill, etc. are bonuses but if I have 5-12 pound weights and a floor that isn't too hard to lie on, I can manage. 

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Aradia22, bravo for working out on vacation.  That's awesome. It does make you feel good though.  

I have the same thing almost every day for my brunch.  I combine breakfast and lunch as one meal, and so far, I'm not tired of it. We'll see how it goes. I like the same thing, because, I have Type I diabetes and so I can eat the same and take the same amount of insulin and hopefully, my blood sugar will behave and be consistently the same each time. 

I have have one egg, either boiled or fried in olive oil and one piece of toast OR

One medium banana. The banana is normally when I'm short on time, but, if not, I might add an egg to it.  

Sometimes, I might have a cup of unsweetened Almond milk too.  It holds me well and then I have a small snack in the afternoon of a protein and small carb. 

On the weekends, I might switch it up and have two scrambled eggs with a piece of whole wheat toast. No butter, just olive oil. 

My dinner is lean protein, small serving whole grain and at least 2  veggies. I'm heavy on the veggies.  It holds me well, but, I'm still prone to snack at night. I'm not sure how I will ever conquer that.  It's always been my weakness. I'm not hungry, but, snack from habit, craving, etc.  Just a hard thing to eliminate for me.  I have healthy snacks, but, too many. 

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I have to eat breakfast because I work out six days a week and on Sundays I ride my bike but just for fun.

I'm going to add eggs and vegetables to my breakfast and try that with oatmeal. Use my Fage with fruit for dessert. I have to have dessert after dinner or I'm not happy. ?

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Oh, that reminds me. Sometimes on Sundays, I might have a veggie omelet.  I'll  throw in veggies and maybe some mushrooms and put a little salsa on the side. 

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My mom has started trying to eat better over the last few days. I'm very supportive, as she tends to really be a poor eater.  She eats things that are not very helpful for her condition. (Fried foods, especially.) So, I was thrilled she prepared this meal for me.  She made this chili from ground turkey breast, black beans, salsa, and brown rice.  It's really good.  I had it for dinner last night, with sides of mixed veggies and it was very filling and tasty.  I'm going to make it myself for next week. 

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I had a very stressful week and ate emotionally (translation: too much chocolate*), then around Wednesday I quit tracking my meals altogether. I'm not beating myself up about it, just starting over tomorrow with new determination.

*Because I love dark chocolate and it is beneficial in small amounts, I bought a 7-day pill box at Dollar Tree yesterday. It's large enough so one square of a good-quality bar will fit in each day's little cubby. I plan to use it to help me with portion control.

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10 hours ago, forumfish said:

*Because I love dark chocolate and it is beneficial in small amounts, I bought a 7-day pill box at Dollar Tree yesterday. It's large enough so one square of a good-quality bar will fit in each day's little cubby. I plan to use it to help me with portion control.

I love that idea!

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On 9/6/2018 at 7:04 AM, stormy said:

What's your favorite breakfast go to's?

I'm been a WW member for 10 years. But I still get stuck in a breakfast rut. I eat oatmeal topped with Fage fat free plain yogurt and fruit everyday. 

The only way I shake it up is by using steel cut oats vs what old fashion or Trader Joe's muti grain hot cereal.

Your breakfast?

I am doing WW as well.  I don't know if your TJ's has these but I buy their Vegan Bran Blueberry muffins.  The entire muffin has something like 12 grams of fiber and are really good.  I use the WW program from 1999 and they are 3 points with that one.  I love them and eat them everyday.  I also have fruit.  

Had a bit of a plateau for a few weeks but since May I am down 31lbs.  4 more!

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17 hours ago, stormy said:

Excellent. Congrats!

I'll have to look for those TJ's muffins.

THANKS!!!  They are really good in my opinion!  The brand they are a copy of is Zen Muffins.  They had just come out when I started WW in '99 and I have been hooked since.

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Sigh... I know I shouldn't try on clothes that don't fit so I can feel bad about myself. But I also know that I can't just let myself keep gaining weight. It's been a bad few weeks. Depression and a terrible sleep schedule have knocked out workouts and let me get away with bad eating habits and using sugar as a mood enhancer. 

I'm spending next week out of town which means I don't know what I'll be eating and I will have no equipment (staying with family, not at a hotel). I'm going to try and at least not make the worst food choices and also try and get in some body weight exercises though they're not my favorite when I'm getting back into workouts. I prefer the security of weights and machines until I start feeling flexible and strong again. Trying to support my weight usually means a lot of joint pain and flopping on the floor. I do think when I get back I need to get serious about joining a gym. I know what works for me and trying to work out in my tiny apartment with all the distractions is not what works for me. 

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They are opening a new gym in my area.  I'm gong to check it out. I just had some outpatient surgery, so, I can't workout for a few weeks, but, after that, I'm going to really make a concerted effort. 

I returned to doctor today and had lost 2 pounds!  AND, my blood pressure, without meds was 120/78, which I was very pleased with. Doctor said that I don't need meds for that. 

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13 hours ago, SunnyBeBe said:

They are opening a new gym in my area.  I'm gong to check it out. I just had some outpatient surgery, so, I can't workout for a few weeks, but, after that, I'm going to really make a concerted effort. 

I returned to doctor today and had lost 2 pounds!  AND, my blood pressure, without meds was 120/78, which I was very pleased with. Doctor said that I don't need meds for that. 

 

Good luck!  If your gym offers classes, I always find them to be the most motivating

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Better news.  My doctor visit last Friday and my blood pressure was 117/68!  I think I figured out what was inflating my BP.  I would drink coffee before the doctor visit.  I stopped doing that and my BP is now normal!  I strongly suspect that is what happened. 

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No one has posted here in a while, so I thought I would post about my New Year's health resolutions.  As of January 1st, I've managed to stay on my healthy eating regimen (I don't like the word 'diet').  I'm trying to put off weighing each week until at least  Sunday, maybe even Monday (which will help me keep from over-eating on the weekends).  I didn't weigh today, but will tomorrow.  The weather has been perfect this weekend (low 60's, low humidity, slight breeze, and sunshine with bright blue skies) so I've been working on my jungle of a backyard.  I've made some progress, but there's still a long way to go.  But, I'm working off some calories.  For the next few work days, I'm getting off from work about a half hour earlier than usual, so I'm going to try to work in the back yard for at least 45 minutes to an hour (until I lose the last of the light).  Every bit will help.

I hope everyone else working on getting (or staying) healthy is okay and working hard (and it is very hard work). 

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I completely fell off the wagon in December, but I've been pretty good since the arbitrary date of 01/01/2019.  I think I have the usual goals (eat better, move more, get enough sleep), but one thing I am consciously working on is expanding my veggie palate.  When the great romaine scare of 2018 happened a few weeks ago, I realized how dependent on salads I and my family had become.  So, now I'm working on incorporating different veggies into our meals.

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When the great romaine scare of 2018 happened a few weeks ago, I realized how dependent on salads I and my family had become.

I know!  Even though I wasn't eating as healthy as I should, I had salad almost every night as part of my dinner.  I went through withdrawal.  I just realized that I'm out of romaine, so I'll need to pick up some in the next day or so.  I decided to come on in for the day (after spending most of the day working in the yard), because my neighbors are having company and are playing semi-loud music on the back porch.  But, it's not as loud as it has been in the past (I may have just jinxed myself by saying that) and they've been good about keeping it down after I complained a couple of times when they moved in around May, so as long as it's not rattling the dishes in the cupboards, I'm okay with it.  

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The healthcare scares on lettuce left me wary and so I have really been avoiding it, though, I was never a huge fan.  I mainly eat other veggies like broccoli, squash, cauliflower, green beans, cabbage, etc.  I'm actually partial to baby greens and arugula and I don't think that they were effected, though, I've still steered clear of them lately. 

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