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  1. RJ says

    I gave up all bad fats about a year ago, we only have a couple labels in our house that still include them, which are things only my husband eats, his creamer and cereal.

  2. says

    I do most of my cooking from scratch – we avoid MSG heavily for my own health (debilitating migraines), as well as HFCS and artificial sweeteners. I’d rather give the kids white sugar than any HFCS or GMOs.

    That being said, I’m not giving up Velveeta occasionally. Or shortening. I can’t make a pie crust without it, yo!

    However….I KNOW there are transfat free shortenings out there. I will continue to buy that. And Velveeta, well…there are worse things in the world. 😉

    That being said, my husband is starting to get seriously irritated with me and my own “real food” journey – he can’t just go to the cupboard or the fridge for whatever dressing he wants; he has to eat what *gasp* I’ve made!!! 😉 hehehe. The kids won’t even touch bottled dressing right now – I’ll have to rectify that because it’s made for some embarrassing moments (“Why don’t you make your own *name the food in question here* – don’t you love us!?”) with family members.

    Okay, I’m not THAT embarrassed…but they need to be gracious. This real food dilemma is such a First World dilemma, isn’t it?

    • Tiffany says


      I wanted to make mention of “Better Than a Box” with your Velveeta comment. And you can use lard instead of shortening in pie crusts – all the pros do it and theirs are so flaky!

      Your comments crack me up, literally! Thanks for being a loyal reader!!


  3. Gina says

    I think the biggest hurdle for me is finding the time to make everything myself. Still haven’t tried the dressing yet,but I will soon as we are down to our last bottle and is almost gone. I am homeschool and teach SBS and some days I barely have time to clean the kitchen and make dinner let alone my own bread,dressing,bbq sauce,etc. I know it is worth the effort,but I can’t figure out how to incorporate it in yet. Well I do make bread and when I don’t have time we have to eat something else. And tonight I made my own homemade graham crackers(my son loves them and I have determined not to buy then anymore),but I was busy upstairs tending to my sick husband and reading to my son and didn’t realize the timer went off so they are a bit overcooked-oh well. The main thing with transfat I probably have is cake mix because I just recently bought 3 boxes of it sale-oops! The biggest thing I have eliminated from my diet with transfats in it is cereal which I did a couple months back and I haven’t been able to lose weight no matter what I do and once I did that I lost a few pounds. Will be checking my pantry to see what else I can find. Ok enough rambling-I am done.

    • Tiffany says

      I think finding the time to incorporate it all is a baby step in itself too. There’s no way everything can possibly get done. Meal planning definitely helps because you can see the whole week (or longer) and then write down what needs to get done on specific days, in smaller portions. Congrats on the weight loss just from tossing trans fat!

  4. Marie-Elise says

    Hi! Great challenges, working on the trans fat one right now. found a few,but found many “modified oil” which I read that are basically unsaturated oil made into saturated oil (Companies use those instead of the hydrogenated now). Should I also get ride of those? thanks!

    • Tiffany says

      Hi Marie-Elise,

      That’s a very good question and one that I believes deserves quite a bit more research than I just gave it (meaning there’s a good chance I’ll do a write up on it soon!), but it appears that in order to achieve “modified” oil, manufacturers have to heat the oil so that it separates into saturated and unsaturated parts. Then they only use the saturated portion. Saturated fat itself isn’t bad for you, like when it comes directly from an animal source (think bacon fat, lard, etc.). However, if the oil has to be processed in order to achieve a solid consistency (which is the point of modification), then I would do my best to stay away. It’s not hydrogenated per se (at least not that I know of yet), but it would be an item that I viewed as this:
      1. How close to a “natural” state is this item?
      2. Do I have to have this item, or is it better for my family to do without?
      3. If I keep it, make it a point to not re-buy again.

      I hope that helps!!

  5. Christa says

    I thought I had been doing a good job on eating real foods, but after reading your articles this week, I am wondering about the corn and flour tortillas that are a STAPLE in our household. My tortillas say no trans fat, but all the other ingredients have me wondering. I would love to make my own, but really don’t have the time with working full time and running the household. Do you recommend a certain brand that is ok to eat? Thanks for your very helpful site!

    • Tiffany says

      Unfortunately Christa I don’t really trust a certain brand of tortillas. At this point I’m reading every package before making a decision. I believe that some of the artisan line from Mission are ok, but please double check before buying. Another reader suggested the ready-to-cook tortillas from Costco, but my store just recently started carrying them so I haven’t had the opportunity to read labels. My suggestion is to do some re-con work while shopping and make note of brands and types of tortillas that are safe, so that next time the leg work is done. I’m sorry I don’t have an easy answer for you!

      • Krista says

        Thanks for the reply! I can do the food on around $300-$350 (including many organic items) but no way could that include diapers, wipes, toiletries, etc.! I will have to start watching your shopping trips.

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