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Slowfood Movement - Goodbye Campbells

I have always used campbells cream soups in my cooking.  Then I read one of cc5439's comments and it made me think.  Actually, it made me pull out the soup and read the label.  I have gotten rid of practically all other processed foods except my Campbell's Cream soups. 

Im not much of a conspiracy theorist; but I do think that all the chemicals in the processed foods Americans eat are making us fat and making us sick.  I did not come to this conclusion until I did the "Go Natural" challenge.  Foods I make tastes a whole hell of a lot better than anything frozen or processed.  The breads I bake have more flavor and are far more nutitious than anything you can buy in the store.  Best of all - no chemicals.  

I eat the same amount - I just only eat food that I make from scratch and I have lost 20 pounds thus far.  Additionally, I have been on extremely high doses steroids (prednisone) for the last three weeks and still lost 2 pounds.  For those of you with asthma you know that is practically impossible.  You gain weight on prednisone you certainly don't maintain or lose it.  Its nothing you can control its simply the medication.

Back to Campbells soup, looking at the label we have "modified food starch".  Ok, what did they "modify it with?  They use margarine - which contains "beta carotene for color"  (Sorry I black listed margarine - Give me fresh butter or give me death!  There is no need for color additives for my butter.)  Next on the list is "Monosodium Glutamate" - Which is the nortorous MSG.  I can write a small book on how that is bad for you and the symptoms it causes like (headache, migraine, sweating, facial pressure, heart palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, etc.  Look it up.  Its far from healthy and I cannot believe that a company like Campbells would put it in their soups!  Lastly, there is "flavoring"  what kind of flavoring is unspecified.  Which is kind of scary considering they are knowingly poisoning us.

So I googled recipes for cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, and cream of celery (my basic cooking soups).  You would be very surprised how easy it is to make these soups! 

  • Cream of Mushroom - http://elise.com/recipes/archives/006133cream_of_mushroom_soup.php
  • Cream of Chicken - http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Home-Made-Cream-of-Chicken-Soup/Detail.aspx
  • Cream of Celery - http://allrecipes.com/recipe/cream-of-celery-soup/Detail.aspx

Plus if you want these creamy without chunks you can always process them in a blender or food processor.  You can also divide them up into 21oz containers or baggies and freeze them for later use.  This is what I do for practically everything.  According to my research you can freeze these soups.

 

NoGodsNoMasters NoGodsNoMasters 31-35, F 26 Responses Oct 18, 2009

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MSG - causes a lot of bad, bad things. Google it. The mayo clinic has been studying the its negative effects....yet our government still allows companies to put it in our food.

dubkebab~I'm really not a conspiracy theorist, but MSG has been known to have a very negative effect on moods and affects some worse than others. You should check it out!!<br />
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Feel better!!!

I'm really glad to read theese posts,because I've not been eating very healthy lately and I'm sure it's affecting my moodswings...so thanks for the inspiration.

if you need an excuse to bake I can send you my address...

I love to cook. I sign up to make cookies for the school just so I have an excuse to bake. My husband gets mad at me because Im always cooking or baking something and he says its my fault he's getting fat....

Cooking from scratch is fun. I hope you have fun cooking. <br />
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Thanks for sharing your story. I enjoy reading.

yes, MF, it makes you fat and is not healthy for you at all. I avoid it as much as possible but it is EVERYwhere. I feel sorry for anyone with a corn allergy because it seems like everything has some form or another of corn or corn syrup!

I started getting serious about cooking from scratch when I stopped eating high fructose corn syrup - its in everything and it will make you fat -

i still buy pasta at the store. because of my daughter, i buy mrs. leepers gluten free, wheat free rice veggie pasta. its pretty good, most gluten free food is pretty good, except for the bread. you buy it in the frozen isle, its effin nasty!

I have actually made pasta before~my grandmother taught me and we used to make it together. It was not difficult at all. We used to make a TON all at once and dry and store it...I think when I go buy my bread maker I will have to purchase a pasta maker as well. I don't remember how to make it, but I'm sure I can find a recipe somewhere....

Although I haven't given up all processed foods I have started eating more natural foods and have lost weight I haven't been able to lose any other way. Thanks for the links because like you I like using the cream soups in my cooking. I'm gonna give them a try. :)

The only item I buy in the middle of the grocery store is pasta and that is only because I dont know how to make it myself and I dont have a pasta maker. Plus the idea of making pasta for me is a bit intimidating. Granted - I am always willing to learn if someone is willing to teach me. (and give me a pasta maker).

Fungirl - I want to drop another 25 lbs. Any tips you can give me I would greatly appreciate. My problem is I am on high doses of prednisone and I am very limited in my physical activity. I love to exercise and I love to go on walks. (When I am healthy I go on 2.5 mile walks every day with the kids in the stroller.) But I have been sick the last 4 weeks and havent been able to do a thing. I havent gained anything but I have definately become significantly weaker. I eat healthy but I do have a sweat tooth. I do not buy any store cookies or anything like - I just bake them myself. :p

antiyou~you're right. once you start reading those labels it's hard to stop!! And you're right about the organic, also. It's a very tricky labeling process (as is "all natural") and people need to understand what they get for that label.

its scary when you start reading the labels on everything at the store.....you damn near dont want to buy anything. i've recently gotten picky about everything i feed my kids in my efforts to work with one of them, and of course, to be healthy all the way around. <br />
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and by the way, dont always trust the labeling just cause it says 'organic'

I think you are right on in regards to the chemicals making you fat. One of the first things that the doctors did was take me off all processed foods and I began eating whole foods... a lot of flax seed, eggs, and lots of veggies. It forced me to really think about what I was going to eat each week bc it takes time to make the foods. I lost hundreds of pounds literally in four years. I don't crave the processed/fast foods as much as I used to but every once in a while I want something off the wall like McD's fries or boxed chinese but for the most part after 4 months I lost those cravings.

Oh and it took 4 years to lose the weight and we are still going.

I think you are right on in regards to the chemicals making you fat. One of the first things that the doctors did was take me off all processed foods and I began eating whole foods... a lot of flax seed, eggs, and lots of veggies. It forced me to really think about what I was going to eat each week bc it takes time to make the foods. I lost hundreds of pounds literally in four years. I don't crave the processed/fast foods as much as I used to but every once in a while I want something off the wall like McD's fries or boxed chinese but for the most part after 4 months I lost those cravings.

We had a VERY cold summer~very little sun and hardly over 70, so even Farmer's Market pickins' are pretty slim this year...potatoes, onions and squash did great, and I have a million green tomatoes....~sigh~ no peppers, lettuce, beans, peas, broccoli etc...

Yeah, it has been a weird year for crops.

I usually do the same thing with beef...I partner up with someone from around here and we pay for a cow from a local farmer. We also eat venison, when hunting is good (when I say we, I mean the kids, because I can't bring myself to eat red meat). but, last year, no deer and no cow, so it's been more difficult this year. I think I am buying half a cow next month, and hunting season is right around the corner...<br />
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I get chicken and eggs from some friends that have a farm~and they do not use chemicals or anti-biotics (same people I get my cow from). But this year was a bad garden year, so I have been buying a LOT more from the grocery store and spending a crazy amount of money. It hasn't helped that we have had lots of health issues that have made it impossible form me to shop around and find best deals and go to farmer's market etc. <br />
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BUT, I am on the mend and I am getting geared up for the winter.<br />
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You RoCk!!!

I dont buy my meat at the super market - its WAY TOO expensive. There is just no way I could afford organic. What my family does is when we visit our family in the midwest we and another family split the cost of a cow (we buy from the Amish because they have the best prices) then have have it butchered. We split the meat and it feeds our families for the year. Its so much cheaper than buying it individually at the market but it is a lump sum once a year. I do get organic chickens at Costco when they go on special. Then I buy a ton and freeze them. The best price I have gotten so far is 0.99 a pound. The catch is you have to buy at least 4 birds at the same time. (Or you can try to strike up a deal with a farmer. I live in a suburb so I only know a few and they dont butcher their chickens.)

So true~I do go to the Farmer's Market often...and I get good deals, but it just seems that if a family wants to eat healthy ALL the time, it costs SOOO much more than buying processed junk, especially when you start buying organic milk and meat....<br />
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Ah well...I do the best I can! (=

CC - if you hit up the farmers markets right before they close, that $10 will get you what ever they have left which could be a couple pounds of broccoli, sweet potatoes, green beans, apples, squash, carrots, corn, and pears. Trust me - I do this ALL the time. You just have to have cash and be willing to play hard ball. <br />
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There is more than one place to get food. Too many people forget about farmers markets. You can also get produce at flea markets - but I would be selective and only buy from the Amish. I wouldn't trust anyone else. You wouldn't believe how cheap produce is at the flea market - but the Amish is a bit more pricey but at least you can trust their produce. (and its still less expensive than the grocery story and you can haggle with them too.)

WooHoo for NGNM!!<br />
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I wish I could eat EVERYTHING fresh, but it is SOOOO expensive to buy healthy, whole grain, fresh food. You can go buy 10 banquet tv dinners (ewwwwwww) for 10 bucks, but take that same ten dollars and try to buy fresh fruit or veggies and it will not go very far at all.<br />
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Once you start reading labels, it is hard to turn back~good for you!! (BTW, canned soups are some of the worst in the way of chemicals and preservatives and additives).<br />
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You go, momma....

Another thing worth mentioning is the money you save when you actually cook and don't rely on packaged and canned foods. It can be a little more time consuming, of course, but it is worth it to control exactly what you are eating and feeding to your family. That is its own reward.