We used to work in an office where the afternoon trip to the vending machine was one of the highlights of the day. Standing there with your coworkers, deciding between salty and sweet — it was a ritual, and a lovely one at that. But we didn't have the South Beach vending machine, which is being rolled out by Kraft Foods and has already hit Florida. The machines are only stocked with South Beach Diet foods: Planters nuts, Breakstone's low-fat cottage cheese, Crystal Light drinks, Jell-O sugar-free gelatin snacks, Nabisco Wheat Thins and the new South Beach Diet lunch wraps. Sound healthy? Clink the link to read the ingredients of one of those wraps. (Hint: sodium erythorbate was one we could actually pronounce) [Diet Blog]
@BreeKilledGeorge: Exactly. Carbs aren't bad - we all need them and we especially need fiber. PROCESSED carbs are the worst.
@ForeverBlueGirl: Please, please, please - if you are using Splenda, stop! We want you around these parts, "Forever". Hee.
@funnyface: This makes me nervous. Splenda comes from sucralose, which contains arsenic. I used to use it happily and religiously. Then my boyfriend begged me to stop for the sake of our future children. I did the research, and...it's not pretty.
That said, different things work for different people. I take half/half and a sugar in my coffee every morning. This is working for me, but that doesn't mean it will work for everyone. However, science and common sense tell us that processed and artificial foods are the devil.