Who Knew How Cookies Can Claim to Be Healthy!

Marc and I were at the grocery store a few weeks back and saw a display for cookies right near the front door; we had a good laugh at them. The cookies? WhoNu. As in “Who knew cookies could be so healthy?!”

From the WhoNu Website, here are their healthy cookie claims:

Here is the commercial for them:

Alright, so these cookies have some vitamins and fiber – does that make them healthy? Maybe they are made with healthy ingredients (like so many packaged foods…)

Alright, so these cookies have sugar, flour, different oils, corn and soy products, and different artificial flavors and preservatives. They also look very familiar to Oreos. Let’s compare:

Taken from the Nabisco Website

So what is the difference? Not much. Except WhoNu added a whole bunch of synthetic vitamins. Love oreos but want to make them as healthy as the WhoNu people claim? Take a multi-vitamin and fiber supplement with them. There wouldn’t be much difference (actually, you would get more nutrients that way).

Just because an item has nutrients added, does not make them healthy. Let’s repeat: JUST BECAUSE A ITEM HAS NUTRIENTS ADDED, DOES NOT MAKE THEM HEALTHY.

These cookies can be filed along with sugary kids cereal: both of them are made with processed ingredients and too much sugar, full of empty calories, but have nutrients added to make them seem like a healthy choice.

If you are trying to eat healthy, on a diet, or looking for nutritious alternatives, you aren’t going to find much from a box. Eat real food. Packaged food claiming to be healthy, or low-fat, or sugar-free does not mean they are truly good for you. 99% of the time they are foods with empty calories. If you food doesn’t go bad, chances are it is not good for you (yes, there are a few exceptions, like beans).

What are some healthy food choices?

  • Meat, nuts, and eggs
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • No-sugar added full-fat (the less processed, the better) dairy products (like yogurt and a glass of milk)

To many of you this may seem like a no-brainer, but yes, I did come across a blog or two that thought these cookies were a great snack idea (and this was only 1 or 2 pages of “WhoNu Cookies” search results).

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Food aversions and junk food

The last month or so has been a bit sad when it comes to cooking and nutrition. Pregnancy nausea (because morning sickness is not a valid title when it is throughout the day) and food aversions have left me locked up in the bedroom with the door open while my husband cooks dinner – for himself.

I hesitate to call what I have been eating “cravings;” I see it more as non food aversions. It’s not that I’m craving over-processed food, it’s that these are the only foods that sound even remotely palatable and don’t make me sick to eat or think about. It is usually only  a couple items that don’t make me sick and it changes every 1-3 days.

Here are a few foods I am ashamed to even have in my house, let alone consume:

  • Graham crackers
  • Frozen waffles
  • French bread pizzas
  • Corn dogs
  • Frozen lasagna
  • White bagels with strawberry cream cheese
  • Poptarts
  • White bread dinner rolls

If you remember, I was doing the Whole30 Paleo Challenge. That lasted 2 weeks; the week before my period was due, and the week after we found out I was pregnant. At approximately 6 weeks I no longer wanted vegetables, meat,eggs or nuts. Even thinking about these foods made me sick – and that was the majority of what I was eating! My diet these last 4-5 weeks has made the Primal/Weston A Price lifestyle in me cringe! At least I have been able to eat apples, oranges and bananas!

Luckily this last week my nausea and food aversions have subsided a bit and probably will be improving even more as time goes on. Although it’s still not stellar, I was able to enjoy homemade green sauce chicken enchiladas last night for dinner and cinnamon toast for breakfast.

The other day I read Food Renegade’s old post: Pregnancy Cravings Make No sense and all the notes and it made me feel a little better.

Hopefully I will be able to nutritionally redeem myself during the second and third trimester!

 

Surprise! The reason for my absence

I shared a while back my struggle with infertility and my journey to try and correct any issues I may have. I wrote about the nutrition advice I received and my updated fertility plan, which is listed below:

  • I’ve started taking Optivite to help with PMS symptoms and a possible luteal phase defect (I rarely have a luteal phase at least 14 days long, and I consistently spot before my period).
  • I need to take cod liver oil again
  • I’ve started taking Evening Primrose Oil to help with pms and cervical mucus.
  • I need to see my new doctor and possibly get my thyroid check and go forward with infertility testing and treatments.

If we can’t conceive without assistance, the least I can do is limit or eliminate my pms symptoms and get healthy! It can be very frustrating to not conceive, but we are still trying to be hopeful.

Well low and behold, we finally conceived!  On September 2nd we were pleasantly shocked to have a positive pregnancy test! I had cancelled my doctor’s appointment the day before I found out I was pregnant!

Several factors may have contributed to us finally getting pregnant:

  • Diet change since March 2011 – eliminating processed foods and cutting significantly or eliminating grains and eating more animal fats
  • I was on the second cycle of Optivite
  • It was my first cycle using Evening Primrose Oil
  • Because my fertile mucus didn’t seem that abundant, we used Pre-Seed, a sperm-friendly lubricant (even though we did not have any success with it prior to this cycle).

 

So we are 10 weeks today and hoping for a healthy pregnancy!

at 6w5d (which coincides exactly with a drop-back temp I had 3 dpo)

 

Nutrition and fertility (and pms)

This post was originally going to be about pms and nutrition, but as I started writing it, it became more about the nutritional changes I am trying to make to help with my infertility. Is infertility a taboo subject? I don’t even like telling people we are trying to conceive let alone that we aren’t successful; but I felt the need to share my experience (and maybe vent a little as well).

I’m freakishly interested in nutritional science. I really should have gone to school to be a nutritionist. As of right now I would have to take 60 units UNDERGRAD work to even qualify for a Masters; because, you know, a bachelors of arts is useless.  I really should just go back to school to change my career path. My husband might have a heart attack at the thought of more school loans, but I would be working and making more money in the long run (that’s my argument, anyways). Especially since I’m not working right now and we aren’t getting pregnant.

I became interested in nutrition a little bit when I started practicing Natural Family Planning and even more so when I had a couple friends who decided to use NFP and had some cycle issues. If you take a class to learn NFP then you become a member of Couple to Couple League for a year, and can maintain membership for $35 a year. With this membership you get a subscription to their magazine and the counsel of their staff. If you have any cycle or fertility issues, you can contact them and they can try to help. The NFP instructors can help with issues as well, and if they need more help they call in CCL.

My very first cycle (over 3 years ago) I recorded showed a luteal phase of 5 days. An optimal luteal phase would be 14-16 days (some say it can be as low as 12 days, but there are some that say 12 days is too short). I just so happened to have an appointment with my doctor shortly after and brought it up to her. What did she have to say about my cycle defect?

“Well, since you aren’t trying to have get pregnant we won’t worry about it, and when you want to get pregnant we will just put you on Clomid.”

If only I knew then what I know now; I probably would have said something to her.

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