The Journey Begins – Removing Harmful Foods From Our Diet

The Journey Begins Season 1 :

3 Months of Change Challenge- Today is December 21st. , the first day of winter.

snow garden'sSo, the decision has been made to start the journey toward healthy living. The first steps have been taken! Bravo! Now it’s time to take the next step. Yes, I do know it’s only a few days away from Christmas. I don’t expect you or me to make any serious changes until after the holidays but we can at least be getting our minds ready for the change.

If you still struggle with making the decision to start your journey, read my posts about changing your motivation and why we should care.

As I described on the Start Here page, we will divide our journey into four seasons. We will start our season in winter since that is what time of year it is but really doesn’t matter what time of year you actually start. The hope is that in four seasons you will be well on your way with your journey and be able to repeat what you have learned and share it with others.

Remember I am on this journey too. As I am writing these posts, much of what I say to the outside world is directed to myself as well. Some things I have accomplished and overcome through my journey already but there is still much for me to learn.

During our winter season we will start by removing harmful foods from our diet. Most of the things listed below are toxic and should be removed as soon as possible. The next three months will be spent detoxing your food cabinets and refrigerators, and getting used to it. We are going to find new foods to substitute the harmful foods.

The emphasis on the next three months will be to eliminate these products from our diets but first we have get them out of our homes. The next step we will be taking is learning why we are eliminating these products from out diets. It’s one thing to know it’s harmful but it’s another thing to know why it is harmful. The Let’s Learn About series will help us understand our food better.

We have the next three months to clean our cabinets and refrigerators and fill them with healthy alternatives. I am not going to include the healthy alternatives just yet. Instead, I will be writing about each number on the remove and limit foods list in the Let’s Learn About series.

Here is the list of products that should be removed from your home within the next three months. Try not to worry about when you eat out at this point. We need to start by eliminating harmful foods from our homes first.

Remove from your home food list.

1. High Fructose Corn Syrup -This ingredient is in just about every sweet processed food available today. Read your labels. Some food that contain HFCS :

  • soda
  • pancake syrup
  • some Juices
  • sports drinks
  • jellies
  • jams
  • some cereals
  • some breads
  • some canned foods

Read your labels!

2. Hydrogenated oils and Partially Hydrogenated oils – This is another item that is in most of our processed foods.

Some foods that contain hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils (list taken from Purica) :

  • Cake mixes, biscuit, pancake and cornbread mixes, frostings
  • Cakes, cookies, muffins, pies, donuts
  • Crackers
  • Peanut butter (except fresh-ground)
  • Frozen entrees and meals
  • Frozen bakery products, toaster pastries, waffles, pancakes
  • Most prepared frozen meats and fish (such as fish sticks)
  • Whipped toppings
  • Margarines, shortening
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Taco shells
  • Cocoa mix
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Corn chips, potato chips
  • Frozen pizza, frozen burritos, most frozen snack foods
  • Low-fat ice creams
  • Noodle soup cups
  • Bread
  • Pasta mixes
  • Sauce mixes

Read your labels!

3. Soy– I have been doing a lot of research on the subject of soy and how harmful it can be to consume. I will be sharing what I have learned as well as my personal experience with soy products in the Let’s Learn About series.

Soy products include:

  • soy milk
  • soy beans
  • commercially prepared meats and meat substitutes
  • some canned soups
  • margarine
  • vegetable oil
  • tofu
  • mayonnaise

Read your labels!

4. Sodium Nitrite – This one may be a surprise to some but Sodium Nitrite is very harmful when consumed and it’s in one thing you might have thought as “healthy food”. Here is a list of products that contain Sodium Nitrite.

  • lunch meat that is not label Nitrite free.
  • hot dogs
  • bacon
  • sausage

This chemical may not be labeled but you should be good if you stay clear of processed meats.

5. Excitotoxins – These chemicals found in many food products. They are considered to be neurotoxic chemical additives and are believed to directly harm nerve cells. They include aspartame and monosodium glutamate as well as many other chemicals.

Products that include excitotoxins.

  • sugar-less and sugar chewing gums
  • diet soda
  • canned soup
  • salad dressing
  • breakfast sausage
  • seasonings such as sloppy Joe mix and spaghetti seasonings

Read your labels!

So there is the list of harmful foods and chemicals you want to remove from your home. It won’t be easy so take it slow. Try not to buy anymore items that contain these harmful ingredients. But if you do don’t worry about it too much. This is a process that will take time. You have a three month goal so you have plenty of time to adjust to the change.

Here are some products you will want to limit.

  1. Meat and dairy with artificial hormones – It’s best to buy grass-fed beef or organic beef and chicken but if you can’t because of cost or availability then just do your best. Buy raw milk if you can’t but if you can’t buy organic whole milk. Read labels and buy dairy that says rBGH free.
  2. Refined sugars – limit this product as much as you can.

Don’t forget to pray to the Lord for help.

I look forward to share with you in the Let’s Learn About series. So stay tuned 🙂

Please note: I am not a health professional nor a nutritionist. I am a women, wife, mother, sister, friend and Christ follower that is concerned about the health state of America. I am trying to do my part to help my family, friends and blog readers take steps toward a healthier lifestyle.

Creative Commons License photo credit: honcho-2009

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