Simple Steps for a Healthy Kitchen Makeover
Wait now…is Dr. T angling for an HGTV show? A kitchen makeover? No, I’m talking about your potentially toxic kitchen and taking some simple steps for a healthy kitchen makeover. The best way to start taking charge of your body’s health is by changing what you put into it. Take all these steps at once or take them a one or two at a time. Progress is everything and small steps can make a big impact on you and your family’s health.
So to get started…first you have to purge your kitchen of the bad stuff.
Part 1 (We don’t want you to get overwhelmed all at once so we are breaking this into two so you can take a few steps at a time).
1. Take a look at all of your packaged food items and be especially wary of foods with health claims. Sports beverages, energy bars, granola bars, and even multi-grain breads often contain high fructose corn syrup, one of the most processed, unhealthful and GMO-laden ingredients of all. Throw these out.
2. Now look at the rest of your packaged food and look at the ingredients. If you do not know what it is, you should find out what it is, and, if it isn’t real food-throw it out.
3. Toss foods with any artificial sweeteners. Aspartame, NutraSweet, Splenda, sucralose, and sugar alcohols are all toxic and need to go. Yes, that includes Diet Coke!
4. Artificial flavor (flavoring) and colors (food dye) need to go.
So now that you have bare cupboards, what do you do?
1. Replace your favorite foods with “real food” that is not mixed with chemicals. So let’s say you want hot dogs-buy “uncured” dogs-they do not have preservatives in them. If you want mac n’ cheese-buy one that doesn’t have chemicals listed on the box. Even spices can have chemicals in them-find ones that don’t. Large grocery stores are carrying natural and organic products. So does Trader Joe’s and other health food stores.
2. So far Stevia seems OK as is honey and organic sugar if you need to add a sweetener. Try using less sweeteners overall if you can.
3. Buy fresh fruit and vegetables rather than canned or frozen whenever possible.
Part 2 next time…