Do you know that your diet needs a make-over, but aren’t sure where to start?
Do you want to start making some positive health changes for your families health?
Do you want to work towards avoiding diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other chronic and inflammatory illnesses?
Do you want to teach your children healthy eating habits that will stay with them through their lives?
Start with removing these highly toxic foods. And yes, I do mean throw them in the bin!
1. Toxic Food Dyes
Foods containing colouring agents are SO common, particularly in what is marketed as kids food, which is pretty scary! These dyes can really mess with kids cognitive development and are really high on the toxicity scale.
These toxins accumulate over time, leading to chronic health problems which creep up on you. Some of the most commonly used food dyes are linked to numerous forms of cancer.
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Sports drinks, vitamin water all contain food dye. Particularly avoid the blue one.
Synthesized dyes became popular because they were easier and cheaper to make than their naturally derived alternatives. Most of the time they are used because without them the food would look extremely unappealing.
Try making healthy, real foods appealing and fun for kids.
2. Sugar, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) & Artificial Sweeteners
There’s increasing evidence that HFCS plays a major role in the development of hypertension, obesity, metabolic syndrome and eventually, kidney disease, insulin resistance, and weight gain, elevated triglycerides and LDL.
This toxic substance had been dumped into your food in gradually increasing quantities for the last thirty years since they discovered that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) was far cheaper than adding sugar.
See Mums Getting Wise to Sugar for more.
Ditch any foods with aspartame or the number 921. Aspartic acid is the worst offender of the bunch, as it’s neurotoxic and has been linked to MS, diabetes, and cancer.
However, most other artificial sweeteners are also toxic chemicals which can disrupt the body’s finely tuned nervous and endocrine systems.
If it is marketed as sugar-free, you can bet it has aspartame in it so best to avoid.
I make our own sugar free snacks and desserts to have through the week to satisfy the odd sweet craving.
There’s no reason to ever buy these foods with loads of numbers on the labels – what I call ‘anti-food’. Not only is it fake, laden with synthetic chemicals, and not really giving the body anything nutritional but actually, it robs the body of nutrients as it attempts to metabolize it.
3. Supermarket Cakes & Doughnuts & other bakery goods
Doughnuts are fried, full of sugar and white flour and all varieties contain trans-fats which are the worst type of fat for our health. Store-bought doughnuts are made up of about 35-40% trans-fat.
A consumer watchdog recently investigated to find that most supermarket cakes contain more than 20 synthetic additives, including those used to prolong shelf life or cover up cheaper ingredients. Of the almost 100 cakes tested, Woolworths iced sponges, cream cakes, and mud cakes were the worst offenders with 27+ additives each. The study found that price was no indicator of quality with some of the most expensive brands among the heaviest users of additives.
Bake your own so you know what’s in it. There are LOADS of recipes online for cakes which are actually healthy. Look for raw recipes (these are often particularly yummy and nutritious) or at least refined sugar-free.
Here are my Top 10 dessert recipes to get you started 🙂
4. Soda & soft-drink
One can of soft-drink has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, 30 to 55 mg of caffeine, and is loaded with artificial food colors and sulfites, some contain the dangerous chemical bromine – an ingredient used in some flame retardants in furniture and plastics.
I can’t think of any good reason to ever have it. The diet varieties are also problematic as they’re filled with harmful artificial sweeteners like aspartame.
Studies have linked soda to osteoporosis, obesity, tooth decay and heart disease, yet the average American drinks an estimated 56 gallons of soft drinks each year, and Australia is close behind. Plus, drinking all that sugar will likely suppress your appetite for healthy foods, which pave the way for nutrient deficiencies.
If you routinely drink soft-drink – regular or diet – eliminating it from your diet is one of the simplest and most profound health improvements you can make.
If you’re finding it hard to kick, at least buy one sweetened with natural stevia that doesn’t contain phosphoric acid, an ingredient usually added to keep bubbles fresh but that has been shown to block calcium absorption.
Work towards replacing this eventually with a cleansing, healing, life-affirming, self-loving water-drinking habit!
5. Processed soy – soy milk, soy protein, soy flour, etc
Not only is unfermented soy not so great for you but its mass production is destructive to the planet.
The high levels of phytic acid in soy inhibit the body’s ability to absorb important nutrients. Regular soy in the diet can lead to hormone imbalances and thyroid issues.
Soybeans are mostly genetically modified and highly sprayed with pesticides.
If you are going to eat soy, at least make sure it’s fermented as the fermentation process breaks downt the phytic acid, so it’s less harmful, ie tempeh and miso.
There are plenty of alternative non-dairy milks such as almond and oat milk, better protein sources such as lentils, chickpeas, and other legumes, and better gluten-free flours such as coconut and almond.
Even in our small town cafe’s are now offering almond milk. Yay!
6. Foods cooked in industrial seed oils – corn, cottonseed, safflower, soybean, etc.
For example most commercial chips and snacks, including corn chips, potato chips, tortilla chips, pretzels you name it. This is because they are high in trans-fats.
These polyunsaturated fats easily become rancid when exposed to oxygen and produce large amounts of damaging free radicals in the body. These oils can actually cause aging, clotting, inflammation, cancer and weight gain.
Even the brands marketed as healthy alternatives, gluten-free etc, are full of trans-fats. Fortunately, some companies have caught on about the dangers of trans-fats and have started to produce chips and other snacks using healthier processes such as baked.
However, the high temperatures used to cook them can still cause the formation of carcinogenic substances like acrylamide, and this risk remains even if the trans-fat is removed.
Try nuts in sea salt instead. Yum!
French fries & fast-food hamburgers (and basically all commercially fried foods) are generally always cooked in these toxic oils at high temperatures.
It’s possible to cook healthier fries and burgers at home if you cook it in a healthy oil like virgin coconut oil.
We make veggie burgers at home, with gluten-free, sugar-free buns, and they are tastier than any burger I had before I became a conscious foodie!
Due to its high saturated fat content, coconut oil is extremely stable and is not damaged by the high temperatures of cooking. This is why coconut oil should be the only oil you use to cook with.
7. Refined white breads, flatbreads, wraps, muffins, crumpets etc.
These bakery goods are full of sugar, refined flour (which have a lack of nutrients, are highly-refined carbohydrates, and contain inflammation- causing gluten) and potassium bromate (aka brominated flour).
This ingredient is banned in some countries as it’s been linked to cancer.
Bread available from health food stores may be a few dollars more but is worth every penny as you are getting clean wholesome ingredients rather than depleting and/or toxic ingredients and empty calories.
8. Canned soups & sauces
These are loaded with sodium, MSG (look for #621) & other additives, trans-fats and most sauces are full of sugar.
Buy better alternatives from health food stores, preferably with a BPA free lining, or better still, make your own!
9. Bacon, hot dogs & lunch-meats
Bacon is basically fried salt & fat! A healthier alternative would be to buy preservative-free variety’s from your local health-food store & fry it in coconut oil. Nitrates in bacon & other preserved deli meats have been closely linked to stomach & colon cancers.
Hot-dogs are really a ‘mystery meat’ – a conglomeration of all sorts of quite revolting meat product & preservatives, one of the worst things you can feed your children.
Just give it the flick!
10. Commercial Yoghurts
Commercial brand yogurts generally come from dairy cows that have been given growth hormones to boost milk production. These hormones have been tied to breast, colon, and prostate cancers in some human studies. Most yogurts also contain artificial food colorings and sugar substitutes or high-fructose corn syrup and have very little nutritional value.
Buy plain organic Greek yogurt and add your own fresh fruits &/or date syrup to sweeten naturally, or better still buy healthier alternatives like coconut yogurt that has natural vanilla &/or sweeteners like natural monk fruit instead of sugar.
How’s that pantry looking? Ahhhh, that’s better!
Time to shop for some wholesome REAL food 🙂