When we think of detoxing, we think of what our body does to lose weight and make us feel better. But this time, we are talking about detoxing your kitchen. The basic fact is, if you don’t have junk in the home, you won’t eat junk.
Case in point: If you have to leave your home to get a bad for you — but tasty — treat, then you are less likely to eat it. Therefore, the first step to a healthier you is having a healthy kitchen. This is not a “let’s eat all the junk first, then restock with good food” situation. This is “get rid of the junk, then restock with the good” situation.
Step 1. Set aside an hour to detox your kitchen. Schedule it if you have to, but make the time.
Step 2. Investigate the labels. Don’t just read the nutritional facts, read the actual ingredients list. If you can’t pronounce it, it’s in Latin, and you don’t find it in a recipe or in your cupboard, don’t use it.
Step 3. Throw out these foods:
- Sugar — keep in mind there are 272 different names for sugar and they lurk in “healthy” things like salad dressing, ketchup, cereal, and wheat.
- Bad fats like margarine, soy or corn oil, and anything with trans fat or hydrogenated fat.
- Artificial sweeteners — all of them, and anything with sugar alcohol or that has “-ol” at the end, such as sorbitol. Stevia is better, but only in the whole plant extract.
Step 4. Stock up on these:
- Non-starchy vegetables are great, as is fruit, but limit fruit because it does affect your insulin. Berries are the best fruit to eat because they have the least effect on your blood sugar.
- Dry foods such as legumes, nuts, and gluten-free grain.
- Herbs and spices — buy organic if you can, and make sure there aren’t any hidden ingredients.
Read the full article here: 4 Steps to Detoxify Your Kitchen- Dr. Mark Hyman