Having a kitchen stocked full with beautiful fresh, healthy, nourishing food will make living a real-food lifestyle much easier, simpler, and more enjoyable. Most people are addicted to refined carbohydrates like sugary foods as well as white pastas and breads and crackers, for example. Your body is hard-wired that way due to the possibility of famine around the corner. It wants sugary foods to help store fat for an emergency energy source (obviously not packaged refined carbs, but perhaps berries and honey). But there is no famine in developed countries now. So we just get fat and unhealthy. This means you’ve just gotta get that food out of the house! If you’re interested in your health, and feeling and being your best, then examples of ‘food’ to get rid of include:
- White flours
- Sugar, including white, brown, raw, processed syrups, natural and artificial sweeteners and the stuff hidden in processed foods
- Dried fruit
- Tinned fruit
- Packaged or frozen microwave meals
- Tinned soups and meals
- Tinned spaghetti and baked beans
- Boxed cereals including granolas and muesli (usually sugar laden)
- Any processed powdered items like jelly and custard
- Any oil that comes from a vegetable or seed (lots of research showing detrimental affects on health)
- Just anything in a packet that has not been alive very recently, and has numbers in the ingredients. Get rid of it. It’s not food!
Instead, fill your fridge with fresh produce that represents all of the colours of the rainbow! Vegetables are usually the biggest part of my meals. Stock up on plain herbs and spices (check for preservatives and additives) and find some real food recipes that use them. Buy extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil. Have a little container full of nuts and seeds for snacks and toppers. Start eating free-range meat (if you eat it) from animals that have been treated well and eaten a diet as close to natural as possible – wild game is best! The animal’s life really does affect the nutrient content. And it’s ethical. Meat takes up a little spot on my dinner plate. Think quality, not quantity with meat. Grab some free-range eggs – but do some research… free-range labels might not equal what you have in mind as free range. Some unprocessed and full fat dairy could be an addition to your fridge. So could almond and coconut milks, but again be careful of the ingredients! Other coconut products like coconut cream (check ingredients) and shredded, desiccated or flaked coconut can be great. Notice that most of this stuff will live in the fridge? That’s because it is fresh. It was recently alive. These are just some ideas.
You will feel SO good cleaning out that kitchen. Give the packet stuff away or donate to a charity for even more feel-good fluffies. Grab some recipes that help you actually use your new real food kitchen. There are lots online, including my own at frankleehealthy.com, and I also love these recipe-filled websites: The Merrymaker Sisters, Michelle Yandle Nutrition Coaching, Mikki Williden Real Food Nutrition, I Quit Sugar, That Sugar Film and Eat Drink Paleo. There are plenty more out there, but these guys all have a great real-food philosophy and are a few of my favourites.
Go forward and have a clean out, and be well!
By Franklee Healthy
P.S I would also LOVE to hear your ideas of foods to get rid of and foods to embrace, in the comments below xx
A little message at the end: These blog posts are simply to help me process my own learning. I have no medical, health-science-y background… although I am studying towards a diploma of nutritional science, and I do my best to consult reliable research. If you see any info that doesn’t quite look right, then great! Comment away with your thoughts, because I would love to know more.