Time To Take Action – Getting Kitchen Ready
It’s time to get yourself ready to prepare the most nourishing foods you can offer your body.
Using everything you’ve learnt so far from the program and the shopping list below you’re set to organise your kitchen with the best produce, whole foods and ingredients possible.
You’ve had a peak inside my kitchen now it’s time to share yours…
This is a great opportunity to take some action from what you’ve learnt.
Time to take a ‘before’ picture of your cupboard(s) and/or fridge and post to the Facebook Group. If doing all your cupboards and fridge feels too daunting maybe just pick one cupboard or a section of your fridge to start with.
Remember this is all about taking tiny steps that over the long term will make a massive difference to your eating habits and health.
Start by going through your fridge and kitchen cupboards and remove what no longer serves you and out of date products and create space for nourishing healthy alternatives. Get rid of anything with ingredients you don't recognise, it’s likely to mean it’s a chemical and not real food. By clearing out processed, chemical ladened foods you can focus on eating a balanced diet of whole foods. Once you’ve cleared and restocked check back in with the Facebook group:
Time to take an ‘after’ picture and post to Facebook Group.
Getting savvy with ingredients labels...
Before we delve into the shopping list I want to talk to you about food labelling. This shopping list could be more than a bit misleading as these items are very much store cupboard staples. The vast majority of what I buy every week is fresh and therefore doesn’t have a label. Real food doesn’t have labels.
Walk into any supermarket and pick up a product and the label reads like something out of a chemical laboratory. I can’t believe I used to eat s@*t like this all those years ago. Do not think for one second (like I used to), that because a food item is sold in a supermarket legally that it is safe to eat and that it will not harm you. It has become so normalised to eat foods full of chemicals that we have forgotten to question if what we are eating is wise. Our bodies are not built to absorb or process chemicals. It simply does not recognise them.
If I buy the odd item that is not a fresh, whole food, like some jars or pickles, I always check that what is on the ingredients label is something I recognise as actual food, and generally once you get more than 5 or 6 ingredients it’s starting to get too highly processed. Always check the sugar and sodium content too, as these have a tendency to be very high in packaged foods.
Sadly, when it comes to making food convenient, there is often a price to pay, even with canned food. Though the invention of canned food was nothing short of life saving for the military across the world for the last 200 years, it’s not really a shortcut we need to make in our daily lives. Not only are you exposing yourself to aluminium, which may be an increased risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, but many canned products also have a lining of the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA). BPA is an oestrogen-mimicking chemical that you really want to limit your exposure to as much as possible. How does BPA directly affect your health? Research has shown a greater risk of early onset puberty in children, reduced fertility rates, and an increased risk of hormonal cancers like breast cancer and prostrate cancer.
I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to buy organic, and where you can, locally produced food. Organic ensures stricter rules about what the crops can be sprayed with, so you’re already making a smarter move to limit your chemical and pesticide exposure. Personally I think organic food just tastes better too and of course by buying organic you’re supporting natural farming and food production methods.
The worrying trend towards more genetically modified food is definitely worth a mention. There is nothing natural about a food that has been genetically modified in a lab and the long term consequences of eating such foods is still unknown. In fact studies have shown risk of tumours, organ failure and liver and kidney damage to name a few. The nutrition of GM crops has been shown to be vastly different too and far higher in toxic pesticides that are known carcinogens. GM crops are largely corn and soy crops, (so if you buy a processed food with any kind of processed corn or soy its likely to be genetically modified), but other GM crops can include papaya and sugar beets. If you buy organic you’re completely ruling out the possibility of eating a GMO. The answer once again is to not buy processed foods as this is where the vast majority of GM foods are found.
Feeling excited and ready to take action?
Here is a very comprehensive shopping list to get your kitchen properly stocked with wholesome nutritious foods. Just click on the link below to download.