Toxic Food Extermination: AKA Purge Your Pantry

Photo of my pantry, with coconut oil, coconut flour, sea salt, olive oil, herbal tea, coconut milk, pumpkin, raw honey, tomato paste.

This week, one of your tasks is to start thinking about how you would rid your diet of the three toxins ( grains, sugar, industrial oils) and what you would eat instead. To get you started, here is a list of items to purge from your pantry and what to buy to replace them.

And never fear! We are not suggesting throwing away food! You are on a path to optimize your health. You have that luxury. But there are some people who don’t have that luxury and are more concerned about simply filling their bellies. Bring items you purge from your pantry to Fit4God on Sunday nights and we will collect it for donation to hungry families.

So, grab a big box and start purging!

Grains to Purge:
Breakfast cereals
Bread
Bagels
Muffins
Tortillas
Crackers
Rice cakes
Pretzels
Corn chips
Wheat flour
Instant oatmeal
Snack bars made with wheat
Boxed rice (like Rice A Roni)

Special Note: Keep your white rice and whole oats to add back in later if you can tolerate them for “safe” starches

What to Buy to Replace Grains:
Instead of cereal, have bacon and eggs

Instead of a sandwich on bread, have a big salad with protein

Instead of wheat-based snacks, stock up on beef jerky, almonds, macadamia nuts, and pumpkin seeds

Industrial Oils to Purge:
Vegetable oil
Canola oil
Corn oil
Soybean oil
Sunflower oil
Safflower oil
Peanut oil
Shortening
Margarine
Chips (they are made w/ industrial oils)

What to Buy to Replace Industrial Oils:
Butter (preferably pastured)
Coconut Oil – extra virgin is best; Tropical Traditions is a great brand, LouAna brand is more refined, but less expensive and still fine.
Tallow
Olive Oil

Sugars to Purge:
White sugar
Brown sugar
Refined honey
Agave nectar
Any processed food made with sugar or High Fructose Corn Syrup (HCFS)
Soda pop
Aspartame
Saccharine

Special Note: You might choose to keep your sugar and brown sugar if you are going to do some low-sugar gluten-free baking for children in your life or for the VERY occasional sweet treat for a special celebration.

What to Buy to Replace Sugars:
Raw honey – this is metabolically similar to sugar, but it has some enzymes that are beneficial and can be used in small amounts to sweeten some recipes

Stevia in the raw– of all the low calories sweeteners, this one seems to have the best health track record. Of course, it’s early, so the negative data might come later. Use occasionally. Stevia in the raw has less aftertaste than more processed stevia. Liquid stevia is good too.

100% Pure Maple Syrup – just a teaspoon goes a long way to top off Pumpkin Coconut Pancakes or for a touch of sweetness in recipes

Other Great Pantry Staples
Canned vegetables
Canned salmon
Canned tuna
Canned coconut milk
Coconut flour
Apple cider vinegar
Balsamic vinegar
Cooking wines, red and white
Real Sea Salt (I like Redmond’s brand)

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