Often the foods and beverages stuffed in the refrigerator and in our cupboards aren’t really foods – they are collections of ingredients with lots of additives, trans fats, simple carbs and sweeteners. They are processed, refined foods loaded with anti-nutrients – chemicals that actually make it harder for your body to absorb nutrients and cause cellular inflammation, which is linked to premature aging and disease.
Let’s update our cupboards and our thinking about nutrition with a nutrition makeover.
|Out with the Old||Reason||In With the New|
|White refined sugar; Artificial sweeteners||Overly refined with toxic residues and no nutrientsNo health benefits and controversial health effects||Organic unrefined fair trade sugar, Honey, Maple Syrup, AgaveStevia natural sweetener|
|Coffee whitener||Contain hydrogenated fats, artificial colour and flavours which are linked to premature aging and disease||Real milk or cream or milk alternative beverage (oat, soy, rice, almond) -fresh, tetra pack or canned|
|Flavoured coffee mixes||Contain hydrogenated fats, artificial colour/flavour which is linked to premature aging/disease||Herbal tea, white tea, green tea, rooibos tea, bancha tea, organic fair trade coffee, organic black tea|
|Plastic water bottles/bags/wrap||Chemicals in the plastic leach into the water and food||Stainless steel or glass bottles, mugs, glasses and reusable food containers|
|Candy, cookies, pop, white flour||Refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial ingredients, refined white flour all contribute to cellular inflammation that is linked to premature aging and disease||Fresh fruit, dried fruit, raw veggies, protein bars, protein powder, nuts, seeds, nut butters, seed butters, tinned fish (mackerel, sardines, salmon)|
|Worrying about eggs and cholesterol||Free range eggs are a great source of protein and good fats High cholesterol can be lowered with a high fiber, plant based whole foods diet||The Portfolio Diet based on whole foods including almonds, soy, psyllium fiber, and plant sterols|
|Counting calories and carbs||Avoid refined carbs and focus more on mindful eating of real unprocessed foods||Whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables|
|Margarine||Artificial ingredients||Expeller pressed oils, nut and seed butters, organic butter, ghee, Earth Balance|