Welcome to Day 1 of your cleanse! Yesterday, you set an intention for your own health and I want to appreciate you for taking that first step.
Now let’s get started!
Junk food is everywhere. From salty snacks and fried foods to sodas, candy bars, and cookies, many feel it’s hard to choose healthy options. Junk foods contain addictive ingredients like sugar, artificial flavorings, and MSG that makes it hard to stop eating them. Most people know these foods cause serious health issues, but can’t quit their addiction.
TRY THIS EXERCISE
Kick this cleanse off by purging your kitchen of any and all junk food offenders. If it doesn’t promote health, it’s going in the trash.
Don’t be fooled by clever marketing phrases like “all natural” or “100% healthy” – there’
a lot of leeway in these claims. The goal is to get consumers to purchase the food, not to improve their health.
You’re too smart to fall for this hoax.
I know this in hard for people that don’t want to feel wasteful. The idea is to make more room for healthy foods in your home. Donate or toss the foods you know contain junky ingredients. Pay special attention to canned foods and packaged items, which are often the worst offenders. My clients often ask, “How do I know which foods are junk?”
Here are a few quick terms that raise red flags:
- long shelf-life; packaged in plastic containers, metal cans, or cardboard boxes
- artificial food coloring ingredients such as red dye 40, yellow 5, and green 3
- artificial sweeteners like aspartame, Splenda, and xylitol
- any ingredient you can’t pronounce
- trans fats, often called hydrogenated oils, partially hydrogenated oils, or shortening
Three ways to avoid trans fats are:
- Avoid margarines.
- Read snack food labels carefully.
- Limit heavily processed foods.
I recommend using extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil as your main cooking oils and source of dietary fat.
Were you surprised by any of these junk food ingredients, or were they on your radar already? Is there one food in particular that will be hard to part with? I’d love to hear from you!
The more you stay committed to whole foods and simple ingredients, the more your health benefits.
While you are cleaning out your cabinets and refrigerator you might as well do a natural deep green cleaning.
Here is the all-purpose natural green cleaner that I make and use at home:
- 10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 10 drops Lemon Essential Oil
- 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 1 tbsp of Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soup
- 16 oz of Water
Directions: Place all ingredients into a 16 oz glass spray bottle. Shake bottle. Spray,
cleanand wipe away.
You can get glass spray bottles at AromaTools. Don’t forget to order the bottle and the sprayer as well. Click HERE to order your oils. Choose the “Join and Save” tab at the top of the page to get wholesale prices. Contact me with questions.