Aaaaah! The holidays are almost here! As I write this, it’s the 1st week of November. Holiday ads are everywhere and Starbucks has already come out with their holiday cups. I have to be honest, the holidays cause me lots of angst. How about you? I’m sure I’m not the only one.
So much pressure is put on us to be happy, healthy, and positive until January 1. But the reality is, this is the most stressful time of year…around relationships, food, jobs…all the things. Am I right?
I’m going to take some of that pressure off you. If you want to handle the holidays like a pro and be the best you can be, I’ll take you through the 5 ingredients that should not be in your kitchen. Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could wake up on January 1, 2021, and say to yourself, “I feel great!” I’m going to tackle this year with energy and confidence.” Instead of waking up on January 1, 2021, and saying…again… ”I did it again! I ate way too much and too much junk in the last 2 months. Now I need to start over with my health goals.”
If you remove these 5 unhealthy, dare I say, toxic foods from your kitchen, it will get you well on your way to a fabulous 2021.
I’ll be covering all of these in my upcoming virtual party: The Pre-Holiday Pantry Purge.
Let’s jump in…
- Sugar. Of course I would say this. If you know me at all you know my mission is to get people off the sugar and cravings roller-coaster for good. Sugar is one of the worst foods for your gut healthy, your heart healthy, your brain health, your hormonal health, and your weight. It’s safe to say that NO amount of processed sugar is safe for the body.
- Refined fats and trans fats. Similar to sugar, “bad” fats cause inflammation throughout the body, causing problems in the gut, the brain, the heart, and hormone balance. These are fats found in most processed foods and salad dressings and mayonnaise. They include corn oil, canola oil, soybean oil, margarine, shortening, (partially) hydrogenated oils.
- Artificial sweeteners. These include aspartame, acesulfame potassium (ace K), sucralose, and many others. Aspartame has been linked to headaches, ADD, anxiety, weight gain, brain fog, memory loss, and much more. Ace K has been linked to leukemia, breast cancer, thymus cancer, and chronic respiratory disease1. Sucralose has been shown to decrease good gut bacteria by 50%2.
- Gluten-containing grains, especially wheat. There is more to the story than just gluten. Gluten sensitivity is found in more than folks who have celiac disease. Mark Hyman, author of The Blood Sugar Solution: “This new modern wheat may look like wheat, but it is different in three important ways that all drive obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia and more. It contains a super starch, amylopectin A, that is super fattening, a form of super gluten that is super inflammatory, and [acts like] a super drug that is super addictive and makes you crave and eat more”.
- Fat-free and low-fat foods. On the surface, fat-free and low-fat foods would logically appear to be better for you. But the truth is…fat in food does equal fat on the body. It’s the processed high-carb foods that equal fat on the body. The problem with food that has no or low fat, the taste goes away with the fat. So what do companies do to make the food more palatable, even hyper-palatable, is add more sugar or salt or other fillers that our bodies don’t recognize as food. That is what causes insulin to spike. Insulin is a fat-storage hormone. Also, there is growing evidence that full-fat dairy is beneficial for the body vs. low-fat dairy3.
When I was in my 20s and 30s I wish someone had given me a list like this. I’d like to think I would have taken to heart and removed these unhealthy foods from my kitchen. Let’s face it, changing your eating habits is challenging, especially during chaotic and stressful times.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a coach or someone to help walk you through the steps to purge your kitchen then restock it with the good foods?
Well, you’re in luck! That’s exactly what I’ll be doing on November 11 at 6:30 pm Mtn Time. If you feel like you could use some accountability and support to clean up your pantry and your kitchen before the holidays, register here! I promise it will be fun and experiential, not boring with me talking at you the whole time. And I’ll tell you what to put back into your kitchen to replace what you just took out.
Join me! Only a few spots left!