Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The first step to eating clean

Get rid of all your processed foods. That's what I did. I gave away boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes of food. I wish I had before-and-after pictures so you could see the loads of food I gave away. As a compulsive food hoarder, my fridge, pantry, cupboards, and freezer were completely full.  Yo'know, just in case.   In one day, the kitchen went from totally full to completely empty.   Bye, bye, bad stuff.

P.S.  My kids practically cried on this day.  Oh well, they got over it.

These are just some of the items we gave away.  Can you imagine your kitchen and your life without these foods?   Yes, life goes on, even without French toast sticks.

I Can't Believe it's Not Butter spray
peanut butter
jams and jellies
frozen waffles
frozen mini pancakes
frozen French toast sticks
frozen tater tots and french fries
icecream bars and icecream sundaes
Hershey's chocolate sauce
apple cider packets
hot chocolate packets
tubs of frosting
boxes of brownies
Slim Fast shakes
granola bars
oatmeal packets
granola cereal
all cereal, yes, all
Classic Bread's white bread
Classic Bread's cinnamon swirl bread.....still miss this one  :(
mango salsa
au gratin potatoes
gravy mixes
Hamburger Helper
A-1 steak sauce
Fruit by the Foot
fruit snacks
Peppridge Farms fish crackers
wheat thin
potato chips
tortilla chips
barbecue sauce
Jello pudding
Jello gelatin ( a lot of these)
hot dogs
All marinating sauces and mixes

I know there's more, but I can't remember everything, it seems like so long ago.  Basically, I dispensed of any item containing sugar, corn syrup, high frutose corn syrup, artifical coloring, additives, chemicals, too much sodium, nitrites, nitrates, gelatin, and other perservatives.

The benefits of giving away all this crap:
If I just gave ten boxes of macaroni and cheese away I'm not going to feel like buying more the next time I'm at the store.  See how that works?  I've been motivated because I made an investment.  I gave away hundreds of dollars of food and I am not going to ruin that by buying that crap again. 
Secondly, I'm forced to start now.  There's no procrastinating.  This "eat clean" thing begins now or we starve to death.  Better buy some produce, beans, organic lean meats, and learn how to cook asap.    That's step two.  More on that later......


E said...

Sigh. I'm not "there" yet, but when I am, I'm coming back here and printing off all this stuff.

R said...

Knowing all this makes enjoying a cookie harder. I think to myself, as I eat the homemade treat from a friend, "I'm just feeding those cancer cells!"

Amanda said...

Jenny, when you get "there" and you are ready I will totally help you. If I can do it anyone can do it.

Amanda said...

R, The same goes for me. Once you know how food works you never think of it the same again. Especially bad foods.

Angela said...

W.O.W. !!!!!! Amanda... reading your blog is amazing me. YOU amaze me!! I'm sitting here going "Am I "there" yet? Wow. This is awesome! Thank you for sharing all of this!! You truly inspire me!!

Angela said...

I really need a good, hard realization intervention about food. I need to see and learn about all the bad stuff it does. It needs to smack me in the face and put me into action, before it smacks me in the face and kills me!! AND my family!!

Amanda said...

I think watching movies is a great way to get a realization about what food is doing to us and how it has changed. I recommend the following movies. I watched them all on Netflix Streaming for free with our Netflix account but I also know these are all available from the library.

1. Food Matters
2. Food Inc
3. Supersize Me

Food Inc convinced me to only eat organic meat! You won't be able to get those chickens, cows, and pigs out of your head. Great wake up call.

And if then if you want to know about how nutritious food can heal you from disease watch The Gerson Miracle.

Thanks for the kind words.