Again, I know.
My sister in law asked me to give her a list of things to avoid. How can I put it into a list?! I'll try.
Maybe a list of lists?
Here's a good one, but if you're just starting out, you'll have to read labels of everything you pick up. Who has time for that?
Food additives to avoid
A simple list, but it's very specific. Though, I won't ever drink a StarBs Venti white chocolate mocha ever again. Worse than a McDs 1/4lber with cheese? Are you kidding me?!
A good list from a site I visit from time to time.
Another good list from Mercola.com, my go-to site for health/food related info.
My personal list of foods we don't buy and don't budge on:
1-Soda & juice-no nutritional value. ASIDE from the sugar(excuse me, high fructose corn syrup), there are so many additives that have horrible consequences. It is NOT just about being fat or skinny. It's bad for more than just your waistline.
2-store bought meat-get it from the farmer. I'm telling you, it's worth the little bit of hassle and the extra money.
3-store bought milk, even the organic
4-store bought eggs-buy one dozen from a local farmer and you'll see why. I could post a bazillion articles, but nothing but experience will convince you that store bought eggs just can't even compete.
5-processed foods. I know this is so broad, but I don't even go to the middle aisles of the grocery store. I do not buy food in boxes. IF I buy crackers, it's very rare and usually an impulse buy. I'll do organic wheat crackers or WASA flatbread crackers. For chips, we do organic blue corn tortilla chips. That's it. Weird, huh?
6- anything with high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, artificial dyes and SOY. Soy is a redflag word to me. Soy of any kind, though I have to make exceptions for this one every once in a while. It's in EVERYTHING.
So what do we eat? I've been meaning to do a "day in the life" post about food, but haven't gotten around to it.
I urge you to look at the ingredients in a box of cereal, even the organic ones. I tell my kids all the time, "Just because it's labeled organic, doesn't mean it's good for you." Processed food is processed food. For breakfast, usually our biggest meal, we eat:
English muffins(Ezekiel 4:9 or Rudi's)
pancakes with pure maple syrup
English muffin pizza
pasta with olive oil and parm
grilled cheese(meunster cheese is our favorite)
Dinner is the same as always, just with better ingredients.
very, very occasionally, we drink sweet tea
organic cane sugar
local, raw honey
bulk items like coconut, beans(kidney, pinto and black turtle), raw almonds, raw cashews
organic peanut butter and jelly
Rudi's nut and oat bread
There's more to it, but there's a tiny little slice. It really is more simple than regular grocery shopping because you're cutting out 90% of the junk. True, you have to track down some things, but in the end, it just feels like regular ole grocery shopping. It's worth the effort, I promise. Hope this helps!