Before you begin on any fitness or clean eating journey the first thing you need to do is Purge your Pantry!
Here are a few steps to set you off in the right direction...
Start with a clean sweep
You won't be able to see what you're working with until you've completely removed everything from your pantry. Small containers and packages of spices tend to fall over and get pushed to the back. By emptying your pantry, you may uncover a few hidden items that you'd completely forgotten about.
The only way to know if an item is clean/real food is to read the ingredients lists on the back of everything. Not the Nutritional facts that tell you how many grams nope, the list of who's actually in the product!
Read Ingredient lists and Donate
When reading the nutrition facts label, by weight. This means that the product contains more of the first ingredient than any other single ingredient. So if the ingredients are “oats, honey, peanut butter, water, salt” you know that there are more oats than honey in the product, even if only by a tiny margin. However, it’s possible that if you combine the honey and peanut butter, they outweigh the oats.
What to watch out for...
- Cake Mixes and Frosting
- Pancake and waffle mixes, too, often contain hydrogenated oils.
- Ice Cream - Yep some flavours of ice cream contain trans fats
- Non-dairy creamers
- Microwave popcorn
- Store Bought cookies and Cookie Dough
- Pillsbury's refrigerated Grands and other rolls
- Crackers - Read the ingredients list on all crackers. I personally stick with triscuits or Mary's Organic crackers
- Frozen dinners - Read labels carefully when you're in the frozen-foods section. They are likely to contain trans fat not just to make the foods more stable but also to give them a fattier feel in your mouth.
- Packaged pudding
- Canned Chili and soups - read the ingredients list very carefully
Sugar, artificial sweeteners and High Fructose Corn Syrup
I have learned to use and love love honey and maple syrup and even use them for my baking and cooking. But Sugar and artificial sweeteners are lurking everywhere even in crackers so read your ingredients list not just the nutrition facts before deciding what to keep and what to donate from your pantry.
Check out my Sugar Sugar Sugar blog post for all you need to know and what to look for when reading the ingredients list!