5 Ingredients You Need To Throw Out of Your Kitchen

5 Ingredients You Need To Throw Out of Your Kitchen

In addition to eliminating cane sugar, Diana does not use wheat, dairy, soy, or gluten in her dishes. Why? Not only are these ingredients highly processed, but they also include elements that are common in creating higher levels of intolerances and allergens. You may not even be aware you are having a reaction; however, these 5 ingredients tend to cause stomach pain, gas, cramping, bloating, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting and heartburn. Other symptoms can include headaches, irritability and/or nervousness and generally making you feel sluggish and unhealthy. These five ingredients are also commonly added to processed meals that typically cause weight-gain. Eating these ingredients can also make you feel full, preventing you from eating the whole foods that your body truly needs, such as vegetables, fruits, and lean meats.

It is a two-fold problem: Eating these 5 ingredients can lead to weight gain while also generating a feeling of unhealthiness. Furthermore, we need to start looking at food as method for adding the best fuel to our bodies instead of just filling our tummies. You may also be surprised at just how many healthy substitutions are available after performing a small amount of research.

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The Food that has the Most Influence Over Your Health – Sugar

Sugar is everywhere and as many consider it to be just as addicting as cocaine. Even if you try to avoid sugar, you simply can’t help yourself. Even if you are able to avoid obvious sources of sugar, like candy and desserts, you are likely falling victim to the countless hidden sources of sugar in your favorite foods.

According to statistics, we consumed six pounds of sugar per year in the last 200 years. These days, we consume more than 100 pounds of sugar every year. Therefore, if there is one thing that individuals can do to improve their health, it is to stop eating cane sugar. The biggest significant impact to your overall health will come from eliminating this processed sugar from your diet.

Not All Sugars are Created Equal

First, we must start distinguishing the difference between types of sugars. For instance, raw honey, maple syrup, agave syrup, coconut palm sugar and sugars from fruit (fructose) can also be considered types of sugar. Cane sugar, which is the most popular form of sugar in recipes is known to be highly processed, bleached and raise blood sugar substantially. Consuming too much sugar in your diet can increase the risk of health problems such as high blood pressure, inflammation, weight gain, diabetes, and fatty liver disease. Diane likes using coconut palm sugar because palm sugar has a similar consistency to brown sugar but is more nutritious (non-processed and non-bleached). It will also provide you with vitamins, minerals, and calories, and has a mild sweetness that will not raise your blood sugar levels the same way cane sugar will.

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Diana’s Simple Strategies for Eating Healthier Meals

Eating healthily can be a lot like exercising; it just sounds difficult and laborious. So here are some tips on how to make things simpler.

The first step is to get rid of all the junk food. This includes most packaged, canned goods, pre-made frozen dinners and snacks from your life and your home. These foods are most likely highly processed and contain a lot of nasty additives. The less ingredients the better. A general rule of thumb is if you can’t pronounce an ingredient, or don’t know what it is, don’t eat it. The simplest way to improve your eating habits is to eat real and whole foods.

The second suggestion is to plan healthy meals for you and your family. For example, on Sundays make a meal plan and grocery list for the recipes you have decided on for the week ahead. Acquiring all the ingredients ahead of time will make meals less stressful and will help control your budget. Healthy eating and cooking can be made much easier with a little planning. 

When planning your kids’ lunches ensure that you are including foods they love. Finding favorite recipes that can be served over the course of multiple days such as meatballs, protein balls, veggies, and homemade dip to pack and/or freeze in portions can be a real time saver. Make sure to add ingredients that will sustain them for the day rather than cause a sugar crash.

Having time for healthy meals and snacks all boils down to setting priorities. It becomes a way of life and a practice. Placing a high value on living a lifestyle that includes nourishing eating habits for you and your family will set a good example for generations to come.

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About Diana

Diana Keuilian is also known as the “The Recipe Hacker.” She earned her nickname over time as she began developing recipes that were all wheat, gluten, dairy, soy, and cane sugar free while not sacrificing flavor. In this interview, she shares some of her tried-and-true healthy hacks that will inspire a new way of thinking about food and eating. Making changes are never easy, however, making some adjustments to your lifestyle is sure to make you feel and look fabulous from the inside out. Happy Cooking!

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