Vegetable Oils of MOST kinds, the exception being Avocado, or TRUE olive oil, (and even then I wouldn’t recommend cooking with it). Anything heat processd is to be totally eliminated. FOREVER. This is crucial. Fake Fats WILL kill you, or make you very sick, and it will happen slowly. SO. Just don’t .
Soda (yep, diet and regular). This does NOT include all fizzy water. I LOVE sparkling water, and I love adding a bit of fruit or flavor to my water. Endless variety here, but read the label and look for lurking additives in spite of happy words like natural, and pretty labels.
- Conventional soup bouillon cubes, powder, soup mix, etc.
- Processed meats , hot dogs, sausages, etc.- basically any processed meat (nitrates, very poor quality meat, other additives like sugar and dyes)
- Juice drinks (if it has the word ‘drink’, it has other things added BESIDES juice), beverages, punches, powdered mix.
- Artificial sweeteners (found in everything from diet drinks to toothpaste, so read labels).
- Chewing gum. (incredibly toxic chemicals, especially to the brain, with unknown long-term effects, and links to many debilitating diseases).
- White bread (no explanation needed, you KNOW this shit is bad).
- Soy products, including soy milk, soy cheese, soy “meats”, soy cereals, everything. The only acceptable soy products are fermented, such as miso, tempeh, natto, or very small amounts of organic tofu. (hormone disrupters, enzyme inhibitors, can cause nutrient loss, can become carcinogenic when processed).
- Boxed cereals, except perhaps muesli. (again, hydrogenated oils, dyes, sugar, difficult to digest grains, etc.).
- Packaged fake foods. Of ANY kind. You know what this stuff is. Eat this stuff as treats, not sustenance.
You don’t have to do it all at once. Choose the ones you feel you can do, leave the rest, and don’t feel guilty about it
Some of these items you will want to (and will easily be able to) replace with whole foods from a regular grocery store. For example, artificially sweetened items with real 100% juice or real sweeteners, kids snacks with fruit, veggies, nut butters, dried fruit, home baking, etc. and packaged foods with homemade alternatives. For some of you, that may feel quite challenging. You may need to select only a few at a time that you know you could get by without or that you could make yourself.
Remember, the goal is to make these lifestyle changes, so if simply replacing sugar juices with real juices (and you may need to buy less and encourage your family to drink more water to make it affordable), and getting rid of canned soup (and learning to make your own soups) feels like a really big change, then only do that. And if you need to you can gradually get rid of only one or two kinds of soup or sugar drinks at a time. Every little step is a victory, and every step is important!
Either way you want to do it is fine, because ultimately, this has to work for you, and everyone is different in how they approach tasks like this.