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Week One of my eight-week, life-changing adventure was completed with the pantry purge.
My objective was to read the labels on everything and get rid of anything with synthetic oils (the "hydrogenateds"), additive sugars (dextrose, glucose, HFCS, CS, etc), and ingredients that you wouldn't find by themselves on the grocery store shelf (chemical cocktails, basically). Oh boy, was this one fun!
Fortunately, my pantry wasn't cram-packed full...I was in need of a minor shopping trip before this little exercise, and now I'm really in need of one! This is my "before" photo.
I grabbed a grocery bag for items that were unopened and still fresh, for food pantry donation. (I know, they have my "targeted ingredients" in them, but not everyone cares about such things, especially when hard times befall, and they just want and need something to make a meal with. This will do, and I think it's better than throwing it in the trash at this stage.) I also pulled my trash can close, and ended up grabbing a large, "contractor bag" size trash bag since my kitchen can filled up too much and too heavy. Better to double up the bag for strength!
Since my youngest is diabetic, we do need to keep rapid-acting sugars on hand for treating hypoglycemia, as well as what we call "fast carbs" which are the simple starches like saltines, oyster crackers, raisins, etc. I was delighted to discover that these things did not have hydrogenated oils in them, nor the additive sugars! Hooray! So I didn't have to feel badly about keeping them around...not that I really would have, we need them, but it was a little "victory" to have no need for justifying their presence!
Our favorite breadsticks, Alessi's, made the "good" list:
This herb stuffing mix, which has been in many a casserole and on my Thanksgiving table forever, did not:
The opened bag of stuffing went in the trash, and the unopened, not-yet-expired bag went in the donation sack:
How did two different containers of turkey gravy fare?
One definitely goes:
At the end of my pantry purge, all of this was "faux food," headed for the trash bin (the organic corn chips on top were not exactly "faux," but they were stale, so they went out!):
This is the "donation" bag:
And this is what's left of my pantry!
A couple of friends have asked what program my husband and I have chosen...it's the PATH Healthy Eating Curriculum by Dr. Will Clower, from his Mediterranean Wellness plan. I just love the photos they have at the website!
I don't really need to be taught about synthetic ingredients, I already know and understand an incredible amount. But I really wanted something that my dh could work through to understand all of this, and that would give me daily and weekly assignments to kind of "kick-start" my overwhelmed and over-burdened mind and body into action on what I know and long to do, but just couldn't seem to begin.
So far, so good.
Tomorrow I'll go to the store and look for "clean foods" with recognizable ingredients to build up my pantry. Then on Saturday, I'm off to the farmers' markets for the fresh stuff, which is just beginning to show up in our area. My tomatoes are looking good in my garden bed at Christine's home, so I hope to have a decent tomato harvest to eat and put up for wintertime, Lord willing!
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