Real Food Challenge Day #1

So I am hoping to learn a lot from the 28 Day Real Food Challenge at Nourished Kitchen. If you are even slightly interested in moving your family to a whole food diet, you should really sign up, there is so much to learn and it is great for beginners like me. My goal is to make at least 5 changes to our diet in the next month, because even little steps help, right?
Day #1Goal  Clean out your pantry of any processed unhealthy foods. These include:

  • Vegetable Oils: Soybean, Cottonseed, Canola, Corn
  • Sugar: White Sugar, Brown Sugar, Turbinado, Agave Nectar (including “raw”), Sugar in the raw  (This surprised me, I thought agave nectar was a good thing)
  • Stevia: white stevia powder, stevia liquid (This did too, white stevia is overly processed)
  • Margarine
  • Shortening (excluding palm shortening)
  • White flour: all-purpose flour, unbleached all-purpose flour, white rice flour,
  • Cornstarch
  • Soy foods: soy sauce, soy flour, soy milk, soy lecithin, isoflavone-enriched foods and supplements
  • Dried Pastas and Noodles (I’m in trouble now)
  • Iodized Salt
  • Refined Sea Salt
  • Meat & Dairy Replacements: TVP, veggie burgers, vegan cheeses, sour creams, rice and nut milks, vegan sausages  (Sour cream? Really?)
  • Processed cheeses
  • Skim and Low-fat Dairy: cheese, milk, yogurts etc.
  • Boxed cereals, crackers and cookies

Ok, so like I said, I am of the baby step mentality.  (I know, so unlike me, LOL) I will get back on the wagon when it comes to using whole wheat flour, and investigate an economical source of green stevia, and plan on growing my own stevia plants this summer.

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