Pantry Reset

If you have read all the blog posts in this category, you are probably feeling a bit overwhelmed. You are probably thinking that there's nothing left to put in your pantry to eat. Take a deep breath. This is a process meant to be taken step by step. You want sustainability not immediate perfection. If you throw out everything in your pantry and spend hours trying to refill it only to come home exhausted and overwhelmed after hours of shopping at the store. You will likely not be able to sustain it. You want to strive for progress not perfection. Don't get discouraged. The point is to make mindful decisions about your food and what you choose to eat. Give yourself time to integrate change. Eventually it will become automatic to choose brands that you know are healthy.

I encourage you to work on the 80/20 rule. If you can eat clean 80% of the time, with a few exceptions, your body can handle the rest. While eating clean 100% of the time would be great, it can be challenging to achieve.

I strongly suggest starting to remove artificial colors (they are made from petrochemicals, a substance we don't need in our bodies), MSG (a potent neurotoxin), high fructose corn syrup, agave nectar, and artificial sweeteners. These are the ones that are most important to eliminate as completely as possible.

Eating is not meant to be stressful. It is one of our most pleasurable activities in life. It is how we nourish ourselves, taking the time and attention to care for our bodies. When we eat mindfully and slowly our bodies are fueled by the food, and we often find ourselves more satisfied by what we eat because we are paying attention.

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