If you ever feel like you’ve had enough of these half hearted diets, and listening to people who know only a portion of what is actually true, and you are looking to make a real change, this article is just for you.
In order to streamline your diet, frankly whatever diet / lifestyle aims that you plan to achieve, you need to eliminate things creating a havoc in your body rather than fighting your willpower by looking at a particular food item and wishing it was in your stomach rather than someone else’s. Thats plain stupidity. I mean, why would you put yourself through it? What happened to the good old rule of, out of sight is out of mind? Thats what you’ll apply & get these items out of your kitchen and life for good.
If you are going to clean up.. it should be an effort that needs to be taken by the entire family.. not just one person who wants to loose weight or get fit or healthy. I have always maintained, if you concentrate on just loosing weight, you are slicing the branch off the tree.. whereas your goal is to uproot the tree from its roots.. The branch will grow back one day.. but if you eliminate the bloody root there will be no tree aka toxins contaminating your body.
The idea is to start slow and then increase your pace as you keep getting comfortable with a new lifestyle. You don’t want to expose yourself to a brilliant but undoable 21 day program that plays a havoc with your mental ability, eventually leading you to cheat.. So my advice would be to first eliminate the current toxicating items from your kitchen before really adopting new ones. Sounds good? You bet!!
Given below is a list of 5 food items that you need to eliminate from your kitchen right away.. These will help you get started on a journey of change and encourage you to take bolder steps towards health as time goes by.
- Vegetable Oils:
Now just because an item has the word ‘vegetable’ in it doesn’t make it healthy for you. Of course vegetables are healthy, but vegetable oils? No Way.. They are loaded with tremendous amounts of trans-fats that are actually bad for your body. For those who don’t know what trans-fats are – they are simply elements that raise the bad cholesterol in your body and lower the good cholesterol. Moreover, vegetable oils are known to cause inflammation in the body and lead to cardiovascular diseases. Also did you know that vegetable oils did not to exist until the 1900’s? They were invented as cheap substitutes to fat.. and the consumption of vegetable oils took steam with the start of the public campaign that saturated fats are bad for you. However the truth is that it isn’t … in fact research shows, from the time consumption of vegetable oils and trans fats has gone up significantly in our daily diets the cases of cardiovascular diseases are on the rise! Why is the world facing the problem of obesity? Because when you take away thats essentially natural and replace it with something thats produced under un-natural facilities (just like vegetable oils are – by pressing, heating and adding various toxic chemicals) it creates a havoc in your body…
So if vegetable oils are bad, what should you substitute them with? Here are some fabulous substitutes:
a. Coconut oil: Coconut oil has got a lot of bad press due to the fact that its high in saturated fat and is believed to contribute to cholesterol.. but contrary to what is believed, this oil is actually composed of healthy fats which are called medium chain fatty acids (MCA’s) . But lets take a moment here and understand as to why do we need fats? They are essential because our body derives energy from fats to do its daily tasks, its vital for the functioning of our nerves and brains and it helps in the development of cells… And just because its called fat.. it doesn’t make the human body that consumes it ‘fat’. On the contrary it makes that body ‘thin’, yo! and that is why its called the good fat. Its great for the skin, hair and has even got anti-ageing properties, and who says no to that?
Now there are a lot of people who don’t like the flavour that coconut brings to food.. but frankly when you use it for cooking it doesn’t show up in your vegetable or salads or chicken or whatever that it is you are cooking… But if you are still looking for another alternative to coconut oil – here we go:
b. Ghee or Clarified butter: If you are an Indian, just like me, I bet you are smiling to yourself and saying, boy I can do with ghee. As far as I know and I have researched, ghee was traditionally used in Indian cooking. Termed as clarified butter in the western markets, this product is made by removing all the milk from the butter and simmering it over a medium flame. Ghee has its own typical taste, which frankly is a-maze-ing, but if you are new to it, you might take a while to get used to it. Ghee, like coconut oil helps your body fight inflammation, is great for your gut health and is loaded with vitamins A, D, E and K. The reasons why lactating women in India are recommended with ghee in their diets is because they can pass on the healthy nutrients to the child via breast milk. Moreover it aids in weight loss and improves digestion, none of these benefits are included in any of the vegetable oils.
Although ghee is technically a dairy product, it is made from the fattiest part of dairy and contains very little milk protein. It is least like to cause any intolerance in human beings.
Did I hear someone whisper what about Olive Oil? Sure olive oils are great too, but only as salad dressings. Olive oil, unlike all other oils has a low smoke point i.e. the point at which oil begins to boil and turn into smoke when exposed to heat. When this happens, the essential components of olive oil touted to be good for your body actually turn harmful for you.. So Olive oil is only for salad dressings. And when it comes to salad dressings I also love avocado oil, flaxseed oil, walnut oil, the list is endless. So stock them up and use them all equally.
2. Wheat and wheat products
Wheat is a staple to all cultures, it exists in different forms and is known with different names across the globe.. Whether you call it bread, biscuit, chapati, naan or a bagel.. its essentially wheat.. and over a period of time as people traveled across the globe, so did their cultures… An American today eats a Naan bread with equal vigour as an average Indian eats a pizza. Point being, it has been a part of our diets for umpteen years, and the talk about quitting wheat relatively new. So what transpired in all these years ?
Wheat isn’t what wheat was in the earlier days.. As technology advanced and we got better at doing things, our agriculture got smarter too. We revolutionised grain milling and could now produce the finest ground white flour – which was also mixed and grinded and bleached with harmful ingredients by the way – all bought to us at a low cost – stripped of all the vital nutrients. The resultant is a wheat, full of gluten messing with your gut, causing constipation, gas and inflammation in your body affecting people in various ways. Do you feel exhausted, unenthusiastic, at a loss of stamina for your age? Maybe you need to cut down on your gluten intake then.
Did you know, that in 2010, famous tennis player Novak Djokovic was in consultation with Dr. Igor Cetojevic when the doctor noticed that Djokovic’s left arm was noticeably weaker than his right and also realised that he had trouble breathing during the Australian open. He had even vomitted violently during a match break. It was when the doctor concluded that he was likely sensitive to gluten. Djokovic also realised that he had collapsed from exhaustion after several matches and tied these incidents to his gluten sensitivity. Even though he wasn’t diagnosed with any disease per say, he started a gluten free diet which improved his performance drastically. He even released his own cook book “Serve to Win” full of gluten free recipes.
To conclude: Wheat consumption is bad as it spikes your blood sugar and leads to problems in resistance of weight and other cardiovascular diseases. Say no to wheat please.
Let’s try and understand the whole milk deal a bit. Where does milk come from? Cows! And what according to you do cows eat? Grass. Right. Except, that you are wrong! Today, we are feeding our cattle with corn and other grains instead of the grass. Grains that grow on an agricultural land, highly exposed to pesticides and fungicides…If she continues to eat such a corn and other grains past 60 days, she has a high chance of dying.. but in the meanwhile she becomes extremely fat… After being milked for over her time she is cut as fed as beef to humans.. Nor is the milk from such a cow good for us and nor is her beef. Cattle is designed to eat just one thing only – FRESH GREEN GRASS. So when you take away the natural and feed her the un-natural, the product that comes off it is obviously not good for you.
Lets talk calcium. Do you know that contrary to what is believed, there is no actual evidence that milk is good for the bones. As for calcium, there are many foods like arugula, tahini, almonds, spinach etc. that contain a higher quantity of calcium. Research has also shown that too much calcium actually leads to osteoporosis rather than preventing it.. and it also increases risk of pancreatic cancer amongst men. There are so many non dairy options available in the market.. Dive in for those, will you!!
This is an easy one. Sugar has already received a lot of bad press for the right reasons this time. So I’ll quickly list down some reasons why consuming sugar is bad for you.. And this has nothing to do with whether or not you have diabetes. Sugar promotes wrinkling and ageing and robs your body off energy. It harms your cholesterol and causes inflammation. It has also been linked to acne, a fatty liver and other health risks. Frankly there are a zillion more reasons for you to avoid a product that is just plain calories and zero vitamins or minerals. You are better off with rich and naturally occurring substitutes like maple syrup, raw honey and coconut sugar that do not have harmful effects like sugar.
5. Table Salt
Most commercially sold table salts undergo bleaching process and extracting processes leaving us with a salt that contains aluminium based ingredients and other things that are terrible for the human body. Table salt merely mimics the taste of actual sea salt and is created by taking natural occurring salt and cooking it over high heat, ridding it of almost all the ingredients. It not only affects people with blood pressure problems but is actually harmful for anyone with a healthy body. Pre packaged and frozen foods actually contains tons of salt, exposing us to it various forms throughout the day.. and when you consume too much of it, it can cause serious damage to your body.
So the substitute – Himalayan Pink Salt. This is a classic alternative to and naturally occurring salt as compared to table salt. In fact, Himalayan salt comes loaded with benefits like better sleep, improved respiratory problems, detoxification of the body, improved hydration and guess what, it does not alter the taste of your food. Its salt after all so it acts like one. Did you also know, you could create your own body scrubs and bath soaks with it! Hell yeah!
Still reading? GREAT! I hope this has inspired you enough to take charge of your health. Here’s to a better, thinner and less toxicated you! Happy eliminating.