Dumping the Junk (and not restocking with more!) has saved us so many times. There have been plenty of nights where if we had had it in our cupboards or fridge, it would have been eaten in a flash!
I would also add GMOs to the following list. Throw out that Canola Oil. Throw out anything with soy or corn or refined white sugar (comes from sugar beets), unless it specifically states it’s non GMO or has the GMO Verified stamp on it.
Remember: You can’t eat it if it’s not there!
YOU: On a Diet
Tip from RealAge
Dump Your Fridge
Are you harboring nutrition felons in your kitchen? It’s time to put these criminals away for good — in the trash can.
The YOU Diet is all about eating foods that help your body function the way it should. So shake down your kitchen cabinets, your refrigerator, your secret boxes, and everywhere else you stash food, and make room for the good guys.Read ingredients labels; if something includes simple carbohydrates, added sugars, fructose — especially high-fructose corn syrup — trans fat, saturated fat, or non-whole-grain flours, throw it out.
Beware of Imposters
Many foods contain cheat words on their ingredients list — they don’t clearly scream “Diabetes ahead!” or “Imminent heart attack!” like some other words. But they indicate dietary danger, just the same. Here are four typical food-label traps to watch out for. Some other notable clues:
For sugar: Avoid dextrose, sucrose — anything with “-ose.” And stay away frommannitol or anything with “-ol”; they are alcohols that are quickly converted to sugar.
Stay away from foods that have more than 4 grams of sugar in them. Even “natural sugars” like maple syrup and molasses are still sugar, so limit them to fewer than 4 grams per serving unless you’re eating pure fruit (we make that exception because fruit has so many nutrients).
For fats: Besides saturated fats (fewer than 4 grams per serving) and trans fats (avoid them all), avoid foods with other fat code words, such as partially hydrogenated, palm oil, and coconut oil.
Reference: YOU: On a Diet, Revised and Updated Edition. Roizen, M. F., Oz, M. C., New York: Simon & Schuster, 2009.