It may be overwhelming looking at the checklist of items above to remove from your pantry. You may be thinking, “well, then what the heck do I eat (and drink)?” The short and simple answer is real, whole foods—vegetables, fruit, 100% grass-fed meat, eggs, seafood, and poultry. Also, the good news is, there are much healthier alternatives to the ultra-processed foods and drinks you enjoy. If you shop around, there’s a good chance you will find a less offensive version at your local supermarket.
Why Wean Off and Eventually Eliminate the Foods on the Checklist?
The foods above are all part of the American Standard Diet, AKA the SAD diet. The acronym is unfortunately fitting because the SAD diet is all about excess sugar, refined carbohydrates, and trans fat. The SAD diet is the primary cause of obesity, diabetes, and other diseases to the likes of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and dementia.
One thing holds true, ultra-processed foods contain little to no nutritional value and many empty calories. Taking action to purge the most offensive foods in the SAD diet can be life-changing. Not only lowering your risk for disease but also helping you feel and look better!