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Kitchen Makeover

Does your kitchen need a makeover? I’m not referring to your appliances or countertops, but to what you stock your kitchen with every time you go to the store. That’s right, it’s time to overhaul what you eat and cook with. I like to live by the old saying, “If it’s not in my home, I won’t eat it.” In the following paragraphs we will discuss simple rules to live by to give your kitchen the makeover it needs.

Step 1: Replace questionable foods with real food. Please stop reading nutrition facts. They are meant to mislead, not inform. Instead, read the ingredients list, Stay away from foods that contain ingredients that you’ve never heard of. In fact, try to stay away from foods that have packages in general. Real food rarely comes with an ingredient list. But if you must, eat items made with ingredients you would cook with, not ingredients that look like they belong in a laboratory. Also, avoid packaged foods that make health claims, like “diet” or “low fat.” Sports drinks and energy bars fall into this category.

Step 2: Put junk food where junk belongs. Throw away foods with added sugar, refined flour, and anything that looks processed. You can keep sugar in the house. I’m okay with you making your own desserts from time to time. Just don’t keep anything in your house with added sugar as an ingredient, especially if that sugar is labeled as “high fructose corn syrup.”

Step 3: Remove unhealthy fats. Fats themselves aren’t unhealthy. Fats can be very good. However, the wrong fats can wreak havoc on your body. Go through your kitchen and get rid of vegetable oil, canola oil, soybean oil, corn oil, margarine, shortening, anything that reads “hydrogenated” in the ingredients list and any fried foods found in the freezer section. These fats cause inflammation and lead to heart disease as well as many other health conditions. Replace them with coconut oil, avocado oil, extra virgin olive oil, MCT oil, grassfed butter as well extracted fats from pasture raised animals.

Step 4: Get rid of artificial sweeteners. The main culprits are aspartame, Nutrasweet, Splenda and sucralose. Even “healthy” sweeteners like Xylitol and Stevia should be used in moderation. One quick word on Stevia…if you are going to use it, make sure you use whole plant extract Stevia and not the products with fillers like Truvia and Pure Via. Monk fruit sugars are a great option if you need to sweeten something. I will probably write a post exclusively about Monk fruit in the next coming months.

So there you have it. Only four steps. Everybody can do it and in fact, everyone must do it. Your health is too important not to.

In health and service,

Dr. Hyde