How did you do this week with last week’s challenge?
Well, even if you meant well to begin, but then fell down along the way, don’t quit! Each new day is another day to begin.
We don’t need a calendar to tell us when to start something. Just do it! Our habits and cravings die very hard, so we must persevere to cross the finish line.
When many people think of a race or marathon, they believe you have to run the whole thing. I’ve been learning that this isn’t the case.
Many of those who set out to run a marathon, especially for the first time, have moments where they need to walk.
The key factor is: they don’t quit.
They set out to finish a marathon and they do it no matter how difficult it gets.
That’s the mindset needed to kick any habit. Set your mind on the goal and don’t stop or let anything cause you to quit. Just finish, even if you have to walk part of the way.
Eliminate These 5 Foods
Let’s talk about a few foods we might want to eliminate from our lives for good.
Many, if not all on this list, are foods that cause inflammation, weight gain, and bowel issues. They are also full of empty calories.
Remember in last week’s blog, how I talked about fueling our bodies as though they were red Ferraris?
put the wrong gas in the tank
not change the oil
eat anything in the car (I know that would be a big NO, if I had one)
So, why do we abuse our God given bodies? I know most of the responses I get when I ask this question, or why we don’t quit certain foods, is, “because it tastes good.”
This thought brings up a whole other post I could do on things that feel good or taste good, but lead us down the wrong path. Really, bad foods are no different. It leads us down the path of obesity, disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, and so much more.
Is “because it tastes good” worth it?
Is it worth being on medications?
Quick disclaimer: I’m not a doctor. I don’t ever recommend going off any medications without a doctor along for the ride, but I have seen miraculous results time and time again when people have said “Enough!” and changed their lives by setting goals and sticking to them—even if they have to walk part of the way.
1. Processed Wheat Products
These are things like
You get the idea.
I don’t want to use the term gluten-free, but that is sort of what it boils down to.
I’ve been gluten-free since before anyone really knew what it was! I would get bloated after each meal, rush to the bathroom to deal with emerging bowel issues, and be left with an overall feeling of lethargy and unwellness.
It only got worse as time went on. The doctor wanted to medicate me and offered no other alternatives or solutions.
Someone suggested I try going gluten-free. It was overwhelming back then, since there were no gluten-free foods at that time.
But let’s be real for a moment.
Worrying about what you can eat because you remove gluten from your life, is really a non-issue. Think for a moment about all of the foods that contain gluten. (We’re not talking about the little foods, such as condiments, right now.)
Make a list. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Now, look at that list. None of these items are healthy options.
All of these options are full of sugar and empty calories. They are comfort foods. I love bread just as much as the next person, but it doesn’t love me.
Chances are, if you feel like I use to, gluten is not your friend.
Call it what you want, but get rid of it.
Drink water. There is nothing better for your body than fresh water.
Put a reverse osmosis filter on your faucet—you won’t regret it. Drink pure water.
Skip the bottled water; get yourself a pretty water bottle and commit to drinking half your body weight in ounces every day.
I love them just as much as the next person. (Lay’s are my favorite.)
Can I eat just one?
That’s why I need to keep these out of my life. I might enjoy them at a party or social gathering, but they don’t make it into my shopping cart.
I know, I know—don’t throw stuff at me!
Let’s take a moment to dissect this one. Dairy causes your body to produce more mucus.
You read that right: More Mucus.
So if you have sinus issues already, dairy is not your friend.
I know what you’re thinking. But, Ann, what about the calcium and vitamin D?
Guess what? You can get higher doses of both from eating vegetables and getting outside. (Eat your broccoli!)
I do take a vitamin D supplement each day, because I live in Illinois and let’s face it, it’s winter now. Vitamin D is my life saver during these months. It keeps me healthy.
(Please remember to consult with your doctor before taking any supplements.)
In the summer, I try to expose my skin to the sun every day to get my vitamin D.
I get my calcium from all the different colored veggies I eat. Vegetables are way higher in calcium than milk.
When i need milk as an ingredient, I choose to use unsweetened almond milk. I also love canned coconut milk in soups and sauces.
While dairy might taste good and make yummy products, you may want to rethink your intake of it.
You knew I was going to say this. To me, this is the biggie.
The one that causes us the most troubles
The one that settles around our middles
The one that makes us sick, in so many ways
Refined sugar is found in most commercial foods. No kidding.
I challenge you to read the labels of foods in your home, right now. (Go ahead. I’ll wait.) I think you will be amazed at what contains sugar.
The next thing you should do is ask why.
Why does this product contain sugar?
Why do we need so much sugar in our food?
Most likely because we developed a palate that craves it. Foods with sugar will taste better when placed next to the same item without it.
But, there is hope!
We can re-train our taste buds to go back to eating food without it.
Do I love sugar? You bet! Slide a piece of cake in front of me and I’ll want two. But am I fueling my Ferrari the way that I should? No. By eating this piece of cake, am i exposing myself to lower immunity? Possibly.
Read your labels. Look for added sugars. Here are some of the many ways it is labeled:
Fruit juice concentrate
High-fructose corn syrup
Sugar molecules ending in “ose” (dextrose, fructose, glucose, lactose, maltose, sucrose)
The recommended amount of added sugars per day is 10% of total calories.
What that boils down to is 25 grams for women and 37.5 grams for men. What that really looks like is 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men.
What does that look like in calories? When reading a label, look at the sugar content. It will be listed in grams. Multiply that by 4 and that is the amount of calories of sugar that product has, per serving.
Keep in mind, we tend to eat more than the serving size listed. You better believe you’re ingesting way more sugar than what the label lists! Most people consume 100 grams per day. That’s a lot of sugar!
There are really no benefits to adding sugar to our food, except for taste. I challenge you to start eliminating as much as possible, starting today.
I know this is quite a list of “danger foods” to eliminate from our lives.
Take baby steps. Go slow. Pick one!
When you think you have one mastered, pick another. You can do this.
Let me know how you did on last week’s challenge. It’s hard, I know. I’d love to stay connected with you and cheer you on. Leave a comment below, or hop over to the Facebook page to join the conversation.