The Objective: Clean out the fridge and cupboards from all “undesirable” food items in order to prep for our upcoming cleanse.
The Method: Anthony & Jovany have left the house giving me full reign to toss or destroy anything unfit. I’m armed with a garbage can and a fierce iPod mix.
The point of our cleanse is to ease into a total detox program of raw foods and juicing. For a novice cleanser that would be an overwhelming place to start so Week One we’re just going “clean”. That means taking out anything processed, preserved or that could be a potential allergen (think wheat, corn, dairy and soy). We’re also cutting out sugar in all forms except for raw honey and raw agave nectar. Caffeine consumption, which is mostly done by yours truly, also needs to cease and desist. For addicts like me that’s best done gradually (try a withdrawal headache and then tell me otherwise). I suggest going down to 1 cup a day, then 1/2 by week two and then stop entirely.
My main rules for what to eat/not eat are this:
1. Don’t eat anything you can’t pronounce (unless perhaps it’s French)
2. Don’t eat anything with more than 5 ingredients.
3. Don’t eat anything that has a longer shelf life than you.
When I finished my clean up there was a whole lot of empty space to be had. Anything with MSG (Jovany’s poison, I mean “flavoring” of choice) had to go. As did all products containing hydrogenated oils, sugar, corn syrup and preservatives. For the purpose of this cleanse I also eliminated foods containing wheat and dairy. My most shocking finds? A package of Shredded Imitation Cheddar Cheese (the ingredient list isn’t even worthy of being typed) and a jar of Ralph’s Peanut Butter, which didn’t only contain Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, but FULLY Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil. Oh yes, it also contained sugar. And salt. Maybe even some peanuts.
What makes me sad inside is knowing that many people don’t know not to buy these products. Mass media (funded by uncaring corporations and pharmaceutical agendas) feeds the masses and we are led to think that peanut butter, apparently in any form, is protein and nourishment or that eating cheese helps you fulfill your quota off the food pyramid.
The food revolution begins with each of us – and here’s how it looked in their house.
Next was a trip to the Sunday Farmer’s Market at Larchmont Village to buy fresh, local produce. The boys stocked up on fruits and vegetables and gorgeous fresh herbs to add flavor and spice to meals. After that we headed to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s for staple items like olive oil, coconut oil, sea salt, nuts & seeds, quinoa, brown rice, vegan protein powder and some clean cuts of fish and chicken.
Next Up: Surviving Day One…