26 Practical Steps to a Healthier You: Purge Your Pantry {Week 7}

For the next 26 weeks I will be sharing a different way you can become healthier in your daily life. Some of these suggestions have to do with food or exercise, others have to do with lifestyle changes, but all of them are practical and relatively easy to execute. You may already be practicing some of these habits, but hopefully you’ll be inspired by at least onePurge Your Pantry or two new ideas you can begin to implement.

Purge Your Pantry

Last week I shared with you the dangers of sugar and the shocking reality of how much we consume unconsciously on a daily basis. I challenged you to check the ingredient labels of everything you ate this past week. How did you do?

This week, I want to go one step further and challenge you to get rid of anything and everything in your kitchen pantry that threatens your health. Did you know that in order to diagnose cancer, doctors give their patients radioactive sugar. This radioactive sugar is immediately drawn to the cancer cells and lights up on the PET scan. Whether you realize it or not, your cupboard is probably full of cancer-causing ingredients. With all the issues sugar causes, and at the dose the average American consumes it, sugar is essentially a poison. You wouldn’t keep poison in your kitchen, would you?


There are three ingredients in particular that you should especially watch out for as you begin to purge your pantry of the bad. Get rid of any foods containing these ingredients: high fructose corn syrup, trans fat, and monosodium glutamate (MSG). Here are some hidden names for MSG:

“flavors” or “flavoring”, hydrolyzed plant protein, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, enzymes, glutamate, autolyzed plant protein, autolyzed yeast, barley malt, malt extract, maltodextrin, natural seasonings, protease, stock, textured protein, umami, vegetable protein extract, yeast extract, gelatin, carrageenan, glutamic acid sodium and yeast food or nutrient.

Don’t give these items to anybody else, throw them in the trash!



Though we don’t usually consider them to be “sugar,” white rice, flour, pasta, etc. actually act like sugar in our bodies. They spike our blood sugar, which triggers a spike in our insulin levels, which then triggers belly fat storage and an increase in sugar cravings and hunger. So though these carbs make you feel full temporarily, you actually end up eating more in the long-run because they don’t keep you satisfied.


I mentioned this in my previous post, but in case you missed it, here are various names that disguise the sugar in your pantry products:

high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, sucrose, aspartame, splenda, agave nectar, barley malt, brown rice syrup, cane juice, cane syrup, corn sweetener, fructose, corn syrup solids, dextran, diastatic malt, diatase, ethyl maltol, fruit juice concentrates, galactose, glucose, lactose, maltodextrin, maltose, molasses, panela, panocha, rice bran syrup, sorghum, treacle, tapioca syrup, etc.


If you thought you purchased a health food and you find it contains one of these ingredients, toss it. If the manufacturers are trying so hard to deceive you in the manner of sugar content, what else are they hiding?



You probably know by now that the average 20-oz soda contains 15 teaspoons of sugar. But lest you think fruit juices are a “health food,” don’t be deceived. Fructose in the form of a couple pieces of fruit a day is fine, but consuming high fructose amounts has been linked to weight gain, cardiovascular issues, and metabolic disorders. It takes about 8-9 oranges to make 1 glass of orange juice. That is a lot of fructose! And remember, though fructose may be better than other forms, it is still sugar and has negative affects. Liquid calories become belly fat, trigger insulin resistance, and make you feel hungrier. So get rid of the juice!


Now that you know what to get rid of, what is holding you back? If you don’t purge the bad, you will end up eating it. It’s inevitable. The white carbs are addicting and impossible to overcome unless you take drastic action. If you’ve been waiting for a sign that you need to get serious about your health, here it is! Get off the computer and go search your cupboards, freezer and fridge for the “perilous three,” “white plagues,” “deceitful sugars,” and “liquid hazards.” Don’t wait!

What else would you purge from your pantry?


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