The following list eases your shopping anxiety. Everything on this list is nutritious and delicious. Using these flavor enhancers can give your foods great flavor without any added junk. Furthermore, all are gluten free, grain free, dairy free, soy free, legume free, and processed free (just not free; you do have to buy them).
- Arrowroot powder: Substitute for flour and cornstarch to thicken soups, stews, and sauces
- Pickles: Examine labels for added sugar and chemical ingredients, and then enjoy pickles whenever you want a tart
- Broth/stock: Review labels for soy and hidden sugars; use in place of water or wine in sauces, soups, stews, and sautés.
- Tomato paste: Use to add depth of flavor to sauces, soups, and stews
- Canned tomatoes: Make your own quick marinara sauce or add to soups and stews for a savory touch and extra veggies
- Curry paste: Examine labels for soy and added These pastes are great to have on hand to make a quick meal with coconut milk, protein, and veggies.
- Canned chiles: Mild green, jalapeño, or chipotle chile peppers add zing to everyday Examine labels for preservatives.
- Jarred salsas: Salsas are great for adding Examine labels for chemical preservatives, sugar, corn, and wheat.
Foods that you should avoid when you fasting
Unlike soy foods such as edamame, tempeh, and traditional miso, which are closer to their natural state, frankenfoods are a far cry from anything real.
These frankenfoods include:
- Tofu hot dogs and burgers
- Veggie loafs
- Veggie sausage links
- Veggie chicken
- Veggie chicken wings
- Veggie bacon
I understand that some vegetarians don’t eat any eggs or fish and want to expand their protein sources, which is smart, but we urge people to get their protein elsewhere. These items aren’t healthy for anyone. Period. In fact, they aren’t even foods; they’re food products. They’re usually a mixture of a wheat protein with a subpar oil.
If you eat fish, we suggest you try a salmon burger as a healthy swap. They’re full of protein and good fats, and a great alternative to some of these frankenfoods, especially for picnics. If you don’t eat fish, then we suggest you get your protein from edamame, beans, natto, hemp, tempeh, and tofu.
Most sugar is void of nutrients. In fact, what’s really interesting is that it requires nutrients to metabolize sugar, thus pulling minerals from your body. So sugar actually depletes your body of vitamins and minerals. Sugar addiction leads you wide open to every disease from the common cold to cancer. Sugar also impairs your blood cells from doing their job, which is to scavenge bacteria that can make you sick.
I highly recommend that you be pretty picky when you open the sugar gate. This list guides you to the sugars that are okay in moderation, and those that are on the no list. Sugars that are okay in moderation include the following:
- Coconut (palm) sugar
- Dates/date sugar
- Green leaf stevia
- Fruit juice
- Maple syrup (organic/grade B)
- Raw honey
- Smashed bananas for baking
For optimal health and weight loss, you need to eliminate or at the very least moderate all foods with added sugars from your diet, especially those foods with 5 to 10 grams or more of sugar. Four grams of sugar is one teaspoon. Steer clear of these added sugars:
- Brown sugar
- Raw sugar
- Sugar cane
- White sugar
- Brown rice sugar
- Corn syrup
- High-fructose corn syrup