Cleaning House – Removing obvious food toxins

I’ve just come off a thirty something day juice feast, followed by a four day water fast (more on that lot later), and after all that cleansing, I started thinking about what I was now going to be putting into my body again.

Why waste all that time by just putting more toxins in?

So I started looking at the first non-obvious thing I picked up – a can of coconut cream that I used to simply adore putting in my morning smoothies. What I found was these:

What the hell are they? No idea! So tracked them down to these:

To use the most egregious example for greater effect:

Polysorbates are oily liquids derived from polyethylene glycol-ylated sorbitan (a derivative of sorbitol) esterified with fatty acids

uhh. wtf?

Now, ok, to be fair, I’m sure that I’ve been eating this stuff my entire life with no obvious ill effect. However, that doesn’t mean I should or have to continue doing so.

I should state – my overall intention is to have a happy & joyous relationship to food. I’m not going to sweat the tiny details if I’m out eating at a restaurant with friends, for example. However, if I habitually buy & eat something that’s bad for me, for no reason other than habit, why not improve it? It’s as much effort to make that small change as to continue.

So, here’s what I did.

I went through the entire house, and threw out everything that had:

  • refined sugar
  • processed starches
  • preservatives
  • additives
  • dairy
  • meat
  • caffeine

Namely, all this:

Which given the tiny kitchen in my apartment here was quite a large percentage of available cupboard space!

After all, if I’m not planning on eating it, why keep it around?