14. No cans or boxes
I’m going to say it the way I say it to everyone — if it can be preserved on a shelf for months or even years, what makes you think it isn’t being preserved in your body for at least that long?
Your body is already pretty awesome at preserving! You want it to stay that way. A healthy diet means all your insides are preserved well and functioning properly.
I want you to get rid of all canned and boxed items. ALL OF THEM! In an average week, you should maybe prepare one thing that isn’t going to go bad within the month. Skip all that mumbo jumbo about reading the label. People say, if it isn’t in English, it isn’t worth eating. Simplify your life and cut down your grocery shopping time by committing to two habits: 1) only shop on the 4 outer walls of the grocery store and don’t go down an isle and/or 2) if it doesn’t expire within the month, it’ll take you much longer than one month to expire from your hips!
“But, they’re canned vegetables…” you might say.
Consider again what goes into preserving the vegetables inside that can. While you may not see “salt” as a right away ingredient, the sodium levels in that can are far over reaching what your daily sodium limits are. Even for the skinniest people, high cholesterol is a serious thing. High cholesterol comes from sodium levels. High cholesterol causes increased anxiety, high blood pressure, heart problems, headaches, and so many other things! Even if you try to work yourself into a low-sodium diet, you’ll find that your sodium intake is way above the recommended daily value of less than 2300mg/day. How can I say such a thing? Because I have never cooked with canned foods and I am not a fan of Hamburger helpers only to find that even my daily sodium intake is high most of the time.
Every time you go to the store, grab 10 new bags of frozen vegetables. Everything you have should be either frozen or fresh. There are no substitutes for these factors.
Case in point, ditch the cans and eat more Cheerios.
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