When I first got started, I found the task of cleaning the chemicals our of our diet completely overwhelming, after all, I had no time, picky eaters and a limited budget. So you might also want to ask, "What one thing does our family consume the most of in any given week that I'd like to adjust?" and then change that. Or, if that sounds too much like a battle, pick something trivial, that no one will notice, and change that. Just get started-the rest will come in time.
Commit perhaps to making only one change each week. Or one change each month. Pick something that seems small enough, and easy enough, that you can actually picture yourself doing it. And that won't break the bank.
For some you may want to try to reduce your family's exposure to artificial dyes and colors, since Kraft, Kellogg and other corporations have removed them from kids' products in other countries. For others, you may want to eliminate genetically modified foods
from your diet. And for others, since according to the Grocery
Manufacturers Association, approximately 80% of all processed foods now
contain genetically modified ingredients, you may want to start there
and simply eat less processed foods.
This is not a one size fits all approach, and I understand that. The suggestions presented on these pages are simply meant to serve as a starting point. And while the list below helps to get you started, it is far from perfect. But it is my goal to help you realize that each and every one of us can afford to do one thing to help reduce our families' exposure to the synthetic ingredients now found in the food supply.Liking the idea but having a hard time imagining how to implement it? Here are some suggestions to get you started.
And while the list below is focused on removing artificial dyes from your family's diet, it is important to note that the products listed below do contain genetically engineered proteins.
In order to reduce your family's exposure to genetically engineered ingredients, you can begin with one simple step, since according to the Grocery Manufacturers Association, approximately 80% of all processed foods now contain genetically modified ingredients, and that is to simply: eat less processed food.
|Instead of:||Choose This!|
|Cheetos||Fritos or Natural Cheetos (less dyes)
|Fat Free Miracle Whip||Original Miracle Whip (less aspartame)
|M&M's||Chocolate Chips (less dyes)
|Lenders Blueberry Bagels||Lenders Cinnamon Raisin Bagels (less dyes)|
|Hawaiian Punch||Minute Maid Fruit Punch (less dyes)
|Kraft Macaroni and Cheese mix-yellow||Kraft Macaroni and Cheese mix – White Cheddar (less dyes)
|Wal-Mart Milk||Wal-Mart rbGH-free milk (less synthetic growth hormone)|
|Prepackaged noodles with powder mix||Bag of noodles with olive oil (less synthetic growth hormone/less dyes)
|Prepackaged mix of rice||Bag of plain rice with salt/spices added (less MSG, dyes)
|Lowfat Ice Cream||Original Ice Cream (less aspartame)
|Strawberry Ice Cream||Vanilla Ice Cream with your own toppings (less dyes)
|Blue Yogurt||White yogurt – add your own toppings (less dyes)