When you begin the shift from the Standard American Diet (SAD) to a more healthful, sustainable way of living and thriving, you will find that a wholesale cabinet, pantry, fridge and freezer cleaning is in order. So Beth started the cleaning process.
I don’t mind spending money, but I don’t like wasting money. It wasn’t until my mindset completely shifted that I didn’t feel that I was wasting money to get rid of unopened bags or to throw away half-eaten packages of food. Our dilemma was what to do with the food we no longer wanted to put into our bodies. After we had learned how detrimental to our health certain ingredients were, it was no longer an option to pass the foods containing those ingredients off to friends and/or family! The first thing we went after in the pantry was canned goods. Rather than throwing these items away, we bagged them up and donated them to a local food pantry. We donated canned tuna, tomato sauce, pineapple, garbanzo beans, vegetarian refried beans, corn and other canned vegetables.
The next thing we cleaned out was whole wheat pasta. Again, we donated the unopened packages to the food pantry and threw away the half-used packages. After the pasta, we got rid of the NutraSweet packets, the Cremora, the white sugar, white flour, white rice, brown sugar, Karo corn syrup, pancake syrup, table salt, corn bread mix, pancake mix, cookie mix, brownie mix, Doritos, Tostitos, Diet Coke, lemonade, canola oil, toasted sesame oil, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, peanut butter, Nutella, and grape jelly.
After the pantry we moved to the fridge. We poured out all the olives packed in vinegar, the capers, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, barbecue sauce, salad dressing, threw out the cheddar cheese, turkey lunch meat, cream cheese, strawberry yogurt, whole wheat bread, English muffins, raisin bread, Kraft parmesan cheese, and salsa verde.
Then came the freezer. Out went the ice cream, sorbet, Hot Pockets, Lean Cuisine meals, popsicles, chicken tenders, and the frozen cookie dough.
Some of what we tossed may make sense to you while other things probably are making you wonder. When we sat down with Dr. Kellas immediately after my diagnosis, he explained why it was important to eliminate all the food which would burden my body’s detoxification processes, such as sugar, alcohol, vinegar, fungus, artificial flavors and colors, as well as the chemicals (preservatives and BPA) I have already spoken of here. It was very, very important to give my body’s detoxing processes a break. When the body is overwhelmed with toxins, the natural immune system functions become compromised. The masterful processes of the white blood cells, the Killer cells and the T cells cannot do a thorough job. Right now I needed them all to be functioning at 110%!
With this understanding it became very easy to eliminate all the substances which might compromise my immune system, including the vinegar which gives my favorite seasoning, Tabasco Sauce, that deliciously tangy flavor. I knew that I would not always have to avoid these substances, but as long as I had evidence of active cancer growth in my body, I was extremely motivated to do all I could do to support the natural system in place which is able to repair damage within the body and restore health. Looking back, it seems a very small price to pay to have restored health and be in remission.