THE GREAT PURGE / skinny jeans challenge Carole Hicks’ Kitchen — Robin Gentry McGee / Just Great Foods
• These are general recommendations. Take into consideration your body and blood type (for example some cannot have dairy, some can’t have soy).
• Everyone is different. Hire a professional to identify individual needs.
• ROBIN DISCOURAGES ANY LOW-FAT OR FAT-FREE PRODUCTS…they are usually loaded w/chemicals, sugar and/or articificial sugar.
• Below listed in bold is purged item and immediately following each item is suggested replacement.
1. Artificially flavored microwave popcorn
Organic, old-fashioned. Do it the old-fashioned way on your stovetop or buy an air popper. Beware aluminum poppers! Use coconut oil (approximately one TB per cup popcorn) Experiment for yourself to find ratio that works for you. Toss w/ granulated garlic & curry and a bit of EVOO…or sprinkle w/nutritional yeast or a bit of Celtic sea salt.
2. Flavored (sugar) coffee
Organic beans. Get a pure organic extract from HFS and put a drop (almond, hazelnut, or flavored agave). If you must cream your coffee: there are choices…hemp milk, almond milk, organic cow milk, goat milk, etc. (Note from Carole: Beware the FF half & half, it is loaded w/sugar.)
3. Instant Hot Cocoa
Use raw cacao (powered) or carob powder. Sweeten with honey or agave with hemp/almond/or organic cow’s milk.
4. Salad dressing with artificial color and sugar
Make your own! Robin’s fav is vinegarette made with raw apple cider or balsamic vinegar, EVOO, fresh garlic, pepper, Celtic sea salt.
add fresh raspberries for raspberry vinegarette
add rice vinegar, tamari, sesame oil & garlic for Asian
5. Canned tropical fruit
Organic, seasonal, local when possible. If not possible, buy organic in jar (never canned).
6. Canned tomatoes
Don’t buy em! Eat local / seasonal / organic when possible. If tomatoes do not grow year round where you live, buy from farmers’ market or grow your own and can (in glass) or freeze.
7. Bagged sugared coconut
Raw, organic coconut (flaked in bag is okay, just check bag to make sure no added sugar).
8. Pancake Mix (marketed as “extra fiber”)
Buy organic pancake mix. No sugar added. Or make your own. Make a couple batches at time and keep in freezer. (for added fiber, add ground flax or sprinkle w/hemp seeds)
9. Regular iodized salt
Celtic or Himalayan sea salt
10. Fake butter flavor – powdered
11. Steak seasoning
Create your own from dried organic herbs purchased in bulk from your HFS or they sell pre-made seasoned salt. just be sure to check label EVEN AT THE HFS! Note: We eat way too much salt. If you choose to eat meat, try a good marinade and dump the salt!
12. Baking powder
Aluminum-free baking powder (at HFS or gourmet markets)
13. Bread crumbs
Make your own in quantity and put in airtight container or freeze it. Organic sprouted whole-grain bread (i.e., Ezekiel) – place slices on cookie sheet and put in oven at 300 degrees and bake until dry about 20 minutes flipping half way thru. Cool. Put slices in food processor and whack.
14. Cooking Spray
Use water sauté method, especially for weight loss.
To maximize nutrient intake from food, use organic, cold pressed, unrefined, unfiltered oils and cook your meals using low to medium heat—never high heat.
15. Sugar and Brown Sugar
DEPENDING ON GOALS AND INDIVIDUAL CONDITIONS
Brown rice, maple, green stevia, honey, agave
16. White flour, ½ whole and ½ white flour
AGAIN DEPENDING INDIVIDUAL CONDITION SUCH AS GLUTEN CELIAC CROHNS, ETC…YOU MAY WANT TO CONSULT YOUR PROFESSIONAL.
Buy Whole grain, organic flour
17. Crystal Light Lemonade drink
Sparkling water, fresh lemon (you don’t need sweetener in everything! Stay tuned for Robin’s A$$-kicking ginger lemonade organic)
18. Honey Grahams
Organic, naturally sweetened…purchase at HFS or gourmet market
19. Food coloring
Purchase a vegetable based coloring at HFS store.
20. Seafood spices in can
Fresh herbs, citrus
21. Emergen-C packets
Vitamin C powder, unsweetened…or eat an orange and other vitamin C foods in your diet
22. Spirutein powder (protein powder)
Peaceful Planet quinoa, millet and amaranthe powder drink (Robin says best way to get protein is from your food)
There is nothing like a poofy, sugar-laden marshmallow. Go without.
24. Crackers (made w/white flour & sugar)
Mary’s gone crackers, organic gluten-free crackers or Dr. Krackers…they are great…or other nice whole-grain (READ labels and watch out for hydrogenated oils and sugar)
25. WW smoothie drink mix (see protein powder above)
26. Sour cream
Tofu sour cream or cashew sour cream (google a recipe while you’re waiting for Robin’s book to be published. make sure it’s organic, VEGAN SC) If weight loss is your goal, just stay away from even these!
27. Whipped topping in tub (see sour cream note above)
28. Cream cheese (see sour cream note above)