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Now it’s time to start eating 100 percent whole grain or sprouted grain breads only. Whole wheat bread and white bread is very difficult for your body to digest. Your body can absorb the nutrients much more easily when you eat whole grain breads. Try to limit yourself to only 2 or 3 slices of bread every two or three days.
There will be no food changes this week. Instead, try to stop eating when you think you feel full. When you start to feel full while eating, simply stop. Don’t feel obligated to clean your plate, when you are full, stop eating.
This might be the most difficult of week for some but the most beneficial at the same time. Stop eating all refined sugars and as well as artificial sweeteners. If you only knew the effects of high fructose corn syrup or aspartame on your body it would be so shocking, you would want to sue those manufacturers. Try to cut out all types of refined sugars even brown sugar, Splenda, agave, white sugar, brown rice syrup and cane sugars. The good news here is that you can still use things like coconut sugar, date sugar, real maple syrup, and honey to sweeten things up.
This is the week you stop using refined oils. The more we process oils for use, the worse they are for our bodies. So cut out all hydrogenated oils. This means no more soybean oil, canola, oil, (even organic canola oil), margarine, corn oil, vegetable oil, even if the label says organic. Instead you can start using healthy oils such as coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, or hemp oil. Read new facts about canola oil.
Your goal this week is to eat locally. No, we don’t mean local restaurants, but locally grown, organic foods. Eat locally as much as possible, even if it means just one meal per day. Depending on where you live and the season, you can buy eggs, nuts, grains, and fruits, veggies, even locally made honey.
This is officially “nothing artificial” week. Cut out all artificial stuff like colors, flavors, and sweeteners. This shouldn’t be hard because if you have been following this chart, you should be more than half way there already!
5 and no more, is going to be your new mantra. Read the labels on foods, if it has more than 5 ingredients, it’s not for you! This means less processed junk and more natural food. Take note of the expiration dates. No, since they are more natural, they won’t have a very long shelf life, but that’s OK!
Congratulations! You did it! (We hope!) Even if you were unable to keep every single change, it’s still going to make a huge difference in the way you eat and the way you feel. Keep it going as much as you possibly can, and always remember to buy organic.