Shopping Guide To The Whole Foods Diet
“If I didn’t make it myself, I can’t eat it.” — Jane Perneel
Most things found in the center aisles of the supermarket…
Anything that contains ingredients a third-grader couldn’t pronounce.
Anything bearing an ingredient list that takes longer than five seconds to read out loud.
Anything with added sugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, maltose, and all the other fancy-“ose” words for “sweetener”.
Anything that might be considered “junk food.”
Anything that you could have made yourself, (i.e. canned soup)
Things that have been de-natured (i.e. skim milk, canned vegetables)
Things don’t resemble their original ingredients in any way (corn flakes, white bread, pancake “syrup”)
Canned vegetables, canned soup, breakfast cereal, breakfast bars, potato chips, candy, soda, microwave dinners, jelly, cakes, quick stove-top dinners, frozen casseroles, sweetened beverages, sweetened yogurt, juice from concentrate, condiments, etc.
Foods that are important in one’s traditional diet that cannot be easily produced in the home…
Miso, rice milk, white rice, pita bread, tortillas, matza crackers, pasta (whole grain), alcoholic beverages, pickles (unsweetened), canned fish, canned beans (unsweetended), etc.
Foods that are in their whole form and resemble what can be found in nature…
Foods that have withstood the test of time (have persisted in traditional diets for millennia), but are probably not easy to produce in the home (butter, whole grain bread, olive oil, etc.)
Foods that have been milled, but otherwise untouched (i.e., whole grains, legumes, etc.).
Foods that have been dried, but not sweetened (dried fruit, cured meat)
Spices and seasonings.
All fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese (not cheese “product”), whole milk (not low fat), olive oil, butter, coconut butter, cream, yogurt, eggs, meat, poultry, fish, legumes, whole grain pasta, nut butters, honey, maple syrup, rolled grains (like oats), spices and seasonings, etc.