Cleaning out a kitchen pantry & fridge can always be a lengthy task. I never like wasting food- so throwing food in the trash is always hard for me. I try to donate items that I no longer include in my eating; for example: products that contain sugar.
Action 1: Remove any products in your kitchen (pantry or fridge) that contain vegetable oils (corn, soy, canola, safflower, cottonseed, sunflower seed, etc).
Action 2: Donate all products in your kitchen that contain wheat, wheat gluten, or anything derived from wheat - Bonus: finding a friend who gluten doesn’t bother!
Action 3: Remove all products in your kitchen that contain sugar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, rice syrup, aspartame, sucralose, splenda, or any other unnatural sweeteners.
Action 4: Remove all products in your fridge or pantry that contain processed foods. Granola bars, protein bars, frozen meals, crackers, canned foods, “diet” foods & snacks, cookies, etc. If you can’t recognize it’s ingredients- toss it!
Action 5: Get rid of all GMOs. The TOP 10 GMOs are soy, aspartame, inorganic meat and dairy, zucchini & squash, papaya, cotton, corn, canola, alfalfa and sugar from sugar beets. Most likely if you are buying inorganic produce & products, they are likely genetically modified.
Action 6: Get rid of all kitchen food with ingredients you don’t recognize or cannot pronounce.
Action 7: Get rid of all products with fake, processed ingredients like monosodium glutamate (MSG), sulfites, sulfates, carrageenan, food dyes (like red #40), butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), splenda, low-fat ingredients, fat-free ingredients, guar gum, modified food starch, “natural and artificial flavors”, soy lecithin, malt extract or yeast. A good rule of thumb is if it is over 10 letters long, has more than 5-10 ingredients and looks like it may have been developed in a lab- get rid of it quick!