Well, to put it bluntly, if your favorite foods are pre-packaged and processed foods then you have to give them up. But before you panic, remember that people lived before Hot Pockets and Hamburger Helper. It’s not that difficult to do once you get the hang of it. There are lots of great recipes out there. You can make your own versions of Hamburger Helper and Hot Pockets and not only are they much more nutritious, they’ll taste better.

Wheat is not considered to be GMO yet in this country (though they are getting there). Neither are potatoes or rice. This means you can still use flour (not Bisquick, though you can make your own Bisquick using organic ingredients) to make dumplings, biscuits, bread sticks, bread and rolls as side dishes. Organic pasta or noodles are great side dishes and there are many ways to fix them, with garlic sauce or any number of cheese sauces. You can make your own noodle side dishes and replace those boxes of Pasta Roni. There are also about a million ways to prepare potatoes and rice is very versatile, too. To make a homemade version of Hamburger Helper, prepare your meat and noodles or rice as usual. When the meat is done, cut it up, then just dump the noodles in with it. Add some vegetables to the mix and simmer until everything is nice and done. That’s it! We call this “Hot Mess” at my house and everybody loves it. You can use linguine, penne, bowties, egg noodles… whatever you like. You can also use rice or potatoes.

If you don’t have a lot of time to cook, I’ve got two words for you: crock pot. Put whatever you want to eat in it, turn it on, go to work or whatever you do and then come home to a done dinner. It’s that easy. Not just soups and stews, either. Roasts and a lot of other great cuts of meat turn out fabulously in the crock pot. The microwave should be avoided at all costs. I don’t use it for anything, not even heating up water. The microwave apparently kills the nutrients in your food. And even if it doesn’t, who wants that much radiation in their home anyway? The best things to use are stainless steel, cast iron or glass cookware. Aluminum and nonstick should really be avoided. Good glass, steel or cast iron cookware will last years and years.

People say they don’t have time to eat well. Here’s the bottom line: either make time to eat well or you will have a whole lot less time in general to do anything. Get it?

Things To Avoid:

Margarine – can be replaced with real butter or coconut oil

Vegetable oil – can be replaced with coconut oil

Prepackaged dinners & snacks – can be replaced with real food

Aspartame

Hydrogenated oils

Nitrites

Fluoride

Monosodium glutamate (MSG)

Artificial colorings and flavorings

BHA & BHT

A good rule of thumb is, “If you don’t recognize it, your body won’t either.” It may be impossible to avoid GMO and all these poisonous chemicals completely, but you can cut down on the amount you consume dramatically by reading labels, buying organic and cutting out processed foods.

For more information on food in general, check out Shaman Sister Sin’s e-book series, “What The F@#$%! Am I Eating?!

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