My Healthy Alternatives to Mainstream Foods!


Happy Sunday ❤

I recently watched another gripping documentary on the effects of highly processed mainstream foods here in the United States. Fed Up covers the history of processed food, big corporations and our government’s part in it, the dangers of sugar, as well as the spike in obesity and diabetes in our children. I believe it will be eye-opening for many who aren’t familiar with the health epidemic we have going on right now and how it can ALL be avoided by choosing whole foods over processed chemical cocktails.

Watching this documentary inspired me to create a 7-day Sugar Detox program that will start May 11th. You can participate with us by signing up here. In the service box, type Sugar Detox. We’re in this together!

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I get a lot of questions about how I changed my diet over to mostly whole foods and plant based. I remember the overwhelming feeling I had when I walked into Whole Foods for the first time! For many, that’s not an option, especially if you live in a rural area. Most of my suggestions below will be available at Kroger, a more common grocery store chain.

Dairy Alternatives

Dairy simply does not agree with me. As much as I love cheese, I break out in a rash on my chest and arms when I indulge in it. My go to milk alternatives are Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk or Unsweetened Coconut Milk. I have replaced cheese with Daiya Cheese (click here) which melts perfectly and tastes amazing! In place of eggs in baking, I make a flax “egg” (recipe here) or simply a banana.

Meat Alternatives

You definitely don’t have to worry about missing meat. There are wonderful alternatives out there now! Tofu is extremely easy to use in recipes and takes on any flavor you cook it with. Tempeh is also a favorite of mine and tempeh bacon is delicious! Tempeh has more of an earthy, nutty flavor. Aside from these, I also use beans and vegetables in place of meat. When you are cooking a meal that calls for beef, mushrooms are a great alternative. Portobello mushrooms have a great texture as a meat alternative and mushrooms are great cancer fighters. Chickpeas and black beans are my favorite beans and they pack some great protein!

Dessert Alternatives

We all love sweets. Blame our brain! Sugar causes us to release feel good hormones and crave more. I won’t go into the dangerous effects of sugar here, but I would like to point out the difference between simple sugars and processed sugars. Simple sugars are from whole fruits and some vegetables, such as carrots, sweet potatoes and carrots. These sugars are much easier for our body to digest because we are eating the fiber of the fruit or veggie at the same time as the simple sugar. Processed sugar does nothing good for us as it spikes our blood sugar levels and creates dangerous addictions to junk foods. My favorite simple sugars are berries, as they are also high in antioxidants. Look for organic blueberries, strawberries and raspberries and enjoy the many benefits like clearer skin, decreased inflammation, mental sharpness, and lower blood pressure to name just a few!

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Remember, the key to eating your best is to stay as natural as possible. Opt for whole foods over processed foods and always ALWAYS read the ingredient list on the foods you buy. If a loaf of bread has more than a paragraph of ingredients, and you aren’t sure what most of them are, it’s not going to be good for your body. Keep it simple!

Love & Light,

Carissa 🙂

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