The reason that boxes and packets of food can sit on the shelf so long unspoiled is the same reason we are going to leave it there from now on.
Processed foods are often filled with added sugar, salt, chemicals and preservatives that give food flavour and a long shelf life. They are often stripped or void of nutrients and as a result of their depleted nutritional status, they steal away an opportunity where we could be nourishing our body with whole foods--and actually may do some damage in its place. These chemicals can build up, causing our body's systems to become sluggish and even toxic. Eating this way starves bodies of nutrients, which is why people who eat a lot of processed foods are always hungry.
We are avoiding processed foods and this means we will be cooking from scratch a lot. Planning our meals and cooking batches ahead of time will make this easier for us during our busy times.
As we eat more unprocessed foods, we are concentrating on the flavours and finding ourselves enjoying our food more much more than we used to. The more we stay away from processed foods for a the more our palates are changing, so you we aren’t craving foods that are very sweet or very salty any more.
Cutting out processed foods has led us to experience a variety of health benefits such as having more energy, losing weight and just feeling healthier overall.
Rather than counting calories, watching fat grams, or reducing carbs for “healthy eating,” we are simply eating whole foods.
With easy homemade recipes, cutting back on processed foods and eating clean is easier than we thought. It is fun (and easy!) to make a few of the convenient processed foods we would usually buy such as peanut butter and granola.