I love the story about the Leake family that decided they would give up junk food for 100 days and it turns out they may have given it up all forever.
Lisa Leake and her family, like many, relied heavily on fast food, whether it be the kind you get at a restaurant drive-through or the easy-to-prepare meals that come from the grocery store. Both contain high amounts of sodium, sugar, processed grains and preservatives, which, over time, can encourage promotion of a variety of chronic diseases.
After seeing food activist Michelle Pollan’s interview on Oprah, Lisa decided her family would commit to no fast food for 100 days.
Lisa became efficient at reading food labels and decided that they wouldn’t buy any food that contained more than five ingredients, plus they eliminated fried foods, refined grains and sweeteners.
Learn To Read Labels
It’s easy to think that the foods to avoid are the ones handed through a window to us in a paper sack, but we can get into plenty of trouble in the supermarket too.
To eliminate foods loaded with preservatives, additives, sodium, sugar, and some unmentionables I can’t even pronounce, we have to get in the habit of reading food labels. Some quick foods, like Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, would be off of the menu. Here’s the list of ingredients in a box of Kraft mac and cheese:
- whey (milk protein)
- milk protein concentrate
- milk, milkfat
- cheese culture
- sodium tripolyphosphate
- sodium phosphate
- calcium phosphate.
- Yellow 5 and Yellow 6
- citric acid
- lactic acid
What is all of that stuff?
Retrain Your Palate
The Leake family learned that even though they made some sacrifices, the end result was worth it. Over the hundred days they retrained their palates to enjoy fresh, whole foods and they found they no longer had a taste for the ‘junk’.
Are you up to the no junk food challenge?
If 100 days sounds impossible, why not set a goal to be junk free for 20 days and then reset the goal for 30 more. It may be the only way to get our cravings for Pasta Roni Fettuccine Alfredo and Marie Callender’s Creamy Parmesan Chicken Pot Pie under control.