Work it out Wednesday: Clear out the Junk!

Happy Work it out Wednesday!

You all know by now,  how much I LOVE to clean out my JUNK!!! The more I’ve read and researched, the more committed I am to know ALL the ingredients that I bring into our home. While I’m resigned that I can’t know everything I eat when I’m out, I do my best to eat as clean as possible, especially at home.

Remember my 85/15 Rule?

Recently, I read a few more articles & studies that sent me and my hair over the edge  about High Fructose Corn Syrup and Soy and went through our pantry and fridge one Mo’ time.

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Great take away quote from Dr. Mark Hyman:

“High fructose corn syrup is almost always found in very poor-quality foods that are nutritionally vacuous and filled with all sorts of other disease-promoting compounds, fats, salt, chemicals and even mercury.”

I was shocked that we still had items (mainly condiments) that contained these “ingredients.” I hesitate to call them “food,” more like chemical science projects.

First, I asked Doug, to read these articles, to empower him with our decision, so that it was not just Mo spouting off her “opinions.” Then, after Doug read the articles, I asked him if we could throw out EVERYTHING in our house that contained these “ingredients.”

He agreed and while, we didn’t have a TON of products, I was surprised at how many we DID have. A few years ago, I remember being at someone’s house for a writing class and someone had brought cupcakes made from a box and the frosting that comes in a can.  The host did not eat them-he was super healthy- and was incredibly nice about it.

When we were getting ready to leave,  he asked if anyone wanted to take them home. No one did and he said, “Last call or they’re going in the trash.”
My heart raced, “You can’t throw away food!”

He replied, matter of fact, “I don’t. This isn’t food. I’ll bet none of us would recognize 75% of the ingredients listed in these.”

Of course, now, I get it 100%, which is why I had NO problem throwing out our condiments.  And, it felt pretty darned good! How do you feel about bringing stuff into your home that you might not recognize? What would you do?

Please share your thoughts.  This is a work in PROCESS or PROGRESS!

11 thoughts on “Work it out Wednesday: Clear out the Junk!”

  1. did you know that high fructose corn syrup is being renamed corn sugar that is supposed to be just like any other sugar???? gotta love marketing and the HFCS lobby – UGH. high fructose ANYTHING is processed – DUH!

  2. Hi Mo! I love pantry cleanses. Great stuff! I do want to point out that fermented soy products made from organic (therefore non-GMO) soy can be healthy. If you look at the cultures that eat soy, they mostly eat it in this form. A good organic soy sauce (wheat free for me) that is fermented is okay once in a while. Tempeh, nato and miso are generally made this way. It’s all the processed soy stuff (including soy milk) that I toss in the trash. I don’t eat legumes (including soy) because of my autoimmune condition and how they encourage inflammation. But some others may be able to enjoy HEALTHY fermented soy products. Just my humble opinion!

      1. I rarely use soy sauce now because I’m pretty Paleo in my approach to eating. But, on the occasional day that I do, I use San-J Organic Wheat-Free Soy Sauce ( And for my clients who want soy protein I recommend organic tempeh, nato and miso bought at natural food stores here in the bay area. There is a miso brand name that is especially good, but I can’t remember the name! For a reputable source of info about soy go here:

  3. I heard a former Olympic champion express the following sentiment recently:

    If you can’t hunt it, fish it, or harvest it, don’t put it in your mouth!

    (I must plant my Chocolate Fudge tree, in that case. Oh, dear. Did I just say that?)


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