Dec 18, 2017

5 Foods I stopped buying in 2017

Healthy Eating is not ONLY about adding super foods and nutrient-dense foods to our everyday diet, but also about eliminating the harmful, the unnecessary ones. I believe, if we focus more on “cutting down” rather than “adding more” foods, then 80% of our health issues would vanish.

Here are the 5 foods that I stopped buying this year.

1. Ginger garlic paste
Though the brands call themselves “mother’s recipe”, “home made” etc, the ingredients paint a different picture with various chemical additives in the form of stabilizers, preservatives and acidity regulators. In the morning rush hour cooking, it takes just a few seconds to grab the pack from the fridge, squeeze a tsp of such pastes in gravies and put it back in the fridge. But is it really worth it? Definitely not. The alternative is to make a batch of home made ginger garlic paste and stock it. I find that too cumbersome a process to peel a big batch of garlic and ginger. So as and when needed, I peel 3-4 cloves of garlic and a small piece of ginger, finely chop them up and add it to my gravies. They taste fresh and bring amazing flavour to the dish without any preservatives. Takes me an extra 2-3 minutes, that’s it.

2. Biscuits
Earlier, there used to be stock of biscuits at home, mainly to go with our evening chai. This year, I put an end to it completely. Even the so-called healthier “digestive biscuits” are high in maida and unhealthy fats. If we feel like having some munchies to go with chai, we either have it with roasted peanuts or roasted makhana. When my daughter asks for biscuits, I buy the smallest pack once a month.

3. Bread
We used to buy bread on a weekly basis, as my husband used to have sandwiches almost on a daily basis, either after his morning run or pack it for his evening office snack. He has now stopped bread altogether and takes fruit, dates and chikkis. Many of us tend to buy brown bread or whole wheat bread, thinking they are healthier. But they do contain large proportions of maida, along with various other additives in the form of improvers, raising agents and preservatives.

4. Oats
I have written enough about oats in my previous articles. Though I wasn’t eating oats on an everyday basis, I used to stock them once every 3-4 months, primarily for mornings when I feel like having a light breakfast. Being a firm believer of adopting local foods, I decided I no longer need oats in my pantry. The quick cooking ones we get from the market are highly processed to the extent that there are no nutrients left. For light breakfast, I resort to fruits or ragi porridge these days.

5. Instant Coffee 
One of the many benefits of doing Yoga on a regular basis is that you’d be able to understand the signals from your body more clearly. Through such signals, I learnt that I have started to hate the flavour of instant coffee. I made it a couple of times and after 2-3 sips, I didn’t feel like drinking it anymore. Yes, the same instant coffee brand that I have had for years. I can't believe it was so easy to quit instant coffee. 

What foods did you stop buying this year? What were your alternatives? What foods do you plan to stop buying in 2018? Please share in the comments below.


Saleem Gurmani said...

white flour, white table salt, white sugar, processed cooking oils, processed pulses.
Alternatives: whole grain Aata, Gur, desi Ghee, whole pulses and using pearl milletts dalia as we just have this type of bajra,pearl millets in Lahore.
May some one suggest please what can be the alternative of Birthday Cakes.

Unknown said...

Ur articles have subconsciously influenced me and I have refrained myself from purchasing oats. Earlier I used to stock oats on a regular basis, fooling myself that it was healthy. Now when someone suggests oats poha, oats idli or oats porridge as weight loss foods, I just smile and move on.
Bread is another thing I think twice before buying. Earlier it was weekly once affair. After going through one of your posts, I understood that even whole wheat bread contains 30% of wheat flour only. I have become label conscious these days, thanks to u!

Anuradha Sridharan said...

Thank you Harshitha. You made my day! I'm so glad my articles have made a positive impact on you.

Unknown said...

Your take on "adopting local" foods resonates well with me. Nowadays, we have started getting a whole range of "exotic" nuts. My research on this is little but I have not seen cranberry or macadamia nut or hazelnut being grown in India. Undoubtedly, these nuts have beneficial oils but I'm not sure how digestion-friendly is their consumption given the weather/air/water of our place.
Do you have any take on this? Would love to see a blog, if possible.

Anuradha Sridharan said...

Garvit, yes, that's true..many imported nuts and dry fruits are available these days - pinenuts, macadamia, dried blueberries, cranberries etc. And they are super expensive. I don't buy any of them, as they are not grown local. Cashews are my preferred choice and I also make sure I consume a small handful of them, not more than that.

Kapil Pal said...

Please also stop eating vegetables, because they contain pesticides and other chemicals a farmer use regularly.

Please also stop eating roti and rice, because of same reason as above.

Please also stop eating fruits they also contains chemicals.

Anuradha Sridharan said...

@Kapil, even if that was a sarcastic comment, I agree with your point on the pesticides and chemicals in vegetables and fruits. Buying organic is so expensive and can neither be trusted on the quality nor be validated. So we are left with choosing best among the worst. Eliminating packaged foods seem to be the easier and sensible choice for me.

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