Illness is often self-inflicted through foods we shouldn't be eating. When we consume these foods, they can have a negative impact on our overall health. However, we can take incremental steps toward better health by slowly removing these foods from our diet.
- Sugar – You should know by now that sugar is on the top of the list of foods you shouldn't be eating. Try not to consume more than 25 grams per day, as sugar is a serious threat to overall health.
- Fruit juice – Juice has a lot of sugar. Consider eating a whole fruit instead.
- Tropical fruit – These are also high in sugar. Choose fruits such as berries, apples, or pears.
- Bread – This includes bagels and waffles. These are simple, processed carbs that will lead to a sugar spike.
- White rice and potatoes – These also tend to cause insulin spikes. In fact, potatoes can cause a greater insulin spike than sugar.
- High fructose corn syrup – This is commonly found in processed foods, which is detrimental to your body.
- Diet soda – Artificial sweeteners and chemicals cause inflammation and weight gain. The sugar and caffeine can also be addictive.
- MSG – This is a spice that makes food taste good, but it also causes cravings and inflammation in the body.
- Skim milk – Fat in the milk has been removed, which prevents the body from absorbing the vitamin D.
- Anything labeled low fat, healthy, gluten-free – These labels are largely marketing tactics and do not necessarily mean the food is healthy. Focus on the ingredients and macros in the food.
- Processed foods – Chemicals within these foods are intended to preserve the food for months or years, which is not healthy for your body.
Pay attention to the foods that you’re eating and how you feel. As you slowly begin eliminating some of the bad foods you shouldn't be eating, you will be sure to notice a positive difference in your health.