So now I am going through my cupboards, deciding what I can eat and what I need to do something with. I have a ton of cake and cookie mixes that are totally out, but I hate to throw things away so when the weather cools, I will bake them to bring to the office (sorry coworkers! It's not like you've given up fast food or anything!). My unbleached all purpose flour will probably stay too so the random baking I will do through the winter, because my organic whole wheat flour won't work in all recipes. Glass jars of Trader Joe's pasta sauce will stay (anything TJ's is non-GMO!), canned Campbell's soup will need to go bye-bye.
I am lucky though, that I do so much of my pantry items at Trader Joe's and Fresh and Easy when I am in the big city! Most of what is left in the cupboards is Organic and non-GMO. That doesn't necessarily make it real food, but good enough that I don't feel I can throw it away.
I encourage you to look through your cupboards and read some labels. And when I say labels, I mean ingredient lists. Nutrition labels are only part of the story, and anything written on the front of the package isn't well regulated. Here are the things you should keep an eye out for:
Corn/Cornstarch/Corn Oil/High Fructose Corn Syrup - unless it's Organic, it's likely GMO in this country
Soy/Soybeans/Soybean Oil - unless it's Organic, it's likely GMO in this country
Natural Flavor - usually MSG, Torula Yeast, or something equally as crappy for your body. Remember, "natural" has no regulation in food production
Hydrogenated anything - Trans fat!! A nutrition label can claim zero trans fats if they are less than 0.5 g per serving. That doesn't mean there aren't trans fats in it, and even a teeny bit is WAY too much
Anything "refined" - that just means they stripped it of everything good
Artificial anything - no explanation needed
Anything obviously wrong - food dyes, weird chemicals you can't pronounce, etc.
And as my nutritionist says, anything with more than 3-4 ingredients is processed, but with this one you can use your discretion. If this a fresh, short shelf life convenience item that is made with real food, I'm not completely anti even if it does have 10 ingredients. I mean, when you cook, you usually add more than 4 ingredients to a dish.
Here is a blog post that I recommend you read!
When you've looked through your cupboards, let me know what you find! Were you as mislead as I was? Or are you good to go? Let me know in the comments!