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Purging Your Pantry: 5 Items to Remove Today

Not sure where to get started? Don’t worry. Here’s a list of five items you need to remove from your pantry today.

It's easy to promise yourself that you're going to start following a healthier lifestyle, but do you immediately jump on it? Or, are you one of those folks who says "the diet starts Monday" or waits until it's January to declare a New Year's resolution? It's time to stop making excuses and start setting yourself up for success the second you're ready – and willing – to make the change. Once you've committed to shaping up your lifestyle, head to your pantry – it's time for a cleaning spree.

Not sure where to get started? Don't worry. Here's a list of five items you need to remove from your pantry today:

1. Processed Snacks
Processed treats, loaded with added sugars, preservatives and chemicals, should be the first thing on your must-go list. A good rule of thumb is checking the ingredients list if you're unsure of its health content. If you can't pronounce or identify the ingredients, and if the list is longer than a handful of items, take the snack to the trash. Think about it this way as well: Could you imagine adding those chemicals to the meals you make for your family members? We didn't think so.

2. Canned Vegetables
Sure, vegetables are healthy. But when you're relying on veggies from a can, you're also consuming preservatives and high levels of sodium. Additionally, according to Dr. Mercola, many canned foods contain BPA, a chemical that may lead to reproductive abnormalities, neurological effects, heightened risk of breast and prostate cancers, diabetes, heart disease and other serious health problems when consumed. Our suggestion: Keep these canned foods out of the pantry and stick to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Eliminate the refined carbohydrates from your pantry.Eliminate the refined carbohydrates from your pantry.

3. Refined Carbohydrates and Grains
Some of the most common household pantries include items like baking sugar, white flour, white rice and pasta – but that doesn't mean yours should. These refined foods have had most of their nutrients and fiber removed, giving them no nutritional content to benefit your body. Plus, eating refined carbs and grains can lead to weight gain which may cause chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

"Condiments are loaded with sugars, processed fats, preservatives and more."

4. Store-Bought Condiments
Have you looked at the back of your store-bought condiments? Much like the ingredients on the back of the packages of your pantry snacks, They're loaded with sugars, processed fats, preservatives and other chemicals that can wreak havoc on the body. Instead of relying on store-bought condiments, you can make your own from natural ingredients like fruits, vegetables, beans and organic oils.

5. Food Coloring
Do you have artificial food coloring in your pantry for baking? You may want to think twice about this decision, as food coloring may lead to a number of health risks, including behavioral problems, hyperactivity and possibly cancer, according to Dr. Mercola. Instead, use the natural coloring from your favorite fruits to spruce up your healthy, homemade desserts.

Instead of relying on these unhealthful, harmful foods, why not fill your pantry with delicious and healthy snacks the whole family will love? At Hallelujah Acres, we've prepared plenty of primarily raw, plant-based snack recipes you can make with ease. Join us on the path to better health today by sprucing up your pantry!


  1. Carolyn B, Calhoun July 27, 2017

    My cupboards will be bare for awhile.

  2. Angela Solomon July 31, 2017

    This was helpful information, time to take a look at the pantry and do some “spring cleaning”!

  3. Glorietta Germany August 8, 2017

    Please tell me what to put there in place of everything that im removing. Thank you

    • Melody Hord August 8, 2017

      Hi Glorietta!
      There are so many prepared foods that are full of weird ingredients. My husband and I consume canned beans and tomatoes. We purchase the Eden brand, because they use good ingredients and use BPA-free cans. For other items, all we can do is read the label.
      If there are any ingredients that are chemicals, instead of food, then I don’t purchase it. I purchase rolled oats, quinoa, organic raisins, extra virgin olive oil, and nut butters that are made from just nuts. All those items have one ingredient on the label.
      There are some condiments that are not full of chemicals. The Eden Organic Yellow Mustard contains: Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Water, Organic Yellow Mustard Seed, Eden Sea Salt, Organic Turmeric, Organic Paprika, Organic Garlic. Wow, those are great ingredients.
      Of course, the foods that are closest to natural are usually the best; things like FRESH avocadoes, fresh vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts etc. It is very important to keep out the junk!

  4. Annette August 8, 2017

    Great Blog! I do remember when I started to work here at HA they talked about how bad the process foods in the can was bad. Just was thinking how we started looking at the foods differently. I started using more stuff that do not go into the pantry…lol More fresh vegetables and more frozen foods, less foods that went in the pantry. Even with the white sugars we stopped and I started using the honey and more natural sweeteners. I really enjoyed reading this.

  5. Carol Anderson August 8, 2017

    I’m unsure of what to do. I’ve recently been diagnosed with a few food allergies, one of which is to Lectins. Now I’m finding that grasses are full of Lectins and while I have been a Barley grass user for many years, I’m unsure of what to do. Help!

    • Melody Hord August 11, 2017

      Hi Carol, I asked Olin Idol his opinion. Here is a link that may be helpful:
      Also, he said, “I think from what I know at this point the issue with the lectins is in the grain or seed of the grass not the grass itself. This is the same with gluten, there is gluten in the barley grain but not barley grass. The above link suggests an elimination diet for a specified time and then gradual re-introduction of individual suspect foods.”

  6. Jennifer August 9, 2017

    This is a great article! I’m sure we all could find things in our pantry that needs to be thrown out! This is great guidelines to follow to know what to throw out.

  7. CAROLYN B CALHOUN October 15, 2019

    I have written on this blog before but feel that I can add a little something. When I was diagnosed with Diabetes 2 and HAD to change my diet that’s when it became real to me. Don’t wait until it’s a have to situation…Clean Out your Cupboards!!

  8. Connie Gesser October 16, 2019

    Hi Carol,
    Here is more information from Olin, in addition to what was posted by Melody.
    We have made no attempt to measure the lectin content of BarleyMax. The reason is because it is the juice of the grass and contains NO seed, the lectin content should be relatively low. Probably less than one would get in a large bunch of spinach or other dark green leafy veggies.

    You may find the following helpful in regard to lectins. They really are not the issue Dr. Grundy tries to make them out to be.

  9. I do agree with the statement that if you can’t pronounce it or don’t know what an ingredient is, you may want to seriously reconsider putting it in your body.

    Purging our kitchens is one of the most important steps in making the transition. While most people choose to do so all at once, there are some people that replace the more processed option with the healthier version when restocking the product. It will just take longer to eliminate the toxins using this approach.

    The main thing is to just do it.

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