What you can do is try to find substitute recipes for the things you love. Can you switch from sugar to xylitol or stevia? If you need to avoid gluten, can you find a gluten-free bakery or make bread-like recipes with almond meal instead of flour? The internet provides some great resources at our fingertips. Here are a few blogs you can check out:
It is most important to try to get toxic food out of our lives. Easier said than done, I know! The more we prepare our own food, rather than relying on pre-prepared, boxed, or processed foods, the easier it will be to avoid toxic chemicals, such as MSG.
Here is a recipe for a taco filling using spices from your kitchen, rather than relying on the taco seasoning packets you can purchase at the grocery store. They have a ton of sodium and MSG, and should be avoided. You can use this taco filling for tacos, burritos, or in a taco salad like I did.
This was our dinner tonight!
On a plate, layer the following:
chopped romaine lettuce
fresh diced tomatoes
shredded cheddar cheese
ground beef cooked with homemade taco seasoning (recipe to follow)
crushed nacho chips
Ground Beef Taco Filling (Adapted from Maximized Living Nutrition Plans)
First, make the taco seasoning mix by combining the following ingredients in a small bowl or zip lock bag:
2 tbsp. chili powder
2 tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cumin (I use 1 tsp.)
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. oregano (I use dried basil instead)
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (I use 1/4 tsp.)
Add the taco seasoning mix to browned ground beef (1 - 1 1/2 lbs.) along with 1/2 - 3/4 cup water and cook until reduced to desired consistency. If desired, you can add 1/2 cup salsa to the pan while heating.