How do you overhaul your pantry? Know that this is not an easy or fast project. In fact, I really only recommend focusing on one to three items each time you grocery shop. So let’s start there.
Think about which 1-3 items, that are not whole foods, that are on your grocery list almost every week. At the grocery store take the time to look for the healthiest product for each of those items. And actually, I recommend double checking items once in a while. Although I personally keep up quite a bit on the ever-changing world of companies acquiring other companies, even I miss things. Sometimes a large company will buy a small company that I love and change the recipe. Suddenly I see corn syrup in a product that I used to recommend. So it’s a good idea to make reading ingredient lists part of every shopping experience.
But back to your pantry. Things to avoid on an ingredients list are hydrogenated fats, partially hydrogenated fats, refined sugars, refined flours, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, additives, colorings, added sweeteners, artificial sweeteners, and truly probably any word you can’t identify. Look for the fewest amount of ingredients possible. Labels can be tricky, but the more you practice, the easier it will get.