The reason I wanted you to pitch (or compost or donate) the worst of your processed foods is out of an ardent belief that it will help you get a few steps closer back to the source of your food, rather than continuing to divorce yourself from it. So the line isn't drawn in concrete: of course not all canned foods are evil, for example. I have canned and frozen foods in my kitchen. However, for me, the line does get more stringent when it comes to artificial ingredients.Thats Swell says "I have WAY too many sprinkles, etc. for making cupcakes (my favorite). And at first I was reluctant to get rid of them, because I didn't want to just throw them out. Then I realized I could Freecycle them! These are all items waiting to be Freecycled."
There was also an issue brought up about the economy and the cost of food. I'll use the grape jelly example. Say you love grape jelly and you eat it every day, but when you looked at the label of your grape jelly, you noticed that it had high fructose corn syrup in it. High Fructose Corn Syrup is a highly processed sweetener with all kinds of health issues associated with it. So the point of this exercise was to understand what you have in your fridge and make a move toward change. That could mean everything from finishing that jar (after wiping it clean!) and buying a different brand next time made with sugar to pitching it (or donating it, or Freecycling it) right away and starting fresh with something more wholesome.
The point was to open your fridge and cupboards and read ingredients. Get to know your foods and think about where you'd like to make some changes.
You're also cleaning out junk drawers and wiping everything down. You might even be culling through your appliances and other supplies and paring down to what you really need.
You are, all 300 of you, doing an amazing job. Congratulations! If you haven't finished the assignments for this week, please give it your best shot. You need a clean slate because starting on Thursday when the Week Three assignment is posted, we'll start cooking. You're ready!
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