5 Foods That You Need To Kick To The Curb!

Photo Credit: Mrs. Meyers

Photo Credit: Mrs. Meyers



READ ON only if you are READY to pull out the garbage can and let go of a few food items that are likely lurking in your kitchen cupboards and fridge!
It's time to ditch the crap that just isn't serving your body! Don't worry, I provide you with healthy swaps to make the transition easy peasy!

Today we are taking a closer look at 5 food items (okay it might seem like more than 5) that you don't want in your kitchen. It's really not that much, no need to panic!
If you work with me as your coach, we do a MEGA full kitchen clean out! Things can get REAL!
However once completed, you'll feel like a brand spankin new person! If you like cleaning and organizing, then you'll likely enjoy this a little too much.


1. Cheap oil (the ones that come in those jumbo plastic bottles)

2. Margarine (aka tub of plastic)

3. Spices! Are you telling me that I can't have any spice Miya?!

4. Low-fat products

5. Your cute little bee shaped honey bottle

1. Cheap Oils


You know when you walk down the oil, dressing and condiment section and you see all those BIG glistening plastic bottles of clear or almost fluorescent yellow liquid? Don't be tempted by the colour, size or price. You DON'T want those! Besides, have you ever seen a vegetable emit oil? I didn't think so.

Vegetable, canola, peanut, safflower, corn and soybean are the most common oils to see on store shelves. Then there is cottonseed oil which can be part of a blend. These oils are cheap, the most processed of the processed, as well as light & shelf stable.

If you see olive oil in a clear container and with a low $$, it is an oil blend or has had something added to make it shelf stable. NOT pure olive oil. Pure extra virgin olive oil is sensitive to light and requires a dark container to not go bad.

You will also find these types of oils in many packaged foods, ones that are possibly marketed as healthy and in the more obvious junk food. These are also the oils that every fast food restaurant chain is using to fry your french fries in.

Many of these oils have been marketed as "heart healthy" and "cholesterol-free", unfortunately there are quite a few flaws in these claims. These oils cause inflammation in your body due to excessive consumption of Omega-6. They are made from genetically modified crops, are void of any nutrients due to processing and are riddled with added preservatives, colours, emulsifiers and deodorizers. (1)

My Fave Healthy Swaps!

  • Coconut oil (low to medium heat cooking - smoke point of around 350F)
  • Avocado oil (low to high heat cooking - my fave for roasting)
  • Ghee (clarified butter - lactose & casein allergens are removed - low to high heat cooking)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (best used for food like salads, not your best cooking oil)

2. Margarine

Margarine has ALWAYS reminded me of the plastic food that we used to play with in our kitchen sets as kids. What the heck is margarine?

Sure the stuff has been marketed as easy to bake with and always spreadable, but should you really be spreading this all over your grilled cheese?

Margarine is made up of familiar oils, YOU GUESSED IT! Vegetable oil and the whole gang are what margarine tends to be made of. You might even see PALM OIL in them. That's another oil to avoid for all of the same reasons and because the palm oil industry is destroying many natural habitats. Some margarine brands are creating products with olive oil, but don't be fooled! This ain't just olive oil and what kind are we even talking about?
These companies know how to market, that is what they do. Read between those lines.

Healthy Swaps

  • Organic grass-fed butter (yes, you can have some of the butter!)
  • Coconut oil (my go to for baking)
  • Avocado (you can spread it on anything!)

3. Spices


Ever had an x-ray before? Maybe you broke your arm as a kid and had to go in and wear a special heavy coat to protect you from the radiation.

Well did you know that some of the food you may be eating has been x-rayed? It has been treated with radiation.

I think this is something that most people don't know about (I had no idea when I was told this 3 years ago!), because its not discussed very often or very clearly labelled in my opinion.
In Canada, three types of radiation are allowed to be used on certain foods: Gamma rays, X-rays and electron beam radiation. The purpose is to kill bacteria, parasites, molds and insects.

There are several foods approved for irradiation in Canada, whole and ground spices are on that list. (2)

Labelling is required in certain circumstances (with an international radiation symbol), however if the ingredient makes up less than 10% of the product, labelling is not required.(2)

I feel that when we are talking about spices, this is still too much! I personally would like to know what has been done to my food.

In these types of situations, I like to think of the compound effect. If you are consuming something everyday for say 20 years, what is compounding in your body over that period of time? That is what REALLY frightens me!

The Government of Canada says its safe, but as with many other things, the long term affects are never truly thought about. We are seeing the direct effects of radiation in communities over in Japan for instance. We are seeing an increase in thyroid cancer in communities where children are born near radioactive hot spots. This used to be rare amongst children.(3)

As an informed consumer, I would prefer to have NO radiation added to my food. Our bodies are already working on overdrive to keep us healthy in today's toxic environment.

So what's the alternative?

Healthy Swaps

  • Buy organic spices
    In the practice of organic farming, irradiation is not approved.
    I love these 2 brands, they come in glass or paper packaging.
    Simply Organic & Cha's Organics 

4. Low-Fat Foods

Whatever it claims to be - low-fat, half-fat, zero-fat, light it ain't what you want.


Look, there are many of us struggling with weight out there and products that use the word no-fat can seem enticing when you are in the i'll try anything mindset. For YEARS, food companies have been marketing low-fat or no-fat products as a way to help with weight loss.

What we now know about FAT is so very important for you to embrace! We NEED FAT!

Yes, we need to CONSUME FAT in order for us to function properly. Your brain is made up of mostly fat. For you to feel optimal, your diet should include good fats. Fats are also so important when it comes to healthy hair & skin, weight maintenance, hormonal balance, immune function, nutrient absorption and more!(4)

It's very interesting, because during the time of the no-fat craze, women in particular were experiencing a surge of depression, anxiety and general mood related disorders.
So consuming GOOD FATS, such as avocado and coconut oil are going to help you in so many ways.

Consumption of GOOD FATS help with brain function, gut health, anxiety & depression, hormonal balance, heart health, WEIGHT LOSS (holy crackers, this is almost diabolical!) + more!(4)

Healthy Swaps

  • If you consume dairy, go for FULL FAT products like yogurt.
  • Don't fear the cado baby! Avocado! I spread that stuff on everything! Also bomb in breakfast smoothies and helps to stabilize your blood sugar when paired with fibre and protein!
    Because I have a weirdo sense of humour, please enjoy this song...
    Hopefully you laughed as much as I did when I first heard this, or maybe you are questioning my sanity, that's cool!
  • Coco-nutty for coconut oil!
  • Sustainable fish that is high in omega-3, like salmon.
  • Some nuts & seeds like hemp hearts, chia and flax seeds.
  • The other healthy oils mentioned above!

5. Your cute little bee shaped honey bottle!

He's always there when you need him, that cute little bee sitting in your cupboard, full of deliciously sweet goodness! Nature's edible liquid gold!

Honey has been marketed as a healthy superfood for a very long time and that is 100% true, however not all honey is made equal. Much of the mass produced honey that you find on the shelves of basic grocery stores, is not necessarily sustainably produced or harvested. Over-harvesting is a BIG issue in the honey industry, where bees are left with no honey, pollen or propolis.

Plenty of honey is harvested in Canada and the US, however we are seeing honey from China entering the market because it is much, much cheaper. This honey, is cheap because it is not pure and can be mixed with corn syrup and other chemicals.

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Honey has so MANY health benefits that it's so worth it to buy from a local beekeeper.

If the beekeeper uses sustainable practices, you are helping them and ultimately our bees!

If we don't have bees, happy healthy bees, we don't have apples, garlic, almonds, COFFEE (now you are listening!), avocado and that's just the beginning.

Do your part and buy locally, buy from the ones who are working to #savethebees.

Healthy Swaps

  • Local honey. Look for honey that tells you what plant it comes from (eg. clover, wildflower)
  • Raw honey is the BEST if you can find!

Here's a company that goes above and beyond and provides Ontario with some amazing, local honey:
Beekeepers Naturals


Maybe you are sweating, breaking into a mild panic attack or still questioning why you should kick these foods to the curb, and that's cool!

The information is here for you and if you are ready to commit to a more healthy, vibrant life that also shows love to our planet, then put this info to good use and share with those you love!

If you are ready to DIVE IN DEEPER, check out my services page! We might just be able to work together!


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(1) Josh Gitalis. (2017, January 17). The Dangerous Side of Vegetable Oils. Retrieved from http://www.joshgitalis.com/dangerous-side-vegetable-oils/. October 30, 2017.

(2) Canadian Food Inspection Agency. (2016, October 31). Food Irradiation. Retrieved from http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/information-for-consumers/fact-sheets-and-infographics/irradiation/eng/1332358607968/1332358680017. October 30, 2017.

(3) Meghan Telpner. Food Irradiation: 5 Things You Need to Know. Retrieved from (https://www.meghantelpner.com/blog/food-irradiation-5-things-you-need-to-know/. October 31, 2017.

(4) Dr. Axe. 7 Low-Fat Diet Risks You Need to Know About! Retrieved from https://draxe.com/low-fat-diet-risks/. October 31, 2017.