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Your Weight Loss Kitchen

A Better Kitchen

I think kitchens are best when they are simple.  Also when they are free and clear of all processed foods and junk. 

I have provided you with a shopping list.  In addition to shopping you will need to clear out all the bad food from your pantry, cupboards, closets, refrigerator and freezer

When you get rid of all the bad food, look also at the other “noise” in your kitchen, from appliances, to rubbish foodstuffs.  It should be enough for us to enjoy just a few simple things.  

My personal bug-bears are needless and largely unused appliances, which will eventually be buried in a landfill, or picked apart by some poor Third World child for the metal or other content. 

Among them are microwaves, and coffee makers that use a pod to make a cup of coffee

How is it at all environmentally responsible to use anything other than a simple cafetiere to make quality coffee?  More waste, more metal, more packaging, more junk!! 

Microwaves are also something that you should not need.  What are you cooking in there?  Chances are it is processed or pre-prepared food.  Lose it. 

The only thing you need in your kitchen are:

  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Tea kettle
  • Toaster
  • MagiMix / RoboCoup Food Processor (optional nice to have)
  • Quality wood cutting board(s)
  • 2 or 3 good knives
  • Vegetable peeler / scrubber
  • Knife sharpener
  • Pressure cooker (optional nice to have)
  • Cafetiere or your existing filter coffee maker
  • Stainless steel pots and pans
  • Iron skillet(s)
  • Wooden spoons
  • Ceramic baking dishes
  • Ceramic serving dishes
  • Plates
  • Cutlery
  • Chop sticks (optional nice to have)

Blenders rarely get used, but if you are using them to make quality vegetable juices or veg/fruit combos for refreshes, super – keep it.  At least the blender can do more than one thing!

Please do not cook with aluminum, and also avoid ‘non-natural’ cooking implements like plastic or Teflon.    

If you know that you will still need to cook for or eat with family who are not trying to lose weight, you will need to have a will of steel.  

I suggest separating your foodstuffs for the moment, and know that eventually your new way will be understood, or even adopted amongst children, spouses or partners. 

I do not condone separate eating or separate kitchens.  In fact, I believe that it is best that families eat together whenever possible, and at least once on the weekend for a family meal, preferably on Sunday. 

Even if you can’t for the moment, your objective must be to eventually live in a home that is completely free of bad food and bad ingredients, and brimming over with healthy grains, pulses and legumes, fruits, vegetables and organic lean meats and fish! 

Once you have this knowledge, and in particular when people see your results, you will find it easier to persuade others. 

Love to you all!
La Libertini

Quick – Print Now! The Shopping List to Save Your Life!

Here is your shopping list.  Please buy the highest quality, in season, organic foods wherever possible.

Carrots
Peppers
Celery
Onion
Vine tomatoes
Broccoli
Beetroot
Turnips
Cucumbers
Rocket
Watercress
Greens – 3 types – Kale / Collard Greens / Chard / Bok Choy
Pumpkin / squash / gourds
Green beans
Sweet potato
Courgette / Zucchini
Coriander
Parsley
Garlic
Fresh chili peppers
3-4 Lemons
2-3 Limes
Corn if in season
Edamame
Low sodium V8

Indigenous in-season fruits – apples, peaches, pears, plums, etc.
Blueberries
Strawberries
Raisins / Sultanas
Grapes
Melons – honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon

Prunes
Dried Apricots

Unsweetened coconut juice

Crab sticks / kamabako “surimi”
Dolphin friendly tuna in spring water
2-3 varieties white fish
Shrimp
Octopus  / squid / scungilli
Mackerel (smoked or fresh)
Sardines (fresh or canned)
One whole fish if desired

One whole organic chicken

Wholemeal or Gluten-Free Bread
Brown rice
Pearl barley
Red Camargue rice
Wild rice
Barley
Spelt
Oat groats
Mung bean or rice vermicelli (Asian glass noodles)

Unsweetened soy milk, rice milk, oat milk

Skim / fat free dairy milk
Eggs
Non-fat PLAIN yogurt

Bran flakes
Spelt flakes or
Gluten-free flakes

Porridge oats / uncooked oatmeal with NO additives

4-seed mix (sunflower / pumpkin / flax / hemp / linseed, etc.)

Extra virgin olive oil
Organic honey
Sea salt
Fresh black pepper
Tamari soy sauce
Brown rice vinegar
Roasted / toasted sesame seeds
Balsamic vinegar

Chicken stock cube – organic, low sodium
Dijon or other French style mustard

Tea bags – Green, Jasmine Green, Rooibos (Red Bush), Peppermint
Coffee (not instant)

Barley miso
Brown rice miso
Tofu (Nigari)

Dried or canned chick peas, kidney beans, lentils, cannellini beans, flageolet, borlotti
Canned plum tomatoes