Wellness Wednesday Lunch + Learn Recap: What's Killing Us in Our Kitchen

Wellness Wednesday Lunch + Learn Recap: What's Killing Us in Our Kitchen

Welcome back, Wellness Warriors, to our weekly dive into the heart of holistic living. Last week’s Lunch + Learn session was a powerful eye-opener as we dissected hidden dangers lurking in our kitchens. Here's what our community uncovered:

The Hidden Hazards of MSG and Artificial Sweeteners

Lee kicked off the conversation with a critical look at MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) and artificial sweeteners. MSG, often hidden in processed foods and seasonings, can lead to headaches, fatigue, and even obesity. Artificial sweeteners, while marketed as a healthy alternative to sugar, carry risks like metabolic syndrome and cravings for sweet foods.

The Lowdown on Healthy Oils

Ann enlightened us on the switch to healthy oils, advocating for the use of olive, coconut, and avocado oils. These oils are not only heart-friendly but also enhance the body's absorption of essential vitamins and nutrients.

BHT: A Preservative to Avoid

Marc’s insights on Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), a common preservative in cereals and snacks, highlighted its potential to disrupt hormonal balance and contribute to carcinogenic risks.

Mindful Eating: Lindsaya's Wisdom

Our own Lindsaya shared the importance of mindful eating, emphasizing the practice of eating or drinking exclusively, not concurrently, to improve digestion and nutrient absorption.

Sugar, Red Meat, and Plastics: A Triple Threat

Jacinta shared the risks associated with high sugar intake, red meat consumption, and the use of plastics. These factors can contribute to slower digestion, increased inflammation, and exposure to harmful chemicals.

The Art of Label Reading

Tina reminded us of the importance of scrutinizing food labels to avoid hidden sugars, unhealthy fats, and chemical additives, promoting a more informed and health-conscious approach to grocery shopping.

Eliminating Kitchen Toxins

Leila's journey to remove aluminum and nonstick cookware, along with her microwave, shed light on the toxic exposure from everyday kitchen items, advocating for safer alternatives like ceramic or stainless steel.

Derek’s Inquiry: Choosing the Right Pans

Derek’s question about safe cookware led Lindsaya to share insights on choosing pans that don’t leach harmful chemicals, with a nod to cast iron and stainless steel as preferable options.

Lindsaya's Clean Water Solution

Lindsaya also introduced the Berkey water filter system as a way to ensure clean, toxin-free drinking water, along with the advice to ditch plastic cutting boards in favor of glass or bamboo options.

Join us next Wellness Wednesday at 12 PM EST for another enlightening session. Together, we can continue to amplify our inner Wellness Warriors and foster a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle.

To dive deeper into the enlightening discussion from our Wellness Wednesday Lunch + Learn, we invite you to listen to the entire conversation. Discover valuable insights and expert advice on transforming your kitchen into a haven of health. Click HERE to access the full discussion and enhance your journey toward wellness with our Wellness Warrior Collective.

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