As a nutritionist, who has learned that it is not the calories that matter but the quality of the food you eat, there are a couple of things that I stopped doing.

Everything we eat at home is fresh, no frozen and canned foods (except for the occasional tuna). The rest is all fresh. Aside from that, there are 4 foods and ingredients that you would never find in my kitchen.

White sugar:

There is nothing natural about it. All refined and depleted of all nutrition. It is what mainstream nutritionists call ‘empty calories’. Consuming excess white sugar can lead to insulin resistance which is a precursor to type II diabetes and metabolic syndrome. For a while, scientists have blamed saturated fat for heart disease , but the evidence has been increasingly showing that the leading driver for heart disease is sugar.

Coffee Mate:

There is nothing natural about your favorite coffee creamer. It contains vegetables oils, usually palm kernel oil to give it this creamy look and feel flavor. Sugar, sodium and corn syrup are also added to compensate for the flavor and structure of regular cream or milk. These ingredients can accumulate in the blood stream resulting in clogged arteries and can cause irritable bowls, diarrhea or constipation and bloating. It also contains trans fats, the type of fat that increases your LDL cholesterol and lowers your HDL cholesterol. You consumption of tans fat shouldn’t increase 2 gm a day and some coffee mate contain more than 1 gm per tablespoon.


There are about 11 reasons why I would never eat Nutella.



Donuts are made of white flour, an ingredient I don’t eat, because it lacks any nutrition and it is highly refined and processed. Donuts are also deep fried in usually very low quality oil that is not regularly changed. It is also high in trans fats and high fructose corn syrup.

I could elaborate more on each food but my rule is very simple: if it refined, altered or processed, it is a definite no!

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