Life without MSG is possible. The longer you work at it, the easier it becomes. Initially, it will be difficult. If you simply take the ingredients list we have offered you on this site, and check it against the food you already have on your shelf, in your refrigerator or in your freezer, you will find that most of it has excitotoxins. You should simply discard it and replace it with excitotoxin free foods. Many will say that can't afford to do that and believe they will use up what they have and then replace it with non-toxic food. If you choose to do that, then you will continue to have the symptoms that have caused you to be on the internet and research MSG in the first place.
Just like an alcoholic that decides to quit drinking, a person must stop the use of excitotoxins all at once and when they do that, their whole life will change. All of a sudden you will become a label reader. If you don't really cook, but just warm up things that are already prepared for you, then you will have to learn how to cook. You will have to learn about spices, if you don't already know anything about them. (This can be fun and we will include a page on spices and how they can be used.) And finally, you will have to be able to tell yourself 'NO'. That's right...'NO'! There is no other way to do it.
Everything today is about "taste". The whole food industry is selling you taste and they are doing it with excitotoxins. Not too long ago, the food industry packaged, canned and bottled products that we bought and then we cooked and flavored ourselves. As we became more of a two income family, and we seemed to speed up our lives, and "fast food" became a major part of America's diet, the simple skill of cooking became a thing of the past and micro-wave skills became something everybody had. Even many restaurants, today, depend on the micro-wave rather than the stove top and oven. The only reason the food industry was able to switch from canned and preserved foods to prepared meals is by using excitotoxins to mask shelf life and package flavors that they had suffered from in the past. The more we demanded faster and faster foods, the more excitotoxins they used.
You have to now break that cycle and learn to create your own "taste" in the food you eat. When you finally are able to recognize that the headache you have has come from a particular item you ate, and you vow that you won't do that again, then you will be on the road to feeling healthy, without the symptoms caused from MSG. It is when you become aware that you and only you can beat the use of MSG in your foods by not ever knowingly eat something with MSG ever again, will your recovery of the addictive use of MSG become apparent.
We will be listing some things to help you make that transition. There will be a list of sites that offer free recipes that can be made in the same time many processed foods take to warm up. There will be a list of spices and their uses. We will discuss snacks we have found to be enjoyable. We will list restaurants that we have ate at, and menu choices that are available at them. We will list those restaurants to avoid that simply have made it impossible to eat at because of their use of MSG. We will also respond to any request we get from people concerning problems they are encountering. Bon Appetit and Good Luck.
Excitotoxins are NOT just in food. This is something you have to remember and something I will be repeating throughout this Safe or Not Safe section.
Excitotoxins can be found in Cold Medicines, Tooth Pastes, Shampoos and Conditioners.
More Recipes Coming Soon
More Cooking Tips Coming Soon
One of the things we tell people that they must learn to do is to read labels. It isn't always easy, but you must practice until you can stand in an aisle in a grocery store and quickly go through the long list of unpronounceable names. If you don't do this, then you will continue to ingest excitotoxins. It may seem like there isn't anything left to eat. If you are affected by MSG, let's face some facts. You will have to change the way you eat, as well as what you eat, if you want to get excitotoxins out of your life.
List of Items That Probably Contain MSG or Other Excitotoxins
Note added by Sassafras
Note added by Mick
Receive a free laminated pocket card with a list of ingredients to avoid. Make your next grocery shopping experience easier with this easy to use laminated card of the most popular excitotoxins used by the food industry. And when people ask where they can get their very own card, refer them to our website, SayNOtoMSG.com.
Read the labels of the food products you have in your pantry. Compare the ingredients! What you find may surprise you.
by Mick Zellar
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