You’re eating healthier and tracking your food choices and nutrition, so let’s take it up a notch and give your pantry a makeover. Cleaning out your pantry, cupboards and refrigerator won’t just make your inner neat freak happy, it'll set you up to succeed.
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Check out this video featuring Katie from Love Sweat Fitness for how to get started on your pantry detox:
How to Decide What to Toss Out
First of all, junk the junk food. You know what items we're talking about, and the truth is that don’t need that kind of temptation around. If you cannot live without a little indulgence, put it away in a little-used cabinet or above eye level.
Take a look at what you have left. As Katie recommends, reading the nutrition label should be your first step. If you can't pronounce an ingredient or it has more than five ingredients, put the item in a separate pile.
Complete Your Pantry Clean Out
Restocking your kitchen with nutritious food and keeping healthy staples on hand will guarantee your success. Like Katie says, aim for whole foods like beans, whole-wheat pasta and a range of fruits and vegetables.
You’re not on a fad diet; you’re making a healthier lifestyle choice for the long run. You need to shop for foods that will give you a bigger nutritional bang for your buck. If this is a battle, then your kitchen is the war room. It’s where you plan your long-term strategy and manage your arsenal. To make sure your war room is properly equipped, you should:
- Replace junk food with healthy snack alternatives like nuts, fruits, veggies, etc.
- Prep as much as possible in advance and portion out individual meals for grab-and-go ease.
- Shop smart and restock your kitchen with the right foods.
If your fridge and pantry are stocked with healthy foods, then you’ll feel great tracking everything on the LIVESTRONG.COM MyPlate Calorie Tracker — available for desktop and on iOS and Android devices. You’ll see the payoff in your daily nutrition reports and track your long-term progress.
The LIVESTRONG.COM team is here to make sure you win each daily battle AND win the war. So go whip your war room into shape and prepare for combat.
How to Join the 30-Day Get Lean in 2018 Challenge
1. Download the MyPlate App
Documenting your food and activity might seem like overkill, but it’s not. People who track their calories and physical activities enjoy greater success losing weight and keeping it off for good!
Plus MyPlate offers free workouts that you can access on your phone anytime, from anywhere. Upgrade to Gold, and you can unlock even more free workouts specially designed by a top trainer.
Tracking everything honestly is essential to making the 30-Day Get Lean in 2018 Challenge work for you. Sometimes you’re not even aware of everything you consume, but once you start tracking it, you’ll think twice before you make poor choices. And that’s a good thing.
- Daily meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and snacks
- Exercise and activity
- BMI (Body Mass Index)
2. Print Out Your Daily Calendar
Isn't it so satisfying to check things off of your to-do list? Each day during the 30-Day Get Lean in 2018 Challenge, you're accountable for five key steps: tracking breakfast, lunch and dinner; tracking your water intake; and either walking or running.
We created a helpful calendar to keep you on task for all 30 days. Print it out and check off each activity as soon as you complete it.
3. Stay Connected on Facebook
For daily support, motivation and camaraderie with LIVESTRONG.COM team members, join our Facebook Group for the 30-Day Get Lean in 2018 Challenge. We'll share recipes, tips, motivations, pictures and more! Plus, we'll answer all your questions.More About How to Squash Your Cravings
4. Get Help Getting Organized
- 16 Expert-Recommended Steps to Spring-Clean Your Kitchen
- 10 Tricks to Save Money and Waste Less of Your Fresh Fruits and Veggies
- 10 Quick, Nutritionist-Approved Packaged Breakfasts
Readers — Are you joining us in the 30-Day Get Lean in 2018 Challenge? If so, what's your weight-loss goal? Have you ever done a weight-loss challenge group before? How did it go for you? Have you joined our LIVESTRONG.COM Challenge Group on Facebook? Leave a comment below and let us know.