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.
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.
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.