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30-Day Get Lean in 2017 Challenge Day 5: Junk the Junk Food

author image Deborah Day
Deborah Day is a lifestyle and entertainment writer and editor. Former editor in chief of and executive editor of, she has been published on,,, and other media sites, as well as in Maxim, Interview and Time Out NY magazines.
30-Day Get Lean in 2017 Challenge Day 5: Junk the Junk Food
Clean out the funky stuff cluttering your pantry and clogging your arteries. Photo Credit: LIVESTRONG.COM; Adobe Stock

Welcome to day 5! 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.

Get rid of all the unhealthy food. Junk the junk food. You don’t need that kind of temptation around. Trust us, removing that food will make your journey a lot easier. Restocking your kitchen with nutritious food and keeping healthy staples on hand will guarantee your success.

6 Steps to De-Junking Your Kitchen

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:

  1. Clean out your entire fridge, freezer, cupboards and pantry.
  2. Get rid of unnecessary temptation from cookies, candy, snacks, soda, etc.
  3. Replace the junk with healthy snack alternatives like nuts, fruits, veggies, etc.
  4. Read your food labels to help avoid seemingly healthy pitfalls.
  5. Prep as much as possible in advance and portion out individual meals for grab-and-go ease.
  6. Shop smart and restock your kitchen with the right foods.

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 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.

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