June 29th, 2016
So it’s officially Spring. Yay! But you know what that means.. Spring Cleaning. This year, I apparently decided to take on Spring Cleaning as part of my New Years resolution and have been working on it ever since.
But that could also have something to do with my recent desire to tear my house apart and do “small upgrades” all over the place.
One of the most important things I ever learned about health and nutrition, is that it’s not just about some delicious better-for-you versions of your favorite foods. It’s not just about what you should and shouldn’t eat at what times of the day. And it’s not about locking yourself in your house so you aren’t tempted by the fast food on every corner.
Ok, that’s three things but you get my point.
So much of the time, when people decide to “get healthy”, what’s actually going through their head is, I need to go to the gym every day and eat salads. Am I right? No? Ok well just play a long will ya?
One of the best things you can do to get motivated and stay on track with your goals is one simple thing. And no, it doesn’t involve eating a salad every day.
Clean out your pantry.
heard me read that right. Living a healthier lifestyle is just that – it’s a lifestyle. And if you expect to stick to it then it’s important to set yourself up for success. Starting with the only thing messier than your closet floor.
I have to be honest, I am definitely the biggest offender. When I set out to clean this disaster of a pantry and get organized over the first weekend of the new year, I found items in my pantry that had been carried over from my last two apartments – and I’ve been living in my house for a year and a half! Yikes. So to begin the process, the first thing I did was purge.
More often than not, your pantry can be the culprit when it comes to unhealthy habits. While perishable healthy foods should be your go-to; generally speaking, it’s the imperishable foods found in your pantry that can get in the way of those healthy decisions. So get rid of them!
You know I love ice cream. So do I keep a gallon of it in my freezer? Heck no! Then I would eat it – all. the. time. Same goes with the pantry. If it’s not there, you won’t eat it.
Follow this simple list to figure out what should be eliminated from your pantry.
Ok now that you’ve thrown out everything in your pantry [or at least it feels like that huh?], you’re asking, what the heck is left?! Here is a little sneak peak into mine:
- Whole foods: foods and items with just one ingredient, plant based food
- Beans, quinoa and brown rice
- Oats, almond flour, coconut flour, coconut sugar, stevia, pure vanilla extract, pure maple syrup – some of my favorite baking ingredients; no bleached flours or enriched anything!
Enriched flours are processed, bleached, and stripped down of their original nutrients. No thank you.
- Snacks – rice cakes, protein bars (not all are good choices so check the ingredients), PB2, honey, unsweetened coconut flakes, nuts and seeds
- Mrs. Dash (salt-free seasonings); coconut and olive oil; balsamic, red wine and apple cider vinegar
- Shakeology! The healthiest meal of my day by far; Perfect Fit protein powder
- Dark chocolate – it’s a girl’s best friend when the craving hits
Last but not least, my favorite tip. Staying organized. There’s something about an organized pantry. I think it just makes me want to cook more.
And most importantly, have fun with it!
Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore.