Before we start we want you to learn something pretty powerful. Food that is in sight is in mind. Food that is out of sight is out of mind. If you’re at home, take a few minutes to look in your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer.
Notice the foods you have around your home. We want you to understand the importance of food for everything in your life. Food is so powerful… yet almost everyone ignores what they are putting into their bodies. Our bodies are VERY important… we MUST treat our bodies with RESPECT. The food you eat can affect your health and your risk for certain diseases. To eat healthier food, you may need to change some of your daily habits. You also may need to change some things in your environment. Your environment includes everything around you, like your home or the place you work.
You don’t need to make huge changes to eat healthier. And you don’t have to change your habits all at the same time. It’s best to set small goals and change your habits a little bit at a time. Over time, small changes can make a big difference in your health.
Just follow this simple process:
- CLEAN: Clean out that junk from your refrigerator and kitchen cabinet and make space for healthy choices.
- EVALUATE:Evaluate what is needed and what is not needed.
- THROW OUT: Throw out the unnecessary food stuff. Check for the Expired stuff as well.
- REPLACE: Replace it with healthier items. For example white bread with brown bread, refined flour with high fibre whole grain cereals,
Compile a healthy shopping list: Make sure you start each week with a healthy shopping list, as you may get more and more exhausted once the weekend is in sight. Shopping without setting a goal in your mind may tempt you to buy things that you don’t need. The best way to do so is by taking your old grocery slips out and penning down all the items you actually ended up using. This will help in keep previous unhealthy impulsive purchases at bay. This practice is healthy for your wallet too!
Here’s a list to take on your next healthy trip to the supermarket:
- Go Colorful: Look for colorful fruits and vegetables.
- Whole Grains: With fiber, complex carbohydrates, and protein, nutrient-rich whole grains like wheat, oat, and barley benefit any diet. Look for breads, pastas, and cereals made with whole grains. Always read the label to make sure the products are also low in fat and sugar.
- Meat and Beans: Look for lean protein such as chicken and other lean cuts of meat. Buy protein-rich beans such as black, soy or kidney beans or chick peas. For snacks, buy plain nuts or seeds.
- Dairy/Calcium: Look for low fat dairy products, Low fat yoghurt, low fat milk, and cheese are food sources of calcium.
Your food storage might need a fix
By fixing your food storage we don’t mean that you should revamp your whole kitchen. Just rearrange it and the feel the bliss of organized cupboards which will help you in making healthier food choices.
Read the labels carefully. Look for nutrition information.
Go through the foods in your pantry and your fridge and separate toxin-free foods from toxic ones. When reading ingredients labels, look for added sugar, fruit juice concentrate, corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup. Added salt can appear on the label as sodium or as monosodium glutamate. Choose for natural foods as often as possible, try and stay away from processed foods.
Or better still, do away with irritating cabinet searching by creating a separate healthy snack drawer. This way you’ll be less likely to fall into the wrong diet trap and will save your time too. You can do the same as far as your refrigerator storage is concerned. Let healthy stuff be kept right in front of your eye and you can keep unhealthy items in the drawers below, if at all.
The key to succeeding when making a change is to start small and start simple. The most important thing is being consistent. Schedule that one-hour each week to do something that benefits you and your health. If you are consistent with this new behavior it will eventually become a habit and a good one! Remember: progress, not perfection. Cleaning up clutter will help you clear your mind – every little bit of effort counts when it comes to being happy!