There are likely several goals or resolutions that you have attempted in the past- diet plans or nutrition challenges that left you feeling overwhelmed and confused, or even worse: unsuccessful. Well, you are not alone! Research reports that at least two-thirds of people on diets will regain more weight than they actually lost. Give yourself some grace! Put those negative experiences, outcomes, and thoughts behind you, and move forward to a clean slate with your nutrition. One of the best ways to start this process is by using the closet clean-out strategy, intended to help make the most out of the food items kept in your very own home!
Here are 4 tips for cleaning out your refrigerator and pantry:
Remove anything EXPIRED
There are so many products we hang on to without even realizing they are out-of-date. Step one in the closet clean-out strategy is to check expiration labels, and get rid of that old stuff!
Check the SUGAR content
Sugar is added to many processed foods that are mistakenly labeled as “healthy.” Did you know the American Heart Association recommends that kids aged 2-18, and women, should consume no more than 25g of added sugar per day? Furthermore, men should consume no more than 36g. Step two: check the nutrition facts label for added sugar in food products!
Check the FAT & SODIUM content
Fat and sodium are stabilizers. Companies add these items to food products to make them last longer on the shelves. While we want to incorporate healthy fats from nuts, seeds, and oils, we want to limit processed foods loaded with fat and added trans fat. Many sauces, soups, and processed foods are loaded with sodium. Step three: check the nutrition facts labels for added fat and sodium in food products.
Strategically place your WHOLE foods
When you open the pantry, you are more likely to grab whatever is in your line of vision. What is the first thing you see when you open the pantry or fridge? Step four: try moving all your whole foods to the top shelf of the refrigerator or your line of sight in the pantry.
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