Spring is a great time to start working toward your fitness goals. One of the best things you can do to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle is to spring clean your pantry. Getting rid of the tempting junk food and replacing it with healthy items can easily keep you on track to your goals. Our nutritional coach has some tips to help get you started.

 

Get Rid Of The Junk!

 

Start cleaning by dumping the junk. The first thing you want to do is throw away anything that’s expired. One area to pay extra attention is your spice rack and cooking oils and vinegars. Most of these are relatively non-perishable, but they lose their nutrients and flavors over time. Once you’ve cleared out the expired foods, grab a box to load up with unhealthy foods to donate to a food pantry. Items to put in this box include:

 

● Anything that contains trans fats (also labeled as partially hydrogenated in the ingredients panel)
● Foods with high sugar or sodium content
● Packaged snack foods like chips, cookies, and pretzels
● Anything heavily processed like premade meal mixes and soups
● Refined grain like white flour, white rice, and white wheat pasta

 

Stock Up On Clean Foods

 

Once you’ve gotten rid of all the junk, you’ll want to stock up on some healthy replacement items. Here are some items to consider:

 

● Health whole grain foods like high fiber cereal, brown rice, and whole wheat pasta
● Canned or dried beans
● Nuts and seeds
● Package proteins like tuna packets or sardines
● Healthy treats like dried fruit and raw dark chocolate

 

Make sure to replace the spices, oils, and vinegars that you may use again. Also, grab some new ones that seem interesting so you can experiment with new flavors. Make have a game plan for how you are going to cook all your new foods. Often times people will buy something adzuki beans or quinoa because they know it’s healthy, but it sits in their pantry because they don’t know what to do with it. Do a little research online and have a strategy for all these great new items.

 

Organize For Success

 

Once you are all stocked up on healthy items, organize your pantry so everything is really accessible. Understanding what you have in your pantry will help you from feeling like you have “nothing to eat.” Get containers and labels to help track when you are running low of necessities.

 

Once you’ve gone through your pantry, you can do your refrigerator and freezer. Follow the exact same rules to dump the junk. Then replace the items with fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and low-fat, healthier condiments like mustard, tamari, and Braggs amino acids. Once you’ve cleared out the old foods, you can make way for the new you!

 

If you’d like more tips on how to make the transition to healthy eating, our nutritional coaches are always here. When you sign up for personal or group training session, you also receive nutritional coaching. It’s a complete package to help you transition to a healthier lifestyle!
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