Every January as I pack up the holiday stuff, I think about what else I’ve packed away this season. I’m talking cookies, cakes and cupcakes – all of the dangerously delicious “c” words. It leaves me feeling like I need a food overhaul, or at least a sugar detox.
To top it off, I recently read that weight loss is generally 75 percent diet and 25 percent exercise. If that isn’t motivation to eat better, I don’t know what is. So where to begin? There are too many diets and fads to count, and I’ve honestly been feeling overwhelmed and frustrated.
Here’s how I’m going to approach this whole thing: be more organized.
More specifically, I’m going to:
- Plan better grocery lists (as in, don’t buy gross food)
- Makeover my fridge (to keep fresh food handy)
Let’s break it down.
The first step to plan better lists sounds easy. It relies on better meal planning with fresh foods (I’m thinking rainbow colors) vs. processed goods (usually shades of brown).
It also means sticking to my grocery list when shopping. There’s the rub. I usually have one (or all) of the kids with me when I shop. I’ve never enjoyed going to the store alone, and my kids are at an age where they can help pull items from the shelf while we chat and act silly.
The downside is tossing items in the cart that are “off menu,” such as Pringles or chocolate-covered anything. The problem is those become the snacks we eat while the strawberries rot in the fridge. There’s definitely room for improvement here. I think I’ll add some treats (like yogurt-covered anything), but then I’m sticking to my list!
Next is having good, fresh food easy to access. For my family, this means having more refrigerated snacks vs. pantry snacks. Our pantry items tend to be packaged sugary or salty stuff. So eating from the fridge should already give us a head start. Here are some tricks I’m going to try:
- Wash, process and snack-bag our fruits and veggies as soon as I get home from the store.
- Create bins with healthy, go-to snacks for the kids that include string cheese, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, Greek yogurt, carrots, celery with peanut butter or hummus, and hard-boiled eggs.
- Organize the shelves so the good snacks are eye-level. Put the butter, jellies and other sweets in a drawer so they’re out of sight, and out of mind.
- Have fresh water available. I actually keep a pitcher of water in the fridge at all times. It reminds me to stay hydrated. I have this infuse pitcher and like to add fresh oranges, lemons, cucumber or mint to flavor the water.
If you want interesting ideas on infused water combinations, here’s a helpful chart!
- The last thing I’m doing is posting a healthy baking substitution chart on the outside of the fridge for a handy reference. I would have never thought of these. So smart.
If you’d like to join me in the food/fridge makeover, let me know! I’d love to see pictures of your before and afters – whether it’s the fridge or yourself! #noshame #weareinthistogether
Here’s to better eating and feeling better!