As we spend the last month in winter thoughts turn to warmer weather, longer days and perhaps even spring cleaning. Spring is just around the corner and we often spend time clearing out our pre –loved items from the toy boxes, wardrobes and garages – items that no longer serve us. But what about the kitchen?
Sure we can get rid of the containers, dishes, pots and pans but perhaps lurking in the fridge, freezer or pantry are items that are not serving our health.
Getting the spring in your step early takes planning and organisation – but time spent now could very well see you optimising your health and energy levels ready for the warmer months ahead.
Allocating a few hours is the first big step. Opening up the pantry and fridge and pulling out anything that isn’t serving your health and placing it on the kitchen table. This would include:
- Anything that is expired
- “Fat – Free” products. This label is misleading. When fat is removed it is replaced with highly processed flavour additives. Better to choose healthy fats.
- Items with trans-fats, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, long words you can’t pronounce and numbers. Chances are if you can’t recognise the ingredient – neither will your digestive system
- Dairy substitutes such as margarine and processed creamers with hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup
Apart from the expired foods, most of the items on your table would be highly processed “food” I use the term food lightly because these items are modified and compromised and not serving your health at all.
If you have ever completed a “detox” you will know that you were limited in what you could eat – there are various detox diets but by removing these processed foods from the house you are well on your way to eating better – cutting out the abovementioned fats, sugars and oils will help your body function as it should.
When I have completed this task with clients they often ask… “What am I supposed to eat?” – A trip to the farmers market and butcher / fishmonger is the place to start.
By replacing the processed with LIVE foods , i.e. food that you recognise as food and that your body can absorb without going into overdrive , (which in turn makes you sluggish) you will be well on your way to creating better health.
Grabbing fresh fruit or veggie stick with humus is a much better option than the BBQ shapes that were in the pantry before.
Keeping the pantry and fridge “clean” will not only reduce your weekly food bill but in time, it will also reduce the cost of your medical bills – I have said it before and I will say it again, pay the Farmer not the Pharmacist. The trick of course is to keep these items out of the trolley so never shop without your list. As with anything in life – go in unprepared and you won’t achieve the same result you would with focus and preparation.
If you don’t think you can trust yourself with the aisle specials then shop on-line! That way the temptation can stay at the supermarket.
Warmer weather means more salads, less “comfort” food and a more vibrant existence as we come out of the ugg boots into the sunshine. Take time to plan your Kitchen Detox and reap the benefits in the months ahead.