Cleaning Out Your Pantry—How to Set Up Your Kitchen for Success
“Your pantry is the foundation of a healthy (or unhealthy) lifestyle.”
—Jennifer Brooks, GOLO President and Co-founder, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition, Chef
Spring is upon us. That means warmer weather, more time outdoors, and of course, Spring Cleaning. This time of year, is also perfect for setting your kitchen up for success. As we know, eating balanced meals is key to achieving our weight loss goals, as is having a plan, and a well-organized pantry. While organizing your kitchen and pantry may sound like a hefty undertaking—there’s no need to feel overwhelmed—we have a solution for you!
First, recognize that it’s actually much easier to eat clean and balanced than trying to follow an app or navigate through the endless choices of diet and processed foods. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to feed your body the right foods to achieve overall good health, build a strong immune system, and yes, to lose weight. However, if you have fallen into the trap of eating processed foods, low-fat, low-calorie diet foods, or even skipping meals, now’s the time to get back to the basics. Below is a sample list of items you want to replace with healthier alternatives in order to get the best results.
Take the necessary time to organize and declutter your kitchen or you may get discouraged if you don’t have a food on hand that you want. By doing this, you will get your kitchen (and yourself) ready and motivated, and you’ll find it easier to put together the healthy meals you like.
Right now, you may have too much or too little food in your kitchen. It’s time to take stock—go through your refrigerator, freezer and pantry. Take this opportunity to clean and organize your space at the same time. Take inventory of everything in your fridge and check all the expiration dates on your ingredients and condiments. The refrigerator is where all your perishables are, and where you will go for all your meals, so try to always keep the newest purchases in the back.
Next, organize your freezer so all your food groups are together (meats, vegetables, etc.) Keep in mind, your freezer may also have items that have been in there for too long, or you may be keeping foods like ice cream and frozen meals that can sabotage you. Now’s the perfect time to take control and remember your health and weight loss goals are more important than holding onto comfort foods.
On to the Pantry! Your pantry is the foundation of a healthy (or unhealthy) lifestyle because it will likely house most of your grains, snacks and miscellaneous foods. It also usually contains the most processed and unhealthy foods. Separate these items or eliminate the snacks that will be too tempting for you while keeping staples like grains, oils and spices well-organized. An added tip is to keep your healthy pantry items within eye-level and the tempting foods or snacks that you keep for your family up on a higher shelf.
Once you have inventory of what is on hand you will be able to see if you keep a “clean and balanced” kitchen or not—and if not, the steps you can immediately take to improve your situation.
Now that you have a plan to clean out your pantry and set-up your kitchen for success, the next step is to take advantage of the tools and resources in your myGOLO account before you go shopping or stock-up on foods.
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Finally, never lose sight of the simple fact that we all need to eat—there’s no getting out of that. A system, diet, regimen, or whatever you want to call it, is really just a “plan” and nothing to be nervous about or intimidated by. When you plan you are more prepared and have a better chance at success. You can do this, and all of us at GOLO will be here to help you at each step along the way!