Let’s raid your kitchen!
In observance of National Nutrition Month, March 2011, let’s explore your kitchen.
Ah, where to start first, lol. Do you spend more time in your fridge or your cupboards? If you are like most people, your fridge is the first place you nose around when you’re hungry. Cruising the fridge and cabinets can be a dangerous occupation, be organized!
Let’s take a look at what’s in your fridge, how it’s laid out. Is there clutter in your fridge?! Do you have outdated items? A distinct odor? (gross!) Is everything all piled up? If so, clean it out! Just as it is an unhealthy practice to have clutter around your home, your fridge is no different. After all, this is the place you are seeking to fuel your body from!
You should be able to readily see and access your food. It becomes much simpler when it’s stocked well. If you have compartments for fruit, veggies, meats, etc. – use them. It is much easier to make a good choice when your food is visible and accessible. Of course there are some foods that require prep, but there are some staple items you can keep on hand for quick snacks/meals. Here are some choices: hard boiled eggs, fruit, small yogurts, cottage cheese, lettuce, portions of grilled chicken or salmon, crudite, natural peanut butter. Just a few things off the top of my head.
Now for your cupboards Same thing – is there order or chaos?! Are there items that have been hanging around forever or are they fresh and up to date? Use your shelving and segment your food. Again, as in your fridge, visibility and accessibility make things easier. Here are some snack items you can keep on your lower shelves: almonds & walnuts in portion control bags (if you can’t find them pre-packaged, make your own), oatmeal, a small box of raisins, dry cereal.
When reaching into your cupboard or fridge, be aware of whether you are there to fuel your body or making a mindless eating trip. You are what you eat and you want to refuel every few hours – make smart choices!
Fit tip: if you find you are falling into the trap of mindless eating, take a deep breath, recite a favorite inspirational quote, walk away & throw in a set of abs for good measure
What condition is your kitchen in – I want to know! Leave a comment below Thanks, Paula
©Paula D’Andrea, all rights reserved 3/11. To support National Nutrition Month, this is part of my March series, ‘Body Fuel’.