You’ve probably heard about detoxifying your body, but have you ever thought about detoxifying your kitchen as well? There are probably more than a few food products in your kitchen that, in all honesty, are not exactly the healthiest items you could be eating. Yet when these kinds of foods are around, you’ll want to consume them regardless of their nutritional value, since they are simply what you already have on hand. This is why it’s important to apply the out of sight, out of mind mentality to your kitchen. If you don’t have any processed or junk foods in your pantry, you won’t be consuming them at all. Do your wallet and your waistline a favor and follow these four tips to detoxify your kitchen.
Prepare The Proper Way
First of all, you’re going to want to make sure you avoid procrastination. Block out at least one full hour of time you can fully devote to cleaning out your kitchen. Put it in your calendar or planner, or set an alarm to remind you; whatever you do, make sure you stick to your plan. You might also want to get a large trash bag or two ready, so you’re not sent scrambling for one when you come across products that are old or unhealthy.
Check The Nutritional Labels On Everything
This of course only applies to foods that come in packages. The more fresh fruits and veggies you have in your kitchen, the more real food you have, and the less labels you’ll have to waste time sifting through. When it comes to foods with labels, check the ingredients list, which is generally underneath the sometimes-misleading nutrition facts panel. A general rule of thumb to follow is that you should be looking for ingredients that you either don’t recognize, can’t pronounce, or would never find in your pantry as a natural food; if any of your packaged foods have ingredients like this, chances are it isn’t all that healthy for you, and you would be better off tossing it. It’s also important to note that the most abundant ingredient in a food item is the first item listed on the ingredients list. If sugar, salt, or high fructose corn syrup are first, toss it!
Know What To Keep And What To Throw Away
Processed foods, artificial sweeteners, and sodas should be tossed without question. Any item with ingredients that are remotely questionable should be chucked. Fresh foods, on theother hand, are good to stay.
Make A New Grocery List (And Stick To It)
Add plenty of fresh fruits, veggies, and lean protein to your new grocery list. Cross of anything that has artificial sweeteners or a multitude of chemical-sounding ingredients. Try to go organic when you can for added health benefits and reassurance.
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