5 Great New Years Resolutions Prep
Clear the Pantry (and the fridge and other cupboards)
Just about one week until New Years and everyone seems to be making all of those New Years resolutions. Did you know, that statistically most people will have abandoned their New Years resolutions and goals by the 3rd week of January.
Do you want to be more successful beyond the first few days ? Here are some tips that you can do prior to “D” Day or “R” Day to stave off temptation.
Clear the Pantry ! And the Fridge and other Cupboards !
- What are your goals. Decide what your goals are ! For example if your goals are to try to eliminate sugar from your diet that means that all cookies, high sugar cereals, even cereal bars and those highly processed foods will have to be dumped. Throw out the quick boxes of cake and cookie mixes, dump the high sugar yogurts and the cookie dough and lets not talk about pop tarts, ice cream and other frozen treats. These are the obvious culprits but even unobvious foods like processed apple sauce, ketchup, granulated sugars and sweeteners are all culprits – Stay tuned until tomorrow when we will discuss your replacement food list. Here are the top 10 offenders:
Granulated Sugars and Sweeteners, Drink Powders and Sodas, Candies, Dried Fruits, Cookies, Cakes, Pies, Jams and Preserves, Cereals, Oatmeals (Packaged), Cereal bars, Ketchup, Ice Cream, Canned Fruits and Syrups
Also check your food labels for the following r high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), genetically modified organisms (GMOs), hydrogenated fats, artificial sweeteners, sugar as the 1st or 2nd ingredient, mono-sodium glutamate (MSG.) and carrageenan and chuck them all. (Also see my article on Sugar- The other white powder (http://bit.ly/2gczuA2)
- Eat Less Sugar, Eat less processed foods, Eat less packaged or boxed items, Eliminate meat, dairy, gluten from my diet, eat less fat.
You can also say that I will eat more fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes or I will eat clean, I will pack my own lunch for work or school, I will eat clean, I will eat out less often. These goals are just specific to your diet and eating but you should evaluate, explore and determine goals in all aspects of your life ! Join us on January 7th for a great Goal Setting and Vision Board Class (https://www.facebook.com/events/1530477190301339/) and I will post this class online after January 7th, 2017
- Yes you have to have a heavy hand and a cold heart when cleaning out your pantry (or even closet). Everything goes. Be determined and unwavering do everything at once and don’t go back to complete the task – leave no stone or hiding place unturned.
Get a garbage bag – A big One !
- Dump everything that does not comply with your eating and health goals and when you are finished put the garage bag outside. There is something extremely psychological and detrimental to removing food from a garbage bag or pail. If you have an issue with waste see number 5
Pick a Food Shelter!
- Pick a food shelter – Look at local shelters and see can you drop off food supplies to the shelter. But be aware that most places will only take unopened packages. So all opened goods will still need to be tossed. Alternatively ask a friend or family member if they want to take your items.
- While you are purging your items check the expiration dates on those items that you are keeping. Packages of rice and beans that you are keeping may be beyond their shelf life and also need to be tossed.
Next Up – A look at those items that you will stock in your fridge and pantry !