Spring Clean Your Food?

I’m not talking about scrubbing your food with a scouring pad. I’m talking out pitching out the junk. I’m not a big fan of having foods around that are unhealthy, especially those that you know are your undoing (chocolate chip cookies for me). Whenever someone comes to me wanting to lose weight and get healthy, one of the first things I suggest is that they do a kitchen refrigerator/pantry detox. I even offer this as a little “One Day Intensive” where I get to come over and clear out your junk food (which I love doing!) The thought behind this fridge/pantry detox is this–why tempt yourself?

Weight loss and ongoing healthy living needs to be a lifestyle change. The whole diet thing doesn’t work. If you go on a diet and achieve your goal weight, then go right back to how you were eating before the diet, you will most certainly gain the weight right back. For ongoing success, you really need to change all aspects of your life that don’t support your new healthy living goal.

That doesn’t mean you can never have a cupcake at a birthday party ever again. It just means that you aren’t setting yourself up to fail by having known triggers around in your cupboards that call your name at night while you watch TV. And I know first hand how loudly a chocolate chip cookie can call my name. And all its sisters and brothers that are in the cookie jar with it.

So this year for Spring Cleaning, why not include cleaning out your refrigerator and your cupboards of junk food while you clean out the dust and dirt.

Here’s a list of foods to toss:

  • Foods that are high in sugar (most cereals, cookies, ice cream, pop tarts and the like, many yogurts, many bottled sauces and dressing)
  • Fried foods (potato chips, corn chips, tortilla chips, okay ALL CHIPS)
  • Foods that are high in salt (chips again, most crackers)
  • Food with only refined white flour (bakery items, some breads, most crackers)
  • Low fat foods (they take out the fat but add sugar and fillers to make it taste decent).

Many people don’t want to be “wasteful” and will tell me they’ll use up the item before they throw it out and then buy something better next time. Well, do you want to be healthy now or later? This form of not being “wasteful” is leading to your “waist-full”! This is junk food. It is providing very little nutritional value and mostly making you sick and unhealthy. Do yourself a loving favor and throw the junk out. Replace it with:

  • Whole organic fruits and veggies
  • Low sugar dressings, sauces, jams, etc.
  • Whole grain snack foods
  • Full fat organic versions of your low-fat foods (like whole plain yogurt and real mayonnaise)

If you do just this one act of a fridge and pantry detox, I guarantee you that it will make a difference in your health. You won’t be as easily sabotaged. You will be setting yourself up for success on your journey to a long and healthy life.

To your health,

Laren Watson

Holistic Health Coach




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