Time to spring clean your kitchen cabinets and pantry! Every now and then, it’s nice to clean up your diet and weed out some of the junk that may have sneaked in your diet during the winter. Here are some tips on what to clear out and what to add!
- Go through your kitchen (cabinets, pantry, freezer, and refrigerator), and throw out all of your expired food and half-empty bags of stale food.
- Sanitize your fridge so bacteria have no room for growth – Clorox works great!
- Get rid of the holiday candy (Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and soon-to-be Easter!) that may still be lurking around in your cabinets!
- Try and skip the vending machine/gas stations foods in your diet. Instead, go grocery shopping for quick, ready-to-eat snacks that you can bring with you. On that same note, skip the high-salt fast foods for breakfast and lunch and make your own.
- Weed out the sugary or salty snack foods. Replace those snacks with at least one fruit or vegetable one to two times daily. Adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet adds fiber and helps decrease your weight.
- Make a grocery list in a Word or Excel document with all the staples you typically buy at the store each week and leave room for new items to be written in. This saves time when you make your list. Go shopping once a week to make sure you have healthy foods on hand at all times.
- Hydrate! The best way for you to jumpstart your system is to drink plenty of water to flush out any toxins and to eat a diet high in fiber such as fruits, vegetables, 100 percent whole grains, and cereals.
- I also suggest a general multivitamin, Omega 3 fish oil (1-2,000 mg of DHA/EPA), and a probiotic supplement to be taken daily as well.
For nutrition/exercise questions or for more tip ideas, email Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kelly Devine Rickert, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, CPT