How to Get Started with Healthy Eating at Home

This is an age old tip, but one that is worth repeating:

“If it’s not in your house, you won’t eat it.” 

Sigh. If you’re like me (K), this is a hard one. But oh how effective it is! Tonight we spent time cleaning out all of the remaining holiday goodies. If it’s not in the healthy eating strategy, it is now tossed. Truth be told, we had to toss things that had gradually found their way back into our lives over the last quarter of the year. Things we rarely ever eat. The timing was perfect because the trash pick-up for our neighborhood is tomorrow! One of the reasons it seems so hard is that we were taught we should not be wasteful. The second part of this for us was going to the market together tonight, holding each other accountable, and not buying anything that wasn’t on-plan.

So how do you get started with this step of your #resolutionrebellion?

TOSS IT. 

Ask yourself if it fits in your healthy eating strategy. 

Easy enough – if it doesn’t fit, it goes.

Really simple examples –

  • Are you going to be eating mayonnaise on your healthy eating plan? If not, toss it, and keep the mustard.
  • Have a few different kinds of cheese? Toss the deli sandwich stuff and keep the shredded parmesan.
  • Have veggie oil that you used for baking over the holidays? Toss it and keep the olive oil.

If it’s in a bag or a box, it probably should go.

This helps you get a lot of the low-nutrient, processed temptation out of your reach. Don’t let yourself be fooled. Several days into a raging sweet tooth and you’ll be eating those cookies whether you really like them or not. I can tell you – I’ve eaten a handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips and spoonfuls of jelly. Be prepared, your pantry is going to look bare. Don’t be scared! Fill the empty space with things like nuts, seeds, oatmeal, beans, brown rice, spices.

If it’s a leftover in a disposable container and it’s not a veggie or meat, toss it. 

When we say toss it, we mean in the trash and not your mouth on the way! Don’t fall for the temptation of eating all the bad stuff like it’s the last supper. You’ve had enough of that casserole and pie – be brave and walk straight to the trash can.

If it’s a beverage that is not water, coffee, unsweet tea, a milk alernative (like almond or cashew) or a fresh squeezed juice, toss it!

All your efforts with your eating can be undone with sugary drinks, and that includes alcohol. I know – no one wants to hear that. There, I said it.

More tips:

If you have a hard time tossing anything unopened, bag it up and take it to a food kitchen.

Every time you mentally beat yourself up for being wasteful but throwing out food or drink, remember what it does to your body. We believe it’s better to waste food than health.

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What this does for you:

You can’t eat it. You will have to consciously get in your car to go get it. This is much less likely to happen, and if it does, you will have enough time driving to your destination to change your mind.

It works! Tell us what was the hardest thing for you to toss!

DON’T BUY IT

Now that it’s not in your house or car or hidden stash, it simply cannot be eaten. If you don’t buy it, and you don’t steal it, and you don’t take it when someone hands it to you, you cannot eat it. It’s so simple it’s ridiculous. Simple but not easy. More strategies to come on how not to buy it, but basically the core strategy is…don’t buy it.

Tell us something you recently resisted buying!!

#resolutionrebellion

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