Have you ever tried eating better but still had forbidden foods in the cabinet and refrigerator? You probably thought, “I don’t want that food to go to waste!” I’ve done it every time I’ve recommitted myself to healthier eating … until now.
Now that the college basketball season is over, it’s time to get back on track and eat better. In past attempts, I have left all of my not-so-great food in the cabinets — processed foods, pasta sides, etc. — thinking I’ll want to eat them again someday. In an effort to unclutter my life though, I decided to remove the forbidden foods from the cabinets. And I feel liberated!
I feel calmer and more ready to dedicate myself to a lifetime of healthy eating. When I go into the kitchen, I don’t have to think about the fact that I’ve changed my diet. I just need to eat what I have available. And if I get a craving for something unhealthy? I’ll have to find other options until the craving is satisfied or passes.
So what do you do with all of the undesirable food? You have a few options. First, I tossed all of the junk food. It’s not healthy and I never should have bought it in the first place. Second, I chose to put the not-so-bad foods from my pantry in recycled grocery bags and temporarily stored them on a shelf in a different room. That way, I’ll be able to eat them in moderation once I get into better habits, but I won’t have to think about them until I’m ready. Third, I moved the refrigerated not-so-bad foods to the bottom drawer of the refrigerator and labeled it “NO” with a yellow post-it note. Again, these are foods that will be okay in moderation once I get into healthier eating habits.
You also can donate your not-so-bad food to a local food pantry. This is a great option for those times when you clean out your cabinets and realize you’re never actually going to make anything with those canned artichokes. Good luck to everyone starting on a healthier eating plan!