Whether you are wanting to lose some weight or live a healthier life, you may be looking at your cupboard and seeing a lot of foods on your ‘no’ list. Keeping them in the house will make life harder, and also set you up for a binge if your will power dips. If this is the case, we recommend a Kitchen Audit!
Sounds kind of serious?
Not really! It simply involves assessing the foods in your cupboard and fridge, checking to see if it they match the recommended
foods list for your eating plan (supplied to you by your Practitioner) and removing any junk food and temptation foods. The end result will be a home filled with healthy eating options, and where you cannot even see foods that may sway you off course.
The kindest thing you can do for yourself is to take all temptation foods away. Having to get in the car and drive to the shop to satisfy a craving really takes the wind out of the sails of a potential binge.
This means saying goodbye to that can of whipped cream staring up at you each time you open the fridge door! Out of sight means out of mind. If you don’t see it, you are less likely to crave it and even less likely to eat it. Just imagine how good you’ll feel knowing you didn’t give in! Pass food onto family, friends or those in need.
If you have any questions about what you can and can’t eat on your eating plan, your Practitioner can steer you in the right direction.
This shouldn’t be an exercise in deprivation either – the key is to have a healthy alternative in place.
Some popular ideas include:
Crisps → Kale chips (here’s the recipe)
Soft drink → Kombucha
Confectionary → trail mix
Ice-cream → Sorbet (here’s the recipe)
Shop Smarter, Not Harder
Follow these handy tips to guarantee a successful shopping trip, and without tarnishing your DIY kitchen audit!
- Make a meal plan so you know exactly what you need to buy when shopping. Watch the video “How To Edit A Recipe Collection & Print Shopping List” HERE. Or use one of our premade ones HERE
- Take your food list with you when shopping, to help you stay on track and inspire you to try some new
ingredients you haven’t cooked before.
- Shop on a full stomach – it will be easier to make healthy choices.
- Choose only fresh wholefoods (e.g. meat, vegetables and fruit) and steer clear of packaged, processed foods.
- Don’t walk down the junk food aisles – if you don’t see it, you will be less tempted.
- Get in the habit of reading food labels. If something is in a package with a label, read it. On the label you’ll find the list of quantities of carbohydrates (including sugars), fats, and protein, as well as other ingredients and additives. Always remember the ingredients listed first are in the greatest quantities. This can help you to avoid products with higher amounts ingredients you want to avoid.
- Beware of ‘hidden’ sugars in the ingredients list. Common sugars and sweeteners include: corn syrup, dextrin, dextrose,
fructose, fruit juice concentrates, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, inverted sugar, lactose, maltose, malt syrup, sucrose, sugar syrup, cane crystals, cane sugar, evaporated cane juice, and maltodextrin.
If the idea of shopping in store and avoiding temptations feels too overwhelming, why not try online shopping instead? The first time takes the longest, but it becomes quicker after that. You could use this extra time to fit in some extra exercise, or stress management for yourself in some other way