One of the first steps to getting healthier is to do an honest assessment of your current food supplies in your pantry. Having a pantry void of the bad stuff and abundant with the good stuff will really help you on your journey.
I have a 3 STEP PROCESS I like to take people through.
STEP 1 – THROW OUT THOSE FOOD OFFENDERS
Food offenders are foods that are causing you harm and/or are a stumbling block to you.
- Things with lots of sugar and other caloric sweeteners. Examples include: soft drinks, cakes, cookies, pastries, pies, candy, chocolate bars, desserts, biscuits, chips, cereal bars and sauces high in sugar.
- Things with lots of unhealthy fats that are heavily processed and high in Omega-6 fatty acids and Trans Fats. Examples include vegetable oil, canola oil, mayonnaise, chips, microwave popping corn and crackers.
- Things with lots of additives. Here you identify foods that have lots of numbers or a huge list of ingredients you can’t even pronounce. These include identifying preservatives like sodium nitrates, flavorings like MSG, colourings like 160B and artificial sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup or aspartame. So many additives are suspected carcinogens and have links to a variety of health issues.
STEP 2 – RESTOCK WITH HEALTHIER FOOD CHOICES
Look to stock your pantry with foods that offer a range of nutrients including:
- Oils like Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Macadamia Oil, Avocado Oil.
- Natural sweeteners like honey or pure maple syrup.
- Natural salts like Himalayan Pink Salt or Sea Salt
- A variety of herbs and spices
- Flours for baking like Coconut Flour or Almond Meal
- Sauces and condiments like Coconut Amino and Tamari
- Vinegars like Apple Cider Vinegar and Red Wine Vinegar
- Cooking seeds like Quinoa and Buckwheat
- Healthier crackers like homemade raw or Sprouted Seed Crackers
- Chips like homemade kale chips
- Popcorn to airpop (if not grain free)
- A variety of nuts and seeds
- Dried fruits like Goji berries, prunes, figs and sultanas
- Looseleaf and bagged herbal teas like peppermint, green tea and camomile.
- Some tins like coconut cream, diced tomatoes or water chestnuts (make sure they’re BPA free).
- Beans and legumes like chickpeas and lentils.
- Seaweeds like nori sheets, dulse flakes and wakame
STEP 3 – ORGANISE AND CLEAN UP
Once you’ve gone through step 1 and 2 above, it’s time to organise your pantry so that you know exactly where everything is and can easily re-stock when things run out.
One thing I do is to save any empty glass jars and use them to store nuts and seeds and label these with stickers for ease of reference.
Once your pantry has had a makeover you’ll find staying healthy and making better choices a lot easier.
DO YOU NEED HELP?
If this all seems overwhelming don’t worry, I offer one on one sessions over skype or face to face to guide you through your pantry makeover and educate you in more detail on ingredients and food choices. I can do the makeover with you, help you with a new shopping list and help you re-organise your pantry.
If you’d like that extra helping hand, please contact me for more information.