Spring is a great time to throw open our windows and clean out our homes, so why not also take this opportunity to Spring Clean our diets? Many of us could survive a month or two with the amount of food stored in our refrigerators, freezers, and pantries – but are we really going to use up all those jars, cans, boxes, and plastic containers? I’m guessing not. So, take a good look at the food and drinks in your house. Making an effort to clean out unhealthful products lets you make a fresh start next time you are at the market.
1. Toss old condiments (sour cream, creamy salad dressing, and anything past its expiration dates). Why? You can make your own flavored toppings with nonfat yogurt, vinegar and olive oil, and spices without the added sugar, sodium and chemicals in many ready-made products.
2. Toss processed cheese (e.g. American cheese slices) and processed meat (e.g. sausage, salami, bologna). Why? Unhealthy fats, lots of sodium, and added chemicals.
3. Toss packaged pastries (e.g. biscuits), boxes of flavored noodles and packages of premade rice mixes. Why? Same as the two above.
4. This is also a good time to get rid of all sugary drinks, including soda, energy drinks, and instant flavored coffee and tea mixes. So much better to drink water, flavored water, or fresh coffee/tea with your own flavors.
Just One Thing to do: Choose one of the above categories to Spring Clean your diet, then pick another one next week!
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