In all honesty, we know that you cannot succeed in eating healthy, whole, nutritious foods if all of your comfort foods are looking right at you every time you open your fridge.
The biggest challenge is creating a shift big enough that it becomes inconvenient to eat junk food. Picture this, you’re watching a movie after a long work week and have a craving for potato chips. Typically, you might simply get up and grab a bag from the kitchen and finish the whole bag while you enjoy your movie. If you remove the junk from you house, you would have to get up, drive to the store, buy a bag of chips, then return to your movie – inconvenient.
Convenience drives the majority of our food choices
…so when healthy food becomes the quickest option you’re in good shape! So the question is, how can you RESET your kitchen so junk food is inconvenient and healthy food is readily accessible?
The first step is to do a total kitchen reset. Take half an hour and go through your kitchen, and remove all the food that you know is just going to sabotage your results. Generally, you know what is not good for you, but here is a basic list of what must go: candy, pop, cookies, chips, chocolates, sugary juices, baked goods, ice cream, etc.
In addition, remove any other packaged, processed food to make room for all the whole, natural, nutritious food that you’re about to fill your kitchen with. Processed foods can include : pasta, sugary bars, frozen meals, candied trail mixes, creamy salad dressings, sugary yogurt, cereals, and other foods high in preservatives.
Now, what do you do with all of this junk food?
This depends on how junky the food really is, if it is absolute junk and you know that no one should really be eating it, then just throw it out. However, there will likely be a handful of food that is simply not right for your goals, and that food should be donated to the nearest food bank. I know throwing out food can feel like a waste, but your health, energy levels and personal goals come first – think about throwing this food out next time you want to bring it into your house in the first place.
What if your family still wants their favorite junk foods around?
It is always better when the entire household can get on board with healthy eating, however we recognize that is not always the case and that should not stop you from being able to make healthy choices. The best suggestion we have is to consolidate these unhealthy foods into a small drawer that is out of your sight and possibly even inconvenient to get to (think a high cupboard or in low drawer). If the members of your household aren’t joining you in your quest to better health, ask them to hold you accountable and offer their support.
Now add the good stuff!
The final step is to go shopping for whole foods and fill your kitchen with the nutritious food that will build up a strong, energized and focused body!
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As founder of Ivanco Fitness, my promise is to ensure your journey in fitness is unlocked and uplifted. It was the summer of 2012 and I was burnt out - I had spent over 10,000 hours personally training clients through rehabilitation to health, and from health to strength. Young and old and in between, I worked with these individuals to help them create their best version of themselves. While this brought me much joy, I was stressed, tired, and knew I was limited to only a small group of people I could help in this way. I had worked with other coaches along the way, and realized it was time to build a team and create a system that would allow talented coaches to create meaningful connections with those who seek to uplift their lives through physical training. Having brought the right people on board, Ivanco now works as a team of trainers, kinesiologists, holistic nutritionists and administrative staff to provide a more streamlined and versatile experience than an independent trainer could offer. Yours in health, Ivan.