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How your Kitchen Can Help You Lose Weight

Posted Sep 26 2012 12:04pm

How your Kitchen Can Help You Lose Weight

Filed under: Healthy Ideas
September 26, 2012

Look into your fridge and check if there is frozen pizza and ice cream stashed away in the back? If you want to lose weight you need to rid yourself from the temptation in your own kitchen. Surely, if it’s there, chances are you are going to eat it at some point. That’s just one more setback from getting to that sexy body you work so hard for.

Make a clean sweep on your kitchen. Get a trash bag and dump everything unhealthy for you so you can make room to stock up on more healthy treats. A good rule to go by is the 80/20 rule. Make sure 80% of the food in your house is healthy, but we all know the happiness of a sweet treat here and there. 20% can remain for a few occasional treats.

Dairy

Dump– Margarine, butter, whole milk

Stock– Olive oil, canola oil cooking spray, fat free or reduced fat milk, yogurt, and cheese, Greek yogurt, eggs

Fruits and vegetables

Dump – Most fruits and veggies are good for you unless they are fried

Stock— Always fill your fridge with different fruits and vegetables to make a great smoothie or snack. They are sweet and can give you the sugar fix you are craving.

 Cereals, bread, pasta, rice

Dump – Sugar coated cereal, white bread, pastas made with white flour, and white rice

Stock – brown rice, 100% whole wheat pasta and bread, oat based cereals, shredded wheat, 100% whole wheat cereal

Snacks

Dump – crackers, chips, pretzels, cookies, cakes, pastries, packaged microwave popcorn

Stock – Dark chocolate, walnuts, almonds, dried fruits, organic popcorn, fruits

Drinks

Dump – Sodas, sugar filled juices, beer

Stock—orange, cranberry, and tomato juice, water, herbal teas

Frozen meals

Dump – all readymade family sized frozen pizzas, desserts, and snacks

Stock – Look for frozen meals that contain 4 grams or less of sugar and saturated fat per serving. More of the healthy brands are lean cuisine, Healthy Choice, and Amy’s Kitchen. You can even make your own meal and freeze it for later.

Organization also helps you make healthier meals because you are able to see all your ingredients in front of you. As well as, being more aware of when you need to restock certain items. Plus, you are probably more likely to eat food before they go bad since you can spot them better. try these organizers to make life easier. I know crate and barrel  sells them.

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