Is your fridge sabotaging you??

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I read a lot of books especially about health and nutrition and generally find at least some little gem of information which sticks with me.

Recently, I read this rule which I have adopted and I wanted to share with you. (Unfortunately, I can't remember where I read it - sorry!!)

SNACK FROM YOUR FRIDGE. That's it - so simple yet really powerful.....

It makes sense really – the foods that have to be stored in the fridge are fresh – without added preservatives – full of healthy vitamins and minerals.

The foods which used to jump into my shopping trolley – cakes, biscuits, chips, corn chips, chocolate and sweets and find their way into my pantry don’t need refrigeration which means that they must contain preservatives, artificial colours, and flavours and are generally full of empty calories.

Now, I make sure that my fridge is filled with suitable snack foods – pre-prepared so that they are easy to grab when I am feeling peckish.

This week I have strawberries, blueberries, grapes, hummus, tatziki, salsa, boiled eggs, turkey breast slices, baby tomatoes, cucumbers, washed and sliced carrots and celery sticks, coconut yoghurt and cheese packed in individual portion controlled serves – plenty of variety and choices.

I know that whatever we grab to snack on is relatively low in calories and jam packed with nutrients for health and vitality.

I have made a conscious decision to avoid buying junk foods and empty calorie foods and bringing them into my kitchen – then there is no temptation.

I don’t want my fridge or pantry to sabotage my efforts.

Have you taken stock of the contents of your fridge and your pantry? Are they helping you or sabotaging you?

Have a wonderful week.

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    My fridge is full of my healthy food....AND Coca-Cola, chocolate deserts, and other fattening goodies that belong to my husband, who also happens to be naturally slim and doesn't need to worry about his weight at all! So...I'll just have to continue to resist temptation on my own emoticon Great advice though emoticon
    2961 days ago
    This is good advice. My refrigerator is generally full of good things to eat, but I still find myself opening cupboards in frantic search of something else. :/
    2961 days ago
    Great blog...great idea about snacking! Simple enough to remember as well! I love it.

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    2961 days ago
    Great idea and thanks! emoticon
    2961 days ago
    Great blog!
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    Having pre-prepared healthy snacks is a great idea. Unfortunately for me, my first reaction snack, while from the fridge is.... cheese! I loooove cheese and it is so easy for me to cut off a hunk o' delicious and gobble it all up. I need to find something else... less fatty and calorically dense.

    I have been trying to purge our house of everything corn, soy or potato and that greatly limits the snack foods that are full of preservatives, but it does push me more towards things like my favourite cheese!
    2961 days ago
    emoticon YES!!
    2961 days ago
    Things we know and don't incorporate into our daily lives. Thanks for the reminder!!
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  • DOODIE59
    Great advice.
    2961 days ago
    Wonderful advice! Never thought of that!!
    2961 days ago
    My fridges are full of healthy food and my pantry is mostly as well. I buy less processed foods all the time.
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    great idea. emoticon
    2961 days ago
    This is a great post!

    I have two fridges so I can have a healthy fridge and another for the "other people" in the household that dont believe in being as healthy as I want to be :)

    The pantry has been cleared of all junk. Any snacks for the "other people" are in plastic storage boxes in the spare room lol! And the door is shut. What I dont see I dont crave! I find writing down what I eat keeps me accountable. I was pleased with what was in my shopping trolley tonight, no unhealthy stuff at all!

    2961 days ago
    This is great advice! emoticon
    2961 days ago
    I've got lots of dried beans and whole grains in the pantry and some nuts. My fridge looks like yours!
    2961 days ago
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    Great Blog Ros !.
    I must admit my fridge is pretty good and lots of lovely nutritious snacks are in there !
    It is a great idea to actually package them ... didn't think of that.
    Colin still likes his sweet treats which used to be so tempting for me ... but now I am finding that even they are to sweet for me!!
    We Can do this ! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    2961 days ago
    emoticon You have a good week too!
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    I agree with this whole heartedly!!

    I see myself doing it already.

    I admit I do shop for two different tastes, my partner isnt prepared to eat the same way I do, but I find all his foods go into the cupboard, while mine go into the fridge.

    And. I always think while Im in the shop and Im scooting around.... if I don't buy it, I cant eat it! Helps to curb the urge to stick loads of chocolate/biscuits and the like into my trolley!!

    2961 days ago
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    Thank you for the great blog. It really does make a lot of sense. I will have to work at it.
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    2961 days ago
    I have started doing that too! My son asked for cereal yesterday and I told him
    it will be hard to find a good one and he thought about it and said not to worry
    about it as we are so used to not haveing sweets and bikkies in the pantry and
    he will do without. We get lots of fibre from our fruit and veg. I have even gotten
    him to eat celerysticks with peanut butter. We are learning and as hard as it
    is to change old habits, we are on the right track.
    Thanks for all the great motivation and next time we meet, I hope you will notice
    a difference. I promise you that. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2961 days ago
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