Post Christmas is the PERFECT time to kick a healthier lifestyle into gear and do a kitchen detox. Without the right environment to facilitate your health and wellness goals, staying healthy and at your ideal weight becomes hard work.
Just like giving your house a “spring clean”, we’ve put together a few simple steps to detox your kitchen. Take control of the food you eat, which will support your overall health and quality of life.
Remove all highly processed goods from your fridge and pantry, such as packaged cereals, crackers, sugary soft drinks + juices, bars and muffins. If it’s not in your house, you can’t eat it.
Focus on re-stocking your kitchen with fresh, seasonal and wholefood ingredients, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, quality proteins and wholegrains.
TIP: Your pantry should be small, and the fridge should be full, which means you’re eating mostly fresh produce.
Breakfast can often be an unhealthy meal consisting of toast or cereal with a cup of coffee. But this is such a carbohydrate heavy meal which can leave you hungry before lunch time.
Instead, make delicious and healthy smoothies that take only minutes to make. Blend a frozen banana, almond milk, some whey protein, ice and a handful of berries. It’s a meal in a glass that’s full of protein, fibre and antioxidants to keep you energised all morning.
Most plastic containers contain bisphenol A (BPA) which can disrupt our endocrine system, not to mention the environmental toll of plastics.
Glass jars and bottles are much better for storage, such as raw nuts, seeds, dressings and dips.
Knowing how to cook quick and healthy meals from scratch means you’re less likely to get take away or buying something convenient.
There are a bunch of apps you can download that have 15-minute meals you can easily cook after work or a busy day. You’re also less likely to crave junk food between meals because natural, wholefood meals keep you satisfied for longer.
Let your kids experience how fun healthy cooking can be. They can help you make healthy lunch box snacks and meals.
Not only will they be learning a great skill, they’ll be spending quality time with you and they are more likely to enjoy their food.
It’s probably no surprise – The International Journal of Obesity reports that the family environment is the main influence on what our children eat, and studies show that when parents eat fruit and vegetables regularly, so do their kids.
Be what you want to create. Feed your family the right kinds of foods and combine this with regular exercise needed to build a strong healthy body.
Don’t get overwhelmed and confused by all the health jargon and advertising when buying ingredients for your pantry. Avoid fad diets and trends.
All you need is a good quality extra virgin olive oil, classics such as sea salt, pepper, turmeric, garlic and vanilla, brown rice, rolled oats, tuna in olive oil, and a few glass jars of crushed tomatoes for that impromptu bolognaise or weeknight dinner.
By making a few simple changes to the ingredients you choose and how you cook them can make improvements to your health and well-being.
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