Spring will be here before we know and there’s no time like the present to kick start some healthy habits so you’re well on your way to a healthier you by the time the warmer weather creeps in. Before embarking on any new healthy habits yourself, resident nutritionist from A Season of Change, Dane Fuller suggests giving your health goals a solid foundation, by giving your kitchen a good old fashioned detox – and here’s how to do it:
Step one: Chuck it!
Before you do anything, Dane suggests you go through your cupboards, fridge and freezer and take out all the foods you think will hinder your long term health and weight goals. “Draw a mental line in the sand by throwing the foods that won’t support your new healthy lifestyle in the bin,” Dane said. “If you can’t quite bring yourself to throw them out then give them away immediately. You have no room for handbrakes on your journey to health,” he added.
Step two: Out of sight, out of mind
While it is best to keep your kitchen free of food that will give your willpower a run for its money, it is important that you don’t deprive yourself entirely, so a little treat here and there is fine. “Make access to these “sometimes” foods inconvenient by storing in them in the freezer, in non transparent containers, up high or in another room out of sight,” Dane suggests. Likewise Dane suggests making healthy snacks like fresh fruit and vegetables highly visible when you walk into the kitchen or open the fridge or pantry.
Step three: Plan ahead
To ensure you don’t reach for the nearest take-away menu, make sure you always have a stash of healthy meals readily available for when you don’t have time to cook. Dane suggests freezing single sized potions of left-overs, or allocating time in the kitchen to making a batch of healthy meals that can also be frozen in single portion sizes for a quick lunch or dinner.
Step four: Be prepared
In addition to having readymade meals on hand, Dane encourages you make sure you also have a supply of frozen, canned or preserved fruit, vegetables or protein available for quick meal ingredients. “Ingredients such as sun dried tomatoes, preserved capsicums, canned corn kerns, canned red beans, canned light fruit, dehydrated mixed vegetables, dried fruit, frozen vegetables, tins of tuna and frozen ready to steam fish are great staples to have on hand so you can whip up a healthy meal, or add bulk to salads,” Dane said.
Step five: Have some R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
Dane insists that you must have respect for your fruit and veggies! “Take time to choose the best produce available,” Dane said. “Picking the right produce is just as important as handling it carefully and storing it correctly, so make sure you’re aware of the best way to lengthen shelf life, preserve nutrients and maximise flavour,” Dane added.
Step six: Cut the calories
So many calories are wasted on high calorie drinks with next to nil nutritional value and Dane points out that you should commit to having only zero calorie fluids (think sparkling mineral water with a twist of your favourite citrus fruit) and low fat milk available at home. “If you’re eating your quota of fruit each day, there is absolutely no need to keep juice in the fridge,” Dane said.
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