It’s nearly impossible to eat a healthy diet if you are surrounded by high-calorie, high-fat junk food. So, if you are trying to improve your eating habits, why not clean out your refrigerator?
The goal is to remove food that is outdated or unhealthy to make room for fresh fruit, vegetables, and snacks that promote good health. When you make good food easier to find and more convenient to prepare, you are much more likely to eat it.
3 Steps to a Clean and Healthy Refrigerator
- Remove all outdated food. Remove any food that is past its due date. Check condiments carefully as these are the foods that often go unused for a long period of time.
- Evaluate nutritional value of remaining food. Learn to check nutritional labels and evaluate the foods you have left. As you make decisions about food to keep and foods to toss, remember to take serving size into account. For example, your favorite salad dressing may only have 3 grams of fat per serving, but if you generally use five times the recommended amount, then it’s probably not the best choice. For more guidance about which foods to keep check out our list of Foods to Increase and Foods to Decrease
- Reorganize. Take the remaining food and organize it in your refrigerator so that healthier foods are in front. This may include fresh fruit, lean cold cuts, egg substitutes, chopped veggies or low fat dairy products like yogurt or skim milk. Make sure you have at least one space in the front of your refrigerator that contains only healthy items. Move less healthy foods to the back.
What if I Share My Refrigerator?
It’s likely that there are other people who share your refrigerator. They may be on board with your cleaning process, but if they aren’t, do just the first step above (no one needs outdated food) in order clean out a small section for yourself. Use it to create your own “healthy zone” and ask your family or friends to respect that space by not adding or eating food from that area.
Now that your refrigerator is clean, you need to stock it with healthy food. Check back on Thursday to find out how to fill your refrigerator to support good eating habits.