Healthy eating requires that the fridge serves you and not vice-versa

The first quarter of a year always brings with it new resolutions and goals. From dry January to exercising more to eating better, the list could well be endless. However, with the global pandemic still ongoing, it comes as no surprise that many may be on a health fix.

As the saying goes: “You are what you eat”. What are the top tips to keep yourself going?

  1. Treat your Fridge as your partner to healthy eating

The phrase “Tidy Desk, Tidy Mind” is a worthwhile motto to follow when it comes to your refrigerator. If your fridge is messy, disorganised or worse, dirty, opening it will not put you in the mood to prepare a nutritious meal.

The ideal fridge is one that is organised and clean. Items should be easy to reach and easily accessible.

Depending on your own organisational style, items can be arranged by categories or in accordance with expiry dates.

I personally prefer the latter. If I arrange things according to expiry date, I don’t have to go through the energy sapping task of going through the contents of my fridge just to see which item I need to consume first. It is clear the second I open the fridge door, thereby leaving me more energy to think about how and what to cook.

Others may prefer to arrange items by groups. For example, green vegetables in the bottom left hand drawer, fresh fruit in the bottom right hand drawer, Poultry on the middle shelf, so on and so forth.

The point is, your fridge should be serving you and not vice versa. But, you have to do your part and do the groundwork.

The fridge is your partner to healthy eating. Treat it with respect.

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2. A Feast for your eyes

Eating and its enjoyment are very much about the senses. For most of us, that begins with sight.

A top suggestion for healthy eating is to ensure that the contents of your fridge spark your creativity.

Fill your fridge with lots of colour!

Red peppers, orange carrots, green celery, yellow root vegetables! You get the gist.

Make the contents of your fridge a delight for the eyes.

If you enjoy what you see, you will be inspired to prepare a fresh and healthy meal for your family and you!

Trust me on this!

3. You won’t eat it if you don’t stock it!

This may sound very basic but it is actually the hardest tip to follow. It does however work. If you don’t want to be tempted by lots of processed foods and fatty snacks, don’t stock it.

If it is not there, you won’t eat it.


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