You have made the decision to start a diet but is your kitchen safe for dieting? There might be hidden dangers lurking around each door and shelf, so before you begin, cleanse your kitchen of the temptations and unhealthy foods that can derail even the best-laid plans.
- White bread is not allowed in the bread box. From now on, you will be choosing products that specifically state 100% whole grain or 100% whole wheat. It must say 100% otherwise, you don’t know what you are getting. See the grain is made of three parts: the germ, the bran and the endosperm. Some breads strip these away leaving you with just the endosperm and some “enriched” flour. They do this because it makes the grain smoother. But, we don’t want smoother, we want healthier! Some manufacturers are tricky and use terms like “A Good Source of Whole Grain” which could mean it just has some in it, or “Made with Whole Grains.” Well, great, but how much? So, do yourself a favor, when it comes to pasta, muffins, bread, cereals, etc., you want 100% or none at all.
- High Fructose Corn Syrup should not be one of the first five ingredients in any item in your kitchen, and better yet, get rid of it altogether. Ignore those recent television commercials with moms discussing how it’s completely safe, “in moderation.” My philosophy has always been “When in doubt, throw it out.” So we know HFCS is in things like soda, but check these other items. Did you just buy Fat Free salad dressing in preparation for your diet? Probably has HFCS. Ketchup, barbecue sauce, Fat Free mayo, pickles…it can be lurking in the most unassuming places. When you buy these items without HFCS, you will not taste the difference. For instance, I was able to buy a low fat dressing instead of the fat free version because it did not have HFCS. Now granted, it had a bit more fat, but it was not trans fat or saturated and the calories were a bit higher, but it was worth not eating the HFCS.
Stock up on fruits and vegetables like grapes, bananas, apples, oranges and berries. Buy frozen if they aren’t in season. Get greens for salads and tomatoes, onions, peppers and carrots for snacking.
Ditch the vegetable oil and get some extra virgin light olive oil for cooking. Other items on your new, healthy shopping list should be walnuts, low-sodium teriyaki sauce, tuna in water, organic probiotic yogurt, skim milk, lean, organic meats, plain popcorn, and small amounts of dark chocolate (for when you really, really need chocolate). You cannot “blow it” at home if you keep your kitchen safe for dieting and there is nothing there to wreck havoc on your diet.