Our box, CrossFit Thermal, is doing a month-long nutrition challenge from July 7-August 7. Members are choosing various levels of engagement, ranging from strict Zone to strict Paleo, to “no grains, no extra sugar.” I will be posting a short nutrition tip to help people stay on point and make clean nutrition a life-long habit instead of just a short term “diet.”
Nutrition Tip #3: Clean Out Your Kitchen
One of the most simple, yet hardest things to do is clean our your kitchen/fridge/pantry, etc. of grains, sugars, bad oils, and other temptations. You may be thinking “what if we have guests?” or “I’m saving this for my cheat meal” or “what will the kids eat?” Well, just like many things, when things are out of sight, they’re more likely to be out of mind, too. We’re less likely to eat potato chips if we don’t have them sitting on a shelf waiting to be eaten. If you are afraid you’re wasting money, just get over it, or donate it at the very least. The benefit of getting these things out of the house far outweighs the few dollars’ worth of Twizzlers. As for the kids, why would you feed them things that you are avoiding for health reasons?? As many wiser bloggers have said before me (i.e. Robb Wolf) kids might put up a fight about eating real food at first, but if that’s their only option, they’ll eat when they’re hungry. This is a time to play parent, not candy man.
Read this throwback post: Kitchen Detox to find out what you should get rid of and then go donate or throw your food away!