Day 1 - Declutter your Pantry

Nutrition 30 Day Mini Challenge

Changing the environment around you can change the way you live, and influence the daily decisions you make.

Day 1 falls into step with the minimalist movement so popular right now - and for good reason. Decluttering your home includes clearing out your pantry of expired items, and foods that do not contribute to your health.

First, get rid of any foods that are expired, or any that you haven't touched in 6 months. (Yes that means you, can of chili) If unopened and still in date - these are the perfect foods to donate to a food bank, or to give to your church, your kids' school, or your friends/family who might like them.

Second - let go of foods that you know do not contribute to your health. I'm talking cake mixes, brownie mixes, muffin mix, cornbread mix, pancake mix, biscuit mix, waffle mix. Let them go. If they are halfway empty, send them to the garbage.

Don't feel trapped - If you need these items, you can always make them from scratch - so just keep your basic flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and you'll be able to re-create most of these "mixes" in the future.

Snack foods that do not bring health need to leave your life as well - such as cookies, chips, crackers, baked goods, candy, and other processed foods.

I know it can "hurt" a little. To think of throwing foods away, wasting foods. Just remember that you have a mission in mind - and you're creating an environment that supports your health. You can channel Marie Kondo* on any food item - just hold the item in your hand, thank it for serving you, and admit that you no longer have need of it in your life, or in your belly. Finish by gently placing it in the trash.

Let go, donate, or dispose of foods that you know do not contribute to your health, as well as those you know you likely will not eat prior to them reaching their expiration date.

In order to prevent over-buying, it's important to know your pantry inventory. Going through your pantry can help you establish a baseline of food items that you'd like to keep there, and re-purchasing any food items that you realize you never got around to using can be avoided.

Of note -- it's alright if the whole family is not on board. Having everyone on the same page may take time. In the meantime, maybe carve out a shelf or three that belong only to you and support your health journey.

Good luck! Day 1 is about deep cleaning you pantry, removing foods that do not serve your health. Organize those foods that are left into categories:

1) Canned Goods

2) Flour, baking items

3) Snacks

4) Dried Cereals (Oatmeal, Granola)

5) Beverages --> more on beverages coming tomorrow on Day 2 of The 30 day Mini-Challenge

*Marie Kondo's book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up is available here

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