6 Ways To Make Friends With Your Fridge

Have you ever tried to accomplish a goal but felt that the universe was conspiring against you?

At every turn, it’s like everyone knows what you’re trying so desperately to do and they’ve all banded together and decided to trip you up. Well, maybe that’s being a  little paranoid, but at times, it seems that way.

Conspiracy theories aside, part of what makes sticking to a goal, is not only negative outside influences, but our lack of self control. This is especially true when it comes to what we eat.  We can blame our work schedule, our family food requests and lack of money to spend. But where we do have control is what we choose to buy and put in our fridge.

The fridge is not the enemy

Here’s an example that recently illustrates my lack of self control when it comes to guacamole. I’m at my favorite local grocery store and I’m shopping away, minding my own buisness, when a voice from the fruit and vegetable deli section calls to me and says ” we just made fresh organic guacamole.” I truly think she was sent by satan.

I bought not one container that weighed over a pound, but two! I told myself the family might enjoy this. Yeah, ok. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not insulting avocados, because they are great for you, but not a pound at a time.

My first mistake was talking to that wicked deli woman (it’s her fault isn’t it?) and then convieniently forgetting that I will eat whatever is in the fridge. Or pantry, or on the  cabinets shelves.

The reality of the situation and some ideas on how to make friends with your fridge:

• Admitting: Your (my) quest to eat yummy food seems to have a mind of it’s own, and is at times relentless. We are going to fail and eat stuff we shouldn’t.

• Take Inventory: Go to your fridge & cupboards and look at what’s in them. Write a list of foods you know are bad. I’m especially referring to the ones you always purchase. Are there lots of boxes of processed food? Check out the condiments you’re using. Take note of the salad dressings and sauces and don’t forget that little drawer you hide the chocolate kisses in so the kids don’t find them (I’ve heard some people do this).

• Start Purging: Money is tight for many people and throwing away $100 worth of food, even if it’s crappy, is a tall order for anyone. Like most real changes, it’s one small step and that step would be throwing away the really bad stuff first. That would be the hamburger helper, twinkie and soda type items. Worst goes first.

Alternative Choices: Almost every store has what’s called a health food section or organic section. Are the items more expensive? Generally yes, but not in all cases and many items that are non-perishable can be purchased online. The dollars you don’t spend on bad food can now be spent on good food. This will of course take more energy and creativity, but by using real food that’s good for you, you’ll find that the cost can be about the same. Buying junk for mindless snacking can be an expense that’s not realized because somehow we tell ourselves it’s a necessity. It isn’t. This is especially true if you need to drop some body fat.

• Make A List: When shopping in a new way with a new goal, a list of what you will buy is crucial. Take the time and effort to make a list with ideas for snacks and meal plans.  You have to stick to the list even if you are tempted to try the free samples and it’s just so yummy, you’ll just buy it this one time. Stay away from the samples! If you have to eat them, you made the big no-no of going to the store hungry.

• Never Stop Trying: Healthy eating is a lifelong goal and failing along the way is part of it. The idea is to start shifting over to more and more success. This week might be the end of soda in your house. That’s a huge step where that’s been the beverage of choice for a long time. For someone else it could be the pizza they order three times a week. Or a serious guacamole habit. Each week go through the steps and make them a part of your food shopping and meal planning. They will become habit.

Do you have some more ideas to share? We’d love to know in what way you’ve  made a change and what’s worked for you or what hasn’t. Be free to express yourself here! We adore comments!

  

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  1. Love this, Joyce! I’m on a constant mission to shop more consciously, healthfully, etc…and though it isn’t always easy, I do what I can. I go to Whole Foods often and when I don’t, you can find me in the organic/all natural sections of other stores. Or at the very least, reading lots of labels and shopping the permiter of the store.

  2. I LOVE a healthy fridge! I am a strong believer of “don’t buy don’t eat” I splurge some with the cookie dough and brownies but definitely make an effort to buy more in the fruit and veggie section! Problem I found is eating fresh requires more trips to the store! It is worth it but as a year ago I made it a goal to stop buying frozen foods! No more pizzas, popcorn chicken..etc..it was convenient and easy to have but hated feeding that to the kids! Thanks for sharing your work! Getting Healthier with you one post at a time 😉

  3. Joyce Cherrier says:

    Hi Ladies! It’s all the little things that add up when it comes to eating. It’s so great to know others are working on the same things and are so supportive! Thanks for all the inspiration on your great blogs!!

  4. Planning full meals is a GIANT stress, time and money saver ( thank you @SusanLorelei ) and an organized food areas; fridge, cupboards or pantry helps to reduce re buying and waste.

    For example – with organized food areas you can easily see progress or areas for improvement. In our fridge there is a snack drawer since it’s organized I can easily and quickly see my big movers. 1 apple , no grapes, 5 snack pack puddings and 1 yogurt = a good week! Cupboard: 1 single fruit loop in a giant cereal box, 1/2 bag wheat pretzels, 1 mic pop corn, almost a full box of plain honey graham crackers, 1/2 bag of animal crackers = yawn, snore don’t buy no more!

    When I shop, I know my sales, I know my options and I know my plan. I typically make one grocery run per week and buy what I need for 8-10 meals plus snacks, cereal and other staples ( milk, eggs etc). I post the meal options on the fridge and let the troops choose daily. We make it and it’s off the menu. This new method of operation has saved many ” what do you want for dinner” tiffs, mom frustration and nasty husband looks.
    By planning we have reduced impulse buys and opportunities for take out in addition to making healthier overall food choices.

  5. Joyce Cherrier says:

    Great tips Blogomomma! especially can relate to the “what do you want for dinner” Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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