How to give your refrigerator a healthy make over..

How to give your refrigerator a healthy make over..

You have made your decision to eat healthy food and make great choices. But this has to be practical not just ideas.You want to start a great regime and have a complete make over. But hey it’s not only you who needs a make over so does your fridge too.

Healthy eating mainly involves stacking up and storing healthy food in your refrigerator. It is the first place you head to when you are hungry. But what if it is filled with high sodium frozen meals, ketchup, full fat milk products, high sugary foods etc. That is what you will end up eating in a frenzy.

If you need to eat healthy, you need to cook healthy food too, so  the healthy ingredients should be lying around in the refrigerator. Stocking up right can determine your success or failure in your new diet plan.

Now open your fridge and chuck out all that are not healthy. Eg. replace frozen meals with fresh veggies and fresh lean cut meats rather than tinned or cured meats.

Stock with fresh fruit rather canned fruits or sugar coated candies.

Keep cut fruits and veggies as they come in handy whenever you feel hungry.

Remove all the fizzy drinks and juice concentrates and replace with 100% fruit juices or fresh fruit juices.

Store fat free white sauces which are home made rather than mayonnaise.

If you do need to keep the unhealthy food for some reason or the other, keep them away from view. Any body peeping into your fridge should feel they are looking at well stocked fruit and veggie super market fridge which you would see while shopping.

Replace all the full fat food to low or fat free versions. Saturated fats to unsaturated fats.

Do not forget lentils, nuts and seeds which are healthy food.  Make sure the interiors are colorful with fruits and veggies of different colors. It is a pleasant sight to look at when you open the fridge.

It is just not the inside of a refrigerator but the out side too is important. Meal plans for the day should be attached on the door. Even attaching a picture of a movie star who is healthy with lovely glowing skin can keep you motivated to stick to your health plan. Please leave out the anorexic skinny stars.

Go ahead!! What are you waiting for! Treat your fridge to a make over.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows. She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore. Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

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