Do This Today
Clearing the pantry
One major factor as to whether you stay on track during your weight loss journey is your environment, especially what food is kept at home in the fridge and in the pantry.
It’s easy to slip up and eat something bad if you know it’s in the house and it’s easily accessible.
If you have chocolate in the house it will eventually be eaten,
if you’ve got ice cream in the freezer it will eventually be eaten maybe not by you but someone is going to eat it.
The key here is to clear out your pantry, your fridge and anywhere else you may keep food and get rid of everything you know is bad for you.
This is going to be hard to do because you may be someone who doesn’t like “throwing away food” like me, but this step is crucial.
You may also be telling yourself that you don’t need to do that because you have good willpower or that’s not you…
We’re all human and we will give into willpower. Maybe not today, but there will be days.
In order for long-term success, you can’t have trigger foods hanging around all the time, because there will be days where you’re hankering for a snack.
You go and search the pantry or freezer and low and behold you manage to find yourself a big packet of chips or a litre of ice cream.
Then 10 minutes later after standing there with an empty ice cream container with the fridge door open wondering what just happened, you feel extremely guilty and start to hate yourself.
I’ve been there before, and I’m sure we’ve all been there before.
Actually, I’ve been there more than once.
When I was younger, it was an occasional thing for me to binge because after dinner on some nights I’d just be craving something sugary and sweet.
I’d go on the hunt for to try and satisfy my cravings and there had been times where I would smash a whole cake that was in the fridge and then hate myself for the next 3 days…
Don’t make the mistakes I did.
The harder you make it for yourself to have access to your trigger foods the less likely you are to eat them.
Biologically speaking, humans are lazy, it’s just in our nature. So if you make yourself work harder to get something you want you’re probably going to think it’s not worth it.
If you have drive 10 minutes to the shop to get a pint of ice cream instead of taking 10 steps to your kitchen there’s a high chance you’re not going to go to the shop just for ice cream.
So step one is to go and find any food in the house that you know you shouldn’t have or even if there is even a slight chance that you might tend to overeat something and just throw it out.
Go to the fridge, freezer and pantry and get rid of everything.
Another important thing to look for is the excuses that come into your head while doing this.
You might be telling yourself that this is the partners or the kid’s food and it would be bad to chuck it out, but let’s be real,
you’re not only doing this for yourself, you’re doing it for them too.
Getting rid of the crappy food is going to help with their health and fitness.
I’m also not saying you should never have bad food like I wrote about earlier it’s all 80/20 but make sure that 20% is going out for a nice meal, or treating yourself to a good ice cream, not some crappy one from the store.
And make sure that 20% is just that and nothing more, it gets very easy to go over that 20% with calorie-packed foods.
Don’t bring bad food home with you either. If you go out for ice cream or you buy an unhealthy snack make sure you get rid of it before it comes home with you because like I said again, it’s just going to be sitting there nagging at you, waiting for that time you come home from work after a long hard day and you feel lazy and you don’t want to cook and you just want to pig out a little bit because of stress.
All of these sneaky foods lying around that you tend to snack on from time to time will wind up adding to a lot of extra kgs on the scale.
You can do this after you do your first shopping trip while buying your lists of foods because when you come home you may have realised that you slipped up and bought something you shouldn’t have.
In this case, since you’re throwing away all of the bad stuff, you can quickly get rid of it before it becomes a problem.
And if you don’t want to “waste the food” give it to your next-door neighbour or bring it in for co-workers, just don’t let the excuses in your head be the reason you don’t do this.