The Real Food Experience Challenge #1, Organize, Toss, Research
Happy New Year, Everyone! I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I first introduced you to the Real Food Experience 2015. Now here we are embarking into 2016. This year our super team of Christina at Juggling Real Food and Real Life, Gaye at Calm, Healthy, Sexy, and Nicky at Little Family Adventure have come up with a list of challenges that will change your life…If you’re willing to find the value in them.
Challenge #1 is the gateway to getting organized and ready to roll. For years I’ve watched The Hubby go through the same ritual of organizing his office work space before each and every new writing project. When your space is de-cluttered, clean and tidy, you feel ready and motivated to take on a new challenge.
With that in mind, think of a healthier “you and your family” as your new project of 2016. Start by de-cluttering your kitchen fridge and pantry. Important as well, is to decide on an exercise space. Home and/or gym.
When I set about to organize my Kitchen I take on one task at a time. Even if it is as simple as cleaning out the veggie drawer. I recently did this and it only took 10 minutes. When you think about the time it takes to complete a task, the work is not as daunting. And the HSL… High Satisfaction Level motivates you to move to the next task.
This week we’re starting with a combo challenge.
Organize your kitchen:
*Start with a shelf in the pantry or a drawer in the fridge. Or better yet, tackle the whole thing!
*Organize your utensil drawer.
*Make sure you have all the pots, pans and baking sheets for cooking grains, sautéing/baking veggies and proteins. I love my grill pan and was surprised to find that many don’t own one. It’s a fantastic pan for winter time grilling. Although I use mine year round.
Toss the processed and the “expired” food.
Go through your fridge and pantry and toss anything that’s suspect. Toss the processed food packages. Check freshness of any opened container. Look in the back first, chances are that’s where old and spoiled food lurks.
If you find veggies/protein that need to be used NOW, make a big pot of Soup Chopped!
Research: Once you toss, you’ll have plenty of space to fill with healthful fare. You’re going to be spending much more time in the outer regions of the grocery store. The produce section, meat department, and dairy areas. Even the frozen food section will provide some Real Food options like veggies.
*Find a Farmer’s market near you.
*Does your market/grocery store stock a large assortment of non-GMO and Organic foods? Find one that does.
*Eating real food is easiest if you make it yourself. But if you must do the “fast food” thing, research establishments that serve organic and non-GMO meals.
Label reading 101: When you toss all possible processed food and start to buy natural, unprocessed food, label reading will become much simpler.
* Look for Non GMO and Organic verifications
* Read the back of the package. That’s where the valuable info is.
* Look for as few ingredients listed as possible. A good question to ask yourself is…”Could I make this in my own kitchen.”
* Step outside the store bought. Make your own sauces, nut butters and condiments. This tasty and healthful strategy usually Chops cost and calories.
* Learn the difference between Low and Reduced.
* Don’t trust the words Zero and Free. This can mean up to .05 percent per serving. Yes, this is legal. So read the back of the package to make sure.
* Check the serving size. Don’t assume a small package of nuts is one serving. It could be 2 or more. That makes a big difference in calories.
Are you starting a fitness routine or starting again? Are you an “at home” or “gym” person. Either requires some organizational prep. As a personal trainer for 20 years I’ve helped both.
Have your fitness equipment easy to access. Be it videos or dumbbells. If it’s in plain sight it’ll call to you and you’ll use it. Stick it in closet or under your bed and that beckoning can be easily ignored.
What workout will you do today? If you have a goal, it’s easier to power through. Is it cardio day, weight training or maybe Pilates.
Gym: Clean out your gym bag. Pack it with the things you need. Carrying around extra weight in your bag or on your body can be exhausting.
Just like Home workouts, plan what you’ll do. Are you taking a class or is this a “gym floor” day. If you need to make an appointment with yourself to get to the gym, do so.
If you are confused by the gym equipment, a session with a personal trainer will start you on the right track.
Consistency is key to fitness success. Your challenge is to get movement into every day.
Good luck with this week’s challenge. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or just get you and your family healthier, we have you covered. Please share your progress with us at our Facebook group and if you are on Twitter or Instagram use #RFE2016. Photos will certainly help and motivate us all. If you have any questions about real food and fitness please leave me a comment here or on Facebook.
I’m so excited to get started on this years challenges. How about you?
See you next week when we tackle the topic of Veggies and Fruits.
KC the Kitchen Chopper