They say home is where the heart is but we all know it is also where the junk food, comfort food, tempting food, Friday-night movie food, and old-habits-die-hard food likes to hide out. You owe it to yourself to begin your journey by creating an environment where you can be successful. It can be a painful activity, but it also brings great freedom and builds confidence and excitement for what lies ahead.
Begin in the kitchen because that is mission control when it comes to changing our health. The following are tips taken from one of the books I use in coaching my clients, Discover Your Optimal Health by Dr. Wayne Andersen.
Rid your pantry and refrigerator of high-calorie, high-fat meals and snacks by throwing out the following:
- whole-fat dairy products
- processed deli meats
- fattening salad dressings
- white bread, pasta, rice and flour
- fruit drinks
- cookies, pastries and desserts (in the words of my 10 year old – “DUH!”)
- anything else that is a trigger food for you that would derails our efforts
And make sure you have the equipment necessary to be successful:
- food scale
- measuring cups
- small cups and bowls
- 7″ – 9″ dinner plates (size DOES matter when it comes to plates!)
- teaspoons and salad forks
- blue place mats and plates (our eyes and brain notice)
- bright lights
As tempting as it might be to eat your way through the purging process, DON’T DO IT!! Make the decision before you start to share your food with a neighbor or a local food bank – that’s a win-win for everyone!!