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The Self-Guided Kitchen Raid

 

The Self- Guided Kitchen Raid

Did you know that your kitchen will make or break your weight loss results?
Stocking your kitchen with healthy snacks will keep you on track, but a kitchen filled with unhealthy snacks will derail your weight loss efforts. Go ahead, grab a garbage bag and then head to the kitchen.

The Refrigerator
Dump this: Beverages with high fructose corn syrup or sugar. Drinking calories is one of the quickest ways to gain weight. Replace with: Water.

Dump this: Rich dairy products. Eliminate high-fat cheese, milk and yogurt from your kitchen. Replace with: Fresh Vegetables. Your fridge should hold more veggies than the drawer can hold.

Dump this: Fatty meats. Replace with: Lean meats. Skinless chicken breast, lean ground turkey, white fish.

Dump this: Fruit-flavored yogurt. Check out the ingredient list and you likely find both high fructose corn syrup AND sugar. Replace with: Plain low-fat yogurt, Greek yogurt, or low-fat cottage cheese.  

The Freezer
Dump this: Ice cream. Replace with: Frozen fruit. When your sweet tooth starts acting up, throw an assortment of frozen fruit into the blender to make a smoothie.

Dump this: Frozen Pizza. Replace with: Turkey or Veggie Patties. For quick dinners keep your freezer filled with lean turkey patties and veggie patties. Serve on a bed of brown rice or on a whole grain bun.

Dump this: Frozen Breakfast Food. These items are highly processed and contain loads of unnecessary sugar. Replace with: Sprouted Whole Grain Bread, spread it with some natural peanut butter and pair it with a piece of fruit.

The Pantry
Dump this: Sugar-filled cereal. If sugar or high fructose corn syrup are listed as ingredients on your cereal box, it’s got to go. Replace with: Whole Grain Oatmeal. There is a huge difference between instant, sugar-filled oatmeal and whole grain oatmeal.

Dump this: Refined/White Bread/Rice/Pasta. These highly processed products promote weight gain. Replace with: Whole Grain Bread/Rice/Pasta.

Dump this: Chips/Crackers. Replace with: Almonds. The key to making this snack a winner is to practice portion control. Place a handful of almonds into individual bags for pre-portioned snacks.

Dump this: Packaged Sweets. We don’t really have to explain this one, do we? Cookies and cakes and candies shouldn’t be a regular part of your diet, Replace with: Dried Fruit. Make sure that you purchase dried fruit that does not contained added sugars.