8 Simple Rules for a Successful Kitchen Clean Out

March 07, 2017 / Health Coaching

After all the researching, planning, and shopping you finally have all the tools you need to achieve your wellness goal. Is there one thing you didn’t consider that could be seriously dismissing your chances for success? The one thing people always forget to do when trying to slim down, that I believe gives them a greater chance of success, is to clean out their pantry and fridge. If you want a new you, you need a fresh start. Cleaning out your kitchen will not only get rid the food you no longer need in your life, but it will also change the way your kitchen feels. Set yourself up for success with these easy-to-follow kitchens clean out rules.


#1  Throw away all expired foods.

Make a fresh start: nothing generates negative vibes more than expired products. If it’s old and decaying in your kitchen, then throw it away. It’s not healthy or safe to have bad food in your fridge or pantry. Plus, what is more, unpleasant than reaching in for an ingredient and coming out with mold?


#2  If it’s not serving you, don’t serve it.

Once you are rid of all the food that has gone bad, it’s time get rid of all the things that are not going to serve you on your wellness journey. If you bought countless vitamins and supplements you’re not using, it might be time to say goodbye. Getting rid of products in your kitchen that no longer contribute to your success is another way of establishing a fresh start. It is telling yourself that you are serious about making a change and that you don’t need reminders of negative experiences.


#3 Don’t make it easy.

Removing unhealthy food from your house is going to make your wellness journey so much easier. It’s like freezing your credit card when you’re on a budget. The more work you have put into getting rid of the unhealthy food that you’re craving, the more likely it is that you will stay away from it. Chances are that you will try other ways to beat your cravings first before putting in the effort of going to the store for more of what you don’t want/need, saving yourself in a moment of weakness.


#4  If it can be saved, donate it.

If you have picked out a food list to follow for your health goal and there is food left behind in your kitchen you don’t need to be consuming, donate it. There is no reason to dispose of food that is still good. Just because you don’t need it doesn’t mean you should waste it. Further, if it is left in your house and you’re having a bad day, you are more likely going reach for it in a moment of weakness. So, do yourself a favor and remove it from your pantry or fridge. If it’s not there to tempt you, then you don’t need to worry about it.


#5  Look at your labels.  

If you’re going to purge your pantry, know what you’re seeking! The best thing you can do is read labels: no chemicals, additives, preservatives, or food coloring. I also don’t know any naturally growing food out there that is neon. Looking at labels can literally save your health and I am not just talking about the calorie count, I am talking about the ingredients. There is a general rule of thumb that your ingredients list shouldn’t be longer than 5 items. If an item isn’t made with things you recognize, then get rid of it. Can’t read it … don’t eat it!


#6  You don’t need to be a nutritionist.

You don’t need to be a nutritionist to understand what in your food. Looking at labels and seeing how much sugar or sodium is in a product is a quick way toward deciding if something is healthy. If you’re getting more than your daily allowance of sodium, fat, or sugar, you know that that can’t be healthy. Where is all that extra stuff going to go? Most likely not where you’ll want it.


#7  If it has a health claim, it is probably lying.

When a food product is claiming that it is all natural and it has had ingredients added to it, then it’s no longer natural. To be natural, it needs to be unaltered and come from a plant (the type that grows). It if is made in a plant (i.e., factory), then it has no business making that claim. Also, when you see labels that say “low fat” or “low calorie,” that doesn’t mean that there is low sugar content in that product. So, you see a health claim on it then it is mostly unhealthy and you should get rid of it.


#8 Just because it’s gluten-free doesn’t make it healthy.

Gluten-free products generally have a lot of salt added to them to give them any kind of taste or flavor. These products are usually really processed and lack nutrients. So, you are basically eating empty calories and that just appears like a waste of a snack. Gluten-free to me just feels like another false health claim to get you to buy a product that is probably just as unhealthy as the real flour. If you have an abundance of gluten-free snacks, maybe it’s time to see if you can do better.


Consider these 8 tips when making decisions on what should stay and what should go. Cleaning out your kitchen is just another way you can get started on the right track with your wellness journey. So, remember to take advantage of a fresh start and stock your kitchen with the good stuff. Your kitchen will not only feel better, but you’ll feel better because you’ll have surrounded yourself with the right ingredients to keep you going. Let your kitchen inspire you not to deter yourself from your health and wellness goals.