Weight Watchers stresses taking charge of your environment – removing foods that get in the way of weight loss and replacing them with healthy options.
I took this advice to heart. It’s hard to make smart choices if I have a pantry loaded with cookies. Once I decided to go low carb, my refrigerator and pantry felt my wrath. You won’t find any of my trigger foods. No sweets, crackers, pastas or breads. I trashed anything that tempted me.
By taking charge of my fridge I was in control, not the food.
While flying home on Sunday, I admit I worried what my kitchen would look like when I got back. My husband was alone for one week. It isn’t uncommon for him to add some of his favorite food groups – namely pies and cookies – to my kitchen space.
Before I left, I stocked up on protein and veggies and instructed him to eat only what’s in the fridge. However, I knew that listening isn’t one of his strengths. When I got home Sunday, I fully expected to find soft, furry vegetables and lots of high-carb treats. Boy was I wrong. He ate what I stocked up on and then some.
He did me proud.
Come Monday morning I took charge of my kitchen again. After grocery shopping, I spent the day chopping up lots of veggies.
Looking at my fridge now, all the healthy foods are within sight and quick to dish out.
Later tonight we’ll fire up the grill. So this afternoon, I’ll prep chicken, pork and beef with rubs and marinades.
Another advantage that comes with controlling my space? The prep time for meals is less than 5 minutes.