FEBRUARY HEALTH CHALLENGE – KITCHEN CLEANSE
February is the month of love AND CHOCOLATE. Unfortunately it is also the time when our lifestyle reverts back to its old unhealthy self. For our second installment of Sparkling Hill’s lifestyle challenge that we began last month, we are still keeping it simple. Remember that being healthy is a lifestyle change that is meant to be a long term solution.
In February our lifestyle challenge is to do a KITCHEN CLEANSE.
When we say kitchen cleanse we are not talking about doing a deep scrub and clean; although an organized and clean kitchen always helps! A kitchen cleanse is actually going through your fridge, your cupboards, your pantry and your freezer and ensuring that you have a healthy kitchen. For most people if unhealthy food is available to them, they will most likely eat it at some point. If junk food is not readily available, most people will not go out of their way to buy that unhealthy food.
STEP 1 of your kitchen cleanse is to get rid of all the unhealthy foods that have accumulated over the years. Look to get rid of highly processed foods or foods that contain a high amount of added sugars, fats, or salt. Highly processed foods most likely have had their nutrients stripped away and preservatives added in order to make them shelf stable and last longer, and eating these types of foods will not lead to optimal health. Be honest with yourself and ask “is this food good for me?” when doing your kitchen cleanse. It may come as a shock to find out just how much junk is in those cupboards.
STEP 2 is to shop for success and health. After your kitchen cleanse you may have a lot of empty spaces on the shelves, it is important that you refill those shelves in a smart and healthy way. Writing a list before going to the grocery store is so important. Going to the store with a plan will keep you healthy, save time, and save money. Another tip when shopping is stick to the outsides of the stores first before venturing to the middle aisles. Typically fresh foods and minimally processed foods (think produce, meats, dairy, etc…) are found around the outside of the store. We want to have plenty of these foods! Highly processed foods are found more on the inside aisles.
STEP 3 set aside some time for meal prep each week. Poor food choices often come when we don’t have time to make a proper meal. So set a time each week to plan and prep meals for the coming week. You can prep as much or as little as you feel you need. Start easy and simple by cutting up fruits and vegetables in advance, this saves an incredible amount of time in the long run. If you’re feeling more ambitious you can start planning your dinners for the week, cutting and cooking as much of the food as you can in advance. Have you ever wondered how it only takes minutes for an amazing meal to be made in a restaurant but would take you hours at home? Prepping food ahead of time is the answer!
About Paul Bradshaw:
Paul Bradshaw is a Kinesiologist at Sparkling Hill Resort. He graduated from the University of British Columbia Vancouver in 2010 with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics. He is the lead Whole Body Cryotherapy practitioner and also specializes in injury rehabilitation and prevention, and healthy weight loss. Paul is also a certified Kinesio Tape practitioner.