Wanting to make over your body? The best place to start is your kitchen. Good nutrition is in part about knowing which foods are good to eat but it may be more about altering lifestyle habits. Even if you know what’s good to eat, if those foods are not around, you won’t eat them! So how do you start establishing a lifetime of good nutrition? Well, start at home! Your dietary willpower and discipline will be frequently challenged at potluck dinners, social events, lunch meetings at work, etc. But, what matters more than an occasional non-nutritious meal is the other meals you are eating the majority of the time. Start by making your home a “safe place.”
Here are some excerpts from Gourmet Nutrition by John Berardi, PhD, founder of Precision Nutrition.
“If a food is in your possession or located in your residence, you will eventually eat it. That’s right, if you wish to be healthy and lean; you must remove all foods not conducive to your goals from your residence and replace them with a variety of better, healthier choices. Now, before you go thinking that this is just a suggestion- one way to improve your body- we want to make it clear. This is the only way to improve your body….We assure you that once you makeover your kitchen, your body will follow.”
Take a look in your fridge and pantry- is it filled with soft drinks, fruit juices, processed foods wrapped in colorful wrappers, boxes and containers? If so, it may be time for a kitchen makeover.
Brooke Uptagrafft, MD
Dr. Brooke is a family medicine doctor.