Why I'm Moving My Spring Cleaning to the Fridge
Even though you’d never know it by the weather in Toronto right now, Spring HAS sprung, and with that comes some serious spring cleaning. We’ve been cleaning on and off for the last few weeks now, but the one spot we’ve been holding off on until now is the fridge.. a beast in its own right. Having been on vacation, and continuously getting invited to press events for delicious restaurants, it has been really difficult for me to get back on the healthy-eating bandwagon. That goes especially for my fridge and pantry, as it’s virtually impossible for me to not crave snacks and junk since I’ve been home. Vegas did a number on my stomach, guys.
However, recently I had a thought: everyone practices spring cleaning for their closet and their homes, so why not do the same for your fridge? January may be the time to set fitness related New Years resolutions, but maybe the start of spring can signify a fresh start and reminder of all the goals you made a few months prior! In January, I vowed to myself to eat a bit more plant-based and a bit less processed. You know, shopping from the outside isles of the grocery store and all? Still, over the last few months, prepackaged snacks have snuck their way back into my midst, and I couldn’t seem to let them go.. until now.
Together, with Adrian’s help, I am bringing Spring Cleaning to the fridge, and saying ‘bye bye’ and ‘see you later’ to anything overly processed and loaded with sugar/sodium. We’re purging our fridges of preservatives, hormones, and unnecessary ingredients, and we’re not looking back. If I’m being honest, I don’t think I could go quite as extreme as Whole30 (baby steps, ok..?), but I do want to be more conscious of what I’m using to fuel my body.
Just as you often have to part ways with some sentimental clothing items that no longer ‘spark joy’, I am finding it quite difficult to rid my fridge of deliciously salty snacks and sauces. Yet, the fight towards wholesome and nutritious carries on. And surprise, surprise, truLOCAL is helping make this transition that much easier for me by filling the fridge and freezer with anti-biotic and hormone free, locally sourced meat, seafood, and poultry. It is so simple and so delicious to just add some salt and pepper to a nice Grass Fed and Finished Steak, or some lemon and olive oil to a beautiful filet of Wild Caught Sockeye Salmon. Who really needs cream sauce or teriyaki anyway? When the products you’re consuming are made with love, the quality speaks for itself.
Here are some tips that we’ve found have helped us get back on track:
Healthy eating doesn’t need to be boring. Find fresh ingredients that you love the taste of on their own. By combining flavors you already know, it’s easier to cut out the excess!
Don’t go grocery shopping while you’re hungry!! This has always lead us to failure. Cravings will always win.
If it’s not in the fridge, you can’t eat it. No more cakes or left-over noodles taunting us from the other side of the room.
As per usual, cut yourself some slack. Changing habits can be tough, and rarely disappear over night. This is something I’m working on myself, so don’t forget to be kind to your mind, my friends!
Have you finished your spring cleaning already? Did it extend into your fridge/freezer too? Let me know if you’ve got any healthy-eating tips for us in the comments!