Have you gone through your fridge lately? Well today we are talking about some of the most common items that may be in your fridge and are harming your health! If you have any of the below items, we recommend clearing them out of your fridge and trying the healthier alternatives.
Salad Dressings and Sauces
How many salad dressing bottles do you have? When we used to buy dressings we would somehow end up with a collection of 10 different kinds! Any of you have this problem? Well, unfortuantely, these are not items that you want to be buying. Pre-made dressings and sauces have so many unnessacry ingredients that are processed and just add unwanted checmicals to our bodies. They also tend to have an exorbitant amount of sugar and sodium.
So what should you do? Instead of spending money on a ton of different dressings, you can easily make them yourself! Basic dressing recipes should only contain 2-3 ingredients, and then you can always add on from there! A basic dressing simply involves mixing together 1-2 tbsp. of balsamic vinegar with 1-2 tbsp olive oil. You can also add a splash of lemon. For some other dressing recipes, you can visit our post here where we give you a few different options. If you are a member, you can refer to your dressings and dips section of your nutrition plan where you have numerous options to choose from!
Yogurt is a staple and an easy go-to snack, but it is really doing you more harm than good. If you are a member of our plan, you already know why we stay away from dairy based products, but the bottom line is that dairy causes many of the ailments that we may suffer from – i.e. headaches, stomach cramps, and bloating. Additionally, when you buy yogurt, you usually end up with very high amounts of sugar, especially if you have a fruit filled one. And worst of all, with fruit yogurts, even if the fruit is real fruit, because of the processing that the product goes through, they fruit loses most of its beneficial nutrients, leaving you with a sugar juice high.
What can you snack on instead? Pre-make any of the bar recipes from your nutrition plan so that you have them to grab and go during the week. You can alternatively make your own yogurt parfait by using plain yogurt and adding fruit, or opting for a dairy free option (we recommend), such as almond yogurt.
Deli meats are processed meats. Think hot dogs, sausages, bacon, salami, pastrami, and even ham and other meats you may buy, are very highly processed with additives to help them last, which may be good for the meat, but it is not good for you. They are also very high in sodium and unhealthy fats that can cause your body a lot of harm. Sodium in its closer to natural state may be great for you (think sea salts), but when you have exorbitant amounts of processed sodium, it can cause you to gain unwanted weight and to even get sick!
If you are a big meat eater, opt for lean chicken and turkey, and try plant based alternatives too, like beans and tempeh for something different.
Other Pre-Packaged Goods
A general rule of thumb is to avoid anything that is packaged. Now, there may be some exceptions – i.e. you can buy organic, no sodium added, canned beans, that will make your life easier so you do not have to wait hours to cook them – but ultimately, you want to stick to this rule when grocery shopping. You can refer to our article and video here for foods that are prepared for you, but are still clean and healthy. Otherwise, it is always best to make your own foods so that you control what is going into the pan. This is where meal prepping can be a huge time saver too.
Okay, you all know that we are not opposed to drinking and we typically enjoy wine every week, especially if we have a stay at home date night or go out with friends. However, we try not to have a constant flow of alcohol sitting in our fridge. We completely understand that sometimes after a long day you may just want a drink, but try to opt for healthier alternatives – like going out for a walk to de-stress or even meditate.
Don’t worry, you can do this! If you look at this list, you may think we just told you to never eat anything again. But don’t be afraid to get creative and try new foods. Shop on the outer aisles of your grocery store for fresh products that you can cook up yourself. And if you are a member of our plan, you know you have over 300 hundred recipes, grocery lists, and guides to help you through this process!