30 Days to a Greener Diet - Day 7
When youre trying to cut calories, its best not to keep fatty foods in the house (its harder to deny the ice cream if your freezer is stocked with the creamy treat, right?). The same goes here: When youre trying to clean up your diet, its helpful to get rid of the sneaky, nongreen foods lurking in the pantry. Heres where to start:
Eliminate processed foods. Purge your food closet of processed, high-fat foods. Youll want to eliminate chemical-filled snacks made with high-fructose corn syrup (read the labels!), sugary cereals, prepared canned meals that could live on your shelf forever. You neednt be wasteful: Donate any canned goods or unopened snack foods to a local food pantry.
Grains: Get rid of refined grain products such as white bread, white rice, pasta and all-purpose flour, which are less healthy for you. Youre going to be replacing them with whole grain bread, whole wheat pasta, and brown rice. If youve got a sack of all-purpose flour thats already open, just substitute half the recipe requirement with whole wheat or unbleached flour the next time you need it.
Plan on weeding out the canned foods. While its a good idea to have a few on hand, if you exclusively eat vegetables that come from a can, youre missing out on the true taste of seasonal produce (not to mention ingesting the controversial chemical Bisphenol A, which might leach from the can lining). Youre now going to focus on fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season, and preferably local and organic.
Make room in the fridge! Some of the fresh food youll be switching to will require cooling, so get ready.
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