I get asked about food a lot. I guess I have that sort of face. 😉 Often people just aren’t sure where to start. Do you just throw it all out and start from scratch or do you work with what you have and try to make it better? It’s a funny thing but it all depends one a few factors. Do you live alone? Do you have support from those around you to make these changes? Do you know why you want to make these changes?
Once you figure these things out it will be a little more clear what your first step might be. For me, I have a supportive husband but two kids who might not understand why mommy is throwing out all the snacks. And some of those snacks might not be all that bad for them in small amounts. Dude, Pirate Booty! No great but not horrible for a mid day snack. For a 4 year old. Not his mom, who has been know to eat the whole bag, in one sitting. So how do we synergies our pantry?
Lets first back up to what should be in the pantry. You should have a place where you can keep the staples of your cooking needs. If you are try to get into a healthier way of eating, think of this as your command center. If you have poor chooses here, you might be sabotaging your commitment to improving your health.
Personally I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I’m not sure how true that is but I know I feel a hell of a lot better when I don’t eat grains. So I try my best to avoid them in my cooking. That being said, hubs and the bears seem to do fine with them and sometimes hubs needs them during race/training/winter/grr season. So yes you will see rice and other grains in there. But that’s me. You can adjust this as necessary for your needs.
Ok right to it: What should you be keeping in your pantry?
For me, I shop at Wegmans. Love that place. So I looked at their app (which by the way is a huge help since it even tells you where to find things) After searching my past purchases I created this list:
- Wild Planet Salmon, Pink, Wild Alaskan, Boneless & Skinless
- Wild Planet Tuna, Wild Albacore
- Wild Planet Sardines, Wild, in Water
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Organic, Raw, Unfiltered, with the Mother
- Coconut Milk, Organic, Unsweetened
- Coconut Aminos, Raw
- Coconut Oil, Refined
- Olive Oil, Pure
- Organic Bone Broth
- Almond Butter, Organic
- Coconut, Flaked, Unsweetened, Unsulfured
- Arrowroot Starch/Flour
- Baking Soda, Premium
- Almond Meal/Flour, Finely Ground
- Gluten Free Quick Cooking Oats
- Bulk Garlic
- Sun-Dried Tomato
- Rooibos Tea, Caffeine Free
- Sparkling Water
- Sea Salt, Iodized
- Cocoa, Natural, Unsweetened
- Gelatine, Unflavored
- Applesauce, Organic
- Epic Bar / RX Bars
Now I know it might seem like a lot. Maybe even a lot of things you don’t know what they are. But if you poke around in the paleo/primal world, a lot of these ingredients pop up.
Now the big question. Do you throw everything out and start from scratch. If you live alone and really want to commit to a healthier lifestyle, yes. Look at what’s in your house and remove everything that won’t help you reach your goal. You don’t have to throw them away. Anything that isn’t open can and should be donated. If it’s opened and you know some who might enjoy it, pass it on. Or find another way to use it. Got a pound of sugar that you know will somehow end up in your coffee? Sugar scrub gift time!
Do you live in a house with many appetites? Maybe one or two that don’t really get the new direction you want to walk boldly into? It’s ok. Just make sure you don’t spring this on them. Talk to them and ask what changes they would like to make to be healthier. By involving the whole house the whole house is involved. Crazy I know! If you still get some push back, ask why? Keep the conversation open and let them know you are committed to this change and would love to have them involved.
Once your pantry is all cleaned out (and do this in a day not over time) go to the store and restock with better options for you. To help you out I even made this easy print out for Wegmans. Although you can use it for anywhere really 🙂
I hope this helps you out on your path to a healthier life. Remember it’s not a race. Take it one step at a time and you’ll find you’ll go far kid!