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Spring cleaning: your pantry

With spring time quickly approaching, spring cleaning is on the minds of many. Typically one may think of spring cleaning as: Cleaning the house, cleaning out the garage, cleaning out the closet etc. What if you took another approach to spring cleaning?

Let's start in the kitchen. Clean out the fridge, pantry, shelves, etc. Get rid of the processed food and junk. If it's not there, you won't eat it, plain and simple. This is a perfect opportunity to start fresh. Box up everything processed and get it out of the house.

Now what exactly is processed food? Basically, processed food is anything that was made in a plant and boxed up for sale. Try to think of where you food is coming from. If you can not picture it in its raw state, chances are, it is not real food. It is "food" pretending to be food.

This may be a hard concept for some to grasp, but it's true. Real food = Fruit, Vegetables, whole grains, beans, meat, eggs, nuts, seeds, and some oils. Those are the ingredients that should be in your meals, not some long crazy word you can not even pronounce, let alone know what it is or where it came from.

Now let's take a trip to the grocery store. When you walk in, stay to the outside of the aisles. Shop the perimeter of the store. This is where you will find fresh items like, produce, fish, meats, and eggs. You may need to venture into the aisles to find your whole grains and beans so be prepared. Have your grocery list ready to go with all your healthy choices and only get what you planned for. Being armed with a grocery list will help you save money as well by not picking up items your think you "have to have" but really don't, a.k.a. "Junk".

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