What’s In The Angry Trainer’s Cold Store?
With 2011 just around the corner, I know a lot of you are planning on making some dietary changes and starting a new food plan in a quest to lose weight and improve your health. As I’ve said before, having a plan is key to achieving success on any exercise or nutrition program. You must be able to make smart choices and decisions when it comes to your meals, and when you’re not prepared, or “wing it”, a lot of times you eat poorly.
Today we’re starting with the fridge! So get those bin liners ready to clear out the crap – and bring on the good stuff!
I’ve taken a peak in my own fridge and here’s my rundown of what I’ve got – and what I recommend you should have on hand to make your daily food choices that bit easier. So here goes:
For starters I’ve the usual suspects on the fridge door where I keep the sauces and condiments. I’ve got Smart Balance Butter and Mayo for healthier alternatives in recipes that call for them. Of course I have ketchup, BBQ sauce, various mustards and even some organic pesto – it tastes great with tuna fish. There’s also some low fat, low calorie salad dressings that I water down a bit to drop calories even further. Next to my butter, I have low fat cream cheese, and a few reduced sugar jams that I use on my Ezekiel bread in the morning. I also keep ground up flaxseed that I sprinkle on various foods, and a jar of pitted olives.
Keep in mind that condiments aren’t necessarily evil if you only use enough to taste, but when you load up on them and drown otherwise healthy food in fat and oil you’ve just taken a good meal and added a lot of extra calories.
In the cooler drawers I have Romaine and Iceberg lettuce for my nightly salad ritual – see my Top 10: Best Snacks for the full details. I recently also started buying shredded cabbage as it adds bulk, texture and crunchiness to many foods. I’ve got a few cucumbers, carrots, celery and a broccoli head or two – although I prefer frozen for convenience. Oh, and I’ve got about 5 Corona Light’s – although that number may have changed by the time you read this!
Now lets talk about the main part of the fridge. You’ll be surprised at what I keep, or I should say how much. I’m always amazed at how stuffed my friends and clients’ refrigerators are! With the type of food that I eat, I just can’t keep that much on hand as it will go bad by the time I get around to cooking it. I’ve seen some fridges that look like they’re stocked up for a party or to feed an army! I say that leads to more temptation, and probably a lot of food waste. My stockpile is much more sparse and efficient. I’ve got eggs, boneless / skinless chicken breast – both cooked and raw, a few cuts of lean meats like pork, red meat, and a piece of fish or two – depends on what was on sale. There’s coconut water, almond milk, healthy low carb and high fiber protein wraps and breads, some low fat tomato sauce for my Italian omelets, pickled sweet peppers, jars of relish – also great in tuna – bottles of water, Greek yogurt and hidden way in the back – some chocolate! Uh, I eat it for the healthy benefits……really!
My freezer is even simpler – it’s full of vegetables and lots of them. Supermarkets sell all varieties of veggies in many different combinations and they’re super cheap. My local store just ran a sale of 3 bags for $4. And it’s all great nutrition. I prefer frozen vegetables because I can cook, sauté, steam, or microwave them whenever I need them. Some markets also carry frozen, cooked chicken breast, and raw fish like salmon and tilapia. I’ve also got some Omega Flax Waffles, and a few not so good choices as well. I’m truthful ya’ know. There’s a box of White Castle that’s been there for 6 months and an ice cream container I leave in the freezer just to discipline myself.
In case you didn’t know, I once had an ice cream problem – an addiction I’d say, and (over) ate as a coping mechanism when I was stressed. So I went cold turkey over 6 months ago and never looked back, and I don’t miss it a bit. I also have some real white meat chicken strips for the kids (baked not fried), and a few other things that are so freezer burned I can’t read the labels. You do too, admit it!
While it may sound boring and not very appetizing, I actually eat very well and enjoy my food. Herbs and spices that bring out the flavor in foods are key to a good, healthy diet. Your only limiting factor is your imagination. Just remember what you have available is of the utmost importance and strive for balance.
But what do you think? What’s in your fridge and freezer? Do you have a healthy suggestion to add? Fire away guys…!