Houston Forward Times

09 October 2013 Written by  Valecia Weeks

If Refrigerator Shelves Could Talk…

9346387-refrigerator-full-of-food-close-up - CopyValecia Weeks, Health Editor for Houston Forward Times Newspaper, is the owner of Assuring Hands Doula & Massage Care.  She is a Professional Licensed Massage Therapist as well as a Birth Doula.  Valecia also is licensed and certified in Personal Training with NESTA and ZUMBA.

…what would they say?  Would  they say, " I love shelving foods that are healthy for the body" or would they be crying out for help because of all the heavy calories weighing them down with all the unhealthy fatty foods? The food in your fridge can paint a perfect and clear picture of what your diet looks like, and if the "fridge photo" is a lot of processed foods and sweets in the place where whole grains, fruits, and vegetables should be, then it is very obvious that there is room for improvement on the report card of your refrigerator.

Yes, eating out is an option but can get to be pretty expensive as well as unhealthy.  At the same time home eating can also be unhealthy especially if there are endless choices of desserts, processed dinners, and high fat snacks.  Here are a few tricks of the trade on how to organize your refrigerator to help you make healthy eating choices each and every time you open it.

REORGANIZE

Ladies since we usually control our cupboard, we should have control of what goes on it.  Now, I know that can be a challenge with a family who loves to eat what they love.  But to keep everyone smiling and clothes fitting properly, notice where your eyes go first when you open the fridge.  Where ever this place is is where your "healthy" foods should automatically go.  I’m not saying you have to totally rid your ridge of sugary drinks; but push them back and replace them with 100% fruit juice and bottled water so that instinctively you and your family will grab them first.  Instead of putting the whoooole pizza box, with the left over pizza, on the eyelevel shelf, put it in a smaller container and place it behind the fresh fruits and vegetables. I know we were brought up to "waste not, want not"; but it’s worth it to throw away that left over calorie filled birthday cake if you just can’t say no to it. 

YOUR FRIDGE NEEDS THESE FOODS

If there is apple pie and apple, which is most likely to be grabbed as a snack?  If you have more healthy choices, you are more likely to reach for the healthier snack.  These are some foods that should be at the eye level of your fridge.

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Low-fat milk
  • Soy products
  • Salmon
  • Eggs
  • Lean Beef
  • Yogurt
  • Beans

Now, we see ladies a couple of ways to start a new conversation with our refrigerator shelves.  These tips will make her sing like a tweetie bird.