Clean Out the Junk in the Kitchen – If You See It You Will Eat It
- Possible Pat
- February 6, 2017
Knowing where to start when cleaning up your diet and how to take action to lose the weight can be pretty confusing. They say that the first step you should take is to clean out your cupboard of all the bad food so you aren’t tempted to eat the things you shouldn’t.
When I first began my journey, the first thing I did was throw everything in my cupboards out and I began walking to the grocery store for every meal. This was a mile and a half each way and my trip could take me three hours.
Then when I bought food, I only bought healthy food.
As I did my walking and ate my healthy food, I found myself having less and fewer cravings. But before long, I was finding myself wanting and giving into some of my old favorites, such as dairy and soda. This was my reward, after all.
I knew that this was not helping my goals in the long run and I still had a lot more to lose. So instead of just giving everything up, I went for healthier alternatives… or what I thought were healthier alternatives.
At this time I was still confused about what was considered healthy. As it turns out, some of the foods I thought were healthier and would help me, ended up not being as good for me as I thought. Some of them even stopped me from losing as much as I wanted.
But there was a bright side in what I was doing, even with the food alternatives that were still bad for me. For me, they were beneficial because they were a step in the right direction and helped me move forward, rather than to fully succumb to old habits.
Giving Up Soda
Soda was one of the hardest things for me to give up and it took me over a year and a half to come off of it! I went from drinking regular soda to drinking diet soda. Although this is still really bad for you, at the time I believed it was a better option.
Before I began my journey, I was drinking about 2 liters of soda during every meal. That is a lot of soda, and a lot of sugar, to be consuming throughout your day. My first step was to switch to diet soda and then I began to cut down how much I was drinking. Instead of buying a 2-liter soda, I would buy two 20 ounce bottles and drink one at dinner and the other at another point in the day. I continued to cut out the amount of soda I was drinking until I could cut it out of completely.
And throughout this time, I was also drinking two gallons of water a day. So I while kept diet soda in my diet, I also began drinking a lot more water.
Soda is one of those things that can be addicting and so I found it much easier to ease out of it than to just quit.
Giving Up Dairy
In the beginning, I did the same thing with milk that I did with soda. I replaced my whole milk with 2%. I didn’t completely give up dairy until I lost my first 250 lbs. After that, I stopped losing weight and couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t losing anymore.
As it turns out, it was all because of the dairy. Once I discovered how dairy could actually sabotage your weight loss, I stopped drinking it. After I cut dairy completely out of my diet, I instantly lost 50 lbs. The weight seemed to just come off. I went from 350 lbs to 300 lbs in one month. Dairy was really holding me back.
Dairy was one of those misconceptions for me. I thought dairy was good for you, but as it turns out, it was keeping me from moving forward. Unlike soda, this was something I was able to cut out cold turkey and never look back, especially after I dropped so much weight so fast.
The more I worked on my diet, the more I learned what was good for me and what wasn’t. The more I learned, the more changes I made to what I kept in the cupboard and the food I put in my body.
In the beginning, I knew I needed to eat more vegetables and so I added them into my diet, but not in the healthiest way.
For example, I knew I needed to eat broccoli, so I would make broccoli and cover it in cheese. Eventually, as I gave up dairy, I also gave up cheese and removed the cheese from my broccoli.
When I came off of dairy, I stopped making my protein shakes with milk and began to use almond milk.
When you first decide to eat healthier and to lose the weight, you most likely will not have a clear view of how food affects your body and what you should stay away from. Because of this, you will need to continue to make changes and tweaks to your diet as you learn what does and doesn’t work.
What It’s Like To Throw Everything Out
When I first began to throw things out and clean out my cupboard, it was much easier than I originally anticipated.
In fact, it was very liberating.
I was taking action and doing something.
Although I did have those moments of doubt where I questioned what I was going to eat and whether I could actually do it, in the end, I felt like I had accomplished something. I felt like I was holding myself accountable.
This step was the most important for me because it eliminated temptation. Had I kept the food around I know that, without a doubt, I would have cheated and ultimately failed my goal of losing weight.
This wasn’t my first time trying to lose weight and have attempted maybe 10-15 times before in my life. So I knew that leaving the food in my cupboard was not going to work for me because it did not work for me in the past and this time, I really needed to succeed. It might seem scary at first to make that big of a change, but it is one that is very worth it.
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About Possible Pat
Hi, I'm Pasquale Brocco and I've lost A LOT of weight. When I started my journey to lose weight, I weighed 605 pounds. After visiting the doctor, I realized I had to make a change. I started with a simple plan and within 60 days, I lost 100 lbs. So far, I've lost over 307 pounds. Now, I'm sharing a simple message with you, "Anything is possible." If you can put on the weight, you can lose the weight.