Consider it the removal of temptation.
If you don’t already follow a low-carb diet, you’re likely to have products in your house with a high sugar and carb content, even if you’re not aware of it! Cleaning out your fridge and pantry is an essential and beneficial step before starting on your keto journey. It’s also nice to start with a clean slate!
Here’s a list of what needs to go so you can start off in the best way possible.
High-carb foods to toss from your fridge & freezer:
- BBQ sauce
- Low-Fat salad dressings (such as vinaigrettes or other sweetened dressing)
- Maple syrup
Certain oils and dairy:
- Spreadable butter alternatives
- Cow’s milk
Fruit & fruit products:
- All fruit with the exception of berries and cantaloupe
- Fruit cups
- Jams or jellies with added sugar
- Any fruit juice, including orange juice, apple juice, grape juice, cranberry juice, and tomato juice
- Ice cream
- Frozen desserts
Basically all those yummy treats that are sweetened with SUGAR!
- Hash browns
High-carb items to ban from the pantry:
- Wheat-based flour
- Cornstarch / Cornmeal
- Granola bars
- Fruit rolls
- Black beans
- Pinto beans
- Kidney beans
- Mandarin oranges
- White bread
- Whole-wheat bread
- Gluten-free bread
- Flour tortillas
- Sweet potatoes/yams
Now what to do with all that food…
In many cases, purging the above items could clear out a majority of cabinets, but it doesn’t mean these products have to go to complete waste!
Consider donating unopened non-perishable boxes and cans to a local food shelter. Try to incorporate unopened products into appetizers or other dishes you may bring to an upcoming party. You can also explain to family and friends that certain products no longer fit into your diet to see if they would be willing to take them off your hands.
If space allows, you can dedicate a cabinet or section of the fridge that’s simply off limits to store these foods for non-keto members of your household. There is truly power in the out-of-sight, out-of-mind effect!
Depending on when you plan to start keto, you could try to use up non-keto foods in your weekly cooking so they don’t go to waste—while still being mindful that you’re not eating 12 granola bars in a day. And when all else fails (and there is absolutely nowhere else to direct these products), toss them in the trash. Remember, you’ll be better off without these carb-heavy products, and you’re well on your way to a fulfilling, fat-fueled life!