When people first hear that I love to do pantry makeovers, I can see a look of dread come over their faces. It's a look of "Oh, heck naw, she ain't coming all up in MY pantry! Forget that!"
So, allow me to explain what a pantry makeover actually looks like. If you invite me into your home, I can absolute assure you that there will be zero judgment. Zero. I'm not there to rummage through your things and then proceed to tell you that you've wasted your hard-earned money and that you should throw everything out. That would be a horrible mistake on my part, and one that I would never consider making.
So, what EXACTLY happens when I come to your home for a pantry makeover?
First, I take a very brief look at your pantry.
Then, we sit down at your kitchen table.
We will go over the Traffic Light Eating Method (or review it if you have already attended one of my L.E.A.N. workshops.). Then, we will go over how to read and analyze all the parts of a nutrition label. We look at everything from serving sizes to protein, fat, carbs, sugar, fiber, and end with the all-important ingredients list.
We will then review 12 ingredients that we especially want to look for and why. And, don't worry. You will get to keep the list because some of them are hard to remember!
After you have a clear understanding of traffic light eating and food labels, we will get started in your actual pantry. If you have kids at home, get them involved in the process and let them help out too! I have stickers that they can use to label items as either a green, yellow, or red light food (and don't worry - "red" does not mean "banned" or "bad" food.
After we have identified a number of traffic light options in your pantry, we will then look at the Healthy Substitutions Handout and talk about some possible substitution strategies that you can try.
It's important to remember that change is a process. You do not need to throw food away! As you work toward replenishing the items in your pantry, you will have the tools you need after our pantry makeover to know what to look for the next time you head to the grocery store.