So I read this article on Oprah.com http://www.oprah.com/home/Clutter-Foods/2. In this article, Peter Walsh describes the types of foods that tend to clutter up one’s pantry. I’ll summarize it here:
1. Aspirational Foods: The foods one buys in the hopes of using even though it isn’t their type (a junk food eater buying gourmet spices, baking goods for a person who never bakes) you hope you’ll use it, but never do…so the food just sits there space hogging!
2. Entertainment Foods: The foods you buy in case company arrives. The food ends up sitting there because either you never end up entertaining, or you go out and buy FRESH items when you DO entertain…space hogging again…
3. Security Foods: This is the secret stash of junk food that the healthy eater keeps so that he doesn’t need to feel deprived. Not a good idea, because it will get used at the WRONG TIMES. In the meantime it’s just space hogging again…
4. Emergency Clutter Foods: These are the foods you are told to buy in case of an emergency. They should be kept in the basement, or in the least invasive spot. These foods can also be put into use and then replenished, but Walsh explains that this requires a very organized person.
Really, what an interesting article, and the perfect reason to start AIM 3.
Tomorrow is Monday, a day when most people go to the supermarket, or make their food orders. So here is your challenge:
ONLY SHOP FROM YOUR PANTRY!
For any items other than milk, meat, poultry, and produce, you are to design your dinners around whatever you already have in your house.
YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BUY ANY CANNED OR BOXED ITEMS!!! USE WHAT YOU HAVE…Oh and GOOD LUCK!
MY PANTRY BEFORE AIM 3: