14 April, 2024

How To Organize Your Refrigerator To Reach Healthy Food

Managing weight is about building healthy eating habits, which require an organized approach. You should follow certain guidelines that will help you establish good habits.

There can be different tough situations in your life, but you should build a system that helps you make it easier for you to opt for healthy food in any circumstances.

Imagine, one day you come home exhausted. You open your fridge and see a cheesecake. Even knowing it’s against your diet plan, you will be more likely to indulge in it because you don’t have healthy food choices or you don’t see it because of poor fridge organization.

Therefore, it is important to organize your fridge in a way that encourages you to opt for healthy food. But before that, you should go and stock up on all kinds of healthy products first.

What Healthy Food You Should Keep In Your Fridge

So, now go and check your fridge. If you do not have any healthy food there, the first task for you now is to stock up on healthy food. If you are too busy to go shopping frequently, opt for healthy food that has a longer expiration time period.

Below are nutritious and healthy foods that can also last for a while:

  • Vegetables like cucumber, cauliflower, beetroots, carrot, bell peppers;
  • Fruits like berries, pears, apples, citruses and grapes;
  • Greens;
  • Dried fruits such as dates, raisins, dried apricots, currants, or cranberries;
  • Nuts and seeds such as almonds, walnuts, and chia seeds can add not only special flavor to your favorite dishes but also provide many useful micro and macronutrients (proteins, vitamins);
  • Grains such as brown rice, quinoa, and oats;
  • Legumes like peanuts, lentils, green beans, and kidney beans.

If you want to store healthy food in your fridge for an even longer time, then you can freeze it and use it in your meals any time.

However, buying healthy food and bringing it home is only half of the work. Another very important part is to actually eat it, which is not as simple as it might seem, taking into account our busy schedule.

Organize Your Fridge To Set Yourself Up For Success

Tired and hungry after a long working day, you open the fridge. You see in front of you messy shelves with visually noisy packages. You will probably give up and opt for ordering takeout or indulging in whatever fast food you see in the fridge because you just have no energy and time to look for healthy food in the mess of your fridge.

Therefore, you should first organize your fridge so that you can access healthy food in the fridge easily and quickly.

Healthy food in a well-organized fridge:

  • is ready to eat with minimum effort;
  • looks nice and delicious so that you will be delighted to pick it.

This way, you will be more likely to eat the healthy food you brought home.

There are different ways you can organize your fridge. Here we will outline some general rules you can follow to maximize the chances that you will eat healthy food more often.

Cleaning Out

cleaning out
The first and foremost rule is the fridge has to be clean. If it is not, then no matter how healthy the food is there, you will be less likely to enjoy taking items out of the space and consuming it. It is better to take everything out and clean the fridge well before organizing it.

Storing Food In The Refrigerator

storing food in the refrigerator
Get crystal clear fridge bins and food containers. Opening and seeing a clean fridge, crystal clear containers, and bins where the beautiful colorful foods are located can encourage you to eat them. Therefore, make sure you clean the fridge and all the containers and bins that are in there. Use transparent bins for those products that you want to consume more often.

Preparing The Food

After you come home with all the groceries and lots of fruits and vegetables, it is important to prepare the food before placing it into the fridge. Remove packaging so that there is no visual noise that distracts your eyes and brain. Wash things that have to be washed and chop them if necessary. This trick will help you easily grab and eat them on busy days.

Another lifehack is to put food products that you usually eat together very close to each other. For example, if you like eating nuts with cheese, then put them next to each other and this way it will be easier for you to grab them quickly.

You can prepare ingredients for salad and put them in containers next to each other. It will take you a few minutes to have a healthy afternoon snack.

Preparing the food before you put it in the fridge and organizing it beforehand will help you increase the chances that you will eat the right food more often and lead to weight loss in the long term.

Storing Food At Eye Level

When you bring groceries home, take all the veggies and fruits and wash them, chop them however you wish, put them in transparent bins, and place them at eye level so that these are the first things you see when you open the fridge. Organize it so ‌that the healthy choice is the easiest.

In our dynamic lives full of challenges, we are often left with no strength and energy to make the right food choices because we are simply too tired and just want to indulge in emotional eating. Therefore, smartly organize your fridge now to gently push your future self.

Creating an “Eat First” Section

You can also dedicate a special bin for the food category that you want to eat more often and label it as “Eat first”. Whenever you open the fridge, you see a sign which tells your brain what to do. Over time, this will become a healthy eating habit.

Useful Items For The Refrigerator With Healthy Food

You can buy stackable drawers to have more space for your food in the fridge. It is also recommended to customize the drawers to suit your specific needs. There are no specific rules for that. Just make sure you are comfortable with their placement. When putting them in the fridge, think about how your future self would behave and what works best.

To improve the organization of the healthy food in the fridge, you can put signs on all containers and bins. General labels usually work better than the more specific ones because you probably will buy different products depending on the season and your varying circumstances. So, instead of labeling a drawer specifically for oranges, you might want to put a label “citruses”.

How To Prompt Yourself Cut Back On Food You Need To Eat Less

Some foods are not necessarily good for you but you just love them, so from time to time you might want to eat them but not too often. To keep yourself from indulging in your favorite not-so-healthy foods too frequently, you can place them at the back of the bin, in a hardly accessible place, where you cannot see them easily. As the saying goes, “Out of sight, out of mind.”

Another very good trick is to put things like chocolate bars, candies, or some other unhealthy snacks in a freezer. Whenever you want them, you can get them out but it will take a while for them to get back to the temperature at which you enjoy eating them. Thus, you have time to think about your choice more carefully and make a conscious decision whether you really want to eat that high-calorie chocolate that is not going to assist your weight loss or not.

Use opaque bins for those food categories you need to cut back on. Opaque bins are good for those products that you want to hide and eat less often. This will help you to be exposed to them less.

Reveal Weight Loss Is There For You At Every Step

Making sure that you have healthy food in your fridge and putting it in a way that allures you to eat more of the good food can assist your weight loss. But you should understand that it is far from being the ultimate solution to the issue of obesity. Managing your eating habits and your weight requires professional help.

The Reveal Weight Loss team has been helping hundreds of patients take control of their bodies and live their best lives without excessive weight and health risks associated with it. Weight loss doctors at Reveal build an individual comprehensive weight loss program that includes non-surgical weight loss procedures, 12-month support from a physician and nutritionist, and many other benefits. Drs. Sarkar and Shahid are there for you at every stage of your weight loss journey.