The following is a picture of someone's real fridge. I do like those pomegranates on the upper right corner but with the cat food can resting on it, I'm not sure I'd be brave enough to eat them after all. I might only be able to use the eggs I see nestled between the leftovers and the package of raw meat (no!).
I want to show you this picture first because I am positive that your fridge does not look this bad. So, when I show the next fridge, don't feel guilty, because your actual fridge is probably somewhere in between these two pictures.
Here is the next fridge, which was a set-up - OF COURSE no one's fridge actually looks this good all the time!
source: My own fridge
Here's the thing - stock your fridge with healthy things and you will set yourself up for success. Well, yes, the ball is in your court once you bring home the groceries, BUT, it is a good place to start. A side note, a few of these items are in the higher-priced category and I consider those luxuries, not "every day consumption" staples. For example, kombucha drink and fresh salmon. If budgets are tight, stick with proven low-cost healthy choices: carrots, celery, actually - all vegetables, frozen berries rather than fresh, beans, cottage cheese, greek yogurt, eggs, pork, chicken, whole raw foods are almost always less expensive than pre-made "health" food.
To compare and contrast a bit, here are some basics:
1. Fresh fruit and veggies - have lots, buy them often, and find new ways to cook the veggies.
2. Don't be afraid to have what is traditionally thought of as "fattening" foods as staples: Observe the heavy whipping cream, butter, eggs, and cheese. These are minimally-processed foods and their fat content is a better source of fat than say, fried food leftovers or pizza leftovers.
3. Do you see any fermented or cultured foods? (No, and I don't mean alcoholic beverages)... Yes, observe the kefir, kombucha, and kimchi - all containing wonderful good bacteria for your gut which aids in digestion and gives you those probiotics which boost your immune system. Raw apple cider vingear would fall in this category too but it is kept in the pantry at our house.
4. Its okay to have a few things that are your personal indulgences. For us, it is the sugar-sweetened coffee creamers. I see some sugar-sweetened Chobani Greek Yogurt in the first fridge, that is a good choice for a treat.
5. Have a variety of natural colors represented: Orange peppers, green lettuce, pink salmon, green snap peas & brussel sprouts, red raspberries, white almond milk, cow's milk, and mushrooms, etc.
Those were 5 positives, now let's analyze the first fridge (no judgment, this is just a teaching tool).
1. Do not let raw meat ever come in contact with anything else
2. If mold is growing on food, don't eat it. (Do I even need to write that? I didn't think so)
3. Avoid Chinese food restaurants (high sodium, usually MSG, and unhealthy fats)
4. Avoid prepackaged, processed baked goods (I see biscuits and muffins). If you feel you must have those in your diet, try making your own from scratch. www.allrecipes.com has a recip