After an entire week of dealing with this mess, I finally decided that enough was a enough and I spent most of Saturday not only dusting but purging both rooms of unnecessary clutter that had built up over the last few years. I must confess that I would honestly rather pull all of my teeth out than clean my house. I like a clean house, I just don't like to do it myself. But once all the work was done I admit I felt so content having a beautiful new floor and a clean living area, and because of allergy issues my husband and youngest son suffer, it is also a healthier area for them to hang out in now.
Another part of my house that I will have to tackle is the clutter in my kitchen and pantry. Over the holidays a lot of unhealthy food appeared in our house. I find that when things like chips, candy, and ice cream are in my house, I am more likely to eat those than the healthier options I know I should be eating. I experienced a perfect example of this while I was visiting my relatives back East.
In my dad's house, the only thing left out on the kitchen counter is a humungous bowl filled with fruit. Because this was all Eoin could see, he ate several apples, oranges, and bananas while we were there. At my mom's house there is also a fruit bowl, but it is much higher up on the counter. At Eoin's eye-level were salted mixed nuts, chocolate covered caramel macadamia nut clusters, honey coconut cashews, a box of See's candy, and other not so healthy choices. While we were at my mom's Eoin did not once ask for a piece of fruit. As this clearly illustrates, when healthier options are available we are more likely to make better choices.
I have had a rough three months when it comes to my eating, and it is time to rid my kitchen and pantry of processed junky food so that the house that is my body can also be cleansed of some of these less natural foods. I am once again tracking on MyFitnessPal to make me more accountable for what I am putting in my mouth, but I know some of this junk just needs to leave my house so it is not so easily available for me to binge on. Who needs an entire container of cocoa dusted almonds, a bag of Hot Cheetos, and a box of chocolate dipped Oreo cookies to tempt them? Ridding your house of unhealthy food options is a suggestion most nutritionist will make when you are trying to change your eating habits, so it is an important next step to keep me on the road to a more flabulous me. Hopefully a cleaner house will lead to some healthier choices and cleaner eating on my part.
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