How to identify the red light foods in your pantry.

Published: Jan. 5, 2018 at 9:30 AM CST
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KY3's Paul Adler visits with Pamela Hernandez of Thrive Personal Fitness on the way to clean up your kitchen pantry and fridge and get a new you.

Here's what Pamela wrote:

How to do a quick kitchen makeover
Ready to clean the slate and give your body a fresh start in the New Year? If the answer is yes, the first thing you need to do is give your kitchen a quick makeover. To cleanse your pantry, start by making a list of your red, yellow and green light foods. Red light foods: This would include sugary and over processed foods that are devoid of nutrients like sweets, crackers chips and box meals as well as foods that you easily overeat. If you can't eat just one handful of cashews or one scoop of sorbet, they should probably go too. It doesn't mean you can't eat those "trigger foods" but you'll have to leave the house to get them. Yellow light foods: Think of foods that are in boxes and bags that you enjoy in moderation. Do they have ingredients on the label that you can pronounce? Or maybe just one or two ingredients? Anything with a list of ingredients that runs the entire side of the box should probably go. But your canister of oats should stay. If a yellow light food helps you eat more of a green light food it may need to stay. For example, a bottled salad dressing may have a long list of ingredients (although it helps if you can understand what they are) it may be worth keeping if it helps you eat your greens. Green light foods: This is what you need to keep and restock! Your green light foods are the minimally processed lean proteins, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats that give your body what it needs. Smart carbs like beans and quinoa get the green light too. Figure out your three favorites in each category and make sure you always have them on hand! Just remember, it needs to be foods you LIKE, not that you think you SHOULD eat. Now grab your trash bag and start cleaning out your kitchen. Red light foods are automatically out, along with any expired foods. Spend time reviewing (with a critical eye) your yellow light foods and restock with your green light foods.

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