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Posted on Tue, Jan 4, 2011 : 9:11 a.m.

Fit Mommy: A clean refrigerator is a clean slate for a new year

By Eva Johnson

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...And yes, the Sam Adams is part of my healthy diet!

photo by Eva Johnson

As I looked into my refrigerator post New Year's, I had to make an overhaul of change.

"New year, new fridge" is my new mantra (at least for this week). I couldn't even see the good healthy stuff because the bad food stuff was in front. Goodbye half eaten cream-filled casserole! Goodbye spinach dip! Goodbye to that moldy unidentifiable sludge!

After I cleaned it out, I felt wonderful as I looked at not only a clean fridge, but a healthy fridge. It inspired me to make a new grocery list, head out for some fresh produce and plan healthy meals for my first week of 2011. On my current grocery list: hummus, homemade whole wheat pizza and whole wheat bean wraps. Yummy!

Try it and see! Make a clean fridge (or pantry) a new goal for a clean and healthy New Year.

Eva Johnson is an ACE (American Council on Exercise) certified personal trainer, who is waiting anxiously for her whole wheat dough to rise as she blogs. She lives in chaos with her husband and two boys. To see her complete blog about how to stay sane and in shape in the real world, visit


Eva Johnson

Tue, Jan 4, 2011 : 10:33 a.m.

Thanks, @Melissa! The whole process started when, like you, I realized I could no longer fit anything in my fridge because it was piled high with junky snacks. So glad to have control over my fridge, even if I don't really have much "house control" in general! Thanks for reading!

Melissa Boehling

Tue, Jan 4, 2011 : 7:57 a.m.

Great Advice! It's so true especially after all these holiday gatherings that you open the fridge or pantry and there are all the junk snacks, leftovers that are far from healthy, etc. I went to find something yesterday to nibble on and was craving something carb wise but not junky and when I opened the pantry everything seemed so blah because it was all junk. Don't get me wrong sometimes a bowl of Doritos are nice but other times a nice healthy snack is more appealing to the stomach. =)