Get rid of all the food that's not part of your new eating plan.
I want you to get rid of everything else in your kitchen that isn't either on the menu plan you just completed or listed in the table of healthier choices. Yep—you heard me. All other food has to go. What? Why? No Way! Stop the yelling for a moment and listen to me. I want you to have a true fresh start.

Now you need to break old habits, and even though you have decluttered your kitchen and pantry and refrigerator, I'll bet those old habits are still ensconced in big and little ways in your home. Look again at the food that's still in your refrigerator and pantry. Be honest—does everything in those spaces speak to the life we are working to create for you? You need to start again. Old habits die hard. It's time to purge them for good. You're at a key turning point here. Dive in at the deep end. Commit or not—your call.

Ready? Let's do it.

A practical exception
If you have a family or roommates and are embarking on this plan alone, removing their food from the house is not recommended. Try assigning space in your refrigerator or shelves in your pantry so that you stay away from others' food. Don't sneak their food. Who are you hiding from? Who are you cheating? Remember: You're doing this for yourself.
Excerpted from Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? by Peter Walsh. Copyright © 2008 by Peter Walsh Design, Inc. Reprinted by permission of Free Press, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.  
As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.


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