The kitchen & your pantry
The kitchen is an amazing starting point, when you’re thinking to declutter your home. It’s the space where the transformation of food is happening. Because after you’ve bought your groceries, you’re going to turn them into a delicious meal. This energy is closely related in chakra terms to the base chakra. This chakra is one of the 7 main chakras, and is in its vibration the one, that is closest to the earth.
In the process, when you declutter and organise your kitchen, at some point you’ll hit your pantry. That’s when you can take stock of what you actually buy and subsequently eat. You’ll find, that a lot of things we buy, are bought out of convenience or simply habit. Having a closer look at your eating habits can be the first step to a healthier life.
Here comes a bit about my own story, and why I decided to declutter my pantry down to my eating and buying habits. My body had started to show signs of food intolerance for a while, before I actually started to put two and two together. I baked my own bread, ate mostly vegetables and cut out dairy products. So I thought, that this must be a healthy diet, and I needn’t to worry. Yet, my body still felt bloated, I felt sluggish after meals, and experienced interesting mood swings. The latter I had put down to my age, and the changes in my body.
But it didn’t do the trick. On the contrary, it seemed to get worse. So it happened that one day at a party, whilst I was standing in front of a wonderful buffet, not sure what to eat, I started talking to a friend of mine. And at some point, we hit the belly problem. I told her about my problems, and about what my body was doing. And that I had started to eat less to counteract my symptoms, but with no real success.
The Harcombie diet
My friend told me that night about a book and a diet she was following. And she was talking about amazing results. She had offered me to borrow the book, and two days later I was reading Zoe Harcombe’s book about the Harcombe diet. It said in the book you would loose weight in a week, and if you are lucky, to loose it quick. And most of all, she described the symptons I had. The only thing I had to do, was to cut out any form or dairy, wheat, sugar, alcohohl and caffeine for 5 days.
The idea of no carbs for 5 days was something, that pushed me out of my comfort zone. I could have never imagined to get through the day without carbs. However, desperate times, desperate messures, and I decided to start to follow the first phase of the diet. It went amazingly well, and I have to say, that I did not miss the carbs in the slightest.
5 days later in phase 2 of the diet I was allowed to introduce carbs again. I only had to eat them seperately from fats.
The important guidelines of this phase of the diet are only three:
- Don’t eat processed foods
- Don’t eat fats and carbohydrates at the same meal
- Don’t eat foods that cause your cravings
Pretty easy, right? And she also described 3 conditions in her book most people suffer from.
And once you’ve entered phase #3 you are even allowed to cheat. Not too much and not to often, but you can have “normal” meals again. You just need to be wise with what you put into your body.
Declutter Your Pantry & fridge
The book and the results made perfect sense to me. Especially, because I could already feel the changes in my body. The next step for me was to declutter my pantry and fridge, to get rid off all the things I would not be allowed to eat for a while, or I would never eat again.
- I started by taking everything out of the pantry and the fridge, and putting it onto the kitchen bench
- Then I started reading the ingredients
- Everything that had sugar in it, went straight into my “give-away-bag”
- So did the things, that had wheat or any processed ingredients in them
- And I put only back what I wanted to eat in future
- I gave the “give-away-bag” to a friend of mine, who’s body can happily digest all the things I try to avoid
My pantry looks quite empty at the moment, and the fridge is now full of green, orange and red colours.
My diet has changed completely. I am not baking any bread at the moment. And after I had gone into phase 2 I quickly went back to phase 1, because my body wasn’t ready for carbs again. But the best thing of all is, that my body feels good again. And I feel good after each meal. I have lost weight and don’t feel bloated anymore. I had to battle some cravings for sweet stuff at the start, but this went away. I even can work for one or two hours each morning without having breakfast straight away.
And yes, I do cheat form time to time. Last week I was invited for dinner, and had carbs and fats together with a glass of wine and a piece of chocolate. It all tasted amazing. Yet, the next day I went back to my diet and was perfectly happy. It was worth decluttering my diet, the pantry and fridge, as for me, I have achieved amazing results. I feel really happy in my own body again.
Have you made similar experiences with the Harcombe diet or any other diet? Please leave a comment to share your story with us to inspire others.
Thanks for reading!
Love from Kritara