If you’re one of my amazing followers/subscribers you are probably looking at the notification or email thinking wow, another post so soon from the infrequent blogger? Why yes. I’m on a roll. For the time being. A few months ago I fake committed to an overly ambitious challenge. To blog every day for 30 days. Stupid, right? I blog when I feel motivated and have something I think is worth sharing.
I initially started blogging with the thought that everyone was going to read my amazing bodies of work. Companies and brands would fall out of blog heaven and send me free stuff. Collaborate. Pay me. Love me. I was gonna be in bloggy bliss and a fan favorite. YouTube makes it look so easy (as I think of the video titles I’ve seen this week; “Look I bought a house, My first Range Rover, How I make $5000 a week on YouTube”).
I’ve come to realize that I enjoy blogging. A LOT. My site is where I share my struggles, my life, my journey, and the quirky side of Ashley the world doesn’t get to see. I’m a pretty awesome, brave, goofy girl on my blog!
“Okay Ashley, great job and… CUT! Roll to the next scene”
Since returning from Guatemala my eating habits have been horrendous. Just plain gross.
I ate so healthy while in Guatemala, the land of daily farmers markets and cheap produce－Hey, did you know that all the local goodness at the farmers market in Coban is not all grown by the farmers selling? Did you know that some of the people selling aren’t farmers at all? Shocking right (as I clench my chest struggling for air). I looked back on photos taken while exploring the market and some of the bags of apples had PRODUCE TAGS ON THEM! Like the tags they scan AT THE GROCERY STORE as you stand at the register! Or could the vendors also sell to local grocers and whatever they don’t sell at market, they just send to the store? Nope. Doubt it.
I have enjoyed many, many, many delicious Oreos－both the mint and original kind
Xtra Xtra hot Flamin’ Hot Cheetos (and several other variation of Frito Lay hot chips)
Sour Skittles－lots of sour Skittles
Ramen Noodles－but I make them seem fancy with a homemade broth, savory veggies, sesame oil, and soy sauce
I also scarfed down plenty of other CRAP!
As a result, my stomach is upset with me
Very upset－like brown stew factory galore in the toilet, upset
I hear my intestines communicating with me.
We’ve come to the understanding that I need to get back to eating better before I implode
Deep down inside, I appreciate stomach bugs
I see the opportunity as a free detox, a jump-start to eating well. The kick in the butt I need to springboard me into action!
I went to the grocery store and as always, bought groceries like I was someone else－the person I long to be deep down inside
The health conscious woman
It fascinates me to fill up my cart with leafy greens, shiny-chemically glazed apples, organic grapes, avocado, real juice, and other pretty vegetables.
The looks on people’s faces when you stand in check-out with no meat and a cart full of skinny people heaven is priceless－especially if you are standing next to someone with an oxygen tank pushing a cart full of hot dogs, Pepsi, tv dinners, chips, and the “chef’s special” meat, looking super grody (translation: gross) is the white cellophane container it calls home. Animal blood oozing through the plastic wrap used to contain it.
Makes me feel so accomplished.
The problem is, I get all this glorious food home and it sits. And sits and rots. This is a pattern. Throwing the stuff out is a bi-weekly bingeing session
Well this week it won’t be!
I decided to prep my refrigerator!
And that is…..
I cleaned all the fruit, stored it in Tupperware
Washed and prepped all the vegetables
Stored everything is clear containers so that it is all easily identifiable
And stored them on shelves in the refrigerator in a way where I am able to visualize everything at a glance
I bought lots of food, so this took time
Here’s the list of what I did (because I am proud of my accomplishment－remember, I’m a millennial, praise me)
- Washed and cut collard greens-stored ‘em in the crisper. To preserve them and keep them crisp I laid the greens on dampened paper towel
- Washed and cut all of the sweet, bell, and jalapeno peppers-stored them all in separate containers
- Washed and sliced mushrooms-stored those as well
- Washed and sliced onions-found a plastic temporary home for them too
- Washed and cut carrots, stored ‘em
- Washed, chopped and stored green onions in a container
- Washed and stored grapes－even organic grapes need to be washed! I just learned this yesterday, I was eating them straight out of the bag! I have been doing this FOREVER! If there are no pesticides, why wash, right?
- Stored strawberries in a container－I learned NOT to wash them because they get mushy
- Chopped cantaloupe- you guessed it, put them in a container
- Sliced 2 WHOLE PINEAPPLES! Store those too－after pratically eating half of one in the process
- Stored blueberries and cranberries
- Washed the cilantro and put it in the second crisper drawer
- Washed brussel sprouts, but put them back in the bag they came in because at this point, I was out of containers (I didn’t want to invest in buying more, knowing that commitment and I struggle to see eye-to-eye).
I left the grapefruit and mangoes in the produce bags and stored them in the fridge because they weren’t quite ripe yet and I wanted to speed up the process. I would’ve also prepped the avocado, but they too need more time.
I stored coconut flakes and chia seeds in small containers that allow me to take what I need with ease.
Now this was no quick task. It took me about 3-4 hours
But my refrigerator looks so organized! All the food stored inside is un-intimidating (I don’t think that’s a real word). Everything is inviting! Open me, eat me, enjoy me! Thank God it is all healthy and not just containers full of Flamin’ Hots and sour Skittles.
The prep time on the front end, relieves me of prepping when I am ready to prepare a meal. Everything is basically already done, I just have to add ingredients to the skillet or pot!
Much of my cooking obstacle has been the lack of time. With this method, I anticipate grabbing things that are already prepped and getting straight to the fun part
It was actually kind of therapeutic to be in my own little chopping world for an afternoon.
We will see how effective this strategy is and hopefully it will become a part of my “you better eat those freaking groceries” routine.
Try it out, let me know how it works for you and your family!
So far so good, I ate pineapple and sautéed vegetables for breakfast and the time from refrigerator to table, was less than 10 minutes!
I think I’m onto something here (happy “Lord let me return to the land of skinny” dance)
May your refrigerator become more organized and you never lose precious food items in the belly of the “back of the refrigerator” monster.