Red Light, Green Light and Yellow Light Foods
When I coach people on ways to improve their nutrition, it’s not always about telling my clients what to eat, because most people already know that whole foods are good and packaged foods are bad and so on and so on.
Often times, it’s not knowledge that is lacking. More so it’s the daily habits and environment that need to be changed and setting up our kitchen for success is a great way to achieve this. A concept that I like to use in the kitchen is that of assigning each food group to a different traffic light color.
1. Green Light Foods
Green Light foods are foods that are good for you and can be easily snacked on. These are things like fruits, cut up veggies & healthy dips. These should be stored well within eye sight, so that when you get the urge to snack, these are the first things you’ll see and so you’ll be more likely to eat them.
2. Red Light Foods
Red light foods are the ones that we all love but know are not the best for us. Things like chips, chocolate, candy etc. These should be stored in the hard to reach cupboards, well out of eye sight, so that you have to pause and think before eating them unconsciously. It’s like you are purposely creating a barrier between you and those snacks that are less than optimal for your health.
3. Yellow Light Foods
Yellow Light foods are everything in between. They might be good for you at some times in the day but not others. Consciously labelling these as “yellow light” foods will at least cause you to pause and think before eating them.