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Kitchen Makeover Questionnaire
There's a fundamental law of human nutrition that goes like this: if a food is in your possession or located in you residence, you will eventually eat it. (Whether you plan to or not, whether you want to or not, you'll eventually eat it!) Therefore, according to this important law of human nutrition, if you wish to be healthy and lean, you must remove all foods that aren't part of your healthy eating program and replace them with a variety of better, healthier choices.

So how do you know which foods have got to go and which foods to stay? Simply answer the questions to the following by selecting the response most appropriate to your situation. Once you've completed all the questions, your score will be calculated, and will will discuss it. Be honest. You're doing this exercise to find out whether or not your kitchen is in good shape.

1. Do you have the following items in your kitchen? Good set of pots and pans, good set of knives, spatula, blender, tea kettle, scale of weighing foods, sealable containers for carrying meals, small cooler for taking meals to work, shaker bottle for drinks and shakes, food processor. *
2. Do you have the following items in your pantry? Whole oats, quinoa, whole grain pasta, natural peanut butter, mixed nuts, canned or bagged beans, extra virgin olive oil, vinegar. *
3. Do you have the following items in your fridge or freezer? Extra-lean beef, chicken breast, salmon, omega 3 eggs, packaged egg whites, real cheese, at least 4 varieties of fruit, at least 5 varieties of vegetables, flax seed oil, water filter, sweet potatoes. *
4. Do you have the following items in your pantry? Potato or corn chips, fruit or granola bars, regular or low-fat cookies, regular peanut butter, instant foods like cake mixes and mashed potatoes, bread crumbs, croutons, and other dried bread products, chocolates or candy, soft drinks, crackers, at least four types of alcohol. *
5. Do you have the following items in your fridge or freezer? At least 4 types of sauces, juicy steaks or sausage, at least 2 types of breads or bagels, take-out or restaurant leftovers, bowl of mash potatoes or pasta, margarine, fruit juice, soft drinks, baked goods, frozen dinners. *
6. Do you have bowls of candy, chips, crackers, or other snacks sitting around at home? *
7. When you have parties or dinner guests, do you serve them what you think they'll want or what you think is healthy? *
8. When food shopping, do you buy economy-sized bags, or do you buy smaller portions? *
9. How often do you shop for groceries? *
10. Do you keep food in plain view around the house? *
11. Do you think healthy eating means low-fat eating? *
If someone were to point to a food in your kitchen, would you know whether it was composed of mostly carbohydrate, protein, or fat? *
13. When you prepare meals from recipe books, do you use those that contain healthy recipes? *
14. Do you prepare meals in advance to take with you to work, on day trips, or on vacation? *
15. Are you hesitant to throw out unhealthy leftovers or gift foods that don't fit into your nutritional plan? *
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