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Day 21: Clean Out Your Pantry #30DaysofGOOD

For October's challenge, we're asking you to get healthy, from your feet to your teeth to your brain.

Welcome to The GOOD 30-Day Challenge (#30DaysofGOOD). Each month, we challenge our community members to do something that will improve the world around us—and our own lives. The challenge for October? To get healthy. In an effort to help us all rise to the occasion, we're going to assign one small task every day. Each morning, we will post the challenge on and Twitter, along with a testimonial from someone on the GOOD team who's already completed it. We invite you to complete all 30 mini-challenges with us! Today, we challenge you to:

Clean out your pantry.

Cleaning out a pantry is pretty easy if you live alone. Any white flour and preservative-filled crackers and canned soup that may have crept inside can be chucked if open or set aside for donation if not. But when you’re in a relationship with someone with an affinity for junk food, getting rid of sugary cereals and chemical-coated chips can start a fight.

I found this out the hard way on Saturday night after my husband balked at my plans to get rid of his favorite cereal—one that’s regularly advertised during cartoons.

Thanks to my mom’s healthy example, I keep my cupboards stocked with brown rice, whole wheat pasta and red quinoa. There are jars with both red and green lentils and dry beans. Sure, I buy canned beans sometimes, but I try to get the organic ones, and when I buy canned tomatoes, I buy the ones without salt. My mantra is that if you don’t have junk food in the house, you can’t eat it.

My husband, however, loves his canned chicken soup, every chip you can imagine, and the aforementioned cereal. Three-fourths cup of that cereal has 10 grams of sugar and less than a gram of fiber—not exactly the healthiest breakfast option on the planet.

Food is so personal to people—most of us don’t like being told that we can’t eat the things we want to. I settled for organizing the food in the cupboard so that all of the healthy choices are more prominently displayed. While that sugary cereal is still in the cupboard, it’s no longer the first thing you see when you open the doors.

-Liz Dwyer


Ready, set, go! Good luck completing today's challenge. Share your experience on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook by using the hashtag #30DaysofGOOD, or let us know how it went in the comments section below.

Tomorrow's challenge: Go sweat instead of watching TV.

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