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PE teacher Belinda Norton reveals why the secret of weight loss is an organized PANTRY

A physical education teacher on the Gold Coast has revealed why the secret to lasting weight loss and a good eating routine has an organized pantry – and how changing hers has completely changed her health.

Mother of two Belinda Norton, 43, said you might think having an organized fridge and pantry is ‘an OCD thing’, but in fact it’s ‘the key to family food and overall health.’

“Our pantry has been opened 50 times daily,” Belinda posted to her Instagram page.

“Your eyes and belly are affected by this action – just like an advertisement.”

A physical education teacher on the Gold Coast has revealed why the secret to lasting weight loss and a good eating routine is an organized pantry (Belinda Norton pictured at home)

A physical education teacher on the Gold Coast has revealed why the secret to lasting weight loss and a good eating routine is an organized pantry (Belinda Norton pictured at home)

Mother of two Belinda Norton said you might think having an organized pantry is 'an OCD thing', but in fact it's 'the key to family food and overall health' (Belinda's pantry pictured)

Mother of two Belinda Norton said you might think having an organized pantry is 'an OCD thing', but in fact it's 'the key to family food and overall health' (Belinda's pantry pictured)

Mother of two Belinda Norton said you might think having an organized pantry is ‘an OCD thing’, but in fact it’s ‘the key to family food and overall health’ (Belinda’s pantry pictured)

Belinda said she recently created the pantry that she had “always dreamed of.”

“It’s not huge, but it has a superior function – kind of like everything I try to do in life,” she said.

“This isn’t an OCD thing – the benefits of the time it takes to improve your food organization – is having a faster and more dramatic impact on our health than any other routine or diet,” she added.

The 43-year-old (pictured) said she keeps things that she regularly uses at eye level means she's not tempted to grab things that are less healthy

The 43-year-old (pictured) said she keeps things that she regularly uses at eye level means she's not tempted to grab things that are less healthy

The 43-year-old (pictured) said she keeps things that she regularly uses at eye level means she’s not tempted to grab things that are less healthy

Belinda (day on a plate in the photo) said she keeps things like nuts, chia seeds and spices eye-level in the pantry so they're ready to sprinkle on her meals

Belinda (day on a plate in the photo) said she keeps things like nuts, chia seeds and spices eye-level in the pantry so they're ready to sprinkle on her meals

Belinda (day on a plate in the photo) said she keeps things like nuts, chia seeds and spices eye-level in the pantry so they’re ready to sprinkle on her meals

What are Belinda’s pantry staples?

* Quick oatmeal

* Hemp seeds (for salads and protein balls)

* Sunflower seeds

* Pumpkin seeds

* LSA (mix of linseed and soy / almond flour)

* Rice bran syrup

* Almonds

* Peanut butter

* Cocoa powder

* Coconut oil

Belinda has arranged her pantry to have the items she uses most often, such as nuts, chia seeds and spices, at eye level, and then keeps her grains, legumes and pasta just below.

“The key to my pantry is keeping organic staples at eye level,” she told FEMAIL.

“Opening all food stores for healthy options means making good food choices earlier.”

Belinda recommends buying decent glass storage containers, which will save you money in the long run and keep your food fresh.

Her pantry staples include sunflower and hemp seeds, rice bran syrup, almonds, peanut butter, cocoa powder, and coconut oil.

Then she keeps her children’s food at eye level – which means it’s easy for her two kids to grab a healthy snack without ‘feeling like they need mom or dad’.

“Cleaning up your pantry does so much for your health and wealth,” Belinda said.

“It has completely prevented us from buying too much in the supermarket and thus saves us money.

“It also encourages better food choices and saves me time cooking in the kitchen.”

“Cleaning up your pantry does so much for your health and wealth,” said Belinda (pictured), adding that it kept her family from buying too much at the grocery store

Belinda is known for her health advice and for adding healthy twists to classic dishes (photo)

Belinda is known for her health advice and for adding healthy twists to classic dishes (photo)

Belinda is known for her health advice and for adding healthy twists to classic dishes (photo)

If you want to organize your own pantry at home, Belinda has a little advice:

“Take a few basic measurements from the pantry and then get some decent containers,” she said.

“All the items I rarely used were placed on the top shelf to free up space so everyday items could be stored within reach.

To maximize storage, Belinda said she put all the larger items together and then used wire baskets for cans.

“Removing shelves and adding stainless steel drawers provided about 20 percent more storage space,” she added.

To read more of Belinda Norton, you can visit her website here.

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