Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s probably the one place you spend most of your time. You gather there with friends. You cook and eat there. It’s the place where you know you will find instant comfort and it’s the place where you find nourishment. However, for some, the kitchen can be a scary place. A place that sabotages your health. Especially if your kitchen is loaded with foods that don’t provide much value to your health. Is your kitchen a place that fosters out of control binging and unhealthy behaviors? The kitchen, if not set up healthfully, can take away someone’s control instantly and make you very unhealthy.
If you fill your kitchen mostly with junk foods – chips, packaged meals, soda – consider revamping it and making it healthier. Think of it as improving the health of your kitchen. A healthier kitchen can be key to supporting a healthy eating lifestyle. When your kitchen is set up with healthy foods, you can avoid uncontrollable binging and setbacks. A well-stocked kitchen that has the right tools and foods will make it much less stressful to whip up a scrumptious, nutritious meal. A healthy kitchen also provides an inviting environment. It becomes a place you’re no longer afraid of, you’ll probably eat out less and you’ll enjoy sticking around. If you’re worried about time, there are many excellent 20-minute meal ideas you can find online that are healthy and easy to make when you have the kitchen basics on hand.
So what should a healthy kitchen contain? A healthy kitchen should include tools that make meal preparation easier. These tools play a vital role in your cooking experience. They help you to do your work faster and better. You don’t have to get caught up in the many fancy and expensive kitchen tools marketed. Having a well set- up kitchen does not require you to spend thousands of dollars on fancy kitchen tools. All you really need are a few affordable tools; like cookware, cutlery, a blender, a steamer and crockpot. These simple essentials are handy and are enough to prepare a delicious meal.
Other items you need to make your kitchen healthier are healthier foods, healthier snacks and healthier drinks. Load up your kitchen with healthier foods that will make whipping up a meal easy and tasty. Here are a few items that create a healthy kitchen.
(Whenever possible, choose organic)
Lots of vegetables
Fresh herbs – cilantro, parsley, dill
Meat (grass-fed organic if possible)
Spices – turmeric, cinnamon, oregano, cilantro
Whole grains –brown rice, quinoa
I invite you to take advantage of this spring season, the season of renewal. Use this season as an excuse to clean, revamp and bloom your kitchen. If you really want to enjoy your kitchen and make it the best place in the house, help it get healthier. I promise you, you will fall in love with your “new” kitchen.
Michelle Luft, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, supports individuals on their journey towards losing weight, eating healthier and learn to live, love their healthy life. Services include personal wellness coaching, online meal programs, group coaching, healthy kitchen makeovers and health shopping tours. For details regarding services, please visit www.ClearBodyWellness.com