Are you looking to improve your health? Get on a healthier eating plan? Have you committed to eating clean? Are there still temptations around you, keeping you from reaching your ideal weight? Are you wondering why you are not attaining your health goals?
Some of the things that may hinder your progress are right in your own kitchen. When was the last time you looked at your kitchen and gave it a real health inspection? Are all the foods in your fridge, pantry or freezer serving to keep your waste line slim and trim or not?
Take a good look at your kitchen, what does it look like? Is your kitchen free of all the foods and drinks that you don't want to eat? Are all your kitchen cupboards neat and tidy and organized? Are your counters free of clutter?
If you're like most of us, our kitchen is usually where all the action happens. It may even be safe to assume that for some of us the kitchen is where we spend most of our time, cooking and preparing meals for our family members, friends and ourselves. If that's where most of your time is spent, wouldn't you want it to be beautiful and inspiring? As with most things in our life; our car, our home, our office, the kitchen too can speak volumes about our relationship with ourselves. The way it is organized and what it contains is a direct reflection of the way we are taking care of our health.
Take a moment and scan your kitchen, where does it need work? Is it the counters that are full of knick-knacks? How many gadgets do you have that you don't use or have never used? Do you still have small appliances in boxes somewhere that you got as a gift and never even used? Is it the pantry that is full of food temptations that you just can't seem to give up? Are there foods that have been sitting in your fridge turning all sorts of shades of green? Or do you just have too many dishes, cups, coffee mugs and utensils that no longer match?
Whatever it is, commit one day this month to spending time throwing out food items that no longer serve your health goals. Declutter your cupboards and drawers and remove anything that no longer serves you or that you have not used for a while. Be realistic, if you are the only one that drinks coffee then why have collections of coffee mugs you never use? Give them up and donate them to a local charity.
Here are some ways to help you get your kitchen back to health and keep you inspired to achieve and reach your personal health goals.
- Be your own health inspector. Go through your pantry, fridge, freezer and cupboards, and remove all foods that remind you of your previous dietary lifestyle and no longer support your current health goals.
- Read labels. If food contains any refined sugars, Trans fats (better know as hydrogenated oils), food additives and preservatives such as MSG, coloring agents, throw them away.
- Look at the expiry date. If it's past its date get rid of it.
- Replace your previous food items with healthier items such as nuts, seeds, dried fruits, legumes and whole grains. Place these items in separate, wide mouth mason jars, label and make sure to date them and keep them in either your fridge, freezer or pantry.
- Organize your kitchen so that like items are with like items. Put similar items in the same place for example; Whole grains Nuts/seeds, Cereals, Condiments, Oils, Whole grain flour and baking goods, Supplements, Spices.
- Clean and organize your kitchen drawers and cupboards and give away items that you no longer or have never used.
- Organize your daily kitchen equipment, in a more functional location so that they are easy and quick to access.
- Keep only your daily used, small appliances on the counter, for example your blender for smoothies. Your counter space should be as clear and clean as possible.
- Divide drawers in the following manner; utensils, cooking utensils, baking utensils, and knives (knives can also be hung on a wall for easy access) and miscellaneous tools. All tupperware, bowls, pots and pans should have their own separate cupboards so that you know exactly where they are.
- Store natural kitchen cleaners under the sink ready to be used when in need. Natural only Please!!
How much you choose to do, is up to you. The idea is to just get started. You can choose to do this in one day or choose to do one thing each day. There is no right or wrong.
Creating a relaxing and inspiring atmosphere in your kitchen is key to maintaining your health goals. Here are some tips to keep you motivated to stay on track.
Create an attractive display of fruits and vegetables in baskets and place them on your counter or your kitchen table.
Buy fresh flowers, plants or something else that is beautiful and inspiring.
Buy or make magnets with inspiring quotes and place them on your fridge.
Organizing your kitchen, keeping it simple, clean and inviting, not only makes us feel better about ourselves, and keep us motivated to take care of our health; but by removing and decluttering items in our kitchen, it also helps us let go of things from our past so that we can make room for new and better opportunities to enter our life.
© 2013 Mary Luciano