Creating a Convenient Kitchen
One of the greatest things you can do to influence your health is to create a convenient kitchen.
Creating a kitchen that works for you and promotes a healthy environment can go a long way in your overall health.
Here’s a few tips on how to do that.
Be aware of what’s visible
Our brain wants what our brain sees and our brain wants what’s convenient. Be sure to keep the bags of chips or other sweets and snacks stashed away in a cupboard. Even though it’s only a minor inconvenience for you to open the cupboard and grab those chips, you’re more likely to grab a banana or orange sitting out in the open.
Have lots of fruits visible and keep the supply strong!
For more on that and understanding how the brain interprets these signals, check out my recent blog 3 Ways to Persuade a Hungry Brain.
If you leave junk food out in the open, it’s more likely this will happen..
Keep it tidy and get organized
Having a tidy kitchen can promote a more relaxed environment. It’s normal to feel a little anxious or stressed out over a cluttered kitchen (or any room for that matter). You can do this by putting stuff away right after you use it or removing things that you don’t actually use.
Before doing that, I’d recommend deciding where things belong. Every tool in the kitchen should have it’s place, whether it’s a specific drawer, cabinet, or designated countertop space. If something has a specified place in the kitchen, it’ll be a lot easier to put it back where it belongs (you don’t have to find a place for it).
Know where things are and know where things go.
Keeping your counter tops tidy and clear of clutter makes it easier for when you need to pull out that cutting board and get to work. Not having enough space to have everything set out can be stressful when you’re trying to prepare a meal.
TIP: get a cutting board that doesn’t slide on the counter top. Bonus if it has rubber points on the bottom. There’s nothing more frustrating (and potentially dangerous) than trying to cut your salmon with a cutting board that’s too flimsy and sliding all over the counter. (SAY NO TO FLIMSY PLASTIC CUTTING BOARDS)
Something we started doing recently is tidying the kitchen before bed every night. It’s a pretty good feeling to wake up to a clean and tidy kitchen!
Purchase products that will make your life easier
If you like tea or coffee in the morning (depending on how you make your coffee) buy a kettle, fill it up with water the night before and all you have to do in the morning is plug it in and flip the switch. In 10 minutes you’ll have hot water to make tea or, if you use a french press like I do, make coffee.
A blender to make smoothies is a great way to make sure you get a great meal fairly quickly. We recently upgraded from the Magic Bullet to a larger blender so we could make more than one smoothie at a time.
**If you’d like a PDF full of smoothie recipes click here, add your name and email, and I’ll send a copy your way!
Slow cooker. Easy to use, fun to experiment with, hard to screw up. The internet, and Pinterest in particular, has a ton of easy to follow recipes (you’re basically dumping all the ingredients into the slow cooker, turning it on, and coming back 6-8 hours later with a delicious meal).
Get a good water bottle. Water is crucial for health and drinking more of it will do wonders for your body and mind. The best way to do this is to buy a good water bottle. One that’s easy to clean, will keep your water cool, and is easy to carry around or throw in a backpack.
Eliminate any guess work for the week to come. Decide what you’ll be eating each night and write it down on a calendar. While you’re doing this make a list of things you’ll need to prepare each meal. You’ll be more efficient at the grocery store and you won’t have to worry about deciding on dinners all week. Frankie says be prepared!
Check out my blog Top 3 Exercises to Lose Belly Fat to learn more about planning ahead.
Would you spend $66 on a water bottle? (taxes in)
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If you have any of your own methods, tips, or tricks that I missed here please feel free to comment and share! The more ideas the better!