A Kitchen For A Healthy Life
A well-organised kitchen will help to adopt the basic principles for a healthy diet, which in short are: no sugar, no wheat, no processed foods and plenty of good fats. Throw out (or donate) any food that is not beneficial for your health. If it is not there you can’t eat it and won’t be tempted. If you have a well-stocked kitchen with products organised in a way that you can easily find them when needed, you are more likely to prepare your food yourself and experiment with new recipes.
Keep the kitchen tidy and clean. Create space to prepare food (preferably near the sink). Put dirty dishes in the dishwasher or wash them. If you have dirty dishes in the sink, you are less likely to be motivated to cook.
Organise the fridge:
Throw out anything that is no longer fresh
Throw out any processed food, margarine or other butter replacements, fruit juice, any foods containing sugar and reduced-fat products
Keep vegetables and fruit in the vegetable drawers
Keep cooked meat and un-cooked meat on separate shelves
Create space to sit down to eat. If the dining table is cluttered or you don’t have one, you will end up eating on the sofa, which is not conducive to mindful eating. Focus on the food you are eating. Look at it, smell it, feel it, taste it and take your time to enjoy it. Meal times are great for catching up with loved ones. Turn off the TV, computer and mobile phone. This way, you will appreciate the lovely food you are eating and you are much less likely to overeat.
Organise your cupboards:
Throw out anything containing sugar
Throw out any seed or vegetable oils and store other oils (coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil) together
Throw out anything that is out of date
Keep spices and dried herbs together
Throw out any wheat products (pasta, crackers, bread, etc.)
Most foods can be prepared without gadgets but some are handy to have, like a slow cooker, which is great for slow-cooking meat and bone broths. My favourite gadget is the Instant Pot, which is a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, porridge maker, sauté pan and yogurt maker. A spiral vegetable cutter will make it easy to use vegetables as pasta replacements. A food processor or blender will come in handy when preparing curry paste and pesto.
Make your kitchen a place where you are happy to be, to enjoy preparing and planning food and you will be much more likely to eat foods that will make you feel and look good.
Stock your cupboards and fridge with any of this good stuff:
Tomatoes (tinned is good too)
Peppers (all kinds)
Meat and Poultry
Nuts and Seeds
All other fruits
Spices and Herbs
100% Full Fat Cream
Full fat yogurt
Alcohol (wine, spirits)