The phrase ‘You are what you eat’ is something that should guide us towards a better lifestyle. However, for many of us, this phrase more or less means that we can identify ourselves as pizza slices, hamburgers, or Chinese takeout meals. And while for some people this is a matter of personal choice, for others it’s just a failed attempt at maintaining a healthy diet. So, how do you stick to healthy food choices? The key is to make it easier on yourself. One good place to begin is in your own kitchen, since the way you organize it can encourage you to eat healthier food. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Get rid of what you don’t need
So, you’ve decided to make better dietary choices and avoid all the cookies, chips and sodas which have been a huge part of your diet so far. However, you still have loads of that stuff lying around, and you’re not really sure if you’ll be able to resist it. If that’s the case, the best thing you can do is get all the unhealthy food out of your kitchen, pantry, and your home. This goes for anything sugary, highly caloric, and full of artificial ingredients. Of course, there’s no need to throw all that food into the waste bin, so gather what’s salvageable, put it in a box or a bag and donate it to a local shelter. True, you don’t want to impose your unhealthy choices to others, but there are people who will be grateful for the donation, so by doing yourself a favor, you’ll be doing them one, too.
Keep things nice and tidy
When you come back from the supermarket or the farmers’ market, what you do with the groceries you bring home matters greatly. For instance, if you buy oats, almonds or dried fruit in batches, you should put them in Mason jars and sort them out efficiently. You can do the same with the fresh fruit in bags in your fridge, or the chopped veggies and meat in the reusable plastic containers you put in your freezer. Non only should they be packed in a manner that they are preserved well, but they should also be labeled. With some custom-made labels, you can make sure that you know which jar, bag or bottle holds what and what its expiration date is. These labels are useful, but they also look adorable and can add to your home appeal. That way you can rest assure that your kitchen and home organisation are good and that they promote the lifestyle you want to lead.
Keep healthy food at the reach of your hand
Sure, the crisp drawer in your fridge is a great place to store all your veggies and fresh fruit, but just think about all the times you put them there and then forgot about them until they were inedible. So, instead of putting them somewhere where you won’t see them, try placing them on the top shelves of your fridge, but also at eye level in your cupboards and pantry. If you feel like having a snack, you don’t want the unhealthy chocolate bar to be the first thing you see. Instead, make sure what enters your field of vision first are blueberries, apricots or even hazelnuts. Sometimes it’s your eyes that are actually hungry, so while feeding your body with the good stuff, feed your eyes with it as well.
Invest in the right cookware and appliances
Filling your kitchen and your pantry with healthy food is the first thing you do, but the next step is preparing meals which will remain as healthy as the ingredients you put in them. As far as cookware goes, get anything that’s non-stick, such as skillets and pans. Your goal is to be able to cook without using too much oil but still have tasty meals. Similarly, you should get a wok, since it’s amazing for preparing veggie dishes, while a grill pan is a valuable asset for those who like their meat grilled. Other than the cookware, you should invest in some useful appliances, too. For instance, a powerful food processor is something you’ll definitely treasure, since they’re great for making anything from breakfast smoothies, to healthy and delicious salad dressings. Add to this a microwave oven, an electric grill, and a good electric kettle, and you’re good to go.
Organizing your kitchen isn’t a difficult task, while the benefits of it can be incredible. So, roll your sleeves and start making smarter choices now.
About the author:
Tracey Clayton is a working mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home décor, and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”