Mindful Kitchen: 6 Ways To Promote Healthy Living
We’ve all heard the phrase “you are what you eat”.
But besides buying healthy food, what can you do to promote a healthy lifestyle? With your kitchen, of course! After all, since you spend a significant amount of time there, you might as well transform it into a place that represents a healthy and mindful lifestyle.
1) Place it where it can be seen
One of the most common tips for a healthy lifestyle is to drink more water. However, that is as easily forgotten. Moreover, the thing about being thirsty is that your body can often misinterpret it for hunger and trick you into eating instead of drinking. So, think about placing a pretty water pitcher on your kitchen counter, so whenever you or your family members enter the room, you are reminded to drink more water.
The same goes for fruit bowls. It’s easy to forget about eating fruit if you keep it at the bottom of your fridge out of sight. On the other hand, if you keep fruit in the open, you’re more likely to reach for it when you get hungry. Needless to say, this also means that you’d be less likely to gain weight than if you were keeping, for example, a cookie jar on the counter.
2) Invest in good kitchen appliances
Your kitchen appliances can affect the kind of meals you prepare, which is why you should invest in a few quality gadgets. You should opt for those that are convenient and can help you prepare healthy meals. Additionally, cooking should be fun, so don’t hesitate to get a few appliances and tools that would make the whole process of preparing meals just as enjoyable as eating them.
3) Make it brighter
Studies have shown that lighting can affect the way you eat. For example, soft lighting has a soothing effect, which makes you more comfortable. On the other hand, brighter light makes you more energetic and aware. In other words, the dimmer the light, the more likely you are to eat something you shouldn’t. This is also why most restaurants have soothing lighting. So, make sure that the lighting in your kitchen is bright, and let in some natural light as well.
4) Organize the pantry in a visually pleasing way
If you organize your pantry in an attractive way, you won’t have trouble finding your low-cal snacks, spices, and all the other healthy things. You also won’t reach for the unhealthy options if you know where your healthy choices are.
5) Clear out distractions
The more distracted you are, the less likely you are to pay attention to what you’re doing. For example, you can’t pay attention to the portions if you’re busy texting your friend. Also, you won’t even notice when you’re full if you eat while watching TV. Not to mention that you can’t really enjoy what you’re eating if you’re more focused on doing something else.
Therefore, embrace mindful eating – you’ll enjoy your food more, and you’ll be more likely to notice when you’re full. Instead of the TV or phone, you can look at fresh flowers on your window sill, or you can listen to some music.
6) Make temptations hard to reach
You know what they say – out of sight, out of mind. So, just like you want your healthy options to be within reach, you want the unhealthy ones to be as hard to reach as possible. In other words, if you have trouble resisting sweets, chips, and other delicious but unhealthy treats, put them away somewhere out of sight. For example, you can store them in your kitchen’s top cabinet. You’ll be less likely to reach for them if you know that you have to use a chair or stool every time.
If you want to improve the quality of your life and lead a healthier lifestyle, a great place to start is your own home. There are many ways in which you can transform your usual kitchen into a modern and healthy retreat. So, consider the listed tips, think about which of them you can apply to your own kitchen, think about how you can change your own eating habits, and you’ll be feeling much healthier and more energetic in no time.
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