The kitchen is the heart of our home – and also our health! It’s the place we go to when we want to boost our energy levels and get ready for a new day. In order to start our days right, we need to have a solid starting ground. Therefore, transforming our kitchen into a mindful place is an important step towards our well-being. There are several ways to trick your mind into eating healthier foods and following a more balanced diet. Scroll down to see our five tricks for creating a positive attitude towards eating healthy by creating a mindful environment.
The design of the kitchen affects our attitude towards food
How our kitchens look has a big impact on what we choose to eat. According to research, colors can either stimulate or reduce our appetites. Red, yellow and orange are said to whet our appetite and cause food cravings – maybe that’s the reason why so many fast food companies use them in their logos. When painting your kitchen, go with white or beige, since they give off a calm vibe. Green is also a good choice for the kitchen since it’s connected to healthy eating. It’s a good idea to add some plants and microgreens to your kitchen tops to make space feel fresh. What’s more, healthy ingredients will always be at hand when needed!
Invest in kitchen appliances that promote a healthy lifestyle
Small kitchen appliances come in handy when you’re trying out new healthy recipes, so display your blender, juicer and rice cooker proudly. Purchase tools that make your cooking run smoothly and don’t shy away from using them. When it comes to big kitchen appliances, the most important one is the stove. Consider investing in high-quality, freestanding Thor kitchen ranges for more convenient cooking. Buying high-quality appliances means you won’t have to replace them for a long time, so you’ll be saving money in the long run. Another good addition to your mindful kitchen would be an energy-efficient refrigerator – you’ll help the environment while also saving lots of money on your electricity bill – it’s a win-win situation!
Clean, countertops for a soothing space
Clean spaces are important when trying to promote a healthy lifestyle – piles of dirty dishes don’t go hand in hand with healthy living. In order to create a mindful kitchen, throw away everything you don’t need or use. Declutter your shelves and drawers, and clean out your pantry. Store all the junk foods in hidden areas of your pantry. If you don’t trust yourself enough and think you’ll reach for them the moment your stomach growls, ask someone from your household to hide them for you. When it comes to cleaning, opt for natural cleaning products such as lemon juice, baking soda, and vinegar to fight dirt and make the surfaces clean and safe for healthy meal-prepping.
Shopping lists and conscious shopping
To make sure you’re shopping mindfully, prepare a list of ingredients that you need for the week. Think of it as a menu you get at a restaurant, only you’re the chef. Browse for some delicious, healthy food and download the recipes. Stick the “weekly menu” on your fridge door and stick to it (pun intended). That way, it’ll be easy to check what ingredients are missing before heading to the store. Always bring the list with you – grocery stores are designed in a way to get you to spend money – don’t let their sneaky tricks affect your decision. Another thing worth mentioning is to definitely avoid shopping when hungry – you’ll get easily distracted and reach for some unhealthy foods you’ll probably regret later.
Meal-prepping – because you’ll thank yourself later!
Once you’ve got everything prepared to successfully begin your healthy diet – it’s time for meal prepping! We all know what a hassle it is when you have to prepare a meal from scratch, so we conveniently grab the first unhealthy food in our eyesight. In order to avoid this, you need to prepare meals in advance. Use the “weekly menu” you’ve made and start with the meals that take longer to cook. Multitask to save time – deal with the most tedious tasks first, and use all the burners your stove has to offer. Cut the fruits and veggies and place all the foods you prepared in reusable jars, food containers, and zipper bags, and you’re covered for the next couple of days!
Shifting your focus on what’s healthy for you in terms of food and environment can really help you in the process of finding a balance in your life. By creating a mindful kitchen, you’re opening the doors of a healthy lifestyle and entering in, full of new energy and enthusiasm. Follow our tricks to create an environment that will give you the much-needed inspiration to start a journey towards the best version of yourself. Eating healthy has never been easier!