How many times have you started the week by saying, "This week I'm going to cook more, prepare vegetables in an interesting and delicious manner, and not drink so much beer." Well, maybe the last one, not so much, but cooking more, and dining and dashing less is something most of us aspire to every dang day.
Healthy eating really does start at home, so if your kitchen is all funked up, you're going to have trouble whipping together a fantastic meal that isn't fresh from the microwave. As a post today on Fave Diets points out, a crappy, cluttered, non-functional kitchen can actually contribute to your unhealthy eating.
As someone who battled a tiny kitchen with a refrigerator in a completely different room, I'm going to have to agree that it was not conducive to lots of healthy cooking. I would lose food in the mini-fridge, or it would be frozen solid due to weird temperatures, and I wouldn't be able to whip something together fast enough for everyone in my house. I hated doing the dishes because a) no dishwasher, and b) no place to put clean dishes. And a lack of counter space made even the simplest dinner a challenge. Add to that the fact that the kitchen was cut off from the rest of the house, which meant I had to hang out by myself while preparing food for others. And I just preferred to pick up the phone and enjoy the people I lived with, instead of making us all healthier.
Even if we ordered from a higher-end restaurant and skipped the drive-through, we were eating unhealthy portions, and more sodium and fat than we would if we had prepared food at home. This is also the blogger's point, and why the emphasis was on a clean kitchen, and one that has good "flow." Until I had bad flow, I didn't understand the importance of such things.
Make sure your kitchen counters are clean and uncluttered. You should be able to move easily from the fridge to the counters to the stove to the sink. Any obstacles in your way will subtly (or in our case, not-so-subtly) discourage spending time in the kitchen. Keep your refrigerator and pantry clean and organized, so you always know what you've got to work with when you start to cook. When we moved out of our tiny kitchen, I discovered four jars of peanut butter and three bottles of cinnamon. Not helpful.
Having the proper equipment is also a great idea, as well as working ventilation so you're not smoking yourself out. Basically, remodel your kitchen if it doesn't fit these needs for better health. If remodeling isn't in your budget, there are other ways you can give your kitchen a lift according to Fave Diets. For example, buying a new, sharp set of knives can go a long way in cooking satisfaction. You don't have to break the bank to inspire yourself to eat better.
Now, excuse me while I go blame my laundry in the basement for my lack of style.
Does your kitchen have a negative effect on your cooking and eating habits?
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