It’s that time of year when people are keen to get started on their houses and make some changes for the summer. If you’re about to transform your home interior with a fabulous new kitchen, then there couldn’t be a better time to rethink your eating habits. Your new kitchen will undoubtedly incorporate time-saving devices and state-of-the-art equipment, so it makes perfect sense to make this the time to introduce some positive changes to the way you approach food.
Your kitchen redesign
A well-organised and inviting kitchen is vital to a healthy eating plan. In an organised space you will be able to enjoy preparing healthy snacks and meals. Get a reputable kitchen designer help you with your kitchen remodel so that your new kitchen enables you to work with the utmost efficiency. As well as an air of stylish glamour, you want serious functionality. The finishing touches are just as important as the overall design.
State-of-the-art kitchen equipment will also help you shave off time when it comes to food prep. The age of the golden kitchen triangle is over, with dedicated task stations following the layout preferences of the commercial kitchen. Storage and easy recycling are the shining gem of modern kitchen design. Think magic corners, pull-out pantries and innovative recycling organisers.
When it comes to gadgets, there is one for almost everything you do in the kitchen. Choose kitchen gadgets wisely, you don’t want a kitchen full of stuff you just don’t use. At the very least you need a slow cooker, a kitchen aid, a juicer and a decent coffee machine (you have to have some treats!)
Enjoy food preparation
With a new stylish kitchen, you’ll be sure to want to spend more time cooking. Mindfully preparing food is where resetting your eating habits begins. Take the time to prepare food from scratch. This will help you to cut out all of the ready-prepped process foods that aren’t good for you. Nourishing foods are something to be grateful for, and choices over what type of food you prepare is firmly in your hands. Preparing food mindfully has all the benefits of a meditation.
Your new kitchen deserves respect, just as your digestive system does. In your new kitchen there’s no reason why you can’t make preparing a meal the ceremony it should be. Just as you are delighting in your new kitchen, take the same delight in your food preparation and cooking. Enjoy washing, peeling and chopping vegetables, take in the aromas of popping spices, and immerse yourself in food scents. The attention you put into your food makes it all the more enjoyable when you sit down to eat. The intention in food preparation will nourish you in many more ways than you think possible.
As well as preparing food mindfully, eating food with attention is good for you too. Eat slowly. Mindful eating improves digestion and regulates appetite. Savour every mouthful. Notice the textures as much as the flavours.
The dining space in your new kitchen should be used to the maximum. Celebrate food. Share your new cooking mojo with family and friends. It’s a chance to show off your swanky new kitchen too!
Eat when you are hungry
You’ll no doubt be spending more time in your kitchen now, so you’ll be able to relax a little around set meal times. Eating when you are hungry is the right time to nourish yourself. Take the opportunity to get in tune with your body.
Be curious about cravings
When you change your diet, you are bound to have some cravings, especially when you are cutting out processed foods and sugar. Be curious about cravings. Think about your mental and emotional state. Drink some water and make a healthy choice instead of reaching for a sugary snack. Try oatcakes and hummus, or mashed avocado on wholegrain bread, some raw veggie sticks, or a piece of fruit.
Keep things interesting
Your new kitchen should boost your interest in food, as well as give you a new way of working in the kitchen space. It’s the perfect opportunity to change things up and ditch your boring repertoire of the same old recipes. Throw caution to the wind and make some changes. Use cilantro instead of parsley. Swap spices. Explore new cookbooks and follow interesting food blogs.
Don’t be afraid to experiment. Chuck in a handful of spinach, squeeze in some lemon juice, add some grated carrot. Simple ingredients can be turned into magical dishes. Use a mandolin to make interesting salads, or a spiralliser to create courgette pasta.
Drink a lot of water
Your new kitchen should definitely include a water filter system of some kind. Having purified drinking water on tap means you have no excuses for not drinking plenty of it. Your body functions at its optimum when it is properly hydrated. Drinking more water has many surprising benefits. It helps with food cravings, brain fog, and will keep your bowels moving.
Remember to drink water away from mealtimes for optimal digestion. Ideally 30 minutes before eating, and 2-3 hours after (unless you are very thirsty). Other beverages, like coffee and tea, even if they are “mostly water”, are not water, and have a diuretic effect on the body.
Change things slowly
Introduce new foods slowly, and keep combinations small and uncomplicated (i.e. don’t have a meal with 20 different foods together). Limit meat, dairy, sugar, and processed foods for as long as possible. Introduce green smoothies and vegetable juices. In the winter months try and stick to soups and stews, while eating lots of pressed salads in the spring and summer.
Making big changes to your diet can be unsettling for your system, and in most cases such changes are unsustainable.