Think about it. It makes sense!
Does walking into your kitchen activate your fight or flight response? Do you want to turn and run? This particular room can be a huge reason you and your family are overweight or not as healthy as you would like to be. Not wanting to spend a second in the kitchen is your first clue that there is a problem. It is time for an overhaul.
If there is clutter and no clear counter space, it is impossible to prepare a healthy meal where you need space to chop vegetables among other things. If your kitchen table is piled high with stuff, how can you sit down to eat? If your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer are full of food you don’t recognize or know what to do with, you just close the door and walk away. Right? That is when it is easy to make poor food choices.
On the other hand, when your pantry, refrigerator and freezer are organized and inventoried, you can easily plan meals for the week or month. When your counters are clear you have the physical and emotional space to prepare healthy recipes for you and your family. You can sit at a cleared kitchen table to eat in peace. The space feels good. The space feels healthy. It encourages you to be healthy, too.
Create a Healthy Pantry
Once you clear out the crap in your pantry you will have room to add healthy pantry staples. These are items to keep on hand so you can easily put together a healthy meal on short notice. Knowing these items are available to you might make coming home and skipping the drive thru easier. Check out some healthy pantry staples here.
Stock a Healthy Refrigerator and Freezer
The pantry is a great place to store healthy items that have some staying power whereas the refrigerator stores healthy perishable items like dairy and fresh vegetables. Check out some healthy suggestions here.
The freezer is a great place to stock easy freezer meals you can make once you are organized and decluttered. Also freeze lean meats, chicken and fish when they are on sale.
Create Meal Plans to Save Money, Calories and Your Sanity
Meal planning is a great way to unburden your mind, keep food costs under control, and prepare healthy, minimally processed food for you and your family. Meal planning prevents you from shaking with fear around 4 pm or heading to the drive thru again. Meal planning enables you (and your family) to know what you are going to prepare and to have all of the necessary ingredients.
Meal planning cuts down on eating out saving you money, calories, and sodium. It enables you to control costs by using coupons, shopping your kitchen (pantry, freezer and fridge), and eliminating frantic runs to the grocery store that are always more costly than you anticipate. When you plan a menu and shop with a list, you can easily navigate the isles and resist tossing random items in your cart. Planning meals a few weeks at a time saves you time and money because you can stay out of the grocery store for longer periods of time.
Clean and declutter the kitchen now so you can save time and money by planning, shopping for, and cooking healthy meals.