Are you thinking of eating healthy? Making the switch from your fast-food driven lifestyle isn’t as easy as it sounds. Deciding one day that you’ll quit and be an entirely different person is also not a realistic vision. There are things in your life that motivated you to consume unhealthy food, and they have to be addressed if you want to make healthy living sustainable.
One of these is your tendency to eat out often. You’ll hear time and again from lifestyle gurus and health coaches that cooking your own meal is the best way to make the transition. The problem is that it’s not exactly easy if your kitchen is either dysfunctional or aesthetically upsetting to be in.
It’s Time to Refurbish
Since you’re going to be spending a lot of time in your kitchen, you might as well make it your new favorite place. There’s a direct relationship between your lifestyle and your environment. Research after research proves that certain elements of your environment affect your mood, productivity, and motivation. Feeling gloomy? Perhaps there isn’t sufficient lighting. Discouraged? Black and white are sleek colors, but perhaps a burst of green or orange might help cheer you up.
Take the time to study how design and lighting can affect this endeavor of yours. This is a critical step in your new commitment, and getting this right may mean the difference between your success and your failure.
Make Practical Changes First
Before you go online to scour for inspiration, identify what works and what doesn’t in your kitchen. List the kinds of food you’ll want to make so you’ll know where to make space for certain tools and appliances. To cut back on expenses, drive around Utah to look for shops that sell salvaged wood and furniture, and find a hardware store with affordable prices.
While choosing to DIY parts of your kitchen could save you money, it’s best to leave certain professionals’ tasks. Find contractors that can help you with your custom cabinets. Orem has excellent options that can deliver the kind of work you need. Make sure that these cabinets not only suit your style but also provide enough storage for all your existing and future equipment.
Do you need more natural light? Have a skylight installed or a window added. Get sufficient artificial lighting for when you’re cooking at night, too, so you’re less likely to be tempted to order the takeout you already swore off your diet.
Once you’re finished with the big changes, you can slowly add smaller ones like kitchen organizers, utensils, and other accessories.
Build a Relationship
This means creating positive associations with your kitchen. No matter how beautiful it turns out after your refurbishing project, it still won’t be the sole determinant of your success. Making your own healthy food could be a challenge, and the disappointments you face along the way could discourage you from cooking altogether.
Make your cooking time as fun as possible by turning it into your ultimate means of self-care. Play music, indulge yourself with store-bought healthy alternatives from time to time and take care of your kitchen as though it’s the embodiment of your health.
Changing your lifestyle is ultimately about transforming your mindset, and creating a kitchen environment you love will make the process of achieving that goal easier.