Over the course of any given week I'm in many different home kitchens. And one of my standard questions I ask is what is your comfort level in the kitchen on a scale of 1-10 ?
It's never surprising to me to hear a low number. There's a lot of people on the planet scared or just unsure of what to do in the kitchen. And after a long day...who really whats to be in there for a few hours peeling carrots? Right?
So I thought I'd share my top 3 Kitchen Excuses I hear often in hopes that you can relate, get a good laugh and help you rethink your time in the kitchen and how you are nourishing your body.
The Top 3 Kitchen Excuses
1. I don't have time
This is listed first for a reason and clearly the most common words I hear out of everyone's mouth. I understand. It's so much easier to pick up prepared food, order takeout, press two buttons on Seamless or bury your head in the sand and convince yourself you're eating 'healthy' from the oily Whole Foods take out bar. Sorry Whole Foods...watch the oil, would ya.
Making healthy eating a priority takes commitment, but taking a few small steps in a healthier direction can motivate you to do more and more over time. Taking baby steps to a better you. Eat a large salad a day and that's it. Start simple. Don't stress.
Helpful tip: Take a look at your schedule and see where you are spending your time on a daily/weekly basis. Squeeze in 20 minutes to an hour each day to shop and prepare healthy foods. Keeping it really simple and basic. Eating real foods, smoothie blends, lots of leafy greens, nuts, seeds and fruits. Nature's fast food and minimal prep involved. I try to prepare a few meals or prep ingredients on Sunday for a busy work week.
2. 'My Mom never let me in the kitchen'
I love this one. I literally chuckle to myself when I hear this. My mom was the total opposite, and I can't even begin to image my life without being her grocery store helper/sous chef.
This also makes me a little sad for those women/young girls who never got to learn to enjoy the cooking process and know the basics of Cooking 101. Most of my clients, before we prepare meals...need a few easy lessons on basic techniques and cooking methods.
So for all you ladies out there who were sent packing from the kitchen. Fear not. Get in there and don't be afraid to fail, burn things or try something new. Getting out of our comfort zone is a good thing to do....a very healthy way to life your life. Be brave.
Helpful Tip: Get in the game. Invite friends over to cook a meal together. Make your kitchen somewhere you like to be. Play music, listen to a podcast, paint the walls, buy flowers, add a big colorful fruitbowl (and eat from it daily). Design a space that promotes health and healing. Guaranteed you'll find yourself in there more often. Play.
3. 'I'm overwhelmed and I don't know where to begin'
To be fair I understand not everyone was born to enjoy being in the kitchen. I know I developed an early love of all things Martha Stewart when I was a little girl and geeked out to her shows and recreated some of her elaborate recipes for fun with my friends. And today that passion lives on in all the dishes that I enjoy making and sharing.
That being said...I get it. Not everyone shares that same joy. And I see that eachday as I help moms and other clients feed themselves and their families.
Helpful tip: Start by organizing your space. One drawer, one cabinet at a time. Clean out your freezer. Prepare the kitchen, clean it, organize it and get it ready to be a healthy happy place. You'll be amazed how good it feels to throw out the junk.
Well there it is. My top 3 kitchen excuses. Are you using these? If so I hope my helpful tips motivate you to makes some small changes.
Wishing you all the very best week.
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