Have you looked in your pantry, refrigerator, or freezer lately? Do you lack motivation to eat at home because of what you see? A disorganized array of frozen mystery meats; herbs and spices with unknown best by dates, and a plethora of canned goods you didn’t realize was in your pantry. If this sounds like you, you are not alone. Many of us get caught up with our to do lists, and keeping up with our nutrition takes a back seat to our busy lives. You can take control over your kitchen again and regain your motivation to prepare meals at home. Here are a few tips to get you started.
- Set aside 30 minutes to tackle one area in your kitchen. One area includes your refrigerator, or your freezer, or one pantry.
- Have a game plan as to how you are going to organize that area. You are looking to make it easy to find things and for this area to look appealing to help motivate you to eat at home.
- Donate or throw away food items that you are not wanting to eat because they are unhealthy for you. Don’t force yourself to eat unhealthy, processed food because you stocked up at your last Costco trip and it shouldn’t go to waste. Your health should not have to pay the price for the compulsive purchase of unhealthy food.
The biggest challenge is getting started. Don’t wait another day to decide to do something for your health. Start today and consider organizing your kitchen. Your environment can support the eating habits you wish you had. If this is a job you don’t want to tackle alone, give me a call. A pantry/kitchen makeover is a service I happily offer and would love to help you organize your way into healthy eating.
Eris Craven, MS, RD, LD
My MD Personal Medicine