A cluttered room is a cluttered mind…but did you know that a cluttered kitchen often leads to
packing pounds on the body? Messier kitchens may lead to more issues with obesity than
cleaner kitchens suggests this article on NPR.
With big families and big appetites, how can we keep our kitchen from making us fat?
- Clean up while you go – don’t leave all the cleanup for the end as it becomes too daunting and
easy to put off until the next day. Get the family involved. If they assist with food prep, have
them stay on top of putting food cuttings into the compost bin if you have one (strongly advise
starting one if you do not have one already). If they did not cook but were able to eat what was
prepared, they should definitely help clean. Make it a point to leave your kitchen clean after
meals and before going to bed so you wake up with a fresh start each day.
2. Put away any dishes on the drying rack or dishwasher as soon as possible – consider
toweling them off in the interest of getting them back into the cabinet. That way your newly
dirtied dishes will have a place to go instead of languishing in the sink.
Use or dispose of older food – Go through your refrigerator and your cabinets and any other
produce storage areas once a week and make sure to move food that needs to be eaten up to
the front. Juice or freeze any fruits or veggies that are nearing their end. Compost any food that
has gone bad.
3. Get organized – Have a designated space for mail, keys and other stuff you might be
tempted to set down upon coming in the front door. Do not let it wallow on the kitchen table or
counter taking up space. Have a designated space for your baking items, your food containers,
etc. Having a set space will make it easier to know where everything goes and make clean up
go so much smoother.
4. Forget the junk – Most importantly, never clutter up your cabinets with overly processed,
nutritionally devoid foods! Buy foods you love that will love you back …foods that satisfy your
cravings on a cellular level. You will be far less likely to overeat and be unhealthy if the food you
have actually satisfies your nutrient needs. Avoid the foods that solely excite your brain and are
devoid of benefits for your body.