It is rightly said that weight loss begins from the kitchen as weight loss is 80% eating right. What you eat today, your body will show tomorrow. Therefore, you need to work towards making your kitchen a temptation free zone, so that you don’t end up binging or mindless eating.
Here are a few things you can do to work towards making your kitchen ready for Weight Loss
Remove Clutter from your Kitchen:
Make the kitchen counter-top as well as the kitchen cupboards clutter-free. Define a place for everything in your kitchen, so that you know where to find what you are looking for. Transform your kitchen into a place where you feel at peace when you work; a place that motivates you to prepare food.
Benefit: You will be preparing many healthy meals during your weight loss journey, and a dirty kitchen is a complete turn off. Also if searching for ingredients is easy, all your dishes will come out complete.
Organise your Fridge:
The first thing you do when you enter your kitchen is open the fridge. It is sort of a reflex action, whether you need anything from it or not. And whatever you see there first, keeps going in your sub-conscious mind. It is absolutely true when said what you see is what you eat. So it is essential to keep the fridge organised, in a manner that your veggies/ other healthy suff is in front of you or more accessible to you when you are searching for food.
Benefit: An overly stuffed fridge makes the ingredient search difficult and so many times we end up not using them. Even inside your fridge, fix a place for each of your stuff, Milk, Dry Spices, Veggies, Fruits, Curd, etc., so that you can easily find what you are looking for.
Make your Kitchen Gadgets Easily Accessible:
I used to buy many kitchen gadgets all the time, thinking that they’ll make my life easier. But because of lack of space on my kitchen counters, I ended up storing them inside. Which is why I never actually got down to using them, as I always felt too lazy to take them out. I was happier using a more complex alternative instead, only because that was more accessible to me.
You should intelligently invest in gadgets that you think will make your life easier and install them at places more accessible to you. There is plenty of crazy good stuff available in the market, you don’t have to buy all.
Benefit: The easier you make your food preparation, the more you will rely on home cooked meals, which are any day a healthier option than eating out.
Replace Large Kitchenware with Small Ones:
Many houses use large plates for eating. But it is a proven fact that if you have large space for filling in your plate, you sure will end up filling it. It is phycological, if you see an empty plate, you think you are not eating enough.
Start using smaller utensils instead of larger ones, so that you can reduce your portion size. For example: Use a quarter plate instead of a dinner plate, or a tea spoon instead of a table spoon, or smaller bowls for your Curry instead of larger ones, or not much deep serving spoons.
Benefit: You will definitely think twice before you take your second serving. Think about it, if you take 3 times of smaller servings or 2 times larger servings, you are already reducing 25% of your serving size, assuming that the large serving spoon is twice the size of the small serving spoon.
Stock up Healthy Food: 🍓🍎🥑
You want to snack? Snack on healthy stuff. Replace chips with peanuts or almonds; French fries with celery sticks or salads; Fried fritters with non-fried ones. Apply your mind to find healthier options, there are plenty available. Wash and cut your fruits and veggies before storing them in the fridge. So that you can grab a fruit piece & eat when you are hungry. It is always better to have a handful of grapes or peanuts than a handful of mixer or namkeen. Stock your kitchen with healthier options.
You may also like to read my post on how you should invest a few hours of your Sunday on Meal Planning so that you are sorted for the entire week.
Ditch the Unhealthy Food or Make Them hard to get:
It is recommended NOT to stock ice creams or chocolate, cookies or other unhealthy food 🍿🍫🍰 at home. You want to have it, go out and get it. But if you really need to stock them, then stock them at higher up places or deep inside your freezer or refrigerator. Make them hard to grab, so that in order to eat them you have to make extra efforts.
The intension is to adopt a reverse pattern here… by keeping the healthy stuff at accessible places, you make sure that they are the first thing you get your hands on when you are hungry, and by keeping unhealthy stuff hard to get, you make it difficult for yourself to get hold of them.
Benefit: By ensuring that the items of unhealthy stuff are not easily available for eating, you will have to make efforts if you want to eat them, which you will do only when you really want to have them, which is not always the case, hence reducing your intake of unhealthy things.
Make a ‘Grocery to Get’ Notebook/ Board:
I always keep a notebook with an attached pencil in my kitchen to note down the grocery to buy when they are about to finish or I remember it. So all I have to do is to take a picture of the page or take it out when I am going for my grocery shopping. 👯👯
Benefit: I am always on a lookout for healthy recipes and if there is a particular ingredient which I don’t have with me, I just note it down in my notebook. This helps me to remember it and get it the next time I am grocery shopping. Thanks to this habit, I am able to make all those healthy dishes I share with you.
Some other Quick tips:
- Buy a Sharp Knife to make your cutting & chopping quick and hassle free.
- Have 2-3 chopping boards in your kitchen so that you don’t feel lazy chopping your veggies.
- Intelligently invest in kitchen gadgets like food processor, oven, griller, steamer etc. to ease your food preparation.
- Give away or throw all the old kitchen stuff that you do not use or is damaged.
- Label your dry provisions and spices such that they are easier to find.
- Buy containers of all sizes with a cover/lid, to make it easier to store the food you prepared in your fridge.
- Keep all your food – prepared food, cut veggies or cut fruits in covered containers in the fridge.
- Use small sized containers to store leftovers (so that you don’t waste your fridge space by storing food in large containers).
- Have a display/ writing board in the kitchen to write down your weekly meal plan, so that you can prepare food accordingly.
- Do not stockpile your kitchen, always buy what you want. Trust me the markets will not close overnight 🤣😂
I hope you find the above tips useful. Make your kitchen READY for your weight loss by following these simple solutions.
Do write in the comment section below to let me know how ready your kitchen is.