My Renewed Relationship with the Kitchen + Must Have Tools For Clean Eating
Until about 3 years ago, I never spent more than 30 minutes in the kitchen each day. I dreaded going to the grocery store and would sprint in and out of the store faster than most people take to walk from the parking lot to the front door. My idea for a healthy lunch was spending $15 on a simple salad from the Chop't chain next to my office.
Even as a certified personal fitness chef, I dreaded the kitchen.
I knew the most delicious recipes, but I had not motivation to cook.
Cooking was a chore.
Cooking was a waste of time.
Cooking sidetracked me from working on my health coaching biz while I was still side-hustling in my free time.
My mindset around cooking was negative. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE food.
I’ve always fueled my body with healthy food, but it was almost always leftovers (that I didn’t cook) or take out from The Little Beet or Reviver (both I highly recommend if you’re visiting NYC). Never self-cooked meals.
Then I moved away from the stress of NYC, the pavement, and the feeling of being invisible in a sea of strangers. I moved to a place with community and a farmer’s market at the time of beginning my education with the School of Integrative Nutrition to take the next step in my health coaching career.
I loved buying seasonal veggies from the weekly farmer’s market. I met new friends, and got to shop for my veggies outdoors without the overwhelm of aisles of processed foods and packaged goods.
But, I still dreading the cooking part.
After a class with Joshua Rosenthal, the founder of IIN, I uncovered these negative feelings and began the healing work around my kitchen mindset.
I had been cooking from a fearful mindset - what if it didn’t taste right, what if I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, what if…
Not a mindset of love and the idea of nourishing my family. Now I LOVE cooking and experimenting with new recipes and new seasonal veggies that I find at the farmer’s market. Meal prep and cooking has become a blessing and something that I look forward to daily.
What about you?
How do you see your time in the kitchen? Is it a chore? Is it a haven? Is it positive? Is it negative?
This all affects the energy that goes into your foods that you’re preparing to nourish your family.
Think about the mindset shifts that you would like to make surrounding the meals you eat on a daily basis.
When I discovered this new love of cooking, there’s a few tools that facilitated this energy shift and made my time more efficient in the kitchen because let’s face it - no matter how much you look to cook, there are still only a limited amount of hours during the day.