Did you know that losing weight is as easy as cleaning and organizing your kitchen? It’s true.
In my 20’s and 30’s, I was the typical overworked, underpaid, stressed-out exhausted mom who had no time to worry about a clean, organized kitchen or losing a few pounds? I did what most people do with those pesky 20 pounds – I bought into the latest diet pill and exercise craze whenever I could afford it. But they never worked. Skinny I would be….for a few months, and then I’d be right back where I started.
It’s taken time and commitment, but after many years, I realize out of all the healthy things I do for myself (and I do a lot of healthy things – now!), organizing my kitchen for what my body needs is THE most effective diet system I’ve experienced.
Sadhana is an Ayurvedic term that refers to any spiritual practice that leads to an aligned life. Oh, how I love this concept. Kitchen Sadhana, then, means aligning my kitchen to provide the life I want, need, and crave. Alignment for me means taking care of myself so I feel good, so that I can take care of my family, friends, colleagues, and yoga/coaching tribe.
Kitchen Sadhana saves me time, I eat better because it is seasonal, I save money, and my kitchen looks (and smells) GREAT. In other words, I own my kitchen. But it takes commitment. Every weekend, I spend at least an hour or two getting organized. I store all my beans, nuts, and grains in glass mason jars so I can easily find what I need and restock before I run out. I cut veggies and fruit – and freeze when necessary – which assures that I always have what I need throughout the week. I cook up delicious and nutritious soups on the weekends and freeze several containers for my daily lunches. Throughout the week, I save stems, leaves, and over-ripe veggies to boil into veggie broth that I freeze for use with soups and stir-fry.
Kitchen Sadhana means that my shelves are full of what is good, healthy, and right for me and my family. It assures that bad foods do not sneak into my kitchen and it helps me keep my weight where I want it to be. At 56, I weigh less than I did in my 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s – in fact, I weigh only 5 pounds more than I did in high school and I feel great.
Practice Kitchen Sadhana – clean and organize your kitchen – and you’ll lose weight and feel so good.