Updated: Jul 15
Here are 5 simple steps for setting up your kitchen in a way that will help you get into the habit of eating healthier and 'younger':
1. Clear out the junk
Throw out the junk food in your cupboards, fridge and freezer. This includes high fat and sugary snacks, cakes, biscuits and confectionary and any sugary drinks. This ‘clean sheet’ is an important psychological starting point and removes temptation to help you avoid returning to bad habits in times of stress or boredom.
2. Restock with the good stuff
Restock your fridge and cupboards with the ingredients you need to prepare delicious healthy food. Pay attention that you have the specific ingredients you will need for the recipes want to cook, as this will help you stay on track and not be tempted for unhealthy options.
To help we have created separate posts with a Younger Lives shopping list for all the basics you need to eat a Mediterranean diet (Age Reversing Support) and/or a Low Carb diet (Diabetes Age Reversing Support).
3. Have the right equipment
Make sure you have the right equipment you need to cook healthily. It doesn’t really require anything that special, but these items we find helpful to have:
Measuring jugs, spoons and cups
Non stick pans (so need less oil)
Sharp knives (easier to prepare fresh ingredients)
Steamer (for microwave) - so can cook without oil
4. Make it easy for yourself
Lay out your fridge and cupboards so it looks appealing and you know where every thing is.
Have a bowl of fruit always on display so if you are hungry you can just grab and go.
If you are trying to lose weight, it's also really important to put your kitchen scales on an accessible work surface so that weighing your portion sizes becomes routine.
5. Don’t forget the drinks
Enjoying a glass of wine or a beer can all be part of Living Younger as long as you stick to less than 14 units per week, and don’t save all your drinks to have in one sitting!
The problem that many people do not realise how much they are drinking as they have got into habits of serving very large glass sizes or routinely finishing a bottle of wine rather than saving it for another day. Consider getting these items to help you get into healthier habits:
Small wine glasses (many wine glasses are equivalent to 3-4 units of alcohol when filled!)
Good quality wine stoppers (so you can keep on opened bottle of wine for a few days)
Buy small 'stubbie' bottles of beer 250ml/330ml rather than larger cans.
Stock up on good quality non alcoholic beer
Buy the ingredients to make some non alcoholic alternatives you enjoy e.g. cranberry/orange juice and soda and no sugar/diet drinks.
Research shows that people are 4 times more likely to achieve their goals with expert support. We have a range of different expert age-reversing habit change support available, ranging from self guided online courses and 1 hour consultations through to 3 month masterclasses.