During challenging times, the world might feel a little dark, so we all collectively need to shine some light. I know my purpose in life is to love better and to shine light into dark places. I believe that’s your purpose as well.
A Slowed Momentum
Spiritually and collectively, we are being asked to slow down. We are hopefully now seeing the light from the Coronavirus pandemic. With so many activities canceled, we were less busy in many ways. We were home and couldn't go out for anything except the necessities. Our healthcare teams and other needed workers were working overtime to take care of many, and all of us were trying to figure it out. In the beginning, each of us had a million questions. How were we going to get essentials at the grocery store? How were we going to work? What do we do with our children? These are just a few possible questions that were spinning in our heads that possibly triggered fear. Fear is a darkness that can inhabit and overtake the mind.
The True Measure Of Time
How you choose to spend your time during challenging times is crucial in your acceleration and movement forward. You can’t manage what you don’t measure. You need to face it head-on. How much news are you watching? On average, Americans watch about 5 hours of TV a day. How much social media are you scrolling through? While being online is an excellent way to connect, most of us don’t know how much we time are spending staring at a screen. I was so happy to be outside walking yesterday and was grateful to connect with my neighbors who were doing the same thing.
Choose to continue to be in your kitchen more and start taking care of yourself. It is a way to have some structure amongst the uncertainty. Instead of plugging into your phone or tablet, take some time to prepare a nourishing, healthy meal. Involve your partner, your kids, and make a dish that will make you all feel more connected.
Turning The Kitchen Light On
It is a myth that eating healthy is more expensive. An average cost of 4 people eating fast food is approximately $30, but the cost of cooking my delicious, one-pan chicken dish with vegetables is about $16.00. There are many ways to navigate the reasons you are not eating healthy.
Cooking healthy can be perceived to be a considerable stressor and a big time-drainer. Countless hours can be spent on deciding what to eat, planning, shopping, prepping, and (my least favorite) cleaning up. But with some effort, time, resources, and practice, you can learn to introduce more light into your kitchen. Turning on the light is all about changing your mindset. Taking healthy actions in your kitchen can be an excellent antidote to relieving some of the fear you might be experiencing.
Ask yourself the question: What are the most important things you would like to figure out for yourself in your kitchen?
Kitchen Therapy is “a path made clear.” I help people learn Meal Mapping or the art of piecing meals together in a simplistic way that meets them where they are at in the kitchen. Kitchen Therapy is about being resourceful in the kitchen. It’s also about understanding your time constraints and your budget. I offer solutions for cheap meal planning for families and for individuals.
I wanted to note one of my favorite national resources to help my readers eat better during difficult times.
One Of My Favorite National Resource:
Eating healthy can be economical. The Environmental Working Group shares tips and tricks.
A Final Word
Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay focused on your health. Start in your kitchen and turn on the light. All my best to you and yours.
“In continuous health, healing and light, we heal through community support”
Brandy Lane Hickman, NBHWC
2B Well Integrative Health Collaborative, Owner
Inspired Nutrition, National Board Certified Health Coach, Kitchen Therapy
Board President, Missouri Nutrition Alliance Non-Profit
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