You’re ready to choose eating raw and you’ve thought about the amount of time and attention you’re going to devote to making the changes that will make it possible. Taking that into consideration, what exactly needs to happen to give you the space, ability and inspiration you need?
Start with the end in mind – a vision of your perfect “ready for raw” kitchen – and then “reverse engineer” from there. Ask yourself the following:
Do I need a jolly good clear out?
Are your cupboards full of old foods, packets and pieces of equipment and cookware that you haven’t used for months or years? Is your space simply in need of a good spring clean?
What needs to stay and what needs to go?
How much of what you have are you actually using? Furthermore, how much of the stuff you have been using may be harming your health and therefore needs to be removed, given away or relocated to somewhere far, far away? Of the remaining things you have been using, what can go and what would be useful to you now? Are there any items that you want to hang onto “just in case”? If there are, keep them somewhere separate and make a pact with yourself – if you haven’t used them in 6 months, they’re gone!
What needs to come in?
Is it time to invest in your first juicer, or a newer, more sophisticated model? Is there another piece of equipment that you really feel would make all the difference to you that you don’t already own? Do you have equipment stashed in the loft that you would now find useful?
What bits and pieces would make all the difference?
Would it help you to put up a picture or poster that reminds you of your goals, your ideal body image or expresses your values so you feel inspired or motivated every time you look at it? Or how about taking care of the simple little things that make all the difference – things like making sure you always have plenty of kitchen roll on hand? Do you need to invest in a vegetable rack on wheels if you’re short on storage space? Or would it inspire you to have some plants or flowers on the kitchen windowsill?
So that you can get clear on what you really want and need in your kitchen, take a good look at each of the considerations above in turn and make a list of actions you need to take to create your perfect kitchen space.
To help you get the most from your raw kitchen, here is a checklist that will help you make sure your kitchen is really “raw-ready”:
- Is it functional?
- Does it look spacious?
- Are things easy to get to?
- Are my most important accessories and appliances in clear view or at least easy to reach for?
- Is my food well organised?
- Are my cupboards clear, clean and well organised inside?
- Are my “less healthy” foods and kitchen appliances harder (if not impossible) to get to?
- Does my kitchen inspire me to take care of myself?
- Does it look beautiful?
- Have I made the most of this space?
- All things considered, have I set my kitchen up for SUCCESS?
All of these aspects need to come under the spotlight in order to give you a new canvas to create on, but of course, the action you take is relative to how excited and focused you are on this project. As with everything in life, the more effort you put in, the more you’ll get out.
When you can truthfully answer “yes” to all of the questions above, your kitchen will be set up to be super-supportive of your new lifestyle.
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