The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Netflix knew what it was doing featuring Marie Kondo’s series at the start of a new year. It’s the time most of us assess the past year and plan for the new one. For those who have read her book, you’re aware there is honor and respect and thankfulness brought to the process.

Second, determine what activities besides cooking and eating you do in the kitchen. Who manages mail there? Since the kitchen is for eating, then sorting and opening the mail and leaving stacks of paper increases the chance you’ll snack there while multi-tasking. Is there a healthier place to sort mail?

And thirdly, a chaotic kitchen leads to mindless eating. You’re standing and eating while talking on the phone or reading and you just gnawed through a sleeve of crackers without realizing it.

Clutter-free kitchen counters bring a sense of calm. You are more likely to be thoughtful about your eating, take a seat, take a plate and actually enjoy what you’re eating.

Don’t cheat yourself of the enjoyment of your food. Create a neat environment to slow you down and bring you joy! It’s the MarciaCraw :)) method to be well.

Happy New Year!


PS The MarciaCraw method doesn’t even you require that you clean out that kitchen junk drawer!

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Whether you’re gifting for Christmas or another holiday, here are a few ideas for those you want to have a healthy new year:))

For the chef-in-training, how about a cutting board that helps differentiate between a small and medium dice (they’re on their own for a rough cut!). Markings on the board eliminate the need to get out a ruler (if millennials use rulers). Obsessive Chef is one brand of these cutting boards; could you use one too?

We flavor foods with fat, salt and sugar. Not too healthy, right? Culinary grilling planks are a cool alternative. The wood imparts a flavor (cedar, hickory, cherry or alder for example) but you can also soak the boards in wine or a fruit juice for even more flavor. You’re adding no calories, just another layer of taste. Fish is probably the most commonly grilled food but veggies could be another easy idea for planks on the grill.

Meal kits are just the thing for the new or easily bored cook. They are quite pricey but their step-by-step instructions, inclusion of every last ingredient (garnishes too) and unique flavor profiles will make an adventurous eater happy. Skill level demanded for the many brands is highly variable, so make sure you make those two elements a perfect match too.

Finally, I keep reading about (but have never tried) an airfryer but they get rave reviews. Fried foods with a minimum  amount of fat sounds like a nutritional winner to me. Superheated air surrounds your food to cook it; it’s the circulation that provides the all over crispness. These are sold at every size and price point. While they are one more bulky appliance to store in your kitchen, I’m guessing you just purged unused appliances just last month. This looks like a fun one.

Share your ideas on gifts to be well.



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