The impact renovating your Atlanta kitchen can have on your home cannot be underestimated. But can kitchen renovations actually lead to a healthier lifestyle? Perhaps that concept leads to images of a kitchen with a built-in NordicTrack®, but that’s really not what we’re talking about here. Can changing the way your kitchen looks and functions actually result in a healthier lifestyle?
Kitchens Can Affect Our Eating Habits
There is no doubt about it: What we eat (and how much we eat) directly impacts our health. If you’re serious about eating healthier, your kitchen is a great place to start. And while your kitchen design won’t lower your weight (or your blood pressure) the things you cook there can. And if you’re going to take steps to ensure your family eats better, it’s nice to have a great place to prepare meals.
What Is Preparing Your Own Meals Important?
We live in a society that craves convenience. It can be faster and easier to eat out than it is to prepare a meal at home. But if you’re really watching what you eat, preparing your own meals makes a lot of sense. If you’re the cook, you know exactly what ingredients are going into the meal you’re making. Having a kitchen that’s designed to make meal prep more fun (and convenient) means there’s a greater likelihood that you’ll actually do it.
Eating In Versus Eating Out
When you eat in, you control the portions you prepare. That’s not the case when you eat out. On top of that, it’s so easy to simply order one more item—or spring for dessert—because someone else is doing all the work.
Create a Kitchen That Meets Basic Needs
Sometimes we just think we’re hungry. In fact, people commonly confuse thirst with hunger. They are actually dehydrated and need a drink of water. The brain sometimes tells your body that it’s hungry when it’s really thirsty. One thing you can do is add some design elements that make sure it’s easy to get water. A refrigerator with a built-in water dispenser is one solution. Installing a sink with a built-in water filter and dispenser is another idea.
Don’t Forget Your Lights
Have you ever noticed that many upscale restaurants keep the lights low? That’s because soft lighting makes people more comfortable and removes inhibitions. You’re more likely to eat and drink more in that environment. Fast food places, on the other hand, want to move you through quickly. They’re bright and not terribly comfortable. You don’t want your kitchen to feel like a fast food restaurant, but if you eat in your kitchen, be aware of how lighting can influence your eating decisions.
Long Range Lifestyle Considerations
Remodeling your kitchen can also allow you to prepare for a healthier and safer lifestyle down the road. If you’re planning to stay in your home for a long time, you can make changes to your kitchen that will make it a safer and more comfortable environment for you to age in place. You can consider counter heights, rollout drawers for under cabinets, strategically placed outlets and light fixtures, and more. Here’s a helpful checklist that contains other considerations for aging-in-place.
Go For Some Fun Gadgets
Having the right tools and gadgets for preparing meals can make things a lot more fun. Here’s a list of 10 kitchen gadgets from Amazon that will inspire you to make healthy and delicious meals. Take a look and see which ones might make meal preparation more fun for you.
Your kitchen won’t make you healthier all by itself. What you cook and eat, however, plays a big role in a healthier lifestyle. Having a beautiful, fully functional kitchen can make that a whole lot easier to accomplish.
If you’re looking for ideas that will help you create the perfect kitchen for your family, download our free Atlanta Kitchen Remodeling Design Guide for some great inspiration.