Heart Healthy Wrap-up

What tiny decisions will you make today—not tomorrow, not next week, not next year, but today—that will sculpt your extraordinary life?  ~The Minimalists

The February Heart-Healthy Challenge focused on getting your kitchen in order. Here is what was covered:

  1. 3-Step Approach to a Healthy Heart
    • Eating healthy
    • Exercise
    • Get off the couch
  2. Life Management Skills
    • Purge the junk food
    • Recycle the broken, useless, unloved kitchen items
    • Clear the visible surface areas: table, chairs, counters, stove top and refrigerator door
    • Clear out the cupboards and drawers
    • Light up the dark corners
  3. Monthly Tips
    • Know the signs of a heart attack
    • The five foods your heart will love
    • Five everyday ways to work out your heart


Life Management Skill:  Problem-Solving

As soon as you become aware of a problem area, find a solution. For me the problem area was a couple of dark lower kitchen cabinets making it very difficult to see what items were inside. The solution:  a motion sensor battery operated disc light to brighten up the area. Easy to install, easy to use, easy to change batteries.

These disc LED lights can be used everywhere:  Light up a staircase, bedroom, hallway, kitchen, closet, cabinets, corridors, garage, tool shed, camping…  Problem solved!



Think about what happens when you come home from grocery shopping. The time it takes to put food away will depend mostly on your storage system. Putting groceries away and finding what you have is much easier when you keep like-items together. Here are other tips that I found helpful:

  • Clear containers (I prefer glass) and labels make it easy to spot how low you are getting on a particular item. Simply match the size of the container to the contents of the package. Cut out preparation instructions and either place inside the container or tape directly to the front or top.
  • As soon as the groceries arrive in your kitchen, take time to wash and chop vegetables to store in the refrigerator for quick snacks or salads.
  • Snacks, nuts, cheese strips, deli meats, chopped veggies and fruits can be transferred into ziplock snack-size baggies for lunch boxes or quick grab-and-go meal.
  • Store portion-control meat/fish/poultry in sturdy, sealed bags before putting into the freezer. This will make it easier to have the appropriate amount for a family meal.

Now that the kitchen is organized, the rest of the house will follow suit. The kitchen is certainly the most difficult area because so much happens here. It is well worth the time and effort to get this room organized.

Are you finished with the kitchen?

If yes, then it is time to take a break for a couple of weeks and enjoy your newfound stress-less living. Get a cup of coffee (or tea, if you prefer) and relax for a bit. Life is good!

However, if the answer is no, then keep at it until complete. The reward is worth it!


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