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According to a comprehensive study conducted on people around the globe, poor diet is a crucial factor in one in five deaths. While it has never been so precisely formulated in figures, this fact is well-known to most people. So, why do we still continue eating the wrong foods that can harm our health? Well, among other things, modern life pace is forcing us to be in a constant rush to be at several places at the same time, many of the organic foods on the market are expensive, and we often think that healthy and tasty are two opposite notions. If you want to change your diet, there is no better way to start than to optimize your kitchen for streamlined prep and decorate it for culinary motivation. Here are some tips to help you get there.

A healthy splash of paint

Did you know your brain reacts differently to different colors and that some of them can even make you hungry? Blue, for example, is an excellent color option if you need help managing your diet. Since it is a calming color, it can slow down your speed of eating and avert overeating. If blue is not your cup of tea, consider other calming hues like green and warm neutrals.

Create an efficient layout

You don’t have the time to cook? Maybe your kitchen layout and walking from one side to another constantly during the meal prepare preventing you from speeding up the food preparation. The L-shaped layout uses the rule of the kitchen triangle best and provides with a smooth cooking process. The corridor-style is also a good option since it stores everything within your reach. U-shape is similar but more spacious. L + kitchen island is a dream come true.

Invest in the best appliances

The kitchen appliances you have can significantly impact the way you cook, what you eat, and how satisfied you are while you are cooking. Invest in quality energy-saving units. Besides the large appliances, such as a stove, range, and the fridge, you should also consider getting a few gadgets like a food processor, blender, salad spinner, a steam cooker, and other appliances that are meant for preparing healthy meals.

Soften up the lighting

Proper kitchen lighting is important, not only because it will make it possible for you to prepare food even when there is no natural light, but also because it can impact your eating habits. Similarly to colors, the soft mild light will ease your mind, make you feel less stressed and, consequently, motivate you to eat healthier.

Grow your greens

Even if you are living in a skyscraper, you can have access to fresh herbs and even some vegetables. Besides promoting a healthy diet, planting a mini-garden will score you some extra points in the interior design department, because it is a huge hit in the last couple of years. You can plant a vertical green wall of herbs on the unused wall of the kitchen, and decorate your countertop with some potted scallions, peppers, and cherry tomatoes.

Decorate with motivational messages

Unless it is a habit you carry from your childhood, a balanced diet is not something that can be accomplished in a day and without proper motivation. Kitchen remodeling is the perfect opportunity to scatter some healthy lifestyle messages all around. Besides posters with motivational quotes, you can also hang photos of healthy foods (veggies and fruit paintings and photos make great artwork). Keeping healthy recipes within your reach is a must. Have a special display for your favorite cookbook, and display some of your favorite recipes on the fridge.

A healthy diet is a habit that starts in your kitchen. Optimizing the heart of your home to encourage balanced eating might require some effort and investment, but in the end, what is more valuable than your health?

Organic gardening is a philosophy that advocates for the better health of the whole system and the well-being of the environment. To make your garden organic you need to free yourself from all the manmade chemicals like fertilizers and pesticides. The emphasis is on cultivating sustainable and nourishing ecosystem where you can safely grow healthy, chemical-free plants.

What and How?

For this type of gardening you will need plants that are more resistant to diseases and pest problems since you are not going to use any chemicals. You also need to choose plants that are easily adjustable to any spot in the garden in terms of soil, light and moisture. When buying the plants and seeds, make sure to get them from farmers that grew them without using any chemicals. You need a clean start for organic gardening. There are many plants that are easily grown naturally and from a seed, such as cucumbers, annual poppies, sunflower, coriander, sweet peas, squash and many others.

Benefits of organic gardening

Benefits of Organic Gardening

The two biggest benefits of organic gardening are personal and environmental health. The use of pesticides and chemicals is linked to various diseases such as cancer, autism, birth defects, depression, infertility, Parkinson’s disease and many other defects and diseases. So, by growing organic garden you are simply skipping all the risks and saving the environment. Other than skipped risks you are introducing many other benefits in your life. By spending time outside in your garden you are exposed to sun and supplied with more vitamin D which helps you fight diabetes, strengthen your bones and joints and prevent depression. Also, you are exercising your body and reducing stress since gardening is calming activity, plus you have healthy and free fruits and vegetables which cannot so easily be found on the market. Organic gardens are not only beneficial, but they look stunningly beautiful and are actually a new trend in 2016’s landscape design.

Watering organic garden

Cleaning and Watering

It is of utmost importance to keep your new garden clean of dead, fallen foliage and other litter. These things can rapidly spread diseases on your plants, so once in a week you should pick up and clean dead foliage. Also, if you notice any infected leaves on your plants, you can prevent further spread by simply cutting off that leaf or an infected part.

When watering, do it wisely. If you leave the leaves of your plants wet they can easily catch diseases. Avoid using sprinklers, and instead turn to water-saving soaker hose and water your plants directly to their roots. Also, avoid clustering your plants closely together because that can cause the spread of fungal diseases. Give them space to breathe and grow freely.

Organic Gardening

Attract Good Insects

Even though they are sometimes annoying, insects can in great deal help you grow an organic garden. Insects that are your friends and that can help you get rid of real pests are ladybugs, praying mantis, soldier beetle, spiders and many others. So if you see one of these, you should actually be happy to have some help. The best way to attract these little fellows is by planting plants they love such as, daisies, sunflowers, yarrows, marigolds, purple coneflowers and other attractive species. These will look good in your garden and will bring along lots of help.

I also found a lot of interesting stuff at Bren Haas‘s website. She’s a gardening expert that has been growing her own organic food since 2008. Join this new trend and go organic. You, your family and the environment can in great deal benefit from this gardening so why not use the resources and nature smartly.