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How to Build a Living Kitchen in a Stressful World

Finding balance in our kitchens almost seems impossible when both partners in a marriage are working.  It’s like the least likely place to get the most attention.  Yet it is the CORE to how we spiritually nurture ourselves and family members, it’s the CORE to whether or not we will be healthy, just by virtue of what we are feeding ourselves and our family and it’s the CORE to keeping our family emotionally close, whereby at least one meal a day shared between all of you.

To ‘get’ there can be a long process, but it’s well worth the struggle and/or challenge, because when you think about it, our kitchens need more tending then we are giving them.  And the three most important virtues for ourself and our family is: Spiritual, Mental and Health, and all three of these parts of our lives can be manifested beautifully when you have a living kitchen.

I like to say that our living kitchen is a manifestation of truly believing specific appliances and loving attitudes actually makes your kitchen your food and your life come alive. Chop wood/carry water is a big part of our living kitchen. We need to begin to feel comfortable in our kitchen, to relax…creating it to become a sanctuary for us. Most of us have negative images in our head and heart about feeling as if we are the ones who ‘have’ to buy produce, prepare meals, clean up after the meals, because the rest of the family is too busy with their lives, so we end up feeling resentful, and unappreciated.

Chop wood/carry water is a Zen-like approach towards learning to love the discipline and patience it takes to embrace something we need to do everyday of our lives. Let’s face it, we have to face our kitchens more than once, if not twice or three times daily. We are responsible for nourishing ourselves and our families health and wellness. Chop wood/carry water means practicing something on a daily basis with these virtues such as patience and respect, reliability and perseverance laced with love and appreciation, so that in time we become ‘ONE’ with ourselves and our relationship to our kitchen instead of this defunct and dysfunctional daunting responsibility we used to see our kitchens as being.

Here are some ideas how you can start practicing to build your own living kitchen:

1. keeping our kitchens clean on a daily basis

2. keeping our kitchens spices, pantry and refrigerator organized

3. supporting our kitchens with living appliances such as Juicers, Blenders….etc.,.instead of microwaves, slow cookers, deep fat fryers.

4. keeping our refrigerator filled with living foods and greens, for easy preparation for juicing and supersalads.

5. lighting a candle in our kitchen to give reverence to mother nature, our loved ones and to our own divine self…. out of gratitude to Nature for these beautiful foods and juices.

6. Place flowers from your garden or from the florists onto your kitchen island or near your sink.

Now what?

On a saturday, when most of us want to sleep in or go shopping…why not turn on your favorite cd, light a candle and re-do your kitchen? Clean out the pantry, the refrigerator, wash the floors, buy flowers or better yet, pick some fresh herbs from your garden or buy some to make your kitchen smell fragrant. While you are working in your kitchen, you can clean and store your greens for the week and cut your carrots and beets for either juicing or super salads.

Relax into the chop wood/carry water principle. Consistent presence in your kitchen by building these rituals twice a month to ensure your relationship with your kitchen is alive and well is the road to loving your living kitchen.

With consistent dedication laced with love….real devotion and love, your kitchen will start to take on a new face, and you will start to resonate more with seeing it as a sanctuary rather than a place of dis-connection, drudge or duty.

Once you get your kitchen nicely organized, you can start to think about replacing some of the appliances that do not support living health..with empowering “living kitchen” appliances. Then you will start to wake UP to the fact that juicing daily, eating supersalads, keeping a beautiful kitchen is absolutely transforming!

Depending on how old you are, you may well have negative memories relating to nourishment or your kitchens, meals, etc.,. where nobody was home, nobody cared, or if they cared, the food was purchased from restaurants, fast food places, or perhaps put together without much care for nourishment or love. The last place you thought LOVE would live could have been in the kitchen.

Perhaps you had a great experience in your family then, and even now, and that nourishment with either foods or love were not an issue for you….wow what a great platform then for you to build your own Living Kitchen without any real struggles to overcome first….but for a lot of us………..

Your kitchen can be a very stressful place in our home, or it can be a place of relaxation. For those of you who have had trouble identifying yourself in the kitchen as someone who is loved, appreciated and honoured by your family members or even yourself, then you should know this can be changed, altered and if you like….be totally transformed.

For example, let’s take a look at what a transformed kitchen looks like. Most of our kitchens have appliances such as: coffee maker, deep fryer, slow cooker, aluminum and teflon coated cookware and tools, and the obvious ovens, and stoves. These are appliances that truly take our ‘vital’ health away from us. How can we build vitality and living health when our own appliances we have, can’t come near to supporting this new and transformative way of living and being?

Here is what a living kitchen looks and feels like: vital nourishment on every level; physical, mental, spiritual and emotional. Most regular appliances or foods don’t build nourishment whatsoever, yet in our living kitchen, living foods create true nourishment in our bodies. Living juices such as freshly made juices also build nourishment and ‘life’ in our bloodstream as it also builds ‘life’ in our entire being. Our living kitchen also is a wonderful platform for placing our living appliances on the countertops of our kitchens such as…juicers, blenders, soymilk makers, dehydrators, tofu makers, electronic sprouters, electronic herb gardens….wow, can you imagine how incredibly vital you are going to feel and “Be’ … when your kitchen mirrors your quest for you and your loved ones to be healthy, vital and nourished on all levels?

Living the simple life…connecting to real, authentic, unadultered foods and fresh juicing can help us better understand the beauty of natural foods, mother nature and the awesome transforming powers of a working and joyful Living Kitchen.

As Natural Living Food preparers, we really DO work harder everyday in the kitchen, but by using these meditative and loving principles of prayer, gratitude and love for who we are and who we love, helps us ease into these daily kitchen duties with grace.

Hugs to you all from me and Jay ~ and here’s to Joyful Juicing!

Take our “One Week” Challenge to Juice!

Jay and I will share a bit of information with you about juicing and juicer challenges.

Basically, a juicer ‘can’ make a heck of a mess and become highly challenging for people who don’t really ‘use’ their kitchen daily.  Basically it comes down to setting our priorities to either a commitment to adding more liquid greens and juices into our bodies or not. We must dig deep down into ourselves and take control of whether we are willing to do this or not. We already KNOW what it feels like ‘not’ to juice and eat well, right?

Why not take a challenge to see what you would feel like if you were to eat and consume more living foods and juices?
It’s a week’s commitment…that’s all it takes to decide whether or not it’s worth it, and we know you can do it, at least for a week!

Here’s How:

Our recommendation is always organize first! I know…I know…..it really feels irritating, but it’s the ONLY real way we are going to establish a long term and successful juicing habit. It shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes to do this, if you can create the ‘will’ to just DO it. Here’s a few techniques we do to help the process:

Ask your kids or your husband to help. If they say no, then when you come home with all that beautiful summer produce, and start to juice……juice for yourself and they will get the message really quickly! We have learned, after raising two children (who are now 26 and 24), that if they want juice, they need to participate in the entire experience…..and it’s good for them to learn these skills, and that goes for husbands, lovers or partners too!

How do we start?

Put some beautiful music on that you like, get comfortable in some sweats or something and dig down into the bowels of your refrigerator and clean it out. We usually do this on a Saturday or Sunday morning because this is the day we don’t go to work, and our biggest farmer’s markets are on Saturday.

It’s absolutely magical what happens next……

When we put the energy and effort into deep cleaning our refrigerator and our counter-tops and get our floors cleaned and pantry in good shape,….then now we have the room for a NEW LIFE.

It’s not just the physical ‘room’ ~ it’s the ‘mental and spiritual and emotional’ room you are creating now to bring in this new ENERGY and VITALITY and LOVE for yourself and your family that we are creating.

Once your kitchen is cleaned, take your children or husband with you, go to your local farmer’s market or place where you trust to get good, organic and/or pesticide free greens and veggies.

Now what?

Do you live in an area that supports local farmers? (If not, then find out online where you can go, even if it’s a thirty minute drive out……it will be relaxing and entertaining to you and your kids and/or husbands, wives or partners.) Heck, why not even bring a friend to come with you?

Jay and I live in the most beautiful area of Washington where there are real farmer’s markets twice a week, and there is a place just a few miles from us called Joe’s Garden, and they have five acres of land and sell non-sprayed veggies, flowers, fruits, seeds, nuts…..everything! We take our bikes with big backpacks and stock up once a week for lighter produce……because we can’t be hauling 50 pounds of carrots on the back of our bikes, right? (that’s a funny visual….although I have done it before with about 20 pounds and I was soooo sore the next day.)

Ok….then What?

Come home, put some good music on, open the windows and get prepared NOW to organize, wash and store your newly found wonder foods! (We write at length about this in our book, Live Foods/Live Bodies, in our Chapter entitled Our Living Kitchen).

Wash and soak them all in a good solution, clean them, store them in either zip lock bags (after you spin dry the greens) and set them in your refrigerator. Cut the ends of your carrots to ensure the bottoms are not dirty or full of fungus.

Now your carrots are cleaned, your greens are washed and you are prepared for the next week’s worth of juicing!

Then what?

If you make this effort alone, just to juice……and juice 1.5 to 2 quarts of juice for yourself daily, you will notice a huge huge difference in your energy levels, your skin and your overall wellness. There’s so much more to it……but for now, this is a good start!

Our next note will be about how to wash, store, clean and juice summertime fruits and berries and exotic greens.

Love to you all!

Jay and Linda Kordich