How many times did you hear “Eat your vegetables!” growing up? I couldn’t even begin to count, but I know I’ve definitely been slacking in that area as a presumptive grown up. According to the CDC, I’m far from alone in that; 90 percent of us aren’t consuming enough fruits and vegetables in our diets and this has definite health risks. I’m a serious A-plus on the fruit front. There are fresh peaches, blueberries, mandarins, red grapes and apples in my kitchen right now, and I typically have three servings a day. I fall woefully shorter on the vegetable side. How about you?
It’s not for lack of interest on my part either; I definitely value their importance to my health, and I eat much less meat than I did even two years ago. Part of the reason is that I’ll buy veggies with the best of intentions, then not use them before they wilt. I’ll be looking at advanced refrigerator preservation technology when I have to replace my aging model, or when I buy a new home to remodel. There’s info in this piece I just wrote for Forbes.com on which features help make produce last longer. There’s also info on the best ways to prep and cook your favorite vegetables in your kitchen, and how you might create a vegetable/vegetarian-friendly kitchen for this way of eating. (I’ll be writing about fruits and cooking produce outdoors in part two of this piece in two weeks.)
I reached out to three top pros for their tips:
- A professional chef
- An appliance expert.
- A nutrition program director
An optimized prep area can make vegetable cleaning and chopping more convenient.
[PHOTO: FRANKE KITCHEN SYSTEMS // WELLNESS BY DESIGN (TILLER PRESS, 2020) (C) J. GOLD]
There are new sessions scheduled (and planned) for my Wellness Wednesdays club on the Clubhouse app. These will be scheduled for 4 PM Eastern/1 PM Pacific the first and third week of the month! Here’s what’s scheduled or planned into the Fall. Hope you’ll join us for one or more. In case you can’t make it, I’ll be sharing links to the recordings afterward, as you’ll see below.
- 6/2 Smart Homes / Healthy Homes — Recording Link!
- 6/16 Home Fitness Spaces
- 7/7 DIY-Friendly Outdoor Wellness Design
- 7/21 Healthy Kid Spaces
- 8/4 Healthy Work from Home Spaces — Just Added!
- 9/1 Healthy Grilling (in time for Labor Day)
- 9/15 Laundry and Flex Rooms
- 10/6 Coffee Stations
GOLD DUST (NEW!)
I’m a pretty avid reader on wellness-related topics and decided to share some of the riches I’m finding with my Gold Notes readers. Here are some links you might find interesting and helpful from a variety of sources.
- Stretches can ease that pain in the neck (San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Jun 2021)
- Livable Communities site (AARP)
- Why the Okinawan Practice of Sitting on the Floor is Linked to Health, Mobility and Longevity — and How You Can Practice it at Home (Blue Zones)
Here are some nuggets for my colleagues in the design and remodeling industries:
- If you’re on Clubhouse, tune into a kitchen and bath pro conversation about the wellness benefits of decorative hardware and plumbing. KB Designers Network’s publisher, Janice Costa, and I will be talking about current tech and trends with Kym Glazer from DPHA. Here’s a link to participate.
- If you own your own small firm and contract with manufacturers, showrooms and/or builders, legislation working its way through Congress could put your livelihood at risk. I shared my thoughts in an opinion piece by the publisher emeritus of Kitchen & Bath Design News. Here’s a link.