Updated: Jul 27
Organic and nutritious herbs, produce and even flowers can be grown in your Urban Cultivator 365 days a year. Photo courtesy of www.urbancultivator.net
"Fit and Fabulous"
We all want to be described that way, right? Well you probably already have the fabulous part down, but how are you doing on the fit part this year?
Well, if you're like me it's a bit more challenging after reaching 45 years old. Wait! Who am I kidding? It's A LOT more challenging!
With that in mind, I am continually reading and researching design products and lifestyle practices that can help me stay energized, eating healthy and supporting my fitness goals.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not a fanatic. I enjoy a good Pinot Noir, cook with butta' and loooove dessert, but 80% of the time I am focused on being healthy all while making the world more beautiful...of course!
And one of the best ways to reach your personal and professional goals is to create environments that SUPPORT your success in achieving them. Yes, your home and office environments greatly affect your mindset and daily well being.
Everything from the interior colors, spatial layout, quantity of natural light, organization and quality of the fixtures and furnishings in your space have an impact on your happiness, productivity and physical comfort.
I am a true believer in the power of the built environment and passionate about helping you create beautiful interiors that empower you to be THE best version of YOU as possible.
So with that in mind, let's get started!
Following are 5 Secrets To Designing A Kitchen That Supports Weight Management and a healthy lifestyle. I'd love to hear about your favorite products or healthy lifestyle solutions in the comments below.
This is a cook's dream! Imagine always having fresh organic herbs and micro-greens within arms reach while prepping meals. No more "Honey, I forgot the cilantro" trips to the grocery store, backyard or farmer's market. And no more time spent at the sink washing and rinsing off pesticides and dirt.
Photo Courtesy of www.urbancultivator.com
The Urban Cultivator gives you the opportunity to grow flavorful herbs and select produce hydroponically in your kitchen in an under counter or island version on wheels.
I particularly like that the watering and light cycles, as well as humidity and air circulation systems are controlled by an intuitive computer interface so your harvest is always successful.
The under counter units have the same space profile as a built-in dishwasher, and water and electrical installation is simple. Both residential and commercial versions are available from this Vancouver-based company. A fun aside, "Martha" has one in her home and NYC office!
Photo courtesy of www.grohe.com.
My honey loves this one - instant filtered, sparkling water on demand (he says it reminds him of beer on tap, but without the calories).
Ha! I fooled him, this baby is going in our new kitchen. The Grohe Blue Chilled and Sparkling Water faucet is a great way to offer your family on-demand sparkling water rather than sugary sodas or calorie-rich juices.
With a turn of the handle you can enjoy filtered still or "medium" sparkling water. In general, you can receive 1.5 - 2 liters of chilled, or chilled and carbonated water at one time. Then after five minutes, you can receive the same quantity. Filters should last 12 months and replacement Co2 cartridges are available through beverage distributors and suppliers nationally.
No need to buy bottles of sparkling water when you can have on-demand filtered sparkling water with the Grohe Blue Chilled and Sparkling Water faucet.
Photo courtesy of www.miele.com.
This lux appliance is on my "Dream Kitchen" board for my next home - an in-wall steam oven. On my gosh, are they fabulous! They give new meaning to the term "fast food," as your meals are prepared quickly but in a much more nutritious manner as you don't use butters or oils and your food will retain more vitamins and minerals as opposed to boiling or baking items.