Ep. 28: Kristen Coffield - Try These Kitchen Interventions for Big Impact - The Culinary Cure
Making a small change can lead to big life changes and healthier habits. Our family friend, Kristen Coffield, is here today to talk about her journey to healthy living and how you can change your life and your habits starting with a Kitchen Intervention. Kristen is the founder and owner of The Culinary Cure. She also has a segment on Good Morning Washington, and she is a huge advocate of eating for health and nutrition and taking small steps to begin large habits.
On this episode, she shares how she was at a low point in her life, until she starting throwing away everything in her kitchen that didn’t serve her well. She replaced the empty space with healthy foods, spices, and tools to eat simple and healthy food that would improve her health and her life. She shares how anyone can get started with a healthier lifestyle. She also shares the importance of replacing bad habits with good habits and some fun and simple healthy recipes.
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[00:42] Kristen had a culinary background that started in High School. She had a successful business catering Congressional fundraisers.
[01:27] Suddenly everything in Kristen's life changed. Her marriage was in trouble, she was dealing with aging parents, and she was at a very low place.
[01:36] The Kitchen Intervention is her signature program with The Culinary Cure. This came out of her personal experience.
[02:06] Kristen went into her kitchen and started taking everything out of the cabinets that didn't serve her anymore. This was really a parallel to her life because she needed to get rid of some things in her life.
[03:04] Going through the cabinets was very inspiring. Kristen then started getting up at 5 a.m. and going to the gym every morning.
[03:37] She then started going through the entire house and rebooted her life.
[04:30] You can make your food more nutritious by adding more spices to the food that you cook. If your spices have no smell, then toss them.
[05:57] Kristen has a coffee blast in the morning. It gives her pleasure, and she has a better workout.
[07:15] As we age, our bodies do less naturally, so we have to do more. Look at habitual behaviors and modify them as powerful tools to reach your life goals.
[08:37] A kitchen intervention creates an environment to support your goals.
[09:08] It's easier to replace a habit instead of breaking it. Habit trading is sliding into more effective habits.
[11:05] It's amazing what people learn about themselves when they're keeping a food journal.
[13:30] Prepping on Sunday for 4 days worth of food is a good idea especially, if you work. You can also live a little on the weekends.
[15:44] Lifestyle diseases from the food we eat are largely avoidable.
[17:25] When people start to take control of one thing, they find power in that control.
[18:28] Kristen does two types of Kitchen Interventions.
[19:32] Buy the best quality of food that you can get. Food loses nutritional benefit over time.
[23:30] One of Kristen's favorite recipes is celery, celery leaf and walnut salad.
[28:05] The trifecta of good health and sustainable health is having the right balance of fiber, fat, and protein in your diet.
[28:49] The goal of the kitchen intervention is to set us up for success by purchasing meals not food.
[29:41] Chia pudding is a fantastic breakfast. Just add 2 cups of nutmilk, 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, vanilla, maple syrup, and cacao or matcha.
[31:56] Matcha is a powdered form of green tea with a lot of antioxidants.
[35:07] Now is the time to act on those big ideas.
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“Look at habitual behaviors and modify them as powerful tools to reach your life goals.” Kristen Coffield
“You will be amazed at what you find that doesn't serve you when you start going through your kitchen cabinets.” Kristen Coffield
“I basically started with my kitchen and rebooted my entire life.” Kristen Coffield