As an Army wife, I've moved more times than I care to remember. Almost every time we moved we ended up living in an empty house with just a few basic things while we waited for our household goods to be delivered. Sometimes we waited more than 3 weeks! (And then there is the time they accidently sent our stuff and our car to Korea instead of North Carolina, but that's a different story.....) It seems like it would be hard to live like that. It is nice to have a couch to sit on and a real bed to sleep in, but not having to clean or put away all that STUFF is actually really nice. When we did get our shipment we were frequently overwhelmed with how many things we have that just get in the way. How many knives does a person need? Plastic containers? Wine glasses? Dog leashes?
By now you are probably wondering what any of this has to do with a low carb diet. I've known for a long time that one of my biggest obstacles to sticking to a low carb diet is planning meals ahead of time and the extra cooking that goes along with it. I also know that if my kitchen is clean, I'm much more willing to get in there and do something and makes that "cooking" obstacle just a little smaller.
I spent a couple of hours this morning planning my menus for the week and making a long shopping list. Then I realized that I more than likely had many of the things on that list already and really no place to put the new things I was going to buy. Instead of going shopping I stayed home and cleaned out the fridge and the pantry. It was a cleansing experience in more than one way.
When I was done it all looked so good that I actually was happy to be in there and cheerfully went about getting dinner started. (Made chicken soup with all the odds and ends of veggies from the fridge.) If I could only find a house elf somewhere to keep the kitchen clean I'd be all set!