When Your Kitchen is Dark, What Do you Do? Turn On The Light!

During these times, the world might feel a little dark, so we all collectively need to shine some light. I know my purpose in life is to love better and to shine light into dark places. I believe that’s your purpose as well. 


A Slowed Momentum

Spiritually and collectively, we are being asked to slow down. We are in the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic, and that comes with a lot of unknowns. With so many activities canceled, we are less busy in many ways. We are home and can’t go out for anything except the necessities. Our healthcare teams and other needed workers are working overtime to take care of many, and all of us are trying to figure it out. Each of us has a million questions. How are we going to get essentials at the grocery store? How are we going to work right now? Are we out of work? What do we do with our children? These are just a few possible questions spinning in our heads that can bring up fear. Fear is a darkness that can inhabit and overtake the mind. 


The True Measure Of Time

How you choose to spend your time right now is crucial in your acceleration and movement forward. You can’t manage what you don’t measure. You need to face it head-on. How much news are you watching? On average, Americans watch about 5 hours of TV a day. How much social media are you scrolling through? While being online is an excellent way to connect, most of us don’t know how much we time are spending staring at a screen. I was so happy to be outside walking yesterday and was grateful to connect with my neighbors who were doing the same thing. Even though we were all social distancing, the energy was very positive. 


Choose to be in your kitchen more and start taking care of yourself during this time. It is a way to have some structure amongst the uncertainty. Instead of plugging into your phone or tablet, take some time to prepare a nourishing, healthy meal. Involve your partner, your kids, and make a dish that will make you all feel more connected. 


Turning The Kitchen Light On

It is a myth that eating healthy is more expensive. An average cost of 4 people eating fast food is approximately $30, but the cost of cooking my delicious, one-pan chicken dish with vegetables is about $16.00. There are many ways to navigate the reasons you are not eating healthy. 

Cooking Healthy can be perceived to be a considerable stressor and a big time-drainer. Countless hours can be spent on deciding what to eat, planning, shopping, prepping, and (my least favorite) cleaning up. But with some effort, time, resources, and practice, you can learn to introduce more light into your kitchen. Turning on the light is all about changing your mindset. Taking healthy actions in your kitchen can be an excellent antidote to relieving some of the fear you might be experiencing. 


Ask yourself the question: What are the most important things you would like to figure out for yourself in your kitchen?


Kitchen Therapy is “a path made clear.” I help people learn Meal Mapping or the art of piecing meals together in a simplistic way that meets them where they are at in the kitchen. Kitchen Therapy is about being resourceful in the kitchen. It’s also about understanding your time constraints and your budget. I offer solutions for cheap meal planning for families and for individuals. I will be doing short Facebook Live Sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays. These live streams will be titled “Kitchen Therapy: What’s For Dinner?” I am offering free virtual discovery sessions to help you begin your kitchen, and self-care, process. You can click here to schedule your virtual session. 


Nutrition Resources 

I wanted to compile a list of resources to help my readers eat better during these difficult times.


One Of My Favorite National Resource:

  1. Eating healthy can be economical. The Environmental Working Group shares tips and tricks. 

My Favorite Springfield, MO Healthy Eating Resources: 

  1. If you’d like some information on what you can eat in Springfield, MO during the Covid-19 outbreak, check out this blog from 417 Magazine

  2. Urban Roots Farm offers healthy, delicious food that you can pick up from the FarmStand, a walk-in cooler. You can select cheeses, mushrooms, eggs, vegetables, coffee, and more! Check them out on Facebook and Instagram to see what they have available for purchase. They are open from 8 am-8 pm, Monday to Friday and 10 am-6 pm on weekends.

  3. Check out Homemade Delivered if you live in Springfield, Nixa, or Ozark, and your family needs meals during this time. Join their waitlist. 

  4. If you’re interested in ordering healthy meals, visit The Gracious Plate. You can order delicious and healthy meals two times per week. For a limited time, they are even offering free delivery. 

A Final Word 

Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay focused on your health. Start in your kitchen and turn on the light. All my best to you and yours.



“In continuous health, healing and light, we heal through community support”



Brandy Lane Hickman

Inspired Nutrition, Health & Life Coach, Living Light

(417)861-6682 | brandy@2bwellspringfield.com

#AlternativeMedicineSpringfieldMO #HealthyEatingSpringfieldMO #HealthyFoodsSpringfieldMO #NutritionistSpringfieldMO

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