Wait a second…. First, let’s talk about Fitness.
Before we get into Kitchen Fitness, let’s ask and answer “what is fitness?”
Fitness is the ability to perform.
Unless stated otherwise, the word fitness is in context to living life. So it may be more accurate to say fitness is the measure of our ability to live.
In general, being fit is thought of as being healthy, strong, and active. Having these characteristics would make you very fit to live and perform in your daily lives.
The more fitness you have, the more you’re able to live life fully each day. This may mean being more efficient or feeling more joy, or any other measure indicating improved quality of life.
Now, if we want to talk about our ability to perform in a specific area of life, we could reframe the definition of fitness within the identified area.
Introducing Kitchen Fitness
As a chef and nutritionist, I’m very interested in our ability to choose the foods that our best, and specifically our ability to “perform” in the kitchen.
I describe this ability as kitchen fitness.
I believe that our level of kitchen fitness is directly correlated with our means to:
1) consciously choose what we put in our mouths,
2) experience ease and efficiency when cooking, and
3) and be at peace with our diet.
Here’s my formal definition of kitchen fitness…
Kitchen Fitness (noun): the ability to efficiently and joyfully prepare delicious meals using fresh, whole foods.
By building our kitchen fitness, adopting and sustaining a whole food, plant-based diet becomes easier and more enjoyable.
Without kitchen fitness, eating healthy home-cooked meal is inconvenient, expensive, overly time-consuming, and the flavor is suboptimal. This is why cooking at home is generally not something Americans look forward to it—it’s often avoided, and sometimes even dreaded.
Without kitchen fitness, the only possible way to sustain a healthy diet over the long term is if you have someone else cooking for you, or you’re lucky enough to be able to eat out at high-quality restaurants with clean, plant-based options.
At Plantz St, our mission is to inspire and build kitchen fitness through cooking demos, hands-on classes, online trainings, and more.