Kitchen Design and the "F" Word - Feng Shui

I am what I eat – what I see, feel and taste.
All send messages to my vibrational self –
Lifting or weighing down that which is my health.
The tones of my reality either ring true
in natural alignment with the stars if the Universe
Or, my mind’s creations destroy that which is good.

 Pamela Laurence of Face Your Self®, offers professional training, coaching and consultations in healthy lifestyles. Contact her at Pamela@faceyourself.com

Pamela Laurence of Face Your Self®, offers professional training, coaching and consultations in healthy lifestyles. Contact her at Pamela@faceyourself.com

If you eat well, you are healthy and strong enough to take care of your family and go to work. That ensures that you and your family are prosperous and will have good fortune.

So is the thinking in feng shui philosophy. Ask yourself if you eat in haste or under stress. Do you have a safe and comfortable place to cook so your joy enters the foods you prepare, which nourishes you and your loved ones on a cellular level? When you sit at your kitchen table, what do you see? How do you feel? What do you think? Food supplies us with our life force energy. The kitchen is a room in your home that has a powerful impact on your health, vitality and your wealth.   

It is suggested in feng shui not to have the kitchen be the first room you see when you enter your home. The thinking goes – and it makes sense – that when you see your kitchen first as you walk into your home, on a subtle level, food will always be subconsciously on your mind day after day. This could eventually lead to eating disorders in the family such as overeating, eating unhealthy foods or even bulimia. It is also suggested to try to situate your kitchen so that it does not share a wall with a bathroom or even have a view of a bathroom. Having a bathroom in view or having a bathroom sharing a wall with the kitchen can metaphorically and subconsciously deplete the life-giving forces of the nourishing cooking and eating of your meals.

When choosing a dining table, try to choose a round or oval shape table which symbolizes good blessings and fairness – no one is sitting at the head of the table. Have an even number of chairs; even numbers are more balanced than the odd man out chair. Even if you live alone, avoid having just one chair which  might symbolize loneliness.

Placing your table out of the direct line of any entryway into the kitchen provides a more stable eating environment. The table should also remain uncluttered with some flowers or bowl of fruit and vegetables in the center to represent abundance and health – which actually can mirror for you the center of your healthy being.

Ideally you would want to design stove placement so that it is not cramped or stuck into a corner and does not have a back door by it where the cold winds of winter may chill the hot soup! Of course, make sure your stove area is well lit and ventilated. It is also advisable to not have oppressive overhanging pots, shelves or microwave ovens over your stove.

Remember that even though you do shape your environment,  if you are not aware, your environment also shapes and affects you. Tune into what shapes, textures, colors and artwork are around you. See if you can take a moment and ask yourself how they truly affect you and make you feel. Artwork in the kitchen should reflect bounty, peace, love and joy. Remember that you want to surround yourself with images and accessories which will nourish you and comfort your digestion, not make you nauseous and ill feeling.

I often suggest whites, greens, or earth tones for the color of kitchens. White is a color of purity and cleanliness in our country and it allows the beautiful color of the foods to shine on your plate. Green is a color that reflects new growth, your gardens, family values and abundance and earth tones give a grounding feeling. Of course color is subjective and everyone has a favorite color. I suggest that you be mindful of the colors you choose and how they aid and support you and your family in your cooking and eating experience.

We are fed and nourished not only by the food we eat but also by all our senses. Avoid televisions and newspapers while you eat. When you eat, eat – be present with those you dine; leave the cellphones and iPads in another room. Give thanks to your gods of grace. Allow yourself to be joyous and thankful for your abundant plates of food and know that you really are what you eat.