Design expert promotes healthy kitchen, healthy you

2013-04-12T00:00:00Z Design expert promotes healthy kitchen, healthy youEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

Interior designer Alison Victoria is always eager to offer advice for beautifying and organizing rooms in a home, particularly one's kitchen.

Victoria, star of DIY Network's "Kitchen Crashers" will be giving tips and helping locals get organized at the "Healthy U" event Saturday at Avalon Manor in Merrillville. The event is presented by Creative Solutionz Inc. and The Times Media Company.

The Chicago designer said she's looking forward to visiting the area and meeting with attendees.

"What I hope people take away from the presentation is that organization is the key to any healthy lifestyle," said Victoria, during a recent telephone interview.

She said when things are not put away the right way in one's home, whether that be in a kitchen, living room, bedroom, or basement, it interferes with daily living and the process of getting things done.

Victoria said even healthy eating habits are made easier when your kitchen is organized. She added perhaps one person's way of organizing may be different from yours but "you've got to find a way to make it work for you."

Making a schedule for yourself and trying your best to keep to it is important, she stressed.

"But all of it has to do with a mindset or a motivator," Victoria said.

She said she sometimes goes off track like everyone else but knows it's important to have something that motivates you to keep your goals.

The designer said during her presentation, she'll talk to people about ways they can design their own lifestyles to be more healthy and even bring in some personal stories from her own life. She said she's planning her own wedding now and will also offer tips about how she's organized those plans as well as her own healthy eating habits and how cooking more at home has helped her to lose weight and stay fit.

She also stresses "Small things make a difference in your life" and "A healthy home is a happy home."

As a designer, Victoria said, it makes her happy to know she's helping people be more satisfied in their own homes.

"Home is where life happens. It's a gratifying feeling to me."

Alison Victoria will appear Saturday at Healthy U, an all-day event that promotes overall healthy living, at Avalon Manor, 3550 U.S. 30, Merrillville. Doors open at 8 a.m. with event starting at 9 a.m. Tickets are $40 and include lunch. They are available online, at Times office locations in Munster and Crown Point, or may be purchased at the door. Visit YourHealthyU.com or call (219) 678-8255.

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