Prime Your Kitchen
The world is full of cookie platters and nacho bars. At home, give your willpower a break with these six organizational tweaks that make healthier eating automatic.
- Fill the fruit bowl. Load up on bananas, apples, pears and oranges – none of which need to be refrigerated.
- Hide your munchies in a cabinet. Take the bag of potato chips off the counter and drop pounds while doing so.
- Move your smaller plates to the bottom shelf. You will be more likely to use them, and that is good. People take in less food when they eat off a smaller plate (like a 7-inch salad plate) rather than a bigger plate (10-inch).
- Ditch your trivets. Stop bringing pans to the table for easy serving. The same goes for takeout containers. When you have to get up for seconds you will likely eat less.
- Stock the fridge with produce that lasts. Healthy cooking starts with making sure you always have vegetables on hand. Romaine lettuce, carrots, beets, cabbage, and cauliflower are good for at least a week.
- Zap the stressors. People eat less when they are in a relaxed environment. Scan your kitchen for anxiety triggers (a stack of bills, a long to-do list) and move them elsewhere.