Keep junk food behind closed doors

Keep junk food behind closed doors

There’s also something to the old adage, “out of sight, out of mind.”

Make easy-to-grab unhealthy snacks inconvenient by storing them behind closed doors or in a difficult-to-reach corner of your pantry. Simply adding this extra physical barrier may make you think twice before indulging.

Eating unhealthy food isn’t bad. But to practice mindful eating, you want to make an active choice to eat potato chips, not grab a handful and pop them into your mouth just because they’re in front of you.

2. Don’t let your kitchen get too empty
Staring at a bare-bones fridge is a lot more likely to prompt you to call for takeout than inspire you to make a healthy home-cooked meal. To ensure you always have something to work with, don’t let your food supplies dwindle too low.

3. But don’t fill it too full
On the other hand, keeping your kitchen packed to the gills won’t help you eat mindfully, either.

Research reported in “Slim by Design” revealed that when people bought in bulk at wholesale club stores instead of shopping more moderately, they ate through their purchases twice as fast as they normally would.

Strive for the balance of “just enough and not too much.”

With these few small tweaks, you can make your kitchen conducive to mindful eating — without even thinking about it. How’s that for a delicious irony?

Sarah Garone, NDTR, is a nutritionist, freelance health writer, and food blogger. She lives with her husband and three children in Mesa, Arizona. Find her sharing down-to-earth health and nutrition info and (mostly) healthy recipes at A Love Letter to Food.

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