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Your Kitchen Itself Could be Causing You to Eat

According to this article at Yahoo Health, things other than food in your kitchen could be causing you to gain weight.  Here’s their list and how my kitchen adds up:

1.  Dim the lights – According to the article, bright lights can cause stress which causes us to eat.

My kitchen has several inset, bright CFL’s.  I don’t enjoy dim lighting so I wouldn’t want to change, but I do keep the lights off completely when I’m not in the kitchen, so hopefully that would lessen the apparent stress.

2.  Add a bouquet – Adding a scent that doesn’t coincide with your food may keep you from overeating

This makes sense to me but my asthma can’t put up with most scents.  I also think it’s funny that almost all the candles we do actually own are food scented – vanilla, sugar cookie, cinnamon rolls, etc.  Guess I’ll start putting those away, hehehe.

3.  Use smaller bowls and spoons – We eat less with smaller utensils and serving dishes.

I’m glad I always use the smaller forks and spoons after reading this but am rethinking our giant dinner dishes…we do tend to load them up…

4.  Conceal your leftovers – Hide the super yummy leftovers so you won’t be inclined to scarf them down just because they look good.

This works for me but sometimes too well.  I’ve thrown away a bunch of fuzzy leftovers simply because they were pushed to the back of the fridge…that’s always a sad moment.  At least the calories didn’t get to my thighs.  :-)

5.  Leave dinner behind – Plating the food and walking away will lead to eating less than being surrounded by all of it.

We get this half right, lol.  We do plate our food in the kitchen and eat in the living room, BUT we usually load up so we don’t have to go back for more.  That’s the definition of self-defeating…

What do you think of their list?  How do you stack up?

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4 comments to Your Kitchen Itself Could be Causing You to Eat

  • I read the plate thing too. And all we used to have is butter plates and dinner plates. I splurged last Xmas and bought some lunch plates..I believe they are 8″s and now we use them most of the time.

    I wish there was a tip on how not to go get second helpings. I’m such a grazer.

    I’m guilty of not doing #4 especially with treats. Fresh baked goods sit on our counter and are nibbled on til they’re gone.

  • Growing up we had to eat everything on our plate, but we got to choose what we put on the plate. That led to a culture of putting small amounts on the plate and going back for seconds. I think that works really well for cutting down the overeating for me.

    We also use dessert plates when nobody else is around and I got rid of our ginormous Target bowls. They were beautiful but deceptively large.

    Putting the leftovers in the fridge (or cookies in the freezer) is generally enough concealing to stop my snacking on them. No need to hide within the fridge. On the flip side, taking fruits out of the fridge and somewhere I can see them increases the chances I’ll snack on them instead of something less healthy.
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  • @First Gen American, if you ever find a definite way to keep from going back for seconds, let me know. We are trying to cook less so there won’t be as many leftovers, but we still over serve ourselves…oh, and yes, I stink at hiding the yummy stuff…

    @Nicole, I leave almost all fruit on our counter now too so I’ll remember to eat it!

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