It’s easy to give in to cravings when the kitchen looks like the Keebler factory. But one of the most effective tricks to curb unhealthy snacking could be the simplest: fill that kitchen with the healthy stuff and keep the tempting treats hidden. Perhaps it’s time for a little kitchen makeover?
Monkey See, Monkey Chew — The Takeaway
Simplyseeing or smelling food has been shown to stimulate cravings, increase hunger, and boost our prospective portion size, which together can increase our motivation to consume snacks (especially the junk variety)
But instead of fighting those urges head-on, a recent study suggests controlling cravings could be as simple as creating distance between us and tempting treats
But don’t think this means tossing all the goodies! Try replacing some of the junky stuff in favor of healthier substitutes. It might be impractical to make every kitchen junk-food free, but in taking steps to curb those sweet-n’-salty cravings, it’s important to give healthy foods a front row seat. A nutrient packed bowl of oatmeal may seem delicious… until that donut pulls a breakfast blitz and intercepts the eye (and with it, the appetite!). But stick that donut where the sun don’t shine (like, say, the freezer), and the fitter, friendlier option will look that much more appealing.
It may seem obvious, but store junk food out of sight to control cravings & keep unhealthy snacking at bay.