HELP YOUR HEALTH

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

CAN­CER Coun­cil Queens­land spokes­woman Katie Clift shares how your kitchen could be af­fect­ing your health.

Look­ing to im­prove your diet? If you con­sider the kitchen as the heart of your home, you may want to think about how it af­fects your waist­line.

With so many hours spent in kitchens, it makes sense to re­flect on how this one room may be af­fect­ing our health. Here are six points to con­sider.

One, how stocked is your fridge? Hav­ing a gi­ant re­frig­er­a­tor and buy­ing in bulk may sound like a great idea, but too much space and pro­duce can have in­ad­ver­tent costs. When your kitchen is stock­piled with treat food healthy eat­ing can more eas­ily be re­placed with a binge. Also, buy­ing too much food at once can re­sult in spoiled fruit and veg­eta­bles – caus­ing you to grab a take­away. In­stead, try buy­ing less food, but shop­ping more fre­quently.

Two, take a look at your dishes. Peo­ple tend to pile on more food when their plate or bowl has ex­tra room. If you are try­ing con­trol your por­tion sizes, you may want to use a smaller dish. This way there won’t be an is­sue if you ha­bit­u­ally fin­ish what is on your plate.

Three, what colour are your walls? While cool colours like blue, pur­ple and green seem to have a calm­ing ef­fect and are con­sid­ered ap­petite-sup­press­ing, re­search sug­gests warm colours such as red and yel­low make us more ex­cited and stim­u­late ap­petite.

Four, think out of sight – out of mind. Foods kept on main shelves, at eye-level are most likely to be eaten first. To help you stick to your health goals, sim­ply re­ar­range your cup­board, with treats kept on high or low shelves.

Also, try to avoid buy­ing food for en­ter­tain­ing when you don’t have plans, or skip the treat foods al­to­gether and serve your guests fresh veg­gies, fruit or nuts.

Five, avoid clut­ter. A messy space can make healthy eat­ing harder, if un­earthing a coun­ter­top seems too dif­fi­cult com­pared to grab­bing a pre-pack­aged snack or take­away. Plus, clut­ter leads to stress, which can push peo­ple to emo­tional eat­ing. Have one spot for mail or sim­i­lar, if need be, and keep the ma­jor­ity of your counter space clear for meal prep. By keep­ing the kitchen for its main pur­pose, you may find that you fo­cus more on your food and lis­ten to full­ness cues. Six, stop serv­ing fam­ily style. When you lay out an all-you-can-eat buf­fet on the din­ing ta­ble you are more likely to overeat. In­stead, opt for a per-per­son sin­gle ser­vice and limit op­tions for sec­ond-help­ings by re­mov­ing leftovers from sight.

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