HACKS TO FIX BAD FOOD HABITS
Can’t stop raiding the fridge for the cake? Nancy Monson shares a handful of simple tips to assist with self-control, improved mood and a host of other benefits
Not making great food choices every day? Take heart – you’re not alone. Our lives are too busy, the temptation too great and our willpower too weak to try to eat mindfully, Brian Wansink, food psychologist from Cornell University in the US, says. Not only do we make more than 200 “nearly subconscious” food decisions a day, but “willpower is hard and has to last a lifetime”.
That said, it’s not an impossible task. Wansink says that a few simple tweaks to our surroundings and habits can have a major impact on eating patterns – for big gains in nutrition and overall health. Here’s how.
1CLEAR THE KITCHEN
Make the kitchen more about practicality than comfort, so you’re less likely to spend time there. Take the TV, computer and other fun gadgets out, as well as the comfortable seats around the counter. This can lead to spending 18 fewer minutes in the kitchen per day, which in turn can lead to less mindless snacking, Wansink says.
2START THE NIGHT BEFORE
Pressed for time? Make your breakfast smoothie and pop it in the fridge before bed. “It’s a great way to get your nutrients on the go,” Fitness First trainer Leanne Tesoriero says.
Plate appropriately portioned meals rather than allowing family members to serve themselves. Wansink’s studies showed that this encouraged people to eat 19 per cent less food in each sitting.