Some of you may be aware that supermarkets stack their shelves tactically by putting the most expensive items at eye level to make you, the customer, spend more. So conniving are they that they just love to prey on tired, hungry and irritable customers right until the chocolate display by the till. That’s because our eyes automatically look directly at objects in front of us making our brain want them. But did you know that this can also apply to the way you store food in your fridge, freezer and cupboard? Well apparently so. Research shows that simply shifting around the groceries in your kitchen – and your dishes – you can actually retrain your brain, helping you crave healthy foods instead of junk. So where to start? Let me lead the way…..
Head in the fridge
Stock this area with skimmed milk, bottles water, low cal beverages and sugar free drinks. Why? Staying hydrated naturally helps curb appetite. So many people mistake thirst for hunger so it’s a good idea to get a drink in you first.
This is the ideal place to store fresh fruit and veggies, because it keeps the slimming foods close. For double benefit, put chopped up crudites here for when hunger really strikes and you can grab and go.
Ply this one with protein – hard-boiled eggs, pre-cooked, skinless lean meats, and reduced-fat dairy (such as yogurt and cheese). Why? Those that add at least two ounces of protein to every meal eat 31 percent fewer calories daily, say researchers. Remember protein releases a hormone that travels to the brain and shuts down hunger pangs. Got to love protein hey?
Diet-busting temptations should be stashed away here (er…..hold on. What are they doing in the fridge in the first place? 🙂 )The brain and the eyes are so intricately connected that what you see when you open the fridge is often what your brain then craves and wants you to eat So I guess when it comes to junk food the saying “out of sight, out of mind” can truly ring true!
This space should be filled with sauces, dressings and marinades. Jazzing up meals helps you to feel genuinely full on 200 fewer calories a day and thus shed pounds!
Stocking the freezer with healthy things that will make dinner prep a breeze. So pop fish fillets, chicken breasts and frozen mixed veggies here and it may help you dodge at least one takeout meal weekly. And don’t forget low-cal, guilt-free treats, like sorbet and fruit for smoothies can help soothe a sweet tooth without derailing your good eating habits.
Head in the cupboard
Keep your tallest, most narrow glasses–and your smaller salad plates—upfront at eye level, and stash your larger items higher, where you’re less likely to reach. The reason is that when we use smaller cups and plates we automatically eat and drink less but our brain still registers that we have a full glass and a full plate.
Head in the pantry
Store diet-sabotaging dry goods like crisps and snack cakes in hard-to-reach spots (like that annoying cupboard over the refrigerator), and you’ll cut your mindless munching 40 percent or more. studies show that when treats are tucked in inconvenient places, we stop eating when we are full.
Turn on the music
soothing tunes while you’re whipping up dinner and listened to when you’re eating can help you feel fuller quicker. That’s because stress and anxiety make people eat more food without realising. On the other hand if you’re calm, you’ll eat less.
I have to say I have tried this and have rearranged a few things in my kitchen and I’ve noticed that when food is not immediately in front of me, I don’t think about, And at the risk of sounding like an advert for Tesco’s, every little helps!!