Alphabetize Your Spice Rack! 6 Ways to Create a Healthier Kitchen

Alphabetize Your Spice Rack! 6 Ways to Create a Healthier Kitchen

A mindful approach to food takes the principles of mindfulness — attention, awareness, and presence in the moment — and applies them to eating habits.

Mindful eating is a philosophy that emphasizes listening to the body’s cues, savoring food, and paying attention to tastes, textures, and portion sizes. These focused habits can lead to a healthier weight and a more positive relationship with food.

If you’d like to adopt a more mindful approach to eating, you might expect to make certain changes at mealtimes. But setting the stage for better food choices doesn’t begin and end at the dinner table.

Keys to success may lie in a different room, just a few feet away: your kitchen.

Research shows that specific ways of organizing your kitchen can lead to more awareness of the food you’re eating.

Here are six hacks to achieve “food shui” in your kitchen.

Design by Ruth Basagoitia
1. Clear clutter (except for a fruit basket)
Any space crowded with clutter can induce stress — the last emotion you want to associate with the place you prepare and eat your food.

Keep your countertops clear of all excess accessories except one: a fruit basket. In a 2016 studyTrusted Source, researcher Brian Wansink, PhD, and his colleagues found that the presence of a fruit basket on the kitchen counter correlated with lower BMI.

2. Make cooking easier
Want to eat healthier meals at home? Try structuring your kitchen for streamlined cooking:

Keep pots, pans, mixing bowls, and utensils close at hand.
Alphabetize your spice rack.
Stash cookbooks with appealing, simple recipes in view.
3. Store healthy foods at eye level in clear containers
A mindful-eating kitchen is all about accessibility and visibility.

“You’re three times more likely to eat the first food you see than the fifth one,” says Wansink in his book “Slim by Design.”

When you put healthy foods in clear view in your fridge, you’ll notice them faster — and, therefore, eat them sooner. Try putting healthy leftovers in clear Tupperware, and place healthy foods at eye level.

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