If you keep choosing cheese curls over biceps curls, your home could have a lot to do with it.
“Your habits are more tied to your environment than you know,” psychologist Jeremy Dean, the author of “Making Habits, Breaking Habits,” said.
Eat enough chips on the couch, for instance, and you’ll automatically associate couch time with chip time. Our routines are so influenced by environmental cues that research shows it’s easier to change our habits in a novel setting.
“We see major shifts in behavior when people move to a new house,” Dean said. But you don’t have to relocate to start anew; you just need to become aware of the subtle cues that say “cake!” and replace them with healthy alternatives.
“The typical person makes about 200 food-related decisions a day, but she believes she makes 25 to 30. And it’s those 175 that you’re not aware of that can push you to eat more,” Brian Wansink, the director of Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab and the author of the upcoming book “Slim by Design,” said.
Here’s how to help your home help you get (or stay) slender.
Healthy foods that help you sleep better:
Twinkles are back. Candy bars. Potato chips. Kids will snack on stuff we keep around. Read this article to get ideas on what to keep in hand that gives your kids healthy alternatives.
While no one in my family requires a gluten free diet, I try to provide meals less on wheat/wheat products and more on vegetables, protein, other carb choices. My wife has to watch her gluten intake. So far, so good.
This morning, I fixed a simple omelet topped with some left-over homemade chili (vs salsa that has much more sugar) and a little cheese.
It was fast, easy and very tasty. There will be no fast food stop on the way to work!
Learn to eat healthy and you won’t be tempted by the convenient but not-so-healthy choices you see everyday.
Good news? Let’s hope!