With long work days, packed fitness regimes, and active social lives, it can feel like there aren't enough hours in the day to do all that you want/need to do. It is understandable if you let your housekeeping slip a little now and then. Trust us, we understand! But, the results of a recent study may have you paying a little more attention to the cleanliness of your kitchen!
Researchers from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab wanted to test the idea that cluttered and chaotic environments stress us out and make us more likely to reach for junk food. In their quest for answers, they discovered that a messy, cluttered kitchen caused people to consume more calories!
The study featured 98 women, half of whom were asked to wait in a clean, quiet kitchen while the other half were asked to wait in a messy kitchen with newspapers scattered on the table and dirty dishes in the sink. In both kitchens, there were bowls of cookies, crackers and carrots sitting out. The researchers found that those who were waiting in the chaotic kitchen ate more calories -- especially when it came to the junk food. In fact, they ate twice as many cookies as the women who waited in the clean kitchen. It appears that the participants' mood also played a role in their calorie consumption. Before entering the kitchen, some women were asked to write a story about a time in their lives when they felt in control while the others were asked to write about a time in their lives when they felt out of control. The group that felt in control walking into the kitchen ate 100 fewer calories than the women who felt out of control.
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So what exactly does this mean for you? Well, we know that stress is a disaster when it comes to eating properly and losing weight. It can make a real mess of things, actually. Stress can lead you to overeat. If you are someone who finds yourself agitated and stressed by clutter, make that extra effort to tidy your eating space. There is something to be said about the old 'out of sight, out of mind,' adage. If you can't see the food, you'll be less likely to eat it! Clear off your counters and put everything in its place.
While you are tidying your counter space, you might want to consider clearing your cupboards too. Take the opportunity to rid yourself of any and all processed, junky foods you have on hand. No more cookies, no more potato chips. When it comes to filling your pantry in a healthy way, let us help! By following the BodyRock Meal Plan, you will gain the foundation required for building a balanced, healthy diet for years to come. The Meal Plan covers everyone from meat eater to vegans and takes virtually all the guess work out of meal prep. We provide you with a weekly grocery list so all you have to do is buy the ingredients and follow along! We are talking 30 days worth of real, whole, exciting, flavorful meals and snacks, that will satisfy your taste buds! What are you waiting for? Get your Meal Plan here
Do you think the state of your kitchen impacts your eating habits?