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Managing your health can take discipline, but maximizing your personal environment to support good health is one way to make being healthier a little easier. March is National Nutrition Month®, so take a closer look at your home environment this month to help you be healthy!
Here are six tips to make your home healthier:
Out of Sight, Out of Mind Have you ever noticed that your favorite cookies seem to disappear more quickly when they are easily seen in the glass cookie jar on the counter? When our favorite temptation foods are constantly in our line of vision, they will naturally be on our mind more often. This usually translates into eating more, causing you to overindulge! Move tempting foods out of your direct line of vision in your home, such as in a cabinet or drawer. You will find you are less tempted to overeat!
Healthy Reminders Place reminders around your home to keep "healthy" on your mind! For example, place your running shoes next to the front door to prompt you to go for a jog, or tape a picture of your weight loss goal on the refrigerator. Fill your environment with healthy cues to keep you on your toes the next time you are tempted to make an unhealthy choice!
Make it Inconvenient Candy, chips and soda can entice anyone to overindulge, especially if they are within easy reach. Strategically place food and beverages in your home to make healthier foods easier to reach, while the less healthy foods are a little more difficult. For example, place bottled water in front of soda in the refrigerator, or place chips on the top shelf while healthier granola bars and fruit are only an arm's reach away. By making less healthy foods a little harder to reach, you will find you choose the healthier ones more often!
Set the Table Without Food Health professionals encourage family mealtime, but serving your meals "family style" may not be preferred. "Family style" meals are characterized by placing all food and serving dishes on the table at once where everyone serves themselves. This type of eating style often results in overeating, as diners are tempted to continue to eat past the point of fullness. To encourage portion control, try leaving your serving dishes on the stove top or away from the table at the next mealtime.
Mindless to Mindful A recent poll suggests that 91 percent of people typically eat meals while watching TV at home. The challenge with eating while distracted is you are more likely to overeat or make unhealthy choices when your focus is taken away from the food. One easy way to make the most of a healthy meal is to be fully present while eating. Avoid distractions during mealtime, like TV or computers. Make it a habit that meals in your home will be eaten only at the table with minimal distraction. You will find that healthy choices just got a little easier!
Downsize Your Dishes One simple way to cut back on the amount of calories you consume is by using smaller plates, bowls and cups. By using smaller containers, you will likely consume 20 to 30 percent less without even noticing the change! Make sure you keep smaller serving dishes available in your home. Try using a smaller dish the next time you need to control your portions.
Learn more about ways you can eat healthy this March during National Nutrition Month® from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.