Working from home can be a challenge especially if you have a closet full of snacks that are within arm’s reach. The key is to create a healthy habitat. Here are 5 creative ways to stay healthy at home.
Organize. When it comes to meal time it’s easy to order in or turn to snacks or other items we have in our pantry that might not be the best choice. One solution is to use baskets in your pantry for different types of cuisines. For example, create an Italian or Asian or Mediterranean basket with the basic staples in your pantry. This basket may include spices, sauces, and dry goods like pasta, olives, or beans. Place it on your countertop in the morning, add in the pre-cooked protein and fresh cut up veggies and voila, dinner is served!
Packaging Power– A paper in the October, 2010 issue of the Journal of Consumer Psychology by Adriana Madzharov and Lauren Block studied snacking behaviors related to packaging. Here are the 3 findings.
- First, the number of items on the front of the package affects people’s judgments of how much food is inside the package. A package with four cookies on the front was judged to have fewer cookies in it than a package with seven cookies on it. People also judged the portion size to be bigger when there were many items pictured on the package than when there were few.
- Second, when given the chance to actually eat, people ate more food from packages with many items pictured on it than from packages with few items pictured on it. The beliefs that the package has contained more in it and therefore the portion size is larger, which led people to consume more food.
- Third, this effect was strongest for people who say that they like to think visually. People often display preferences for the way they like to learn new things. In a final set of studies in this paper, the authors had people rate how much they like to think visually. Those people who were high visual thinkers were much more likely to overeat from packages depicting many food items than people who do not characterize themselves as visual thinkers.
Whittle Your Middle. Psychologist from UK’s University of Chester found that when subjects are asked to select an item from a group, they tend to choose the item in the center. The rule holds true for food, too, according to a study published in the Journal of Marketing that showed that products on middle shelves in grocery stores gain more attention than those on lower shelves.
Portion Power. In some ways, this strategy relates to packaging power. For each snack you purchase, check the label and find out what the serving size is. If there are 11 servings of pretzels, then make it last for 11 lunches or snacks. Prep and Portion- prep foods and portion out snacks. Line the snacks up in baggies in opaque containers and use a word label on the outside. Grab and go
Invest Don’t Ignore– you are paying money for groceries each week. Don’t neglect them, enjoy them!