Rearranging Your Fridge to Eat Healthier

Men’s Health posted this great article to menshealth.com:

The first step to changing your diet is rearranging your refrigerator. How you position your groceries may shape the way you eat.

Shelve Strategy – Fill your eye-level shelf (or top shelf) with fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious snacks. You’re 2.7 times more likely to eat healthy food if it’s in your line of sight, a Cornell University study says. “That’s also why manufacturers pay a premium to have their products at eye level in stores,” says Kit Yarrow, Ph.D., a professor of psychology and marketing at Golden Gate University.

Pack Smart – A variety of small leftover containers tempt you to eat more than you planned, says Brian Wansink, Ph.D., author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think. Instead, combine leftover entrees and sides so that each container has one meal’s worth.

Shop More, Buy Less – Instead of laying in supplies for the week, hit the supermarket more often and buy only for the next few meals. An overload of choices at home may deplete your willpower, a 2008 Journal of Consumer Psychology study found. “And people tend to reduce consumption when resources are scarce,” Yarrow says.

Hide the Junk – All stocked up on snacks? Now make sure you eat the good ones. In a 2009 Danish study, one in four participants who chose a healthy snack over an unhealthy one later reached for the junk anyway. So place the healthy stuff front and center, and stash small guilty pleasures out of sight.

Read more: http://www.menshealth.com/mhlists/organize-your-refrigerator/pack-smart.php#ixzz0rh5MTl8P

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