What’s On Your Counter?

I just saw this interesting article yesterday and had to share!

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The 20lb Cereal Box: Kitchen Counter Foods that Relate to Your Weight

Keep boxed cereal or bottled soda on your counter?  How about cookies?  According to this study, you likely weigh more than your skinny neighbors who keep fruits on the counter.

“It’s your basic See-Food Diet — you eat what you see,” said lead author Brian Wansink, professor and director of the Cornell Food and Brand lab and author of Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life.

Look around your kitchen and see what you’ve got sitting out in plain sight.  Your habits may be impacting your health in a way you never realized.  If you see fruit– good for you! If you see highly processed foods– you may want to make some changes if you are trying to lose weight.

A random shot of my counter is going to definitely include a few types of fruit.  Right now I’ve got a full bowl of apples, a couple of oranges and a couple of asian pears.

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Bananas– always!  I also keep squash on the counter.  It wouldn’t be unusual to see a few potatoes and sweet potatoes too but I’m out.

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Over here I’ve got some bone broth going in the slow cooker from the bones of the chicken I oven-roasted last night.  I let it cook for about 24 hours before jarring up the broth for the freezer.  More on bone broth in the future!

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What you won’t find on my counters is any soda, boxed cereals or packaged cookies– actually, those things are not hidden in my pantry, cabinets or fridge either.

If it’s not there, you won’t eat it.  Simple as that.  Make things easier for yourself by not keeping certain less-than-healthy foods where you see them every time you walk by the kitchen.   This one little change could make a big difference.  Create a new habit if you don’t already have it:  Buy some fresh fruit! 

A few ideas to consider include:  apples, bananas, cantaloupe, clementines, grapes, grapefruit, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemon, limes, mango, nectarines, oranges, papaya, peaches, pears, pineapple and pomegranate.

Fruits are gorgeous out on the counter (prettier than bags of processed carbs and plastic bottles of dyed sugar-water, right?)… and a nutrient-dense choice.  Surround yourself with the things that support your intentions and skip the stuff that doesn’t.

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