January Refresh Part 1: Clear the Clutter!

In need of a reset this holiday season? You’re not alone! Most people gain weight during the holidays, which can take over 5 months to lose![1] In the US, weight patterns being to rise around Thanksgiving and peak around Christmas and New Year. So are you ready to get a head start and not wait until Easter to bring it back to your norm or goal weight?

The first step begins with your surroundings and setting yourself up for success.

“Cluttered and chaotic environments can cause stress, which can lead us to grab more of the indulgent snacks - twice as many cookies according to this study that showed cluttered kitchens are caloric kitchens

When stressed out women were asked to wait for another person in a messy kitchen - with newspapers on the table, dishes in the sink, and the phone ringing – they ate twice as many cookies compared to women in the same kitchen when it was organized and quiet. In total they ate 53 more calories from cookies in 10 minutes time.

What also matters is your internal state and feeling of control, “Some of the participants were asked to write about a time when their life was out of control and others were asked to write of a time when they were in control.  The latter group entered the cluttered room feeling in control and ate about 100 fewer total calories than those who felt out of control before entering.”

“Although meditation, as a way of feeling in control, might be one way to resist kitchen snacking for some, it’s probably easier just to keep our kitchens picked up and cleaned up,” said coauthor Brian Wansink, Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab.[2] Although a chaotic environment can create a vulnerability to making unhealthy food choices, one’s mind-set in that environment can either trigger or buffer against that vulnerability.

Why not become a superstar in both?? Join us this January 12th with organizing expert Maeve Richmond and Lifestyle Medicine Dr. Ingrid Edshteyn to set yourself up for success in the kitchen and in your life!

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[1] http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc1602012

[2] http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0013916516628178