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While eating healthier is a goal for many, subtle cues in the kitchen can make it harder to eat healthy, and easier to fill ourselves with snacks and junk food.
But there are ways to make the home more conducive to better eating, experts say.
"There are some basic principles from the behavioral treatment of obesity…that we have applied to a number of different settings, and they definitely can be applied at home," said Marlene Schwartz, deputy director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University.
Planning meals in advance can go a long way, but it's also important to plan how the foods you buy go into your kitchen.
"People eat what's easiest to access, and what they can see," Schwartz said. "It sounds so obvious, but I think people are humbled by how much of our eating is automatic and unconscious."
That idea was echoed by Mary Story, a professor of epidemiology and community health at the University of Minnesota.
"I think probably the best thing families can do is not have unhealthy foods in the house or the kitchen," Story said. "If they 're not buying chips, they don't have them. That's probably the best thing they can do to eat healthy."
Making good foods easier to see and access and making unhealthy foods harder to get to lies at the core of a healthier eating environment. With that in mind, here are 13 suggestions for how to rearrange your kitchen to foster more nutritious eating habits.
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