Researched & Submitted by: Karlyle Lim, Dietetic Intern
So it’s that dreaded (or much anticipated) time of year. It all starts with Halloween and then catapults into Thanksgiving, the winter holiday season, and then into the new year. With candy, chocolates, and assorted sweets at every turn in the grocery store, what’s a person to do!?
Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Dr. Brian Wansink of Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab and author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, has found that we tend to eat more when something is conveniently in sight. For example, if you have a bowl of sweets sitting on your desk, you’re more likely to eat twice as much than if that bowl was six feet away. Lesson: get those holiday sweets out of an arms length away!
- Bypass The Bulk
Again from Dr. Wansink’s team of researchers, it was found that buying in bulk increased consumption. If you decide to head to Costco or Sam’s for some one-stop shopping, think again. Buying in bulk may be lighter on the wallet, but more candy in your pantry just means you’re more likely to eat it. Lesson: buying less will help keep your impulses to eat at bay.
- Size Matters
Going hand in hand with buying in bulk, package size also influences your eating habits. If you’re pouring out of a larger bag, you’re more likely to poor more and eat more, too. Lesson: big rewards come out of smaller packages.
All in all, when it comes down to it, moderation is key. Just make sure to do yourself a favor and keep the temptations at a minimum.