A couple of years ago, my grandparents sold their second home, which meant they suddenly had an extra home full of stuff to give away or sell. Among the nifty items that became mine were a German cuckoo clock, a rocking chair, a decade's worth of Bon Appetit magazines--and Tupperware. Lots of Tupperware.
My grandmother stores all her dry goods in clearly labeled opaque Tupperware or ceramic canisters. Not only did it keep her cupboards organized, but it kept little hands from reaching into the cookie jar when the grandkids were little.
After inheriting her extra set, I realized that Gramma was onto something.
I planned to use my canisters for storing dry goods, just like Gramma does, but I realized that I could also use them for storing foods that might tempt me: chocolate chips for baking, chips, cookies, etc. Not only would the streamlined containers take up less space in my small kitchen, but they would also keep temptations out of sight.
I recently read a story about nixing food cravings. Among the tactics that worked for one chocolate addict: replacing the M&Ms in her candy bowl with marbles. According to that same story, "To avoid dying in a famine, the brain is wired to pick up on signs that calorie-rich foods are nearby, which helps explain why that piece of cake on the plate in front of you is so irresistible, or why seeing a sign for a doughnut shop draws you in even when you know you need to watch your diet."
What else can you do to put healthy food at the forefront--and banish junk to the shadows?
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