Did you know that clutter can effect your weight? I don’t know about you, but everything ends up in my kitchen. That includes people, mail, stuff from work, projects and the like. My counters sometimes reflect the adage “management by piles.” Maybe I should do a clutter blog some day and help myself out.

Did you know that clutter increases stress level? If you stress level is up, so is your cortisol level in your blood. As cortisol levels rise, so does hunger according to Pam Peeke, MD author of Fit to Live. When we are hungry, we will eat more. Duh!

Think about it. When the counters are messy, it is so much easier to grab cookies, fast food. It takes time to clean off the counter and cook a healthy meal.

Pick a spot for mail. You can get stacking trays from Staples for about $6-7 dollars or $20 for four. You might find something cheaper at the Dollar Store. Keep an area open for food prep and cooking.

It is a good idea to keep an area only for eating. You can designate the area on the table by using placemats. My husband is out of work. Currently the kitchen is set up as his mini office for all his job search activities. We might want to rethink that plan.

We do eat in the dining room often, which I like. But we are also more likely to eat in front of the TV which is never good. (You watch TV and eat too much). Evely Tribole, RD writes about intuitive eating. She says that it is a good idea to separate eating from other activities. If you are present to eating you will be aware of how full you are and stop eating. When you are distracted you are likely to eat more food. More food equals more weight. Less food equals weight loss.

To help lose weight and maintain healthy weight, separate eating from other activities. Be mindful of eating. Savor the tastes and textures.

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Blessings, Mary Pat

Mary Pat FitzGibbons RN MS writes on healthy weight loss for Baby Boomer Women.