Rather than relying on willpower alone, improve the healthfulness
of your dwelling space, starting with your kitchen and living room.
If you keep a produce bowl on your kitchen counter, research shows you’ll weigh an average of 13 pounds less than people who don’t. Brian Wansink, professor and director of Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab, shares this tip and more in his book Slim by Design (HarperCollins, 2013). He also recommends downsizing your plates. By using a smaller plate, you’ll serve yourself 22 percent less food and still get full. Another tip: Keep serving bowls off the dinner table.
If you bring serving bowls to the table, you’ll end up eating 18 percent more.
Green up the rooms in your home by nurturing houseplants. According to NASA research, having at least one potted plant per every 100 square feet of floor space can drastically improve air quality.
Other tips for a healthier living room: