Sometimes I wish I had a fairy dishwasher that can keep all of the dishes washed and put away. It’s amazing how many dishes can accumulated when you meal prep and eat six meals a day.
If you are like me, it might be tempting to delay doing dishes. But new research may have you scrubbing them sooner rather than later.
According to a study conducted at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, spending time in a cluttered and chaotic kitchen may cause us to double the amount of calories we eat.
“Being in a chaotic environment and feeling out of control is bad for diet,” said lead author Lenny Vartanian. “It seems to lead people to think, ‘Everything else is out of control, so why shouldn’t I be’.”
Dishes in my kitchen
It depends on the day. Sometimes it also depends on the time of day.
I always go to bed and wake up with a clean kitchen. What happens in between there remains to be seen. Preparing a variety of food to follow my meal plan plus carrying four meals a day can create chaos and a ton of dishes.
I am glad that I am not prone to snacking when the kitchen is a little messy. It also helps that I do not currently have many additional snacks except for my little man. There aren’t any snacks on bowls on the counters for my fingers to just gravitate towards as in the study.
The heart of your home
Have you ever stopped and wondered why family and friends tend to congregate in the kitchen?
In many homes, the kitchen wears many hats. It’s the center of the family team huddle, the place for chatting with friends, the computer room for paying bills, an entertainment center, a child’s art museum and lets not forget its original purpose—a place to enjoy good food with family and friends.
It’s the place we all gravitate to regardless of its condition.
The messiest and cleanest room at the same time
It’s funny how the kitchen can be the messiest and cleanest room at the same time. It doesn’t take a lot to throw us off our game or come up with excuses, if we let it.
Here are a couple of ways to combat the urge that can lead to snacking and weight gain.
- Limit temptation. If you’re allowing yourself a treat, do it in moderation. Don’t sit down with the entire bag of chips or cookies.
- Treat your snacks like a meal. Take the time to put your snack on a plate, sit down and enjoy it like a meal instead of standing in the kitchen digging into the bag of chips or whatever.
- Control your environment. If you have trouble with control, don’t bring the snacks into your home. You can’t eat what is not there.
What does your kitchen look like daily? Do you let dishes pile up or take care of them right away?