Is Your Kitchen Making You Hungry?
Have you ever wondered if your kitchen actually makes you want to eat more? You are not alone.
Many people want kitchens that are open concept, open shelving, offer comfy, upholstered banquettes, and drawers that practically close by themselves. It is what every designer is promoting as the "hot" must-have kitchen of your dreams. If you drank that designer-made Kool-Aid and are ready to expand your kitchen to a ridiculous level of space and luxury, you might want to consider what this renovation could do to your waistline.
Take a look at nutritionist Dr. Brian Wansink's book, Slim by Design, and you will learn that often how our kitchen is designed—like having a larger-than-average refrigerator, for example–can actually make us keep more food on hand.
Dr. Wansink is the director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University, and he contends that eating habits are more influenced by a person's surroundings than by appetite, and the latest in luxury kitchen comforts are the biggest reason many people over-eat.
The fact is, the more food options that are readily available, the more likely something is to catch your eye and become your next unexpected tasty treat.
So what can you do to design a kitchen to add more to your space, but not to your waist?
Here are a few design tips:
Your kitchen is a place where your family will gather, so you want it to be comfortable—just not so comfy so that you never want to leave it. Storage should be used for more than hiding clutter, cooking tools, and gadgets. It should prevent visual temptations of sweet or fatty foods out on display. Make your new kitchen a place that supports a healthy eating habits and a healthier lifestyle.
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