So a few weeks ago, Steve came home from work with a tape-measure and grand plans to build more bench space into our kitchen. He had finally had enough of having to move three appliance to three different spots just to access the toaster.
This threw me into the action that I had been dreading for several years now - a kitchen spring clean. Two days later I emerged, exhausted but triumphant, from my over-hauled kitchen. Bench-space as far as the eye could see; crisis-averted.
Over the next little while, I noticed a strong sense of renewed energy, enthusiasm and creativity in my food preparation. By cleaning up my kitchen, I had re-ignited my food-mojo.
And then an article on a recent study published in the journal 'Environment and Behaviour' landed in my inbox. It found that women were more likely to binge on junk food in a cluttered kitchen, and less likely to in a tidy kitchen.
The authors hypothesised that:
"Being in a chaotic environment and feeling out of control is bad for diets. It seems to lead people to think, 'Everything else is out of control, so why shouldn't I be?'"
"Although meditation, as a way of feeling in control, might be one way to resist kitchen snacking for some, it's probably easier just to keep our kitchens picked up and cleaned up."
This makes so much sense to me. And I really do think that my morning 'brothee' tastes even better now that the view is better.