When you choose a neighborhood, you focus on things like…proximity to your work, the school district, nearness to friends, safety, closeness to public transportation, and things like that. When you choose a home you think of how many bedrooms you need (do you have guests often? Do you plan on having kids?), how many bathrooms you and your partner will need to get along well, the newness of appliances, and other practical matters such as those. But rarely do we think of how our surroundings affect the way we eat, and wow do they affect the way we eat. You know that sounds, smells, and even colors influence what we consume and how much we consume. So it only makes sense that our homes and neighborhoods—places we spend a lot of time—affect what we eat. We just don’t quite notice it…at first. Here is how your home and neighborhood affect your eating habits.
Nobody wants to spend much time in a tiny kitchen. If you pick an apartment with a tiny kitchen, thinking, “It’s okay—I rarely cook anyways!” it’s time to change your thinking. Pick a place with a kitchen that makes you want to cook, since meals made at home are healthier than those bought out.