Today there are experts that can tell you how nearly any choice you make relates back to your personality, your personal habits and even your quality of life.
But one area that remains under-served is what your house says about the kind of foods you eat.
This goes beyond initiatives like First Lady Michelle Obama's fight to end what she calls "grocery store poverty" in poorer, inner city and more rural neighborhoods. It also extends beyond where you grew up or what your childhood home was like.
Here, your home can be a type of objective witness and mentor to help you iron out dietary balance issues that may be keeping you from achieving your health and weight management goals. In this article, learn more about what the home you live in now says about the food you eat.
Do You Live in a Cluttered Home?
Take a look around your house right now. You can start in the room you are in at this moment. What do you see? Are the surfaces covered with "stuff?" What about the floors? If you wanted to do a project or make dinner, would you have to do some pre-work to make space for it to happen?
New research indicates that the amount of clutter in your home may influence your eating habits to a greater degree than most people would prefer.
For example, if you have to work to prepare dinner, but you have to do work even before you prepare dinner just to clear space to wash, chop, slice and dice, that is twice the work you signed up for. So it is easier by far to reach for a pre-prepared meal, call out for pizza or pop around the corner to a favorite eatery.
In other words, clutter creates not just an outside mess, but inner exhaustion. You are defeated before you even take that first step towards preparing a healthy dinner...or breakfast, or lunch, or snack.
What's In Your Closet?
The clothing you have in your closet right now have a lot to say about the food you might choose to eat later on. If your closet is judiciously stocked with clothing you love that fits the size you are right now, chances are good you will be inspired to keep eating whatever you've been eating that will keep you fitting into those clothes.
Conversely, if you are one of those serial dieters who has a range of outfits to fit you at five different sizes, it won't matter so much if you cheat once or many times on your healthy eating plan.
And if your closet contains items that date all the way back to your childhood, or holds bad memories for you, or is so dated it is really only suitable for costume parties, or you just don't like it, then your motivation to eat well will fall by the wayside further still.
Professional organizers have witnessed firsthand how when a client cleans out their closet, their eating habits often begin to change as well. Reason being, when you like how you look and what you are wearing, you are willing to do what it takes to hold on to that good feeling.
Are You Introverted or Extroverted?
If you took a walk down your street right now and looked at each home in turn, would you be able to guess which of your neighbors is extroverted or introverted? How about which of your neighbors is a neat nick and which one is a slob?
What about who among your neighbors is a healthy eater who uses gluten free meal delivery and who orders a pizza or burger instead?
Your house says a lot more about you - how social you are, how organized you are, how healthy you are - than most people realize.
Of particular note here is the contents of your pantry and refrigerator. What is yours full of? Do you have lots of pre-packaged meals, instant beverages, canned goods and carbonated sodas? This may indicate you have a tendency towards procrastinating on important things like the planning required to eat healthy lean meals.
Your bedroom is another place where you can just take a look inside to see whether you are likely to go to the gym later on that day as well as what you will probably eat for dinner tonight and how healthy or not it may be.
What Kind of Decor Do You Like?
Another common way your own home can give away what your eating habits are like is in the decor you've selected. If you've gained weight since living there, experts say it could be due to everything from what color you've painted your walls to where you like to hang out in the house to how comfy you find your bed to be (or not).
Red walls and visible snacks (think cookie jars, candy dishes) can stimulate your appetite so readily you probably won't even notice it happening until you hear the sound of your own crunching.
Comfortable, casual seating and a telephone, television or computer placed in the kitchen will hold you there longer, where all the food is located.
A bedroom that doubles as an office, a kids' playroom, a dog bed, a storage room or the family entertainment room can easily explain why you may not be getting enough restful sleep....and also why you may be increasing your daily calories (especially sugar, salt, caffeine and fat) to compensate.
Landscaping that leaves no room for fruit trees, a vegetable patch or even a herb garden window box can put healthy eating quickly out of your mind.
Most of all, if your dinner plates look like pizza trays, that is a pretty good hint as to why you might tend to overeat during meals. To help you and your body digest and cleanse from possible overeating, think about a good detox cleanse from Tallwell Nutrition.
Your home is basically "you" in wood, steel and stone. It has so much to say about what is working well in your life as well as things you might like to change. Just spending some time contemplating why your home looks the way it does and is set up the way it is can give you valuable insights to help you create a life that looks and feels more like the real you.