According to research done at Cornell University Food and Brand Lab in Ithaca, New York, office workers who were given candies in clear dishes to place on their desktops helped themselves to candy 71% more often than a similar group that was given the same candy in opaque dishes so that the candy wasn't visible.
So what's my point? Hiding tempting foods can truly make a huge difference in the choices we make, as well as how frequently we consume (or overconsume) the foods we find tempting. We have all heard of the statement, "out of sight, out of mind," so keep any foods you know are tempting to you OUT OF YOUR SIGHT!
If you're going to keep snacks at home, make sure to keep them inside the cupboard and NOT on your countertops. Keep foods on the counter that ARE a healthier snack option such as bananas or apples. When you open your fridge, make sure to have cut-up veggies and fruit in baggies, as well as yogurt and cheesesticks as options that are easily visible. Do the same in your cupboards - put your unsalted nuts, seeds, and Kashi Chewy granola bars in front of other tempting snack options.
Tips like this just may be the key to you conquering a food challenge and to your overall success!?!?!