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Greener is Leaner

Making time for nature can make it easier to meet dietary goals.

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Green landscapes inspire healthy diet

It’s not your imagination: Being confined to a windowless cubicle can drive up a hankering for junk food. And lack of access to nature may be the big reason behind it.

A British study published in Health & Place found that people with a daily view of a green landscape (like a garden or community park) expressed fewer cravings for unhealthy foods. So when possible, people should set up their workspaces close to a window with a verdant view—or carve out time in the day to walk among Mother Nature’s highlights. And, yes, this advice still stands for people in colder climes where winterscapes lean more toward gray than green.



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Matthew Kadey, MS, RD

Matthew Kadey, MS, RD, is a James Beard Award–winning food journalist, dietitian and author of the cookbook Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sport + Adventure (VeloPress 2016). He has written for dozens of magazines, including Runner’s World, Men’s Health, Shape, Men’s Fitness and Muscle and Fitness.

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