in sight, in mind?

I came across this short article at Web MD about a phenomenon they are calling The Fruit Basket Phenomenon.  Here’s the gist:

A hotel put out two baskets of apples at the front desk, and people ate them.

The reason this is striking to me is not because it’s brilliant, but because it’s brilliant.  I have heard a zillion times that if you want to eat less candy, ditch the candy bowl.  Out of sight, out of mind.  Or at least out of reach.

But I have never heard it twisted this way: don’t get rid of the bowl; just fill it with what you do want to eat.

Have you seen this strategy before?  Do you use it?  Might you use it now?

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