As life gets busier and busier, eating right seems to get harder and harder.
Cooking a healthy meal at home is becoming a rarity, as more often than not we’re just grabbing a bite on the run – be it from a vending machine, drive-thru or delivery.
Let's bring healthy back!
Take control now and get a huge head start for your new year resolutions for 2015 using these healthy eating tips:
#1 – Be A Bouncer
Just like how the bouncer at the night club decides who enters or not, you can keep strict control of what you let enter into your body.
Having it on paper and in front of you, makes you think twice about what it is you’re eating. I'm not a fan of complicated diaries though, but taking a pic of the food with your mobile phone is easy to do.
You might think 1 cookie won’t make a difference, but when you’re tracking pics of that cookie every day across the week you start to notice.
#2 – The Breakfast Myth
Our moms was sold on the idea, and always tried to convey us about it – that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Sure we need food, but the first meal isn't of any higher importance than other meals. They are all important!
I always try to challenge common beliefs!
Right now I'm following a 16/8 intermittent fasting pattern on a daily basis. Hugh Jackman did this during his preparation for his role in the X-men movies. Not eating my “breakfast” before noon doesn't make me any less energetic or have any less restitution from my workouts.
Try different approaches and check out what works for you!
#3 – Eat Slowly
Take the time to really savor and taste your food. And by chewing your food well, it’s digested better by your body, reducing the likelihood of stomach aches and indigestion.
#4 – Eat Chocolate
Eating healthy doesn’t mean you need to give up your sweet tooth. Just remember to keep it in moderation, say once a week, and enjoy what you love.
#5 – Eat Seasonally
Enjoy fruits and vegetables as they’re in season. They will be at their tastiest, most affordable and readily available.
#6 – Different Needs
Sure, there are lots of experts who can give you nutritional plans and diets to follow, but if they don’t fit your lifestyle you won’t stick to them.
#7 – Let Your Digestive System Have A Break
You've heard all your life that it's bad for your health to starve. Well, an incredible amount of research show big benefits of doing short bouts of fasting every now and again.
Read my Guide To Fasting and learn everything about why, how and when to do it.
#8 – Stay Hydrated
Drink plenty of water and eat plenty of watery foods such as vegetables and fruits. A drop of 1% water in your body, can result in a big drop in performance when working out!
#9 – Eat The Good Carbs
Put down the white bread and instead pick up some whole grains such as oatmeal, buckwheat, bulgur or barley.
And incorporate more vegetables into your diet! This is easily done through a home-made juice or smoothie if you have a good blender or juicer available:
#10 – Practice Portion Control
Even healthy foods can be bad for you if you’re consuming them in too large quantities.
A good rule of thumb is to not eat more than the size of your fist at any given meal. I hate measuring my food, but sizing it up against my fist is a quick and easy way of portion control.
Changing your tableware can help with the psychological side of things. Seeing your smaller portions in a smaller dish makes it actually seem like a larger portion!