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.
As I’ve struggled with my weight and mental disposition from eating un-healthy, I’ve picked up a few healthy eating tips to help make it easier to eat right.
- Keep a food diary: Once you have it on paper and in front of you, you start to think twice about what it is you’re eating. You might think 1 cookie won’t make a difference, but when you’re tracking that across the week you start to notice.
- Eat breakfast: Your mom always said it and it actually is true – breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Make sure that it’s something high in fibre and protein – such as oatmeal, whole grain toast with peanut butter, or eggs.
- 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.
- Eat chocolate: Eating healthy doesn’t mean you need to give up your sweet tooth. Just remember to keep it in moderation and enjoy what you love.
- Eat seasonally: Enjoy fruits and vegetables as they’re in season. They will be at their tastiest, most affordable and readily available.
- 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.
- Don’t starve yourself: You make think that by cutting back on the number of times in a day that you eat you’re doing your body some good. Nothing could be further from the truth – infrequent eating makes your body hold onto anything it gets because it thinks it’s in a famine. Eat small meals regularly and frequently throughout the day.
- Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water and eat plenty of watery foods such as vegetables and fruits.
- Eat the good carbs. Put down the white bread and instead pick up some whole grains such as oatmeal, buckwheat, bulgur or barley.
- Practice portion control: Even healthy foods can be bad for you if you’re consuming them in large quantities. Begin measuring everything when you’re cooking to get a visual idea of how much you’re eating and how much you really need. Changing your dishware can help with the psychological side of seeing your smaller portion in a smaller dish makes it actually seem like a larger portion.
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