If you’re anything like me, you probably struggle to eat healthfully on a daily basis. Between the busy work schedule and the hectic lifestyle, it’s easy for us to slip up from time to time. That’s why it’s so important to develop healthy eating habits from a young age. Because if you don’t start until you’re older, chances are good that it will take you much longer than necessary to turn your eating habits around. Eating healthfully doesn’t only mean cutting out the processed foods and limiting your intake of red meat and sugary snacks. It involves making simple dietary changes that have a big impact on your health as well as your waistline. The following article lists some easy tips that can help you achieve a healthier lifestyle immediately.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
According to the National Foundation for American Communities, 70% of adults don’t have breakfast during the week. Yet skipping this meal can cause you to feel tired and un energetic throughout the day. A breakfast consisting of fibre-rich foods such as fruit, beans and whole grains is your best bet for achieving optimal energy levels. Proponents of intermittent fasting (intermittent fasting for weight loss is discussed later in this article) often recommend eating breakfast 24 hours after your last meal. While this may seem like a lot of effort, it can help you to avoid the mid-afternoon “crash” that can easily lead to overeating later in the day.
Avoid eating while watching TV or using your computer
While watching your favourite series or movie may make you feel as though you can’t focus on your meal, you should definitely not eat while you’re watching television. Similarly, eating while you’re using a computer is a bad idea. Instead, try to take these meals as an opportunity to multi-task and get some work done. If you really need to eat, take a break and go to the kitchen when you’ve finished watching or using your device.
Don’t skip meals
Food is fuel, eating every three to five hours is ideal. Skipping meals can lead to low energy levels and cravings later on in the day. It can also encourage you to store more fat around your waist if you do not give your body enough energy. Preparing healthy meals and snacks that you can consume throughout the day can help to avoid skipping meals.
Be mindful when you sit down to eat
Sitting down to a meal is a common trigger for many people to start eating. Instead, try to eat a light snack before sitting down for dinner. This will prevent you from reaching for unhealthy food when you are bored, stressed or feeling hungry. You also don’t want to become so accustomed to snacking throughout the day that you feel that you need a larger meal when you sit down to eat dinner.
Eat a variety of foods at every meal
Healthy eating doesn’t have to mean eating a single type of food at every meal. Instead, try to add a few different foods to your meal each day. This will ensure that you get a variety of nutrients and minerals throughout the day. Some ideas for adding different foods to your meals are to mix up your vegetables, add cruciferous vegetables like broccoli into salads, and try different proteins with each meal.
Keep your kitchen stocked with healthy ingredients
It’s easy to fall into the trap of eating a lot of processed foods when you’re trying to eat healthier. Luckily, there are many healthy ingredients that are great for adding flavour to your meals without adding much additional calories. Some healthy ingredients that you can add to your diet include: - Turmeric - This spice may help to boost metabolism and aid in weight loss. - Broccoli - This veggie is loaded with vitamin C and can help to reduce inflammation in the body. - Cinnamon - This spice can help to fight off bacteria in the gut and aid in digestion. - Ginger - This spicy ingredient can aid in digestion and help to fight off bacteria in the gut. - Cumin - This ingredient can help to boost metabolism and aid in weight loss. - Sea Salt - This ingredient can help to enhance flavor and aid in improving blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
Eating healthfully doesn’t have to be a difficult process. With a few small changes to your eating habits, you can start to experience the benefits of eating healthier. By incorporating these healthy eating tips into your lifestyle, you can drastically improve your diet.
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