Healthy Eating Habits

Healthy Eating Habits

Food is the fuel that keeps our body moving. The key thing to remember with eating clean is that you have to be patient and consistent. We all to a great extent know what we should be eating and what we shouldn’t but when something tastes really good, it does get very difficult to resist the temptation.  Developing healthier eating habits and learning to make the right is something that will come with time. But first you will have to make the decision that you want to start eating healthier and know that you are not going to do it temporarily, but a lifestyle change.

The food you consume may be affecting your health and your risk for certain diseases. To eat healthier, you may need to make some change some to your daily habits. You may also need to change a few things in your environment which includes everything around you, like your home or the place you work. It’s best to set small goals and change your habits a little bit at a time. Over time, small changes can make a big difference in your health.

Start each day with a healthy, well balanced breakfast.  This will give you energy and will control your hunger for the rest of the day.  It is best to choose something containing protein and carbohydrates such as a slice of whole wheat toast with almond butter or peanut butter and sliced bananas. Going too long between meals can make you feel irritable and tired, so support your body’s natural cycle of energy by eating a substantial breakfast, a nutritious lunch, an afternoon snack to compensate for the body’s natural low point, and a light early dinner.

Pack a healthy lunch and snacks for work as it lets you have more control over what you eat. Keep plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in the house for when you might be hungry.  You can slice up fruit and vegetables and leave it in the fridge for when you may be looking for something to eat.  That way it will be just as accessible as a bag of chips when you want a snack.  Try to decide what you are going to eat for the week ahead of time and a make a grocery list. Stick to the list and do not buy anything that isn’t on it because it will prevent you from buying that bag of chips you walk by and throwing them in your cart because they look good.

Start to take time out to sit down and enjoy your meal every day.  Most of us are always in such a hurry that we shove our food down our throats and don’t even take the time to chew it properly which not only can cause digestive problems, but it may also cause you to overeat.  Try to sit down and actually chew your food, usually about 30 times, until you no longer have solid pieces of food in your mouth.  Also, put your fork down between bites.  When you are starting to feel full, stop eating.  It is much better to feel satisfied, rather than overstuffed.

And lastly, don’t skip meals. Skipping meals can make you hungry, and when you feel hungry, you are more likely to reach for the first thing that you can find to eat, rather than what you know you should be eating making you more likely to overeat in your next meal.  Also, make sure to keep a tab on the portion size. .  It may also help to use smaller plates so it will still seem like you are eating the same amount of food. You may want to start measuring your food just to get an idea of what the portion size should look like.

These are just a few suggestions that may assist you in developing a healthier eating lifestyle however do remember that this doesn’t happen overnight. In order for your new eating habits to stick, it should be a gradual process.  Stay persistent and it will get easier with time.