Another “New Year,” another chance at adopting a Healthy lifestyle and eating habits. The start of a new year is a perfect opportunity for all of us, to imbibe good habits. And, Food and eating is the perfect place to start. As, our busy schedules and packed foods are ruining our stomach, appetite and health.
So this new year, lets take small steps towards health and wellness. Starting with the fuel of our body, that is, Food and Eating habits.
10 good food habits
1) Eat all meals
Stop skipping your breakfast, lunch or dinner. As when we are starving, we tend to eat anything and everything. Besides, skipping meals slows down your metabolism. And your blood sugar takes a plunge again, ushering in the low energy, brain fog, and mood swings you experienced all day.
2) Sit Down and Switch off the gadgets
All our lives, we ignore our health to earn money. Later, we spend all the hard earned money to regain our health. How ironic? So. please take 15 minutes off, sit comfortably and relish every bite of your food. Mindful eating is the new buzzword on social media and nutrition blogs.
3) Eat Healthy Unprocessed food
Many of the packaged foods we buy today are aimed at convenience and involve the minimum of preparation time on our part. But they’re not that healthy.They often contain high amounts of preservatives, man-made colourings and other added chemicals.
Get into the habit of preparing meals from unprocessed foods and you will reap the health benefits.
4) Change to Healthy cooking methods
The more you “do” to your food, the less it does for you. So avoid things like deep-frying, which drenches your food in unnecessary calories. And boiling vegetables until they’re drained of colour, as this will sap them of nutrients. Sautee, Steam, Grill your vegetables, as its’ more healthy.
5) Eat Healthy Portion sizes
In today’s supersized world, it can be hard to know what a healthy portion looks like. All the advertising we see seems to be aimed at encouraging us to eat and drink a lot. So it’s little wonder that many of us consume more than we need on a daily basis, as our eating habits have changed without us even realising it.
6) Healthy Eating at Social events
For most of us, it’s impossible to avoid work gatherings or birthday bashes, where lots of food and alcohol are on offer. Thus, build a few habits:
- Eat a healthy, filling snack to take the edge off your hunger before you arrive.
- At a buffet, fill your plate once and then stand away from the food table.
- Load up on salad and vegetables.
- Skip cheeses and dessert, or share with a friend or partner.
7) Drink-Drink and Drink lots of water
Water is essential for life . As, it’s required for digestion, absorption and transportation of nutrients. Also for elimination of waste and to regulate body temperature. So ditch the tetra pack juices and reach out for water more!
8) Eat your fruits and vegetables
Aim for three cups of vegetables and two fruits each day. Fill half your plate with vegies at lunch and dinner. And add fruit to your breakfast and for a snack on the way home from work! It cuts your hunger pangs and keeps you healthy.
9) Treats can be healthy too
We often think of certain foods as “bad” and cut them out altogether. However, this can set us up for failure because we end up craving them all the more and then bingeing. Set aside one meal a week to indulge in as a treat. And don’t feel guilty about it!
10) Plan your meals
Stock your fridge and kitchen. And plan what you will cook or eat for the day. This way you will have a plate of food when you get hungry. Also this will avoid munching on chips, biscuits or all the fancy packed tins in the fridge. So, shop healthy, that you can plan-cook-eat healthy!
And please eat locally grown fruits-veggies-grains. Also eat seasonal food. It is superb for your health. Stop running after food fads! Do what’s best for your stomach, gut and health.
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