Let’s start with easy to follow healthy eating habits.
With the crazy stress of our lives and the ease of food delivery at our door steps, food is no more about healthy nutrients or being the source of fuel to our body. In other words, it’s more of a heart over head situation, with us attending to our mood more than the requirement of our body and let’s be honest, that juicy double-decker cheese burger is pure regret in the hindsight.
Since we are always eager to achieve and deliver more professionally or personally, we often don’t focus on our intake and when the going starts getting difficult, we look for easy and quick solutions which are not so healthy; say hello to crash and cleansing diets.
Though these diet plans seem to be a one-stop solution for everything; they don’t make for a great conclusion in the long run. It’s critical to understand and inculcate the requirement of your body in your diet and restrict the intake of unhealthy elements. This helps in bringing healthy eating habits in our lifestyle and we start seeing changes – feeling lighter, more energetic and even lose weight.
Hence, it’s important to feed your body with what it needs to be healthy and not what is available (we all know pizza and ice-creams aren’t doing us any favors).
Think of it as an adventure to learn and understand your body, an opportunity to educate yourself with the right and healthy source of nutrients and their importance in our body. Though there is so much content available online and through text, it still needs a custom touch because no one knows your body better than you.
The way food affects your lifestyle is an indication of what needs to change, similar to what Hippocrates (ancient Greek Physician) said centuries ago – “We are what we eat”. For example – often greasy food such as burgers and pizza make you feel bloated and have that unsettling feeling which can hamper your day and affect the subsequent activities…whereas if you choose healthy options such as smoothies and salads together with a few nuts to snack on, you feel lighter, more active and probably more at peace as you are content with supplying your body with the rich source of nutrients.
Start with these six healthy eating habits in your daily live:
- You could start by buying fresh food items and avoid processed or packaged food items which often have high amounts of preservatives to keep them “so-called fresh”. This will also help you learn about local produce which will come in handy when you decide to prepare healthier dishes at home itself.
- Once you have made the decision to be healthy, you could plan your meals and think about ways to make it more balanced. You could include salads, your choice of protein, yogurt, nuts and fruits…to be honest the options are endless…you can also create your own energy bars and include things that you enjoy.
- Also, keeping a 12 hour gap between the 1st and the last meal of your day is a great habit to maintain.
- Don’t forget that your body is about 60% water. You need to have about 2-3 liters of water every day. The amount of water depending on your weight and lifestyle. Sometimes if you feel hungry it can be also a sign that your body is thirsty. Before you are going to look for a snack try to have a glass of water, wait for 10 minutes and see if you still want to have a snack.
- Also, it’s seen that the way we eat our food or the number of times we chew can impact the nutrition breakdown tremendously. When you eat your food slowly and chew it properly, it helps you to get maximum nutrients out of the food and can also suppress frequent hunger pangs.
- When you start substituting your food habits with more organic and healthy food elements, you will soon realise that you feel more energetic and less heavy as you start shedding a few kilos along the way.
Lastly, it’s critical to include healthier eating habits in this ever demanding and stressful world because that’s the fuel which will help you stand stronger and be more adaptive to testing times and situations.
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