Who doesn’t want a healthy body which is ready-to go to deal all kind of situation? But to get one, you need to plan your diet, exercises, basically your whole routine. Barring diet, everything else can be planned and followed smoothly. But choosing a meal as a health-minded adult can be as complicated and joyless as a calculus. You need good amount of resilience from hitting off those big-named food chains where you tend to satisfy your appetite. Not just this, you have to stop yourself from a hundred other things as well. I have tried to compiled a list of just 10 ways of eating food in a healthy way.
10. Don’t skip meals (especially breakfast).
The very first healthy way of eating food is to actually eat it and not skip it. Skipping meals, or starving your body will cause to hold on to fat rather than burn it. In fact, you should allow yourself to snack a little more, just make them healthy snacks even if you want to diet.
9. Read the back of the box first.
The front is all advertising. Flip it around for the real story. Begin reading the labels of the foods that you eat. Look for its ingredients. Foods that are labeled “low in fat,” or “light,” are not always the healthiest choice. Many times, if a product is lower in fat, it may be higher in sodium, or, if it’s lower in sugar, it may be high in fat.
8. Chew Food Properly.
The mantra for all food is to chew it properly. The more you chew, the slower you eat and the more time your body has to register fullness. Try to pick those snacks that offer a big, satisfying crunch when you bite into them—we mean apples, celery, nuts, not chips for sure—keep your mouth busy for longer.
7. There’s no fruit in “fruit flavor.”
Seeing flavor on a label is a sign the food was stripped of its real taste. Natural only means the additive came from a plant or an animal, which may not be as healthy as it sounds. In fact the growing technology has creates flavors using bacteria and they sometime call it natural.
6. Cautious With Drinks
You often find shelves decorated with colorful, cleverly named drinks in any store that sound healthy but are actually just sweetened water. Taking those drinks is equivalent to drinking a dessert. You can choose water over juice and soda. Try slowly weaning yourself off caffeinated soda with herbal tea or water.
5. Fuel up in the Morning, Not at Night.
Just like a car needs fuel when it’s hitting the road, and not when it’s sitting in the garage. If you overeat at night, you’re less likely to burn off those calories. Give your body a chance to digest and burn the last fuel of the day. A lot of weight loss success stories profess this good habit as a key element to their weight loss journey.
4. Cook Your Food Yourself
Sure, you could inhale supper straight out of a bucket, but for a healthy meal, you need to invest at least a few minutes in chopping, rinsing or grilling. When you prepare dishes yourself, you can see exactly which ingredients are going into it and make conscious choices about what you truly want to eat.
3. Size of your Plate
You all are quite aware of the size of your plate and amount it can hold. So develop a habit of taking food as much as you can eat. In case you have taken more, leave it. We are often conditioned to think that if we don’t eat everything on our plate, we are misbehaving. But if you keep munching even after you’re full, you are using your body as a storage unit. If there’s enough left over for lunch tomorrow, pack it up and put it in the fridge.
2 Green, Green, Stay Evergreen
When shopping at the grocery store, find the healthier foods, such as fresh fruits, fish and vegetables, which are naturally lower in fat and cholesterol and have not been filled with sugar, salt and other preservatives that add on the pounds.
- Prefer This over That
Unprocessed, whole foods will give you the most benefits. Processing takes out nutrients such as antioxidants and fiber. Here are some do’s and dont’s.
- Choose the white meat of turkey or chicken over dark meat, red meat or pork (most of our fat intake comes from animal fat; white meat contains less fat).
- Choose baked or broiled over fried, battered or breaded. Choose low-calorie sauces and ask to have sauces and dressings served on the side.
- Choose fat-free milk and cheese made with skim milk, as opposed to whole milk (again, most of our fat intake comes from animal fat).
These all are surely on my list. Try making it on yours too so that you don’t regret tomorrow.