We could probably talk all day about the things that can make people happy. Some might say that their happiness is having a successful career, being with their family, or as simple as being healthy. There are those who find happiness by travelling, expressing themselves through art, or starting a website or blog and uploading videos on it.
Now, if you are one of those whose happiness is their health, you are in for a treat. We are going to give you some tips on healthy eating and sticking to it.
Prepare Yourself for Success
To prepare yourself for success, consider planning for healthy eating as a few small, manageable steps instead of one huge drastic change. When these small changes eventually become a habit, you could move on and include healthier choices.
- Prepare your own meals – this can help you control what you eat.
- Make the proper changes – cut down unhealthy foods and switch to healthy alternatives.
- Read the labels – some foods claim to be healthy, but hide huge amounts of unhealthy fats or sugar in packaged foods, so be careful.
- Simplify – do not be too worried about counting calories, but rather focus on keeping away from processed and packaged foods and going for fresh ingredients.
- Drink plenty of water – stay hydrated as water helps us to flush toxins and waste products out of our systems. Some people mistake thirst for hunger, so being well hydrated also helps in making healthier food choices.
Eat in Moderation
Moderation essentially means eating only the food that your body needs. At the end of your meal, you must feel satisfied, but not bloated. This is also about balance – balance of fiber, vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, and fat to maintain a healthy diet.
Moderation may also mean eating less, but it does not mean getting rid of the foods you love. For instance, eating bacon once a week for breakfast can be regarded as moderation if you eat a healthy lunch and dinner.
- No “off-limits” foods – when you prohibit some foods, it is normal to crave those foods more. Begin by cutting portion sizes of these foods and consuming then less often. This way, you will crave them less.
- Have smaller portions – rather an entrée, choose a starter when dining out. At home, your serving of half a cup of pasta, mashed potato, or rice is like the size of a conventional light bulb and chicken, meat, or fish should be the same size as a deck of cards. If you do not feel satisfied after eating, eat some extra vegetables or finish your meal with a fruit.
- Take time eating – before you feel full, stop eating. It takes a few minutes before your brain tells your body that the food you had eaten is enough, so eat slowly.
- Eat with others – aside from the emotional benefits, eating with others allows you to mold healthy eating behaviors for your children. Eating in front of a television or computer can result in mindless overeating.
Aside from weight problems, taking too much sugar can cause energy spikes and has been connected with depression and diabetes. Reduce the amount of desserts and candy as well as foods with hidden sugar like fast food, breads, pasta sauce, cereals, ketchup, and margarine. Our body gets the sugar it needs that naturally occurs in food, so any added sugar means empty calories.
To cut down sugar:
- Allow some time for your taste buds to adjust and stop craving by slowly reducing sugar in your diet.
- Avoid sugary drinks.
- Avoid packaged or processed foods.
- Eat healthier snacks.
- Check labels and pick low-sugar food products.
The tips we shared above are some of the most important things when planning to have a healthy diet. Start with them and you are very well on your way to a healthy, happy life.