We all want to put an end to bad habits but that’s a tough job, isn’t it? Eating unhealthily is one of those bad habits that you need to get rid of right away. It affects our body more than you can imagine! If you just knew these few tips, you would never want to eat like that again.
Here is how you can begin –
To eat healthier food, you may need to make some lifestyle changes including changes in your daily habits as well as in your environment. For example, if you don’t keep a tab of the snacks you consume in between meals, you may end up overeating. It’s ok to indulge in a healthy snack or two between meals. They can keep blood sugar steady as well as allow one to rack up more servings of fruits and vegetables.
Typical snack foods (chips, biscuits) not only lack in nutrition but also are low in satiety, so it’s easy to overdo them. Rather choose something that feels like real food like half of a small sandwich, whole-grain crackers with cheese, a handful of nuts or yoghurt.
5 ways to maintain a healthy diet:
1. Do not skip on a healthy breakfast – A healthy breakfast is the most essential meal of the day. Eating breakfast helps jumpstart the metabolism, makes us feel energetic, cut cravings during the day and provides the essential vitamins and proteins required for the day. It is also considered as a key to maintaining weight loss for a long time.
2. Try replacing sweets with fruit of all kinds – Fresh, frozen, dried or tinned. Slice them and store them into plastic lidded containers in the fridge, so you’ve a go-to snack when you’re tempted to have sweets.
3. Chew your food properly – Gulping food may set you up for stomach troubles. Saliva begins to break down food and when food spends little time in the mouth, it leaves more work for the rest of the digestive tract. This may contribute to indigestion.
4. Turn off the television when you dine – Television makes people particularly prone to spaced-out eating. Plan and make sure that healthy snacks like fresh fruits, veggies, whole grain crackers, or nuts are ready to go when you feel the urge to munch on something. Set your table and plate your food (instead of eating directly out of the container) so that you have more control over the quantity you eat.
5. Hydrate yourself – Water is crucial for the proper functioning of your brain cells and every organ in your body (including your skin). Your body needs at least eight glasses of pure water daily to burn out fat. Water not only quenches your thirst; it decreases the hunger and removes toxins. Liquids such as soda and coffee drain water from your body. So, drink plenty of water.
How can I eat healthy regularly?
Eating a healthier diet may be intimidating at first. However, you have a better chance of succeeding when you see how good it makes you feel or how good healthy food can taste. Over time, your preferences will change and cravings for unhealthy foods will fade away.
Making sure you don’t fall back into unhealthy eating:
Even those who manage to break their bad eating habits can easily slip into their old ways during stressful times. When you feel weak or vulnerable, the automatic response often overrides good intentions. Make sure you don’t skip or delay meals and ensure that you schedule your snacks. If you stay hungry for a longer period, you may end up eating too much or choosing an unhealthy snack.
If you have a bad eating habit, don’t be too hard on yourself. Slowly but surely change to a healthier lifestyle – you will be happy you did!
Disclaimer: The above information has been prepared by a qualified medical professional and may not represent the practices followed universally. The suggestions listed in this article constitute relatively common advice given to patients, and since every patient is different, you are advised to consult your physician, if in doubt, before acting upon this information. Lupin Limited has only facilitated the distribution of this information to you in the interest of patient education and welfare.