10 simple tips to turn into a healthy eater
We all just love food, don’t we?
Food is a very important part of our daily life. When we are happy, we eat to celebrate, when we are sad we find solace in food, if we are partying we want a good bite, if we are travelling we want to experience new food.
So, whatever the mood or mode we simply love our food.
I call myself a foodie and can’t resist trying new cuisines and experiencing different flavors. But it does not mean I don’t eat healthy. To enjoy my food long term, I need to take care of what I eat and when I eat.
Eating healthy is easier than you think just some basic knowledge and voila.
For incorporating healthy eating habits you need not sacrifice what you love to eat but just understand that healthy habits will take you a long way. Small changes in your everyday eating routine and you would eventually notice a big difference in your weight and your energy level.
Start with one healthy goal each week and in some time you would be advising others to follow a healthy eating pattern.
- Don’t skip breakfast
“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper”
Most people think skipping breakfast will help them lose weight. Researchers have proved them wrong as eating a healthy breakfast can help us control our weight. Breakfast should be treated as the most important meal of the day. A healthy breakfast provides us important nutrients and is a great way to start our day.
- Drink it up
Our body needs about 1.2 liters of fluid each day and it can come from water, milk or fruit juices. Avoid sugary fizzy drinks as they are high in sugar and not to forget, full of calories (that are so difficult to burn…)
About three quarter of salt our body requires is already present in the food we buy, be it cereals, soups, bread or sauces. We all are aware that eating too much salt leads to hypertension and then other complaints follow.
Similarly, eating too much sugary food or sweetened drinks are also harmful. First of all it is bad for teeth and then there are chances of diabetes. Cut down on alcoholic and fizzy drinks, cakes, biscuits or food that contains added sugar.
- Make coloured fruits and vegetables a daily part of your food
Include all colours of food in your diet. Red, orange, green, yellow, the more colourful your plate, the more likely you are to get vitamins, minerals, fiber.
It is recommended to include five portions of different fruits and vegetables each day in our food. It is not that difficult. A glass of fresh juice, cooked vegetables, a fruit with breakfast or some dried fruit for evening snack and your five portions are done.
- Eat more and starve less
Eat more meals than you regularly do. Besides, breakfast, lunch and dinner, also include two snack times. This keeps your blood sugar level regulated as you are not going hungry at a stretch for more than a few hours.
- Switch to whole grain
Look for things like ‘whole wheat’, ‘brown rice’, ‘oatmeal’, ‘quinoa’, ‘buckwheat’ when you buy food. Read the ingredient list and choose products that offer whole-grain. Switch from white bread to brown bread or from white rice or pasta to brown rice or pasta.
- Choose lean protein cuts
Meat, poultry, seafood, eggs all foods that are rich source of protein. Select leaner cuts and do include them in your meal.
If you are a vegan then you can get your source of protein from soy, peas, nuts and beans.
- Moderation is the key to healthy living
Do not stop yourself from eating anything but do remember everything in moderation will lead you to success. Don’t be too harsh on yourself and allow yourself small treat on a goal achieved.
- Make healthy decisions
You know what is right for you. Make it a habit to take healthy decisions so you can practice and preach a healthy lifestyle.
10. Have fun with food
Try out new recipes, share it with your health buddies and do not stop yourself from cravings but also do not binge on food.