Eating doesn’t have to be a trial but it shouldn’t engulf you either. Can you begin eating for excellent health now without starving yourself? Take a look at your eating habits. Can you go around the buffet table without picking something from every dish? No? Perhaps these tips will help make your eating habits, whether at home or at a restaurant, a bit healthier.
1. Smaller meals -
o Eat six small meals instead of three large ones. By satisfying your hunger pangs before they overwhelm you, you can defeat hunger before it takes over.
2. Eat your favorites first -
o Eat what you enjoy. When fixing your plate try selecting only two or three of your favorite things. Just because there’s plenty of options doesn’t mean you have to eat all of them. At restaurants appetizer samplers as an entrée and doggie bags can help you accomplish this in a pinch. Eating for excellent health now does not mean you have to sacrifice your taste buds.
3. Roughage -
oRoughage is otherwise known as greens. Romaine, leafy green, arugala, spinach, and kale have excellent nutritional value and flavor. Iceberg lettuce has no nutritional value and does no more then add calories to your waist line. Roughage also helps detour your sweet tooth before it annihilates that three tier strawberry shortcake, so eat your salad last, not first.
4. Visible snacks -
oBeing lazy is good for something. Think I’m kidding? Studies have suggested that if a healthy snack is readily available, meaning within arms length, the average person will munch on that instead of sweets in the break room. So be lazy! Keep healthy snacks within eye sight and arms length.
5. Snack bags -
o When was the last time you snacked on two bags of Cheese Doodles? One snack bag feels like a snack but two is heading towards a binge. This is one thing that most of us can restrain ourselves from doing. Pack a few small snack bags (sandwich bags work great!) with healthy treats and keep them near at hand.
6. Combine snacks -
o The healthiest snacks are usually those that combine food groups. Think trail mix. Nutritional value, flavor, and variety. Can’t get better then that! Try some of these delicious pairings!
a. Apples and peanut butter
b. Organic crackers and hummus (a personal favorite!)
c. Graham crackers and peanut butter
d. Yogurt and dried fruit
e. Cheese and fruit
Eating for excellent health now is more then just limiting the sugar and fat intake, although that certainly helps, it’s about being reasonable and understanding what it is you are putting into your body. Most diets don’t work. Why? Most people don’t like sacrificing their favorites or weighing everything just to lose a pound a week. That doesn’t mean you can’t be healthier though. Being healthy requires a habit change, and just like biting your nails, it can be hard to beat. But eating sensible is much easier then eating less!