If you’ve been starving yourself due to the restrictions of the latest fad diet, you might be surprised to learn that you’re doing more harm than good to your body. Eating is an important aspect of living. It goes bad when poor eating choices are made. If you are interested in learning more about healthy and tasty foods you can consume, here are some helpful tips.
Gone are the days of deprivation. Starting today, make a choice to enjoy food within the appropriate proportions and health groups. The human body thrives when fed protein, whole grain carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, and even good fats. So instead of restricting your diet, enjoy foods that taste good and give your body the necessary nutrients it needs.
The first tip is to plan ahead. Of course, you can go through the drive-thru because you are hungry at the moment. Or, you can plan ahead so that you know what you should eat and when to eat it. Contrary to popular belief, eating frequently is good for you. You should be eating at least six times throughout the day. The difference in this strategy for healthy eating is that you don’t need huge portions. Instead of eating a large lunch and dinner, make breakfast your large meal. Yes, this might require your alarm to be set a couple of minutes earlier, but again, the reward is worth it.
Jump starting your metabolism by eating a good breakfast—eggs, toast, sausage, milk, etc.—and you will have energy to last you throughout the day. Ditch the sugar-loaded cereals, waffles, and syrup. Give your body what it needs instead of what you habitually crave. As you begin to eat healthier, you will crave healthier foods.
Once you’ve consumed a healthy and hearty breakfast, eat a substantial snack between breakfast and lunch. Nuts, fruit, cheese, and whole-grain crackers are options that support a healthy diet and taste good.
When lunch time rolls around, you have a difficult choice to make. A hot meal from the drive-thru or a fresh and healthy meal? The lie told ‘round the world is that eating a healthy lunch restricts you to salads and sandwiches. The truth is that some sandwiches are loaded with calories and unhealthy toppings. Eating chicken, fish, fruit, and vegetables are all great choices for a midday meal.
Did you know there is an exact science to eating? While most people grow up thinking food tastes good, meals are rushed, and drive-thru’s are great, it’s important to think about what you eat and how you eat it. Habit will kick in and tell you to eat because you see food. But, listen to your body. If you aren’t truly hungry, put down the food. The body and brain are a little delayed in communication about feeling full. Before you stuff yourself, take a break and wait a couple minutes to determine if you really are still hungry or if you are full. Eating carefully and healthy will give you the health and appearance you want.