Adopting healthy eating habits is not as hard as people would be believe it could be. Dr. Lisa Young says “Consider brushing your teeth. Most of us regularly brush our teeth so the practice has become easier to sustain on a regular basis. [And] that is the goal of developing healthy eatings habits.”
Gretchen Rubin, author of Better Than Before, a book on habits, “I’ve realized that the secret to good habits — for nutrition, or anything else — is to know yourself. For instance, some people do better when they give up a temptation all together, others when they indulge in moderation … You have to think about what works for you.”
Below are 8 simple step to help you develop a better eating lifestyle:
1) Stock up on healthy foods (As mentioned in previous posts) : Buy whole grains instead of white bread products — oatmeal, brown rice, and whole wheat breads. Keep healthy protein options around — nuts and seeds, fresh turkey breast, and eggs.
2) Eat sitting down : When you eat meals while you are sitting down, you tend to eat more slowly, enjoy what you are eating, and may even end up eating less. When you eat standing, you often do not even realize that you are eating.
3) Drink water instead of liquid calories : Get into the habit of opting for water or flavored seltzers. They will keep you hydrated without providing any calories. Try drinking a glass of water before eating each meal or snack, and you may just end up eating less.
4) Snack on fruit instead of chips (As mentioned in previous post; you can eat snacks, just as long as they are good for you and your body in the long run) : The trick is to either know where to get fruit if you are out, or to stock it in your fridge, and bring it along if you are going to be out all day.
5) Eat a colorful salad or veggies every day : If you don’t love salads or are not in the mood, another way to get your veggies is to have a vegetable-based soup or to eat steamed or sautéed dressing.
6) Chew your food well : When we chew our food and pay attention to what we are eating, we eat more slowly, and usually end up eating less. It takes at least 15 minutes for our bodies to register that we are full.
7) Put leftovers away : When you see them laying around, you are more tempted to eat them even when you aren’t hungry.
8) Be true to yourself : It is so important to know yourself and recognize what works — and what doesn’t work — for you. (As mentioned in previous posts)
Happy healthy eating habits!