We all know that we have to eat, but too little of the right kinds of food can lead to poor health. If you want to develop healthy eating habits, then you have to make sure you eat three balanced meals a day and nutritious snacks along the way. Your diet should include protein, vegetables, fruits, and carbohydrates, and the less processed and fat-filled the food is, the healthier you’ll be.
Many everyday problems can be resolved by adopting good eating habits. You will be surprised at how eating right can lighten your mood, increase your confidence, boost your creativity and productivity, and improve your health.
1. Keep a food and exercise journal. It will help guide you with your daily goals through accountability.
- Keep a chart of how many successful days you had and unsuccessful days. Track how you got a unsuccessful day and more importantly, a successful day. If you have 5 out of 10 days you may need to find how the successful ones were made and likewise with the unsuccessful.
- Attempt to keep a steadiness of healthy eating out of unhealthy eating. By keeping a chart, you can visually see and record data on your day to day basis, fix mistakes and can motivate you to step up your game or say “good job”.
3. Schedule three meals a day into your routine. It’s important to be nourished adequately throughout the day to prevent fatigue and to perform at an optimal level.
4. Snack between meals to curb your appetite and provide a little energy. Try a piece of fruit or a few crackers with peanut butter.
5. Eating small frequent meals can be less taxing on your digestive system.
6. Combine vegetables and grains with a small amount of protein for a synergistic effect.
7. Choose low fat dairy products, lean white meats or wild fish if animal products are desired.
8. Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables that are deep in color, such as the dark orange of a carrot or the deep green of spinach. They contain more nutrients.
9. Choose a variety of whole grain products to include millet, barley and buckwheat.
10. Obtain protein from a less complicated source, such as nuts, legumes, grains and sprouts.
- Try to eat more vegetables than meat. Animal fats add more unhealthy (LDL) cholesterol to your body than your liver may be able to metabolize correctly.
12. Drinking water or having a small bowl of soup before meals may keep you from overeating at your meal.
13. Do not let yourself become so hungry as to overeat at mealtime. Overeating burdens your digestive system.
14. Choose sea salt as it is equivalent in nature to the salt within your body. It is very cleansing. Refined salt causes fluid retention and increased blood pressure.
15. Choose organic products to eliminate chemical exposure. Chemicals are harmful to overall health.
16. Gradually wean from large portions to achieve a healthy weight.
17. Drink plenty of clean water. Water is the most important nutrient needed by the body. Clean drinking water cleanses the body, fights diseases, flushes fat, and improves concentration. Replace soda and other high-sugar drinks with water, and you will drastically decrease the risk of developing diabetes. It takes a bit of sacrifice at first until you get used to it, but the benefits are well worth it.
18. Use moderation when developing new eating habits. The important thing is to develop a plan that you’ll find easy to accomplish and easy to maintain.
19. Eat less in the evening if you are no longer exercising throughout the remainder of the day.
20. Don’t eat after dinner. Just close the kitchen after dinner. Find a good time to eat at night, a time that won’t leave you feeling extremely hungry right before you hit the bed.
- By not loading up before sleeping, you can feel light and ready for breakfast come morning. If you spare your body from digesting food while you sleep, it can perform other tasks like burning fat and repairing cells.
21. Eliminate sugars or choose an unrefined sugar, such as turbinado orhoney.
22. Avoid processed food as it contains ingredients that have been changed from their natural state. These unnatural foods are difficult for your body to assimilate.
23. Don’t store unhealthy food. Don’t expose yourself to temptation. On your next trip to the supermarket, skip the sugar-filled cookies, crackers, chocolate, ice cream, and soda. Keeping junk food at home makes it that easy to break a good eating habit. Rid yourself of the struggle and just chuck the junk altogether.
24. Keep a positive attitude focusing on long term results.