3 Tips That Will Transform Your Eating Habits
Sep 09, 2018
There is scientific evidence that proves a healthy diet affects you physically, mentally, and emotionally
Maintaining health and wellness involves so much more than meets the eye. Choosing to feed yourself high quality foods packed with vitamins and minerals will keep your body running like a well-oiled machine.
By employing these three tips you will transform your eating habits and continue your journey to living an active and energetic lifestyle.
Learn what you must know about the basics of healthy eating
Whatever your reason for wanting to eat healthier, you’re not alone. Every single day, people all over the world, are telling themselves they are going to start eating better but have no idea where to begin.
- The beginning is always today. Stop waiting until Monday, the first of the month, or whatever excuse you have to put off until tomorrow what you can begin to do today. The smallest step in the right direction may end up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must but at least take the step.
- What you put in your mouth is well within your control. You have free will which means that you are completely responsible for all of your successes and failures. If you have struggled and failed to eat healthier, ask yourself where you went wrong. I’m reasonably certain that you know. Taking responsibility for your actions equals success.
- Are you an emotional eater? Emotional hunger comes on fast and is a reaction to your feelings; it’s not about the food but it’s the only thing on your mind. Physical hunger builds a little at a time and comes about because your body needs energy; it’s biologically based and connected to your blood sugar levels. Before you eat, it’s important to stop and think; clarify if it’s your stomach that’s hungry or if it’s your mind and heart that needs attention.
Train yourself how to develop a healthy eating plan for everyday
Every living cell in your body is made from what you eat and drink. Food is not just calories, it is information; it talks to your DNA and tells it what to do. Food can be your medicine or your poison, choose wisely.
- Admit how much you’re really eating. Consider the size of the plates and bowls to help limit your food intake. The surprising importance of plate size lies in the fact that most of us eat with our eyes. If given a large plate or bowl, we will be tempted to fill it and compelled to eat it. It’s time to resign from the clean plate club.
- It’s time to ditch processed food in a dramatic blaze of glory. The number one way to quit eating junk food is to get it out of your reach! You will be more likely to stick with great food choices if you don’t have your old staples to fall back on. Don’t expect to see changes unless you start making them.
- Discover nutrition without dieting. Good nutrition starts with smart choices at the grocery store. Environmental psychologist, Paco Underhill, author of Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping reports that two-thirds of what we buy in the supermarket we had no intention of buying. Make your grocery list and stick to it. Please don’t try to convince me that it costs too much to eat healthy, I politely and strongly disagree. The facts are the facts folks; the average American spends nearly as much money on fast food as they do groceries.
Here’s what to do when you get bored with healthy eating
After a few months of sticking to a healthy diet, it’s easy to lean heavily on the same few food choices and meals can become flavorless. If you don’t take the time to mix up your menu, chances are that sooner or later you will become uninterested and fall back into your bad habits.
- As food prices continue to rise, so does a trip to the grocery store. As a shopper, with the combination of climbing prices and a falling budget, you are constantly challenged to find economical ways to keep your body and your bank account healthy. Planning ahead is the cost-effective solution to keeping your body and bank account in tip-top shape. Today, the power of the internet can help you by providing endless, easy recipe ideas for healthy eating on a budget.
- Think outside the box when considering protein choices. When opting for protein, chances are the first foods that come to your mind are chicken and fish. Skip the meat department and get your protein from other sources. Budget friendly items like eggs can make tasty omelets, dried beans are the beginnings for hearty soups, and Greek yogurt with nuts and sliced fruit can taste decadent while still being a healthy substitute to meat.
- Eat with your eyes by adding color to your plate. Picture this—a bed of brown rice with a sliced chicken breast on top—are you salivating yet? Probably not. I’m not hating on beige but we eat with our eyes first; it is hardwired into the brain and is deeply rooted in evolution. When shopping, add more color to your grocery cart with brightly colored fruits and vegetables. A plate adorned with colorful purple potatoes, red peppers, or yellow corn may be just what you need to take a family favorite recipe to a whole new level.
Self-care is paramount to living well. As a health and fitness professional one of the biggest patterns and deepest scars I see is self-neglect.
By incorporating these three tips that will transform your eating habits into your daily routine you will inspire yourself and be better at everything you do. Spend a little time caring for yourself, you deserve it!
I am a yoga and fitness for cancer practitioner. I support people who have been affected by the cancer experience resume normal activities and improve functional skills and quality of life. If you, or someone you know, would like to learn more about how yoga and fitness can assist cancer patients undergoing treatment, into recovery and onto long-term survivorship contact me at [email protected]
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