There’s a ton of guidance out there on the most proficient method to eat healthy. So many, in fact, that it can feel overwhelming every time you go the grocery store, especially when you’re hungry (AKA regularly)! Knowing how to eat well doesn’t appear to be very clear. Between the trendy diets, gourmet meal services, and a constantly changing list of superfoods, eating healthy has become more confusing than it needs to be. Be that as it may, eating healthy isn’t complicated. Check out these four easy tips to help you eat healthy!
Flip around the container for all the nutrition facts! The more ingredients, the more likely there are additives and chemicals lurking in the ingredients list. Also, checking the name of a product is a simple method to see whether there are pointless ingredients. Do you really need added sugar in bread, for example? Nope!
Choose Whole Foods
Whole foods are more than a grocery store! Pick foods that you can point to where they come from. For example, a potato originates from a root, and an egg from a hen. But where did that Pop-tart originate from? “Processed foods takes out important nutrients that are naturally occurring in a plant: for example, antioxidants and fiber that naturally occur in blueberries don’t translate into your Pop-tart. There’s nothing wrong with reveling in the occasional splurge for a soda or some chips but keep as many whole foods in your diet as you possibly can!
Change the Way You Eat
Foods that come with a major crunchy consistency (not chips, but apples, nuts, and celery, for example) helps you slow down your eating and keep your mouth occupied longer than it would normally take to eat other foods. Slowing down is one way to change how you eat and is a great way to make sure that you don’t get too full too soon. The first few bites are especially important, as they set the tone for the rest of the meal.
Because it takes your mind around 20 minutes to understand your stomach is full, eat slowly and deliberately. When you’re slurping down food like there’s no tomorrow, chances are you’re going to accidentally eat too much and end up stuffed without realizing it (until it’s too late!)
Eating consistently during the day (and not skipping meals) is another great change to your diet that you can make to stay healthy! Traditionally, you might eat three meals a day. However, many specialists recommend eating at least a snack every three to four hours for consistent energy during the day. Eating consistently also helps keep your blood sugar stable, which can get rid of those crashes you might experience during the middle of the day. Eating during the day also helps you avoid any shaking or sudden feelings of cold associated with mineral deficiencies, like iron deficiency anemia.
Keep Your Friends Close and Snacks Closer
To encourage eating healthy foods regularly, keep some healthy snacks in your desk drawer at work, in your car, and anywhere else where you spend a lot of time. These snacks can be things like carrots and celery, pretzels, granola bars, and/or nuts: healthy, relatively unprocessed foods that you can keep for long periods of time and would reach for if you’re hungry. Another great way to do this is to leave a bowl of fruit on the kitchen table or on the counter: you’ll see it and reach for it instead of going for some food elsewhere.