No matter how much we may want to make healthy choices, it can feel like there simply isn’t time. When running out the door, it’s easier to grab a pre-packaged junk food than whip up a healthy meal. And when faced with the decision to work an extra hour or head to the gym, it can be tough to convince yourself to get up and break that productivity stride.
But what if we told you it’s actually possible to be both the busiest and the healthiest version of yourself? It’s always easier said than done, but the impact, a few changes can have on your mind and body is totally worth it.
Maintaining a healthy diet is much easier than you think if you know how to make smart food choices. Try some of these tips and thank us later.
Keep it simple
Generally, the closer a food is to its original form the better. Focus on foods that haven't been highly processed and that have a short ingredient list. That way it’s easier to whip up a simple meal that is also healthy for you.
Be conscious of portion size
Practising portion control can help you lose and maintain weight. But how much is too much? When most of us sit down to eat, the last thing we want to think about is portion control. But for some of us on a diet or just looking to maintain our current figure, that’s exactly what we should be doing. Carbs are important nutrients, but it's important we pay attention to the size and number of servings we eat. That way we are sure we don’t go overboard.
Moderation doesn't mean you should have anything and everything. It means you should enjoy things that please you and be mindful of it. If you’ve ever tried to eat healthier, you’ve probably heard the advice you should eat the foods you love — in moderation. One of the ways to practice moderation is to slow down and make meals a meditative event in which all of your senses are engaged. Pause between each bite, savour the smell, taste and texture of the food, and try to make your meal last at least half an hour.
Make it convenient healthy
The best way to encourage food groups is to keep them handy, ready for snacks and meals. If you can't eat fresh, frozen is the next best thing for maximum nutrient content.
Experiment with new flavour
The old saying, “Variety is the spice of life” is also applicable to your diet. On your next visit to the market, pick up fruits, vegetables and grains you’ve never had or try preparing your favourites in new ways.
Overcome emotional eating!
Eating is a part of our everyday life. The body can’t function without the nutrients it receives from food. Of course, occasionally indulging in delicious food despite not being hungry isn’t a problem, but it becomes unhealthy when we binge repeatedly to it.
Hey Foodies, some things are easier said than done. But regardless of our busy schedule, we can whip up a healthy meal for ourselves. Right? Yes!
While striving to make your diet more interesting and tasty, remember to drink lots of water.
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