“You are what you eat”, is something we’ve all grown up listening to or reading about. And hey, was it just my dad who kept poking me intermittently about my “not so healthy” eating norms or was it yours too? Well, I am sure, most of us have sailed in the same boat of always trying to mend our eating ways and ended up in vain. All in all, a savage cycle of achieving a healthy diet is something we’ve all been in.
Eating healthy is a choice! Incorporating mini changes into your daily habits will aid in creating that big and ever-lasting impact on the lifestyle. So, start small and aim for big. This also brings under limelight the importance of understanding the logic to anything and everything we do. Hence, acknowledge your body type, metabolism rate, the nutritional and calorific value of the food you intake to gain the best of results. Itty-bitty ways that can keep you up in the game may include keeping a track of the calorific and nutritional value of the food with the help of various apps (you may want to download a few on your phone) and also ensuring to check the same by reading thoroughly the labels on packaged food.
Peeps, know your stuff! It’s all out there, we just need to wipe off the dust and bring things under the microscope.
So, if you are looking for some basic eating tips for a healthy lifestyle, here are a few that will leave you with amazing results.
- Fruits and Veggies Do a Good Deed:
Add more fruits and veggies onto the platter, as they serve as a good source of vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals. They also contain fiber and help protect against cancer, diabetes and heart diseases. Add colors on the plate, because why not?
- Water Is Your Best Friend:
Drinking water helps boost the metabolism, cleanses the body of waste, and acts as an appetite suppressant. Water gives a glow to the skin too and hey, who doesn’t want that! Also, to add flavor to the water, add a slice of lemon, lime, apple or fresh herbs like mint or basil.
- Richness of Protein and Fiber:
Protein and Fiber rich diet is recommended as a part of clean eating as combining the two with exercise can help lose weight, improve blood-sugar levels and most importantly boost up strength and energy. Additionally, it helps curb hunger and limit calorie intake.
- Say No to Forceful Eating:
One of the most important things one needs to be careful with is trying to avoid that extra chapati, that extra slice of cake or that extra-aaa of simply anything! Over/Forceful- eating can definitely lead to an increase in weight and also in the risk of developing a chronic disease like Diabetes, Obesity, Heart Problems, etc. So, a “No-No” to forceful eating, please!
- Well-Defined Meal Times:
Try eating 5 meals a day which involves breakfast, a mid-morning snack, lunch, mid-afternoon snack, and dinner (which should be around 7 in the evening). Eat every three hours and try not to skip a meal to remain full of energy throughout the day.
- Healthy Snacking for the win:
Munching on to healthy snacks like roasted channa, fox nuts, dry fruits, granola bars, etc. rather than packaged food like potato chips or junk food is definitely a life changing decision. This helps give that extra pump of energy and makes you feel light.
- Including Sea-Food is a good idea too:
For all the non-vegetarian friends, you can add seafood in the diet as it would serve as a great source of protein, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids (heart-healthy fat).
- Stay away from Processed/ Canned Food:
Yes, please! Choose fresh food over processed/ canned food as fresh foods have less Sodium Content. Select canned foods labeled “low sodium,” “reduced sodium,” or “no salt added”.
- Chewing 32 times is Powerful:
By focusing on chewing many times, you will eat slower. This can improve your digestion; help you eat less and also enhance your overall eating. Make this little change and see the magic happen. Take your time!
- Essential supplements make a difference:
Sometimes, the food intake is not sufficient for the body to function as desired. Here, essential supplements come to the rescue. Obtain Vitamins, Magnesium, Zinc, Fish Oils, etc in the form of Supplements to have the perks of a balanced diet.
These 10 tips followed along with a regular exercise can prove to be therapeutic! So, why wait for another day to just pass by. Set up your alarms to initiate the process and let your body get accustomed to the new system. Eventually, your mind, body and soul will be in harmony and thrive to get you the best of results. Don’t forget to go by the golden rule too- Excess of everything is bad!
Pro Tip: Apparently, we have all the knowledge in the world about what to feed our bodies and have identified the address, which is- accomplishing an active lifestyle. However, we are still hazy in the head about the path to achieve the identified address. Here, let me also unfurl the miraculous way of reaching the address, which is nothing other than MOTIVATION. It has been the key to achieving all that you want. So, stay self- motivated, focused and put in that extra ounce of effort and be the master of an Active Lifestyle.