So everyone tells you that it is important to eat fresh and healthy, but what about how you eat what you eat? Did anyone tell you that even though you may be eating the right things, if not eaten properly, much of the benefits that you could derive out of them are already lost?
Not only is it important to eat healthy, it is also important to have the right eating habits. So without further ado, take a look at these amazingly healthy eating habits that you’ll want to try even before your next meal!
1. Eat What You Want In Small Amounts
If you keep depriving yourself of all those foods you really want to eat, chances are, the cravings will come back so bad that you will go overboard. The key to staying fit and healthy without giving up on the good food is to indulge occasionally, and in small amounts. Face it, you really cannot live your life eating boiled cabbage and lettuce. There will come a time when you will want to eat that piece of cake, that plate of biryani or that cheesy slice of pizza. And when you finally will give in, you won’t really stop after just a bite. Instead of trying to not eat them ever, go ahead and enjoy, but keep the portions really small.
2. Don’t Overdo Your Cooking
You may want to boil your vegetables to such an extent that they lose all their colour and look drained. Even though you feel this is the best and healthiest way to eat your dose of fresh foods, in reality, much of the nutrients will already be lost when you over-cook, or in this case, over-boil the food. So instead of doing too much to the food that you are about to have, try to keep it as close to its natural form as possible. Bring in delicious, interesting and healthy variety to your cooking style, such as stir-frying, grilling, air-frying, steaming, adding delicious and healthy herbs and spices and so on.
3. Dinner Always Lighter Than Lunch
Most of us end up going out for dinner with friends or family, and as a result, tend to eat more than we otherwise would have. A good rule to follow is to have a heavier lunch and a lighter dinner, because once you are done with dinner, you will retire for the day, and hence you don’t really need all that food at that time. If you feel you are prone to eating more, ask for a smaller plate if you are eating out, or keep a stack of smaller plates at home instead of the regular sized ones. Use these specifically for dinner, so that you automatically go for smaller portions.
4. Use Water As Appetizer
One of the best ways to make sure you do not go overboard with your eating is to drink a lot of water before you actually start a meal. Water contains no added calories, fats, carbohydrates or anything that can work wrong for you. In fact, it is one of the most natural and healthiest drinks you can have at any time of the day. When you have a glass or few of water before a meal, it will fill you up and make you eat lesser than you otherwise would.
Smart eating is all about making a few changes here and there to your daily eating habits. Not only will it help you focus on your diet regimen, it will allow you to take care of your cravings, but in a controlled way.