Healthy eating is all about eating food that provides our body the nourishment it requires to function at its best. Food is the most essential element for our survival. It can single-handedly heal the human body in a way that nothing else can. From curing a host of debilitating lifestyle diseases to being fit, food plays the most important role. We all have at one point or the other decided to eat healthy and then gone back to our old unhealthy ways for a host of reasons like lack of time, lack of energy or simply a lack of awareness. Here we share with you a few tips to help you form healthy eating habits and sustain them for a lifetime
- Start small: Instead of overhauling your entire diet overnight and shocking your body, do it slowly in small steps. Incorporating small changes one by one into your daily diet will give your body and your mind time to get used to it without feeling like you are depriving it of anything. It’s all about replacing unhealthy food with healthier ones that you enjoy. For example: If you are a coffee junkie, instead of cutting coffee out completely overnight, reduce your consumption slowly over a period of time while slowly adding herbal teas into your diet. That way your body won’t feel deprived of it and will slowly accept it as normal.
- Do your research: Having a basic awareness about what constitutes a healthy nutritious diet is a must for everyone. A lot of people, because of lack of proper knowledge about nutrition, tend to develop unhealthy food habits like cutting out certain food groups completely like fats and carbs or eating too much protein or eating too few or too many calories, all of which in turn leads to serious ill effects. So make sure you do your research thoroughly before you begin and keep at it. The more you know, the more there is to know.
- Keep a food diary: Take some time out and make a food diary where you have a list of healthy foods under each food group like carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals etc. Use this list to customize a diet plan according to your body’s needs. Make sure your diet plan contains all food groups and vital nutrients in the quantities that are needed for you. Create a list of breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and water options. The time you invest in this step will go a long way in saving a lot of time in the future.
- Prep and plan your meals: From your food diary that you made above, plan out your meals on a weekly basis. What you will have for every meal for everyday of each week. Prepare your weekly grocery list accordingly. Make your meal prep beforehand over the weekend, like chopping up your veggies or making a gravy base for the entire week etc. Prepping and planning meals saves a lot of time and effort that we don’t even realize we used to expend until we have done a meal prep and seen for ourselves. It also cuts down on the ‘grocery shopping’ time and money because we buy only what we need and exactly how much we need.
- Make food interesting: Healthy food doesn’t equate unappetizing food. Learn ways to make food tasty while at the same time nutritious. Use lots of herbs and spices in your cooking and mix it up. Experiment with various recipes and customize them to your tastes. If you don’t like the taste of something, know that there are lots of healthy options that you can replace it with.
- Know what your body is saying: As with everything else in life, moderation is key. Just because it is healthy do not overdo it. Get your portions right. Know how much your body needs and feed it adequately. Not more, not less. Your body will give you the hint if something doesn’t agree with it. Learn to interpret those signals and you won’t go wrong.
Choose to make your food as deliciously wholesome and nutritious as possible. Your body will thank you for it.