Are you currently practicing healthy eating habits?
The common practice in our society is to eat quick and easy meals that are not necessarily healthy and in our best interest. So, how can you make some small changes in the way you eat that can have a huge impact on your overall weight issues as well as your health?
I have put together a list of 5 strategies that can help you change your eating habits for the better!
1. Cook more at home instead of choosing to eat out. I am sure this is not the first time you have heard that cooking at home is better than eating out.
Some benefits of cooking at home include that it is typically cheaper, healthier, and gives you some great family time! To make this task easier, make sure you plan your meals ahead of time and stock your pantry with what you need to make your planned meals.
Preparing your meals at home is a great way to have quality family time by allowing your kids to prepare the meals with you which can also instill in them healthy eating habits that can follow them throughout their lives. Get creative, have some fun, and make your meals at home!
2. Eat your meals sitting at a table. This may sound very basic, but it can make a huge difference in how you feel and eat during the day.
Sitting at the table while you eat allows your brain to register your activity of eating a meal which can decrease your overall daily snacking and lead to overall less daily caloric intake. This is especially helpful when you are trying to control your calories to help with weight loss.
3. Make sure you only eat when you are actually hungry. Our society is notorious for eating too many calories on a daily basis. A good chunk of these calories come from eating food that is in front of you like at social gatherings or just when you are watching TV.
How many times have you eaten out of boredom or because other people were eating the food? Do not eat if you are not hungry. Make sure you are eating only what is necessary to live and fuel your body and that you are not living to eat!
4. Choose to eat only food that you really enjoy. How many times have you found yourself eating that last sugar cookie because it was staring at you even though you do not really like sugar cookies? A great way to cut empty and unsatisfying calories is to eat what you enjoy and leave food that is not absolutely to die for!
5. Go ahead and eat those snacks during the day. It is in the best interest of your health and weight loss to eat snacks in between your meals. It will help your blood sugar stay at a smooth level throughout the day. It can help decrease the amount you indulge in at meal time.
Make sure you choose healthy snacks that offer the most filling calories such as combining fruit and nuts.
The above 5 strategies are small tips you can incorporate into your daily lives that will help you get healthier and lose weight. There are so many ways our daily dietary habits work against our desire to be healthy and to lose weight. Make sure you learn how to look for these extra calories in your daily routine and learn how to combat them in order to get the most out of your caloric intake. Imagine what paying attention to this can do for your health and weight loss!
Its your turn! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of these tips and how they will fit in with your lifestyle. Also, let me know if you have any strategies to add to this list! Don’t forget to share the love by sharing it with your friends!