Keep the old adage in mind and remember that you are, in fact, what you eat oftentimes. If you eat foods that are high in fat and refined sugar, you probably don’t feel super great on a daily basis. That’s because your body isn’t getting all of the vitamins and minerals it needs to function optimally. Switching to healthy meals can make a huge difference. But breaking bad eating habits doesn’t happen overnight. You’re going to have to put quite a bit of effort into it. Here are three useful pieces of advice to get you started on the wonderful journey of eating to live, instead of living to eat.
I. Downsize plates.
Oftentimes, plates are just too darn big for our own good! Folks who eat off large plates eat more than folks who eat off small ones. And folks who eat too much of their meals can actually cause their stomachs to expand. When this happens, their bodies tell them to eat more food at mealtimes to fill up the extra space in their stomachs. It’s a vicious cycle! Take a good look at the plates you’re eating off of at home and at restaurants. If your plates at home look pretty big, you might want to consider stocking your kitchen with some smaller ones. If you’re eating out, be cognizant of plate sizes. Many restaurants serve you more food than you should probably eat. If this is the case when you eat out, try to only eat half of what they serve you and take the rest home to eat sometime the next day.
II. Get your daily dose of all of the food groups.
This means that your meals shouldn’t consist of just Hawaiian bread and Swiss cheese. Although, that might be an interesting diet to try for a couple of days. In all seriousness, though, you should try to eat lots of fruits and veggies, some protein, some whole grains, and a little dairy here and there. You might have to do some food exploration if you’re a picky eater. That’s ok. There are enough different kinds of healthy foods in all of the food groups to satisfy anyone.
III. Make the kitchen your domain.
Cooking at home as often as you can is a wise decision. It allows you to be in complete control of what you cook with, what you eat, and how much you prepare for yourself. You get to be the judge when it comes to how much you use the saltshaker, and you can decide which healthy oils you use. Not to mention, you get to choose all the food products that go into your meals! If you’re not used to cooking at home, find some meal ideas and recipes on the good ol’ world wide web. Keep your eyes peeled for dishes that are heavy on the vegetables. Eating more vegetables can make a world of difference in your life. When you’re at the grocery store, try to buy the veggies that have the most vibrant colors because they are typically the best for you.
So, pay attention to those plate sizes, diversify the foods you eat on a daily basis, and look for those bright green leafy vegetables at the store. Find out what other healthy eating habits work well for you, and relish in your new healthy, balanced lifestyle!
Sean is a guest post writer on the subjects of health, food and lifestyles.