Healthy eating promotes life. A healthy diet can help a person look and feel their best and pave the way to a healthy heart, blood vessels, strong bones, muscles, sharp mind, and much more. The food we eat affects our overall health. Unfortunately, due to our busy schedules, the lifestyle we lead tend to concentrate less on our eating habits. We binge on junk food and order online to quickly subside our hunger pangs or sometimes just skip a meal and binge on the next one. All these lead to affecting our health, weight gain(obesity), and your risk for other diseases. The best way to stay healthy is to eat home-made food. Here are 5 healthy eating habits to incorporate in your daily routine to drastically improve your health and well-being for the years to come.
A healthy breakfast helps in getting those first nutrients our body needs every day. It helps in providing energy and managing stress. Eating breakfast daily revs up your metabolism and keeps the body weight in balance. Research shows that those who skip breakfast tend to weigh more than people who eat. Therefore, eating breakfast helps in building up lean muscle and stabilizing the insulin levels to maintain a good hormone level.
Eating 5-6 balanced meals a day means eating breakfast, lunch, dinner, and 2 or 3 healthy snacks in between. Monitor your food portions and include a lot of fibre-rich food, green leaves, fruits and veggies, and protein to your diet. Eating a mini meal every 2-3 hours is a smart strategy to maintain and manage the calories while building lean muscle. Take a bite chew slowly and intentionally. Try not to binge eat but make sure to choose healthy and nutrient-rich foods.
Detox from overly processed food! Eating too much-processed food can lead to health issues. Chemically processed foods are also called ultra-processed foods, which are high in sugars, artificial ingredients, trans fats, and refined carbohydrates leading to obesity and other diseases. Some examples of these are sodas and sweetened drinks, instant noodles, frozen and ready meals, baked products like pizza, pastries, cheese. These foods contain less dietary fibre and fewer vitamins which tend to taste good and are often inexpensive.
Eat meals around the same time every day. Develop a routine, this way you fix into doing it even when you don't feel like. Starving results in a great loss in muscle mass and water weight because of dehydration. Never starve yourself nor eat when you aren't hungry. When we are very hungry, we crave unhealthy food and binge on more than we need. Therefore, it's better to plan on the kind of meals and snacks to consume throughout the day, to prevent this from happening.
This is one of the most important habits we need to inculcate. Water is an essential nutrient required for the body. It transports nutrients to cells, supports muscles, helps regulate body weight and temperature, protects joints and organs, and removes waste. Don't just drink water when it is hot or when you are working out, you need it to stay hydrated all the time. Make sure you drink at least 8-10 glasses of water every day. Drink before and after every meal with a gap of 30 minutes. Always keep a bottle handy on your desk or in your bag and wherever you go or use an app tracker to remind yourself.