Unlike refrigerators, our body cannot hold in all kinds of food without any negative impact. It is up to us to take care of our body, nurture it, and provide it with nutritious food.
Besides the right selection of food, it is also essential to set clear limits, adjust our eating habits, and learn how to say no to our temptations.
Interested in improving your lifestyle and finding out more about healthy eating habits?
Check out this post and discover the tips that will help you rearrange your diet and begin eating more healthily.
Listen to Your Body
Have you ever sensed that your body is trying to tell you that it has got enough food? That’s because it knows what’s good for you better than you do.
Addicted to food?
Highly processed food have long been proven addictive just like drugs or cigarettes. Upon consuming them, we enter the state of hyper-rewarding and feel the urge to eat more. Once processed food enters our body, the stimulation of neurotransmitter dopamine makes you feel well even though the food lacks nutrients, which the body still requires after eating.
If you’re asking yourself how to limit this process, the answer is simple. Create limits. There’s no problem with eating processed food as long as you set clear boundaries on the quantity to be consumed.
Knowing when to stop
If you feel full, there is no reason to keep on eating. You should always stick to this rule to avoid overeating. Sometimes our body tells us that it has had enough by causing aches in various parts.
Feeling stomach ache, headache, or thirst all of a sudden? That’s a good sign that you should stop eating and take control of your diet.
Your Fridge = Your Diet
For starters, open your fridge and go through the things that are in it. Do the same with other food storages. On one side, place all of the items that are healthy and on the other side, all those that are not. This will help you better understand your eating habits.
The Good List
- Unprocessed meat, fish, and poultry
- Vegetables (the fresher, the better but the frozen ones are fine as well)
- Low-fat dairy products
- Whole-grain products
- Low-processed oils, such as olive, coconut, almond, and peanut oil
The Big Bad List
- Full-fat dairy products such as whipped cream
- Highly-processed oils such as sunflower, soy, and corn oil
- Desserts rich in sugar or artificial sweeteners
- Ice cream
- Chocolate, chips, and other highly processed commercially available products
- Refined grains
- Soft drinks
- Fruit juices rich in sugar or artificial sweeteners
- All other heavily refined foods such as frozen pizzas and fries, puff pastry products, etc.
Done arranging your stuff? How does the ratio look like?
In general, healthy food products should always occupy more than half of the space. It’s best if your diet consists of at least 70% of the good food and maximum 30% of the bad ones. If you are far away from that ratio, start gradually replacing the unhealthy products with healthy ones to balance your diet.
Find The Right Time to Eat
A refrigerator can hold all of the food that you bring from the store at once and your stomach can’t. You have to avoid eating lots of food at once, as it is terrible for your metabolism and will stretch your stomach.
Opt for 5-7 small meals per day, including three main meals. Never skip breakfast. You don’t have to eat much during these meals. The trick is to eat just enough to keep your metabolism active which will help you process food and toxins better.
Take Short Pauses While Eating
Regardless of your situation with time, you should eat slowly and chew well. Your life and health are more important than your work.
While you are eating, take it easy and count to around five seconds each time you are done chewing before you take in more food.
Your body is not a refrigerator that can hold in all kinds of food without any negative impact. It is up to us to take care of our body, nurture it, and provide it with nutritious food. Eating healthy, however, is not enough. It is also crucial to set and respect clear limits, adjust our eating habits, and learn how to say no to our temptations.
With the tips that you’ve gathered throughout this post, you can rearrange your diet and begin eating more healthily. Your body is looking forward to that!