“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” – Ann Wigmore
We’ve all made a number of resolutions in the beginning of this year to maintain healthy food habits and get fit. So how many have you actually followed? And for how long? We fail to continue the habits we tried to follow after the moment of excitement is gone. To maintain healthy food habits, you just have to change your daily routine of eating habits. It’s is a continuous process which takes time, especially if you’ve never truly cared about your health. Eventually, small changes can make a huge difference in your health.
Follow these rules if you want to acquire healthy food habits in order to become stronger and healthier:
- Never Skip Breakfast
As the saying goes “Eat Breakfast Like A King”, the breakfast should be your heaviest meal of the day, as it is the basic routine of healthy food habits. Breakfast gives to all the needed vitamin and protein to kickstart your day, consider having an omelette of 4 eggs, bran cereal or oatmeal for a change.
- Plan a Protein Rich Diet
You may plan a protein rich breakfast, which is a healthy option or go for direct protein rich shake filled with protein powder and milk, for that matter. Protein helps in muscle formation that’s why it’s a must.
- Chew Your Food Properly
The main reason of weight gain is not chewing your food properly, and therefore it doesn’t even get digested well. Chewing your food properly will help your body to gain nutrients easily leaving you healthier and in better shape than before.
- Prefer Home – cooked Food Rather than Street Food
Frequently eating junk food from streets can cause food poisoning. Always choose home-cooked food rather than the fast-food from the joint around the corner, because it does more harm than good.
- Drinking Water – The Most Important Food Habit
Did you know that an average individual should drink at least 3 litres of water every day? Drink a glass of water before a meal to digest your food properly. It is the most underrated food habit of all time, but the most effective.
- Avoid Smoking and Drinking Alcohol
There are no health benefits of smoking, it destroys lungs tissues, which later results in to breathing problems. Frequent drinking of alcohol causes dehydration and affects your overall health.
- Make a Food Diary
Plan your diet, schedule your meals and fluid intake, keep count of the number of calories your consuming, document everything and mark your progress. Maintaining a food diary is a healthy food habit.
- Maintain Balance Between Fruits, Veggies and Healthy Fluids.
It is important to keep track of what you’re eating, a healthy meal should include appropriate amount of minerals, fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Some of these nutrients are rich in fruits while some of them are rich in veggies. You can also consume them by drinking a healthy diet shake.
- Digest Your Food Better by Yoga
Your sitting position while having food is also important, Vajrasna (Adamintine Pose) help in food digestion, improves the health of your organs and boosts metabolism.
- Treat Yourself Every Once in a While
One of the secrets to healthy food habits is continuous small treats, a dessert after the dinner, helps you sustain your enthusiasm for diet.