Tips for Eating Better
It is a new year and that brings up the idea of change for many people. Who doesn’t want to start eating better and living healthier? One mistake we often make (myself included) is not following proper eating habits that are tried and true. Often times we break our resolutions or goals because of bad planning or bad preparation. Remember that it should not be about eating less, but eating the right stuff! Here are some tips to think about if you want to eat better in 2016.
- Liquid Calories: A lot of things we drink have calories (smoothies, coffee, beer, wine, soda) that we may not be thinking about. Avoid these high calorie liquids and stick with water. If water is too bland try sparkling water. You can also add your own lemon, lime, or cucumber for flavor. If you are doing protein shakes be sure to make them yourself from fresh organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs/spices. Cinnamon is a great spice to sweeten a smoothie up & it’s only 19 calories per tbsp.
- Emotional Eating: Know why you eat. Is it because you are really hungry, or because you are sad, depressed, or just bored? Try to listen to your body and figure out why you are eating. Real hunger comes on from the stomach and is quickly satisfied with food. Try to distinguish if your head is telling you you’re hungry or your stomach. Have good snack options available at all times to get you through emotional times.
- Don’t skip meals: Skipping meals leads to a slow down of your metabolism. The pancreas sends signals to release glucagon stores to balance blood sugar. Your body may think it is preparing for long periods without food, and metabolism will slow down to compensate.
- Balanced meals daily: choose a system of meals and snacks that works for you. If you need 3 meals and 2 snacks a day that is fine. If you need 7 small meals throughout the day that can also work. Eating will keep your metabolism and blood sugar running normally, and will keep temptations at bay. Stick to a schedule that works for you.
- Quality over quantity: You have to choose healthy food in order to eat healthy. Lean (organic, grass fed) proteins, healthy fats (olive oil), fruits, veggies, and whole grains are the key to your eating healthier success. If you are eating healthy you will often times feel fuller and more satisfied then when you were eating an unhealthy diet.
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La Times “5 Tips to Eat Better in 2016” – Cheryl Forberg