5 FOOD HABITS FOR HEALTHY LIVING
Habits are everything when it comes to understanding and altering human behaviour. Food is no exception. It’s no secret that we’re what we eat, but it’s also true that what we eat is defined by our habits. In this article, we tell you what habits to formulate in order to be able to live healthily.
There are many healthy diets out there that intend to put us on a healthy path to life, but human beings are creatures of habit. What use is knowing about all of these diets when we’re unable to change our habits and give in to the same foibles again and again? So in this article, we tell you what habits you must master in order to live healthily.
1. Drink two litres of water per day
Make this a commandment. Carry a refillable bottle with you at all times, and whenever you have a few moments, take a good-sized gulp or two to keep yourself energised. If you keep forgetting, you may want to consider setting an alarm every thirty minutes to remind you to take a swig. This will keep thirst away, and therefore those niggling hunger pangs too. What’s more, water travels through your body quite quickly, so the more of it you drink, the more often you will need to take a walk to the bathroom. And that means exercise!
2. Plan tomorrow’s meals today
Often it is lack of planning that leads us to take a walk around the block to look for outside lunch options, and before you know it you’re guzzling down a soda or biting into a rich dessert. So make it a habit to write down tomorrow’s meal plans today so that you will be able to do prep work beforehand.
3. Carry meals and snacks with you
Make it a habit to carry lunch and snacks with you on four out of five working days of every week. This will not only make sure that you will eat healthy for all your meals, but also that you will be saving money. For snacks, carry a fistful of dry fruits that will give you a great boost of energy. For dessert, carry four or five squares of dark chocolate so that you get your chocolate fix.
4. Say no to sodas and candy bars
Let’s face it, the biggest culprits when it comes to unhealthy eating are sodas, candy bars and alcohol. Think of these as occasional treats that are outside of your diet. Do not indulge in them more than once a month, and even then sparingly.
5. Eat slowly
Slowing down the speed at which you eat will limit the amount you eat. We have an instinctive need to eat quickly because your bodies evolved during periods of food scarcity, but fight it and force yourself to eat slowly. Be seated when you eat, and play a soothing melody on your computer if it helps you enter that nice zone where you’re appreciating the taste and smell of what you’re eating. Remember, there’s no hurry!