A healthier, and more comfortable and happier lifestyle is within reach of everyone who understands and follows sensible eating practices. What benefits and rewards flow from a healthy eating habit? A lot of emotional, body image, and career benefits.
The advantages of healthy eating practices are so significant that successful people strive hard to develop such habits to gain career advancement. They understand the importance of healthy eating to keep them energetic, strong and always competitive.
There are about 50 different nutrients that your body needs to stay healthy and that includes vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. To arrive at and enjoy a high level of “wellness,” you need to identify habits that you need to maintain.
- Eat healthy snacks.
By eating healthy snacks, we mean getting rid of the bad stuff and eating only the good stuff. Many of the foods we consider as snacks are labeled as junk foods. They provide few nutrients other than sugar calories.
These are rigidly called empty calories because they are mostly carbohydrates and contain no proteins, minerals, or vitamins. Most popular soft drinks, pastries, candies, and ice creams contain as much as 100 percent of sugar calories. Avoid these snacks if you can.
Fill your body with nutritious snacks such as fruits, nuts, and wheat bread.
- Never skip breakfast.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In a typical morning, it’s easy to let breakfast fall low on your list of priorities.
Breakfast provides the body with energy and fuel after an overnight’s fast. That’s where the name originates – “breaking the fast.” The Word Health Organization states that eating breakfast every morning and daily fruit consumption are two of the most important healthy eating habits.
Having foods like cereals, eggs, bacon, or even bread for breakfast can energize your mornings, keeping you happy and productive at the office.
- Keep a balanced diet.
The human body requires adequate amounts of nutrient-rich foods to keep it functioning adequately. Some foods are needed to supply energy and growth, while others are necessary to regulate body processes.
Because no one food contains all the nutrients (proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals) to ensure good health, it is important to select the right amounts and combinations of meals. Eat more lean meats and poultry, and fewer dairy products. Instead of overloading your diet with foods high in sugar, substitute them with fresh fruits and vegetables that have healthy calories. Limit your salt intake. If you need to add flavor to your food, use herbs instead.
- Avoid processed foods.
Probably nothing has changed the eating habits of millions of Americans more than the fast-food eateries found nearly everywhere and the readily available supply of processed foods.
While fast foods do not fall into the junk food category, they supply either too little of too much of one or more essential nutrients. Even pizza, which contains more protein and less fat than most other fast foods, has a rather high calorie and salt content.
- Pay attention to your body.
Nutritionists recommend that you pay attention to your body by noticing how it responds to the foods you eat. Many people eat far too many “empty calories” in their daily diets. Instead of giving the body the energy it requires, these foods only make the body weaker and more fatigued.
It is important to listen to your body because it will tell you much about your needs. If your body is responding the right way to certain food groups, then you know you’re eating the right thing. If not, then you should check with your dietician or change your eating habit.
- Eat slowly.
Recent studies have linked eating quickly to gaining weight. Eating too fast will compel your body to consume at least 60% more calories in a single meal. Just imagine eating three meals a day, consuming 60% more calories for each one of them. You’d gain a lot of weight in no time.
If you’re someone who’s not used to eating slowly, know that it’s only just a matter of adding a little bit of time. If you’re eating your meal at 5 minutes, try eating at 6-7 minutes next time and slowly increase the number of minutes until you hit the sweet spot and feel comfortable with the routine.
A healthy eating habit can change your life. The goal is to get clear about the foods that represent a risk to you and consume those that will keep you healthy. Healthy eating habits will lead to no more self-pity, no more reminders, no more swearing, and a more energetic and successful you. You can do it. Good luck!