This 2020, we welcome not just a new year, but a new decade. It’s the perfect time to make good on your promise of working toward a healthier you. The good news is that there is no need to overhaul your diet or let go entirely of your favorite snacks. Experts in the health industry, including nutrition, wellness and chiropractic business have shared that a holistic approach is often the best way to a health. Herea few ways you can eat healthier without the complexities and limitations set by fad and popular diets.
Don’t Skip Meals
You might think that skipping a meal can help you lose weight, but that is counterproductive to your goal. The great thing about eating is that your metabolism continues to run at full speed throughout the day. In effect, you can stay alert, focused, and energized. You are also able to stabilize your weight by regularly eating, as you wouldn’t overeat as much or as often.
Snack More Often
Did you know that it’s healthy to snack every so often? Going too long between meals without eating makes it more difficult for you to control how much food you will eat. There is, of course, the necessity of choosing proper, healthy snacks over junk food. To ensure a healthier diet, choose snacks that are high in complex carbohydrates, fiber, and protein. These snacks will give you enough energy to power through the day and keep you from feeling hungry before the next meal. Do avoid snacks that are high in sugar and refined carbs, as these provide a blood sugar spike that will eventually crash and cause you to feel tired.
Munch on Crunchy Food
Did you know that it’s much healthier for you to snack on something crunchy? Apples, nuts, celery, snap peas, and other foods that have a crunch in them keep your mouth busier for longer periods. This forces you to chew more and slow down your pace when eating, giving your body more time to register the feeling of being full.
Drink Your Water
There’s good reason to remind anyone and everyone to stay hydrated. Water ensures that your body functions properly, but more than that, it also helps you avoid overeating. There are also instances when you may feel hungry, but in fact, are thirsty. There’s no harm in drinking a glass of water no matter when you do it.
Read the Label
Do read the fine print before you buy a particular food product from the supermarket. Remember that most things shown in front of the packaging are advertising. What you should do is read the nutrition label carefully and the ingredients list. You would want to avoid too much sugar or too much salt and other unnecessary ingredients. For instance, there are bread products that have added sugar, which is unnecessary.
You don’t have to ditch your favorites, but changing some unhealthy habits can make a difference. Welcome the decade with a healthier self and your body will thank you for it.