Studies show that 63 percent of consumers want to eat healthy all the time. Learn about 7 effective tips for making your eating habits healthier.
Americans have been unfairly painted as very unhealthy when studies show that plenty of people in the country would relish the opportunity to eat healthier. According to a recent survey of nearly 1,600 consumers, as many as 93 percent of respondents said they would like to eat healthily occasionally. A further 63 percent of these respondents said they would prefer to have healthy eating habits all the time.
Building healthy eating habits, particularly when you’re pregnant, can be a difficult journey, especially if you have been eating the same way for years. It can be hard to break from routine, but sometimes it’s necessary. Without healthy eating habits, you run the risk of developing conditions and diseases, both physiological and mental.
Here are seven effective methods on how you can change your eating habits to make them healthier.
Too much emphasis has been placed on dieting that it can cause people do develop disorders. Dietary fads abound on the internet. Some are only ineffective, but a few can be truly dangerous. Instead of putting your life and well-being at risk following an unproven trend, you should trust diets and plans conceived by vetted experts. There are effective treatment plans for binge eating disorders and carefully conceived diets you can find through research.
Before you commit to any drastic dietary changes, consult with a physician if such a move will be detrimental to your health. Some medical conditions can be exacerbated by dietary changes while others benefit from it. Without proper medical guidance, you could unknowingly be harming your system. A consultation with a physician can help you plan the details of your dietary change, making it more effective without additional risks.
One of the best ways you can ensure you are eating healthier without compromising your well-being is by making substitutions to your diet. Instead of cutting out snacks entirely, you can find better alternatives that don’t have the same negative ingredients. For example, if you enjoy eating Italian food but are concerned with the amount of starch it uses, buy low-carb pasta and look for gluten-free bread. If you enjoy sweet beverages with your meals, you can change from soda to 100 percent fruit juices to retain flavor but drop the sugar.
Fresh food is nearly always better than their canned, frozen and processed alternatives. Fresh vegetables and fruits have all the nutrients without additional chemicals and substances. Try to eat as much fresh food as you can. However, it can be very expensive or difficult to acquire fresh food. Try to find any means you can to access them.
For example, if you live in the city, you can schedule a weekly visit to a nearby farmer’s market where you can find cheaper produce.
Serving sizes can be the key to curbing your bad dietary habits. Managing them can therefor help you eat less without compromising your lifestyle. Instead of piling a plate high with food and scarfing it down, you can try to use smaller plates. This can help trick your brain into feeling satiated. Or you can cook or order smaller portions of your food to prevent yourself from eating more than you actually need.
Obsessing over weight loss can be just as damaging to your well-being as overindulging in food. Count how many times you weigh yourself in a week. Or how many times you find yourself pinching your waist or stomach. Paying too much attention to your weight and your perceived size can be the precursor to more serious mental health issues.
If you find yourself being too preoccupied with your weight, it may be time to see a specialist before things get out of hand. Doing so can help you direct yourself to safer means of managing your weight, changing the things you eat and may even be the key to improving your self-esteem.
The best way to make sure you know what you are putting in your body is to cook more of your meals yourself. Too often packaged foods and pre-cooked meals contain ingredients you weren’t expecting. You could be ingesting more sugar than you think you are because restaurants and food manufacturers are using different substances like corn syrup and the like. But if you were to cook your meals yourself, you would know exactly what goes into every meal.
Healthy eating habits are the cornerstone of improving your body and prolonging your life. Consider these tips today if you want to secure the well-being of your future.