It is easy to sum up 10 tips that I learned for healthy eating habits. I used some of the practices before I learned healthy eating habits, but not consistently. When I put all of these practices into place I noticed substantial health improvements. These 10 tips for healthy eating habits may help you make better choices about the foods you consume in order to improve your health.
- Eat whole grain brown rice which has the rice bran and germ that have vitamins B1 and B3, iron, magnesium and fiber, all of which are stripped from white rice. Whole grain rice gets digested slower than white rice and it keeps you feeling satisfied longer.
- Eat whole grain wheat bread for the same reason that you would eat whole grain rice. Whole grain wheat bread includes the bran and contains antioxidants. Whole grain flour is digested slower than white flour and keeps you feeling satisfied longer.
- Eat fresh soup instead of canned soup. Homemade soup so easy to make and it will satisfy your soul as well as some of your nutritional needs.
- Use non-fat milk products to reduce your fat intake. It may take a week to get used to the change, but it is a small change with big results.
- Eat steel-cut oatmeal which is good for lowering cholesterol and is digested slower than rolled oats, leaving you feeling satisfied longer. A good substitute is Coach’s Oats which cuts and toasts the oats. This process reduces cooking time to 5 minutes instead of the usual 30 minutes for traditional steel-cut oats.
- Eat fish not flesh. Studies show that red meat causes inflammation which can cause problems for the heart, arthritis, and the autoimmune system. Fish is a good source of protein and you can cook in a variety of interesting ways.
- Eat fruit not sugar. Fruit does contain sugar and will act like sugar in the body once you consume it, but unlike table sugar, fruit contains fiber and necessary nutrients for your body.
- Eat smaller portions more often. Have planned snacks between meals so your body doesn’t begin to crave sugar. Eat a piece of fruit or a small handful of nuts, or a combination of the two to keep you satisfied until the next meal.
- Eat 5-9 servings of fruit and vegetables daily. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables for the added fiber and nutritional benefits.
- Drink water. Many doctors say that we should drink an average of 8 eight ounce glasses daily to help cleanse our bodies and keep us hydrated.
Take a look at your diet. Where do you fall short in getting your nutritional needs? Consider making some of these changes. Your body will thank you.