In the present situation, where lives are busy and there is less time to take care of ourselves, more and more people are choosing bad lifestyle habits, especially when choosing what they eat. Fast food is available in plenty, it is easily accessible, even delivered to the door within minutes. This accessibility is convenient for most to grab a bite on the go, without being conscious about what they are putting into their body. Most fast food is processed, contains harmful chemicals and does no good to the human body.
However, even though it might be inconvenient to completely stop eating unhealthy food, adding some good habits in the rest of the day will help repair this damage to an extent. This can be done in small ways, adding one healthy habit at a time, to keep the body functioning to its optimum.
Drink More Water
Human bodies are predominantly made up of water, when dehydrated, the body is not able to function as well as it can. This hinders all the various functions in the body. Therefore, even though we are talking about healthy food habits, the first thing to add to this list, is drinking plenty of water. Water is the main source of sustenance without which even food does not digest properly. Water is detoxifying, it hydrates the skin, keeps the lymphatic system running, lubricates organs and bones and energizes a person.
Add Plenty Of Fibrous Foods
Fruits and vegetables, especially greens help to add a lot of fiber to our daily intake of food, along with plenty of necessary vitamins and minerals that are required for a healthy body and mind. The daily recommendation for fruits and veggies is five portions and at least one portion of greens. When one makes this change, they will see a marked difference in their energy, digestion as well as improved skin, hair and nail texture. Enough cannot be said about the importance of fiber and fresh produce in everyday diet.
Choose Whole Foods Over Refined Products
Refined grains, refined sugars, processed food, baked goods all contain carbohydrates. Even though our body craves and needs these carbohydrates, they do no good for the gut nor our overall health. The refined products the wrong kind of carbohydrates which make digestion sluggish, which is not good for the overall metabolism of the body. Therefore whole grains, fresh produce, whole grain flours and breads need to be included at least in one meal a day to get the sufficient carbohydrates for the day.
Eat Consciously And Cautiously
When we are looking for change our outlook on dietary changes, there will be a lot of hurdles and mental barriers all through the process. These could be in he form of cravings, lack of time, eating out a lot, traveling, holidays, etc. Most tend to loosen up during all these moments and enjoy their favorite food, usually something fatty, deep fried, lacking any kind of nutrition. If looked at menus closely, there is always a dish that is the most healthy, the best choice given the circumstance. One should choose those items and compensate for this meal by eating healthy when possible.
Cut Down On Sugars
Sugars, especially refined sugars are a culprit in most dishes and processed food. Sugars are added into food in a number of ways, which most are not aware of. Researching a little will show the varied names sugar enters our body in sneaky ways. Sugar is not only bad for fitness, but also leads to many diseases in the long run. Therefore, it should be avoided as much as possible and consumed only as a treat once in a while. There are plenty of alternative options such as palm sugar, stevia, maple syrup, honey, etc to substitute sugar.
There are many healthy eating habits one can adopt in their life to suit the needs of each individual pertaining to their specific problems and convenience. However, in order to make it less overwhelming, it is suggested that each habit be introduced one at a time, to allow both the mind and body to get accustomed. Anything done for more than three weeks is known to become a habit, one will also start to see changes and benefits at this point too. Being mindful about what goes into our body will bring about many beneficial changes.