Top 10 Tips - How To Eat Right
Eating right doesn't have to involve an expensive diet plan or drain your wallet by eating strictly all-organic foods. These free and simple tips can be incorporated into what you're already doing and still allow you to eat right on a budget.
1 - Eat Slowly
It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to get the message that you're eating. You'll feel more satisfied on less food if you savor your meal, chewing slowly and giving your body time to recognize you're consuming food so it can signal to your brain that you're getting full.
2 - Eat In A Relaxed Setting
You are more likely to overeat if you don't slow down and enjoy your meal. Digestion will be easier too if you're not in a rushed, hectic and stress-filled setting.
3 - Start Cooking
It's healthier and it saves you money. It's also the only real way to know what goes into your meals. When you're the one cooking, you can better control the fats, sodium and additives you're about to eat. And don't forget, you can't beat fruits and vegetables for filling you up and providing healthy fiber.
4 - Choose Protein In The Mornings
They say "breakfast is the most important meal of the day", but your choice of what to eat for that first meal can effect your entire day. Think multi-grain bread, eggs, unsweetened yogurt, nuts, honey, cheese and fresh fruit. These are healthy choices and will leave you feeling less sluggish come late morning as you wait for lunch.
5 - Remember Pleasure
Eating is an enjoyable experience. It pleases many of our senses at once - obviously taste just being the most prominent. Don't ruin the pleasure by counting every calorie.
6 - Eat Mindfully
Don't sit down and start inhaling your food. Pay attention to flavors and textures. This will make you feel more satisfied and you'll find yourself slowing down as you actually taste every bite.
7 - No Distractions Allowed
Don't multitask while you eat! Make meal time, family time. Whether you're a couple, have kids or not, are living with a roommate, or just you, allow your meal time to be distraction free. No TV. No texting. Even answering a phone call can wait - it's only a matter of 20 to 30 minutes anyway and you have voice mail.
8 - Eat Wholesomely
As much as possible, choose fresh foods and products that are unprocessed. Pre-made frozen dinners and boxed "ready to serve" meals typically have a lot of preservatives and are super-processed. The more a food is processed, the more nutrients are lost.
9 - Dine With Wine
A glass of vino (even an inexpensive variety) enhances meal appreciation. If you're staying away from alcohol, you can choose another beverage that will make you slow down and linger at dining. Just try to avoid sugary, carbonated drinks. Even ice water with a slice of fresh lemon, lime, orange or a little fresh ginger can enhance regular old H2O.
10 - Think Seasonally And Roast Vegetables
Let the growing seasons inspire you. When you purchase fresh foods that are in season, this will save you a lot of money, improve your healthy diet and everything will taste fresher. A great way to cook up veggies is to roast them. White wine or olive oil makes a great drizzle over bite-sized potatoes for example. You can bake them on a cookie sheet with simple garlic and rosemary for a healthy side dish.