Doing Food, the Right Way

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You are what you eat. If you eat right, your body benefits. If you eat wrong, your body suffers. The stakes are quite high when it comes to eating. And yet, most of us don’t pay much attention to what we eat and how we eat. Here we suggest simple ways of doing food the right way. Here’s how to get the basics of eating right, right.

Cook your meals at home

First of all, start cooking at home more often. This is not to say that outside food is always bad or that you cannot have healthy food when you go out. But let’s be honest. How many times have you found yourself eating healthy food in a restaurant? Cooking at home is great to force yourself to eat healthy food, cooked in a healthy way with complete hygiene. Don’t you agree?

Include more fruits and vegetables in your daily diet

Research suggests that we should include five or more fruits/vegetables in our diet every day. If your diet doesn’t include this, maybe it’s time to start a new diet plan? Fruits and veggies will make your plate look full and still manage to add fewer calories to your body.

Healthy shopping list

Now, how would you eat a bag of chips when you don’t have one at home? Most people are too lazy to go to a shop to get chips every time they get a craving. So, the best way to avoid eating unhealthy, junk food is to not have them at home. This brings me to our next point. Healthy food shopping list…

Some of the food items we suggest you add to your next grocery list and save it for future buys are as follows:

  1. Spinach
  2. Nuts and Seeds
  3. Beet Root
  4. Avocado
  5. Black Beans
  6. Dark chocolate
  7. Garlic
  8. Raspberries
  9. Lemon
  10. Lentils
  11. Apples

We know that the dark chocolate is glaring at your eyes, and you’re wondering how it made to this list, but research has shown that dark chocolate has a lot of anti-oxidants. Besides this treat, the rest of the items are very healthy and provide a wide variety of nutrients, vitamins and fibres. We hope they’ve made your list for this week’s grocery shopping.

Non-healthy shopping list (Avoid this!)

There are also a lot of food items that we recommend eliminating from your daily intake, like:

  1. Coffee
  2. Sweetened Carbonated Drinks
  3. High Fat Dairy Products
  4. Alcohol
  5. Salty Snacks
  6. Cheese
  7. Red Meats

These are few of the food items we suggest you stay away from, so that the health issues and diseases that come with them stay away from you too.

Embrace Mindful Eating

Taking time to chew and eating slowly is great, but mindful eating is so much more than that. It is being aware of the food you eat, appreciating it and becoming conscious of the nutritional boost the food gives to your body, to nurture it. Being mindful while you’re eating makes you eat less, feel naturally happy and more satisfied and full.

Maintain a food journal

We’ve said enough about this over the last two weeks and by now, you know how important a food journal can be. It makes you more responsible for the food you eat and the positive impact this has on your health is incredible.

Don’t eat food you don’t like

A popular misconception is that healthy food is not delicious. Eating food should be a delightful experience. You should eat food you think is delicious, that’s the only way how you can stick to any diet plan. If your diet looks like a punishment, you will give up on it, sooner or later. And this is also why most diets don’t work. Don’t kill the deliciousness of food in the name of healthy eating. Healthy food can be delicious too. Cooking can play a big role, here. Learn to cook food in ways that enhance the tastes and flavours of the ingredients, of course in a healthy way, making it more appealing to your taste buds.

Additional reads and reference:
https://www.mindful.org/what-is-mindful-eating/
https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/six-simple-ways-to-smarter-healthier-eating
https://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/healthy-eating/nutrition/15-ways-to-eat-healthy/

 

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