Healthy Eating Habits to Adopt in 2014 – part 2
By now you’ve had a few days to start incorporating the first 5 of your 10 new healthy eating habits into your daily routine. Let’s take a look at the rest of habits you’ll want to adopt.
6. Watch the clock – Be aware of time management when it comes to healthy eating habits. Once you’ve finished dinner, you should be done eating for the day. Binge eating in the evening will undo all your hard work. It’s not worth it…
7. A little preparation goes a long way – By preparing a few simple items on a Sunday afternoon, you can make your new eating habits much easier. An egg white vegetable quiche can be sliced into smaller portions and eaten for breakfast on the go during the week. Making a salad of chick peas and canned wild salmon with chopped parsley and scallions dressed with a light vinaigrette made with olive oil and Dijon mustard and lemon juice can be lunch for several days. Making a big batch of a healthy soup is dinner for a while, too. This will help you resist the urge to buy something “quick” on the run. Your food is healthy, and you made it. You save time, money, and eat healthy all at the same time. It’s a win-win!
8. Don’t deprive yourself – Everyone wants a treat once in a while, so when you do, make sure you choose wisely. You deserve to be picky about what you put in your body. It’s better to have a small bit of something than to try and hold off until you can’t stand it anymore and eat an entire box of donuts! (I used to love donuts…) Now I’ll have a piece or two of dark chocolate instead. Dark chocolate has health benefits that will make you feel good about having it as your go-to treat. In fact, dark chocolate can act as a mood booster and has antioxidants as well. Try to find chocolate that is 70% or greater cocoa content and buy organic, fair trade chocolate if you can find it.
9. Incorporate exercise into your new routine – I know, I know…exercise is not an eating habit, but it is vital for good health. Exercise does not have to be something you dive into full speed. Starting off slowly; commit to a brisk 30 minute walk every other day for starters. You can ramp it up from there.
10. Get an accountability partner – You aren’t the only one you know who wants to drop a few pounds or just eat healthier in general. Partnering with a healthy-eating buddy, an accountability partner, will keep you motivated and on track.
Here’s a bonus habit for you…avoid sugar like the plague. That includes both natural and artificial sweeteners. Natural sweeteners includes cane sugar, fructose, stevia, agave, honey and any others I’ve forgotten to mention; they are all sugar in the end and have the same effect on your body. They will put weight on you, and they cause inflammation (a topic for another blog).
As far as artificial sweeteners are concerned, if you are inclined toward depression, a serving or two of an artificial sweetener has been know to bring on a bout of depression. Don’t do it to yourself! Artificial sweeteners also slow down your metabolism. Doesn’t sound to me like that’s going to help you lose weight, how about you?
Remember, by incorporating these 10 healthy eating habits into your daily routine, you’ll feel better and will have more energy which will help you stay on track. Make these great habits just that…habits!
Make Your Life a Thin Strong Healthy One!