Eating for health and wellbeing does not have to mean eating boring food. You don’t have to limit yourself to salads and vegetables – although they are a big part of eating in a way that’s going to maintain your health and help you to feel good.
If you want to make sure the foods you’re eating are helping to fuel you and give you energy, as well as maintaining your mental health, then read on.
Listen To Your Body
Start by trying to listen to your body’s natural hunger cues. This can be difficult, especially when we’ve usually been taught to ignore them from a young age. However, you need to be vigilant. Listening to your body doesn’t mean eating pizza every time you think about it. It means eating smart, balanced meals when you’re hungry, and stopping when you’re full.
Have Vegetables With Every Meal
Have a good portion of vegetables with every meal. This way, you’ll get your healthy dose of micronutrients, and you’ll fill up some space with lower calorie foods. You’ll also usually get plenty of fibre, which is essential for gut health (unless you have an underlying health issue – consult your doctor if you’re not sure). Fibre helps us to feel fuller for longer, too. There are tremendous benefits to eating vegetables, so find a few you like. Don’t force yourself to eat anything that you really hate, or you won’t stick to it.
Try Swapping Sweet Snacks For Fruit
If you have a sweet tooth, you don’t have to change. You can still enjoy sweet things in moderation. However, if you like to eat sweet things every day, it’s best to have one to two portions instead. When you’re eating fruit, don’t worry too much about your sugar intake, but don’t go OTT with your portions.
Find A Balance That Works For You
Eating for your health and wellbeing isn’t just about making sure the majority of the foods you eat are good for you. It’s about finding a balance that’s good for you. If you love eating home cooked food, then don’t be afraid to try out that exciting mexican cornbread recipe you found. Just think ‘moderation’.
Don’t Think ‘Diet’ And Don’t Think ‘Perfect’
This isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle – as cliche as it sounds. Don’t think ‘perfect’ either. What is perfect anyway? It doesn’t exist! The best way to eat for you is a way you enjoy, and can stick to, without overindulging in foods that make you feel sluggish or could potentially impact your health in a negative way.
Learn How To Read Nutritional Labels
It may seem complex at first, but look at nutritional labels to get an idea of the content. For instance, you can start by looking at the protein, fats, and carbs to see if a meal is balanced. Home cooked food is often best, but you won’t always have that option.
Watch Your Drinks
Drinks do count – sorry! Avoid sugary drinks, milky drinks, and anything that will be heavy on your stomach. Enjoy occasionally, but be mindful of having them all the time. Plain black coffee and fruit tea are great, and you can have them every day.