how-to

Like they say, healthy eating food is beyond the food on your plate. It’s also about how you eat and what you think of the food. We just need to give a break to ourselves, sit down and savour the food in our plate rather than just gulping it in between meeting or on the way home from work. Eating with other people is often a good exercise. It helps you replicate the healthy eating habits of others, particularly for children. Never eat in front of television or while working on computers. It does nothing but overeating. You are so occupied in the work or watching your favourite soap opera that you are not aware of what you are throwing down your throat. It’s nothing but mere mindless eating.

Remember in kindergarten mommy used to say? Baby, chew your food 32 times. Do we? Just because we are no longer babies doesn’t mean that we don’t have to chew food 32 times. Savour each bite like it is the only food in your plate. The moment you relish it you can distinguish every tang and every flavour. Try reconnecting to the pleasure of eating like a true Italian.

Always ask yourself if you really are hungry or have a glass of water to see if you are thirsty instead of hungry. During a meal, stop eating before you get full. It takes a couple of minutes for your brain to pass on the message to your body that it has had enough, that’s why eat slowly. A healthy breakfast is a kick start to your metabolism. Eating small meals or snacks throughout the day boosts your energy. Always have dinner early, and not just an hour or 2 before going to bed. Dining early helps you to fast for 14-15 hours as the only intake you will be having is the next day’s breakfast. This is simple method helps you in regulating weight.

Never forget that fruits and vegetables are the essentials of a healthy diet. They are low in calories which mean high in proteins, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables every day. Go with the dark coloured broccoli or cabbages which are rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc, and vitamins A, C, E and K. Sweet vegetables like corn, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, yams, onions and squash add healthy sweetness to your meal and may reduce your cravings for other sweets. The essential of getting vitamins is through natural food and not some pills. So eat many fruits.