7 Healthy Habits You Must Adopt

Eating healthy does not have to be difficult. In fact, if you develop a routine of adopting positive healthy practices, which you engage in regularly, eating healthfully can become second nature. Consider brushing your teeth. Most of us regularly brush our teeth so the practice has become easy to sustain on a regular basis. That is the goal of developing healthy eating habits. I teach clients to engage in a few practices regularly until they become second nature, and it feels unnatural not to do them.

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As most of you know, I am not a fan of diets. The reason is that we follow a certain diet for a while, and then we fall off the wagon as we are unable to sustain it, and so often, end up discouraged. Better to adopt a healthy lifestyle you can sustain for the long haul.

You can spend half of your salary at the most expensive gym in town and still feel unhealthy.

The crash diets and madness of workouts do nothing but kill that spirit in you of losing weight. But the big question is: are these crash diets and workouts making you healthy or are they just making you slim? The human body needs a healthy lifestyle to stay vigorous. Here are 10 simple tweaks you can make in your food habits to stay healthy and youthful.

1. Stock up on healthy foods.

We tend to eat what we buy and keep around the house. It is, therefore so important to stock up on healthy foods. Keep fresh fruit and veggies handy which you can grab and eat easily — baby carrots, apples, pears, berries. Buy whole grains instead of white bread products — oatmeal, brown rice, and whole wheat breads. Keep healthy protein options around — nuts and seeds, fresh turkey breast, and eggs. Try not to keep soda, cookies, and sugary cereals around.

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2. Swear by breakfast

   Every cereal commercial keeps chanting about the importance of a good breakfast and they are not all that wrong. Skipping your breakfast for that meeting you are late for might be the worst decision you made that day. And if you keep doing the same on a regular basis, you might have to face its consequences once you cross your 40s. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as your body does not receive any nutrients post the previous night’s dinner. You sure are a busy man, but there are a lot of healthy, quick and easy to make breakfast ideas you can use.

3. Eat sitting down.

When you eat meals while you are sitting down, you tend to eat more slowly, enjoy what you are eating, and may even end up eating less. When you eat standing, you often do not even realize that you are eating. If you want a scoop of ice cream, instead of eating straight from the pint (and wolfing down the whole pint), place a portion in a bowl, sit down, and enjoy it. It’s also great to eat with others and enjoy the social experience of dining.

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4. Drink water instead of liquid calories.

Limiting liquid calories — soda, sweetened drinks, fruit juice — is one of the simplest ways to cut out calories and sugar. Sweetened drinks like soda provide no nutritional value and are just empty calories. Diet sodas also provide no nutritional value, taste too sweet, and do not help most of us lose weight. So why even bother drinking them? Instead, get into the habit of opting for water or flavored seltzers. They will keep you hydrated without providing any calories. Try drinking a glass of water before eating each meal or snack, and you may just end up eating less.

 

5. Binge on fruits

For the ones who suffer from a sweet tooth problem, fruits are a saviour. If you crave for something sweet all the time, try carrying a fruit with you on the go. Fruits have natural sugar; sucrose, that should satisfy you. And if that isn’t enough, add a few drops of honey on it. This will help you watch your calories and also give your body the required nourishment.

6. Shift to warm water

Warm water is very helpful for the human digestive system. It removes the toxins out of your body, which are responsible for acute headaches and body pain. They also clear your intestines, thus, keeping you safe from all the gastric diseases. Warm water also works wonders on your skin and makes you look hydrated and fresh. The idea is that the temperature of the water that you drink needs to be higher than the room temperature. So, if you like your water on the rocks, it’s probably time you realise that it can be worse than your whiskey!

7. Eat a colorful salad — or veggies — each day.

Eating salads are a great way to get a variety of nutrients without too many calories. (Of course, that means” dressing on the side.”) The different colors of vegetables impart different nutrients, so it’s best to choose a colorful variety. And fill up on what you like — you’ve got enough to choose from. Several top picks include romaine lettuce, kale or spinach topped with a colorful assortment of tomatoes, carrots, red peppers, beets, mushrooms, or cucumbers. If you don’t love salads or are not in the mood, another way to get your veggies is to have a vegetable-based soup or to eat steamed or sautéed dressing. You will still get so many of the healthy nutrients including antioxidant vitamins A and C, potassium, fiber, and more.

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