Old habits die hard. At the same time, building new habits is also a difficult path. The increase in the consumption of processed foods, rapid urbanization and changing lifestyles have led to a change in eating habits in recent years. In today’s fast-paced world, maintaining a healthy diet is often easier said than done. For starters, trying to sift through the range of healthy diets to figure out which one is right for your system can be a challenge. Even after spotting a diet, maintaining that healthy eating schedule throughout the day comes with its own set of challenges. The good news is that it’s possible to stick to a healthy diet and that doesn’t even mean giving up your favorite foods.
There are many ways to establish and manage a long-term healthy eating habit. One can opt for whole foods as they contain essential nutrients like protein, fiber, vitamins, healthy fats and minerals as opposed to processed foods which contain empty calories. More than the obvious risk of diabetes and obesity, sugary drinks can cause liver damage, aging and anxiety. So, instead of sipping on packaged drinks, one can consume unsweetened beverages, fresh juices or infused water. Usually, when you’re hungry, you grab the first thing at hand. So keeping healthy quick bites in easily accessible places makes a difference. The right amount of macronutrients like protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals are essential for developing a healthy diet. It is revealed that eating from a large plate tricks your brain into believing that you have eaten less. Eating on a smaller plate helps prevent overeating. Getting into the habit of counting nutrients, not calories, is key to improving the quality of your diet. Adding more probiotic foods like apple cider vinegar, yogurt, and soft cheese to the diet also helps boost the immune system. Likewise, chia seeds, flax seeds, and pumpkin seeds act as nutritional powerhouses.
Opting for a healthy diet can be adopted as a form of weight loss. But eating healthy is more important in the long run than losing those extra pounds in a short time. Creating a healthy diet should also include foods and recipes that are not only nutritious, but also enjoyable, sustainable, and appropriate for the situation. Depriving yourself of the foods you love can cause cravings and eventually backfire. Rather than completely giving up the unhealthy options you love, try consuming them once in a while while practicing portion control. Maintaining a balanced diet while eating out can be very difficult. Nevertheless, more and more restaurants are now offering healthier options. Consciously choosing such places and researching the menu can help maintain the diet while enjoying eating out. Staying hydrated is also extremely important.
A diet rich in vitamins and minerals helps mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression and attention deficit. Self-monitoring calories by keeping a diary and using a smartphone or app to track daily calorie intake, weight, and activity levels is a smart way to track progress. Don’t be discouraged if it takes longer for new healthy habits to settle in. As long as expectations are realistic and there is a commitment to reassessing progress, the habit will evolve in a positive direction.
Author Bio: Founder and CEO, BodyFirst
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