Unfortunately, not everyone is equipped with the knowledge on how to eat healthy and how he or she can incorporate a healthy eating habit into their daily lives.
Food is what sustains and gives our bodies energy for us to be able to tackle our day-to-day lives. The food we consume affects both our physical and mental state. It is common knowledge: what we put into our bodies should be the kind of foods that will make us healthy. Unfortunately, not everyone is equipped with the knowledge on how to eat healthy and how he or she can incorporate a healthy eating habit into their daily lives. Luckily, we have compiled a guide for you on how to start eating healthy one day at a time.
People who want to lose some excess weight, automatically look into their calorie intake. Yes, it is important, but it still depends on your lifestyle. Take the athlete for example: they have active lives, fast paced and used a lot of energy. Their food intake is not all about the calories but also about the kind of food they eat to sustain their lifestyle. So before you self assess how many calories you should intake, or if you follow the norm, look into your daily activities first ––better yet consult a professional.
Below is an example or a guide on how you cat eat healthy in a day.
Plan your menu.
It is not about being obsessive, but knowing what you should eat beforehand especially if you are just starting to learn how to eat healthy is the key to success. An example of a menu for one meal is to have half a plate of produce, a quarter plate of grain and a quarter of protein. Fresh fruits are also good to add to the meal.
Meal examples are as follows:
- Start with some protein (e.g. eggs) to help you control your appetite and calorie intake. Some vegetables and fruits and for your starch you can have a whole wheat bread. A glass of water and if preferred unsweetened tea or black coffee.
- Salad greens with meat and oil based dressing. A bakes sweet potato and a glass of water. You can also have unsweetened tea and fresh fruits for dessert.
- Chicken breast or any lean meat. A cup of pasta or rice. Some steamed vegetables, a glass of water or unsweetened tea/natural juice and some fresh fruit to cap it off.
Avoid getting yourself hungry.
Try to sneak in a healthy snack every 3-4 hours. This will help fuel your metabolism and avoid binges. A good snack can be a piece of fruit, vegetables or yogurt.
Drink, drink and drink lots of water.
Drinking enough water boosts metabolism and helps the body properly break down food. Water also replenishes our bodies and acts as a detoxifier that helps to flush out toxins and get rid of waste primarily through sweat and urine. So drink as many as you can.
The information stated above is just an example of what a day of eating healthy looks like. Ultimately, it is still up to you on how you can change for the better. Do not rush, adjusting drastically may not be good for you, take it one step at a time and be better everyday.