6 Tips to Change How You Eat
1. Avoid foods with ingredients you cannot pronounce. Grab that box of cereal or package of cookies and spend some time perusing the food label. What is in the ingredient list? Do you know what that all is? The likely answer is a giant NO! If you can't pronounce it, the likelihood is your body can't do much with it. Stick with your real, whole foods instead. And make sure that breakfast bar really does have strawberries in it if the pictures says it does.
2. If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don't. I heard this a few years ago and find it to just be ingenious! Making healthy choices doesn't get much simpler than this idea! The challenge? Just about all of our convenience, on the go, in the vending machine and super market are produced in a plant somewhere! This change takes time and planning. Start small. Replace one food at a time each week and keep going.
3. Don't eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk. Those marshmallows and fruit pieces are jam packed with additives and processed ingredients. Translation is no good in the body. All of those manufactured sugars don't satisfy your body, leaving you look for more food in the end and the trans fats are a dangerous path to chronic conditions. Stick with cereal that has 100% unrefined, whole grains and minimal sugar. Then put your own fresh fruit on top!
4. When you are craving junk food, make it yourself. There is nothing wrong with eating sweets, fried foods, pastries or baked goods in moderation. I like my chocolate chip cookies just like the rest of them! But food manufacturers have made eating these formerly expensive and hard-to-make treats so cheap that they are available at every corner and we're eating them everyday. Instead, enjoy these treats as often as you're willing to prepare them. Then give some away!
5. Eat when you are hungry, not when you are bored, tired, stressed or upset. For many of us, eating has surprisingly little to do with hunger. We eat out of boredom, when life gets tough or when your day could not have been worse. Stop this cycle and get connected with your body. Learn to be aware of why you're eating. Ask yourself if you're really hungry before you eat and during your meal. Slow down, enjoy your food.
6. Do all your eating at a table. No, a desk is not a table. If we eat while we're working, or while watching TV or driving, we are eating mindlessly and as a result eat a lot more than we would if we were eating at a table, paying attention to what we're doing. The mind must be engaged with the process of eating for you to gain true satiety. Example: Place a child in front of a favorite movie and put a bowl of fresh vegetables in front of him or her. The child will likely eat everything in the bowl, often even vegetables that he or she doesn't ordinarily touch, without noticing what's going on. The same thing can happen with a bag of chips.
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