In this age of fast food and street food, how is it possible to instill good and healthy eating habits in ourselves? No matter what, junk food always attracts us. We almost as if feel a craving for it everytime we pass through one or the other junk food joint. I always get pav-bhaji cravings, even if I make it at home. I do try to add healthy eating habits to my routine. I normally have home-cooked food. But still, the number of times that I have junk food is quite high. So I have decided to start having good, healthy food, starting tomorrow. I also know that I might break the habit even before it becomes a habit. So here are the healthy eating habits that I am going to add to my routine.
HEALTHY EATING HABITS
1. CHEW WELL AND EAT SLOW
I have seen so many fast eaters. It’s like they finish their meals in about 5 minutes. What’s with these people? I don’t understand what rush are they in. Do they even chew properly? I doubt it. Actually chewing well is one of the most important habits to start off with. The food starts breaking down in the mouth and thus it is important to chew well.
The stomach sends signals to our brain to tell when it is full, but it takes time. When you eat fast, till the time the brain receives signals, you might already overeat. Thus, it is very important to eat slowly and chew your food properly.
2. KEEP A FIXED TIME
Following a fixed timing ensures that no meal is skipped. Also, fixed timings will mean that all family members will be able to eat together. It’s rightly said: “It was the food that strengthened our bond.”
3. CUT OUT ON JUNK FOOD
In my childhood days, we would eat pav bhaji once every fifteen days. That was the only junk item we were allowed to eat. If we wanted to have anything else, we could eat it only once a month or once in two months. SO we didn’t even have cravings and were content. But nowadays, we are so open to the idea of eating outside, junk food, that we fail to realize their adverse effects on our body. Junk foods are high on sugar and oil. Indulging in junk food once in a while can be absolutely fine, but do not make junk food a part of your regular diet.
You can also check out my Pav bhaji recipe. You can make it healthier by having the bhaji with a paratha made of wheat flour instead of bread.
4. PRACTICE PORTION CONTROL
Portion control can be as helpful as cutting out junk food can be. It is rightly said that too much of anything is bad for you. It goes well in case of food too. In the case of a well-balanced home-cooked meal, eating too less or too much can be problematic. Eating proper portions help the body to get the proper quantity of nutrients from the meal.
5. ADD VARIETY AND COLORS
We all get bored of eating the same food again and again. Eating the same food can result in the deprivation of other important nutrients. A variety of food will ensure that not only the taste buds are satisfied but all nutrients are incorporated in the food. Try to eat all kinds of protein, vegetables, and grains. You should add green leafy vegetables, seasonal fruits, and legumes in your diet.
6. PROPER DINNERTIME
Since childhood, I have had dinner before 7 p.m. Even today, I prefer eating before 7. The functions of our body start slowing down during the night time. So when we have dinner 2-3 hours before you sleep, the food gets enough time to start breaking down. Eating at night also upsets your body’s natural day/night cycle, impairing your sleep cycle and causing you to have trouble managing your blood sugar levels. So it’s better to incorporate this habit into your daily routine.
7. DON’T FORGET BREAKFAST
There is a saying: Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. It is so rightly said. When you wake up in the morning, your body is in a fasting condition. So it is very important to have breakfast so as to give your day a boost. It is advised to have breakfast within 2 hours of waking up.
You can also check my Upma recipe. Upma is a South Indian breakfast item. You can eat it with green chutney or pickle.
Here are my 7 healthy eating habits. Out of these, I have already been following 5. So it’s just 2 more to go. Do you have different healthy eating habits? Do share with us in the comments section below.