Here are a few quick and easy tips to help you reach your healthy eating goals:
Drink plenty of it. Water prevents dehydration, which can be confused for hunger. Water is also a huge factor in removing toxins from the body and aids greatly in digestion. Water, most importantly, can be the thirst solution that takes the place of other high-Calorie, sugary drinks. Soft drinks do not do a better job at reducing thirst, they just greatly increase your Calorie intake for the day.
So... drink water.
Think portion control:
You have favorite foods and chances are you will have a difficult time avoiding them all together at first. Eat less of them, share a plate with a friend, or make an appetizer your meal. To help with portion control...
See below: take your time and don’t get too hungry.
Take your time:
You eat something quickly, suddenly you realize how full you are …or were. Eating slowly improves digestion and also allows you to feel full when you get full, instead of six bites after.
Don’t get too hungry:
When you feel really, really hungry, you eat quickly. We also tend to make poorer meal choices. The single greatest benefit to eating often is staying full (also a great benefit of drinking plenty of water).
So… drink water.
Know your food:
Read the labels. Is it a fruit juice or a fruit drink? Are you actually consuming the serving size? Does it fit into your meal plan?
Prepare your meals at home:
When you prepare your meals, you have control over what is in them. Not to mention, you can think “leftovers” in advance. Prepare lunches in advance, then you can avoid the urge to run to a drive-through during a busy day.
Know thy carbs:
Carbs can be a pivotal macronutrient in any diet. Complex carbohydrates or good carbs (whole grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables) are digested slowly. Slower digestion makes you feel full longer and does not disrupt insulin and blood sugar levels. Simple carbs or bad Carbs (white breads, white rice, soft drinks for example) digest quickly and cause spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels.
Don’t shop hungry:
You’ve heard this before. The research is, however, twofold. Shopping for anything when you are hungry makes you want more ...stuff, and shopping for groceries while you are hungry makes the shopper more inclined to purchase more high-Calorie foods. Our brain recognizes the pay-off of high-calorie, sugary foods and when you are hungry, those food choices are more desirable.
Also, …drink water.