- October 28, 2015
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- Posted by: Health Advisor
Nutrition experts dole out a ton of advice about how to eat well—and, most importantly, not lose your mind doing it. But there are some tips that stand the test of time, and that experts themselves follow.
Here are 7 habits they live by—and that will change the way you eat.
Don’t give anything up
Eat all the foods you enjoy—but the key is to do it in smaller quantities. The worst thing you can do is be too strict, then rebound by overeating because you’re not satisfied.
Always have a plan
It’s easy to get sucked into the lure of the restaurant menu when you’re hungry and everything looks good. You don’t have to order the plain grilled chicken breast with steamed veggies—that would be boring. Order what you’d like, but balance the meal out with the rest of the day.
Forget Calorie Counting
Instead of how many calories, ask yourself where the food came from and if it’s nutritious. Healthy, nutrient-rich foods will keep hunger at bay, help maintain stable blood sugar levels, minimize cravings, and help your brain signal your belly when you’re full. In other words, you don’t have to go through all the trouble of counting.
Don’t eat boring food
Nutritionists are always saying to eat more vegetables, so cook them in a way that takes them from ho-hum to yum. Always incorporate high-flavor add-ons to jazz up veggies, like sautéing with olive oil and garlic, or spraying them with olive oil before throwing them in an oven with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. That way, you don’t equate “healthy” with “tasteless,” a mindset that will knock you off the veggie bandwagon fast.
Eat lunch like a king
You’ve heard to make breakfast the biggest meal of your day, but you may not be that hungry when you wake up. In fact, Your biggest meal should be around noon when your digestion is at its peak and you can feed your body when it actually needs fuel.
Drop the food guilt
It’s trendy to think “food should be fuel” or that food is something that helps you lose (or, ahem, gain) weight. But thinking only in terms of number on the scale takes away a huge part of what eating is about: pleasure. Feeling guilty about your food choices can undermine weight loss—and even pack on the pounds—while a celebratory mindset gives you more control over your diet and can thwart weight gain.
Eat the rainbow
Greens, oranges, reds, purples, yellows…you get the picture. Eating the rainbow will supply your body with a range of disease-fighting phytonutrients, and will naturally fill you up to help you cut back on unhealthy foods. Aiming for a diverse intake of produce from all colors of the rainbow will help you boost your intake.