For some of us, the beginning of the year might have been the umpteenth time we’ve tried to fully immerse ourselves in a healthy lifestyle. . . this is you?
As we welcome the third month of the year, some of us are less excited than others as one of the resolutions to improve an unhealthy eating lifestyle has gone astray and thus ended up wallowing in guilt.
What do the words “healthy lifestyle” mean?
Leading nutritionists have summed it up as consuming five meals in reasonable portions at regular intervals, eating fruits and/or vegetables twice a day, and staying hydrated with at least 8 glasses of water a day.
We often blame a busy schedule for our poor eating habits, such as skipping meals and consuming quick but unhealthy prepared foods. If this resonates with your life, then it’s time to finally take control and start prioritizing healthy eating. Just follow the four easy steps explained below.
• Gradual change
We should think of the process of overcoming unhealthy eating habits not as a sprint but more as a very slow ultramarathon. Gradual changes can be achieved without being overly restrictive with your diet. Use healthy food substitutes like butter for vegetable oil and nonfat frozen yogurt instead of ice cream, not forgetting to always have your food grilled instead of fried. It is important to continue enjoying food.
• Eat and exercise
Once you start to implement your gradual changes to your eating lifestyle, the next step is to combine it with exercise. A maximum workout of 30 minutes a day is enough to achieve exemplary results. You can incorporate a training routine into your life by evaluating your current situation, assigning convenient times along with simple exercises that mainly focus on the cardiovascular muscles.
• Meal planning
This step introduces us to the concept of saving time and money. Just by choosing a weekly menu and remembering to opt for simple meals and then preparing a shopping list in advance, the benefits turn out to be plentiful. By planning meals in advance, you eliminate the problem of wasting food, save time, and also avoid the temptation to find yourself at fast food service.
• Conscious eating
Finally, this is about HOW you eat versus what you eat. By choosing to eat mindfully, which means paying attention to the foods you eat, you are less likely to feel dissatisfied at the end of the meal. The crucial factors in mindful eating are being aware of your surroundings, the most important thing is to eat without being distracted, as this can lead you to feel full but not satisfied; something that normally happens when one is watching television.
Remembering to sit while you eat and appreciate the company in their presence is critical and instrumental in mindful eating.
You deserve to live a life that encourages you to make healthy lifestyle choices. Overcoming the drawbacks of eating right starts with you!