Healthy eating is the latest trend around the world. Whether you have tried going vegan, have gone off sugar or have sacrificed fried food, you are inching a step closer to being healthy with every such resolution. On the eve of World Health Day, we congratulate all you health-conscious people for being aware, and for all those still on their way to becoming health-focused, here’s a wake-up call!
This World Health Day, as a small gesture to show how much we care about you, here’s a list of the Top 10 healthy eating habits that will keep you fit for life!
Here you go
1. Eat heavy to light. Make sure your meals throughout the day descend in portion size. Eating a heavy breakfast, a satisfying lunch, a small snack and a light dinner is the best way to get through the day. Scheduling your meals at fixed times is beneficial too.
2. Eat breakfast. It is important not to skip your breakfast. Opting for eggs and wheat toast or vegetable poha or wholewheat aloo parathas is best. Eat wholesome protein and wholegrain-rich foods to get you through the day, without gaining excess weight.
3. Include fruits and salads. Make sure you have raw salads with meals and eat fruits as in-between snacks or to deal with a quick hunger pang. Think of a yogurt-fruit mix or a healthy salad wrap.
4. Drink plenty of water each day, rather than soft drinks and synthetic juices. Water helps flush out toxins and accelerates metabolism.
5. Snack between meals on nuts and raw veggies like carrots and cucumber to keep intense hunger away. Or on oat energy bars or multigrain biscuits. Waiting for the big meal may mean getting ravenously hungry and will eventually lead to overeating.
6. Use healthy oil alternatives like refined rice bran oil or refined groundnut oil among others for cooking healthier meals.
7. Consume proteins in their easy-to-digest forms like sprouts, nuts, legumes and grains. Lean white meat, fish and low-fat dairy products are best bets for non-vegetarians.
8. Add color to your food. Eating brightly colored fruits and vegetables ensure good health, as they are rich in nutrients and vitamins.
9. Eat out less. Yes, eating restaurant food often affects your health because of the unhealthy cooking techniques, use of processed foods, and additives. Treat yourself once in a while, but by and large, stick firmly to home cooked fresh food.
10. Make it a point to mix proteins and carbs together. Yogurt and fruits or chicken and wholegrain bread or wholegrain crackers and cheese taste delicious when teamed together, and make for a healthy mix of carbohydrates and proteins. Make it a point to include such small combination snacks in your diet.
Eating healthy is not just shopping from the low-cal or diet store shelves. It is also adopting eating habits that include various types of natural foods in their basic healthy form that definitely nourishes and energizes you to be healthy!