Developing a good eating habit takes effort and discipline. But once you’ve established that, it’s easier to make healthy food choices and avoiding unhealthy habits. Below are some Do’s and Don’ts of a good eating habit.
Do eat slowly
Most people eat quite quickly especially when they have a limited amount of team for their breaks. But eating fast is not only good for our digestion, it can lead to overeating as it takes some time for our stomach to send signals to the brain that it is already full. When you eat, try to appreciate each bite, as well as the taste and texture of the food. Chew your food properly so digestion becomes easier for the stomach and our intestines to get the most nutrients out of the food.
Do drink water
It is always preferable to have a glass of water while you are eating. It makes swallowing easier and water also aids in the digestion of our food. Not only that, water is crucial for the hydration of the body as well as regulating body temperature. Try to avoid replacing water with sugary or fizzy drinks such as juice or soda as these have extra calories in the form of sugar. Water also helps to make us feel full faster so we don’t consume as much food. It’s best to order water the next time you visit places with banquet rooms.
Do eat homecooked meals
Homecooked meals are always preferable over store-bought or take-outs. You have more control of the ingredients you put in each serving so you can replace processed ingredients with fresh ones. Also, eating homecooked meals is a lot more cost-effective than buying take-out in every meal. And if you prepare your meal yourself, you develop an appreciation for the food that you eat and learn a valuable life skill.
Don’t eat distracted
Many people often eat their meals while going through their phones or watching something on their computer or TV. But this is not a good eating habit. Eating distracted leads people to overeat since they don’t appreciate their food as much. When we take the time to notice the taste, texture, and smell of our food, it helps us feel more satiated. It also leads to a healthier relationship with food.
Don’t skip meals
Skipping meals, especially skipping breakfast, is standard practice for people who work regular day jobs to save time so as they don’t show up late at work. However, when we skip meals, we are depriving our body of important calories and nutrients that help us power through the rest of the day. Also, skipping meals will only result in us compensating for the next meal by eating more than we usually do.
Don’t eat sugary snacks
Many of us find it hard to resist eating something sweet. And while people try to eat healthy and nutritious food at mealtimes, we indulge ourselves in snacks. Candies, pastries, and sugary drinks are our preferred snack-time treats. This high caloric food is one reason obesity cases are on the rise and it ruins our appetite.