As we grow older, we start realizing the importance of a balanced diet. All those years spent eating junk foods start catching up with us, and we start developing beer bellies we promised we’d never have. I reached a point in my life where I exceeded my maximum weight and it made me exhausted the entire day around. A drastic turnaround of events and schedule was required and I realized that my diet was playing a major factor in stopping me from reaching my potential. I will be sharing some tips that helped me commit to my diet.
- Focus on eating moderately
Although a particular dish might be succulent and delicious, it is important to eat it in moderation. You must eat only as much as your body requirements. A person usually starts feeling full after 15 minutes of eating. So, it would be ideal to stop eating before you feel full. You shouldn’t feel stuffed after a meal and you shouldn’t stop yourself from indulging in a plate of bacon, pizza either. But, you must eat in moderation. For example, if you’ve savored a bar of chocolate of 100 calories in the afternoon, you can deduct 100 calories from your evening meal. Here’s a special tip for you! Try eating with a smaller spoon. You will eat lesser than before.
- Reduce sugar and salt
Without beating about the bush, let me head straight to the point. Excess of sugar has been found to be one of the main reasons for diabetes, depression, and energy spikes. On the other hand, too much of salt lead to high blood pressure, kidney disease, heart disease, and erectile dysfunction. So, cut down on sugar and salt already. You can do so by avoiding packaged foods and sugary drinks. Instead of using salt to enhance the flavor of your meal, you can use garlic, curry powder, cayenne, or black pepper as its alternatives. It wasn’t easy for me to reduce the intake of sugar and salt in my diet. So, I slowly reduced it a little at a time and allowed my taste buds to get accustomed to new surroundings.
- Include carbs and whole grains to your meals
The intake of whole grains manages to replenish my energy levels and give me the strength to the last throughout the day. You must also include healthy carbs in your diets including whole grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits. Since it takes a longer time for carbs to be digested, you get the feeling that you’re full for a longer period. If whole grains like whole wheat pasta and brown rice don’t agree with your taste buds initially, you can opt to mix them up with other delicacies first.
- Make healthy fats a part of your diet
All fats aren’t harmful to your body. In fact, healthy fats will keep your brain, heart, cells, hair, skin and nails well nourished. Many monounsaturated fats including the likes of avocados, nuts, seeds and olive oil, peanut oil, canola oil must be included in your diet.
- Set up your diet regime
Your diet may need a complete overhaul. You need to be charge of your meals; to do so, you need to start cooking your own meals. By doing so, you can monitor what goes in your meals and add the extra nutritious ingredients in your meals. You need to replace all the unhealthy foods in your diet with healthy alternatives. It could be as simple as switching from animal fats to vegetable fats. For instance, you can replace butter with olive oil. I don’t obsess over calorie counts while making my meals. Instead, I work on simplifying things by working on my diet with color, freshness, and variety. It is important not to eat packaged and processed food. The entire idea is to eat as less as possible from restaurants and food stalls.