1. Drink lots of water.
Water is a miracle medicine for so many diseases and infections that we acquire due to our bad eating habits and lifestyle. We need to drink adequate water to keep our body systems running smoothly, optimize metabolism, boost energy levels, and promote good digestion. 3 litres for an adult male and 2.5 litres for an adult female are the prescribed levels of water intake by leading government health orgnaizations world over.
Hold on, soda cannot replace water since water contains natural ions needed for the electrolytic balance our body needs. Synthetic drinks may quench your thirst temporaraily but may lead to permanent loss of vital system functioning.
Simply you can start by drinking eight glasses of water per day or 2 one litre bottles of water. That sounds simple right!
2. Be a Leafy Lover
Dieticians scream about Spinach, Lettuce, Broccoli, Basil, Turnips, Collards and Cabbage.. But we care a damn..Our children probably think these are names of some ALIENS! We have the huge responsibility of educating the future generation about these wonderful leafy veggies which provide essential phytonutrients, micronutrients, vitamins, minerals and enzymes – all of which are just as important for your health as the macronutrients we often hear about (think carbs, proteins and fats).
3. Split Your Meals into Four or Five Parts
Generally doctors advice diabetics to go for smaller meals but in fact it is ideal for all type of persons. It keeps your mind sated and thus your craving. Having high quality small snacks, “mini meals” or fresh juice during the day can help to boost energy and prevent over-eating. When the craving is at its peak you can go for some salads with lot of onions and tomatoes in between the meals supplemented with nuts like almonds and pistachio. Hey John, forget cashew for a while as it adds lot of calories. Groundnuts which are known as poor man’s protein may be termed as a rich man’s fatso especially if consumed dutring the night.
4. Conscious Eating is Necessary
Ha, this might be mind-blowing as the mind starts thinking always about food when you want to have a control.
“Food should be taken like medicine else Medicine will become your food.” This holds true for people who take their food in front of a TV, or chat endlessley over the phone while dining and irritating the person at the other end as well, or while lying down.
Most people may not remember what they had for breakfast that particular day, I challenge! Memory loss is directly related to the type of food we consume and the way in which it is taken.
Treat every meal as a gift and enjoy every bite thanking the Almighty since we all know there are thousands outside suffering who cannot afford or who are not blessed with even a single meal per day.
5. Cut processed foods
Lays, Cheetos, Yummitos, and lot of other “TOS” have been tossed into the market. Yeah, who can resist the temptation, not me definitely when they are so good and spicy? But the problem arises when it becomes a routine affair leading to addiction and eventually health hazards related to it.
Go for home made products (Man, organic foods are expensive!) and buy from genuine, long-known stores and sources.
Read labels carefully. Make natural, homemade versions of store-bought foods.
6. Healthy fats have place in your diet.
Eating fat doesn’t necessarily make you fat! Many immune supportive vitamins, like Vitamin E or beta-carotene and hormones, like Vitamin D require some fat in the diet for absorption.
Where you’ll find them: In olive oil and olives, canola oil, almonds, cashews, peanuts, peanut butter, sesame seeds, and avocados.
You would’ve heard about OMEGA 3 fatty acid that regulates blood clotting, build cell membranes and support cell health. It’s polyunsaturated, which is the relatively heart-healthy kind of fat that help reduce blood triglycerides (fats) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the so-called bad cholesterol.
Foods rich in Omega 3 – Flax seed, Salmon, Chia Seeds, Spices like oregano, cloves and basil.
7. Include plenty of fibres in food.
Protein rich foods can help to reduce reflux and keep blood sugar levels stable while supporting healthy muscles and your immune system. Lentils are a great source of fibre, you can also go for millets, maize, wheat, cheese, yogurt and nuts.
8. Try different recipes for the love of food
I think the boredom of eating routine stuff makes us vie for variety. If we indulge in trying different cuisines life will become more interesting and automatically you’ll be exposed to all the goodness that food has to offer. So many blogs are available for the food lovers and you can visit mine too-
And if you want to share your thoughts “You are always welcome.”