Developing healthy eating habits doesn't have to be a constant struggle.
Whether you're new to a clean diet or you've fallen off the healthy wagon, take the following rules to the table. With these three tips under you're belt, you'll enjoy a healthier, less stressful relationship with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and healthy eating will become a thing of ease.
Never Eat in Front of a Screen
If your laptop, phone and TV are always in sight as you're eating, it's time to turn off the tech and focus on the food. When you're distracted during meals, you're much more likely to overeat since your attention is elsewhere. Designate mealtime for eating — and eating alone. The first few days might seem strange, but soon you'll realize that with the opportunity to slow down, you can savor the meal on your plate, and recognize when you're actually full.
Don't Confuse Thirst For Hunger
If you've recently eaten and are still feeling unsatisfied, don't immediately stand up to fill your plate with seconds. According to Mara Z. Vitolins, RD, an assistant professor of public health sciences at Wake Forest University, many people confuse the sensations of thirst for hunger. If you're not sure which you're experiencing, she recommends that you drink water and wait about 30 minutes to see if you're still hungry. Slowing down by sipping water throughout your meal can keep a ravenous appetite in check and ensure you don't walk away from the table feeling uncomfortable.
Remember That Food Is Fuel
When you start opting for healthier, lighter meals in place of your old favorites, feelings of deprivation tend to bubble up. Instead of feeling like your new decisions are a sacrifice, remember this: You are what you eat. When you choose whole, natural, clean foods over processed junk, you're filling up on premium fuel, allowing your body to perform at its top potential. Making this shift in your mind is essential to sustaining a healthy diet for the long haul.