Eat right tips and tricks
Ready to make a lifestyle change? Almost every blog I have read to prep for this one, had that as first line. So, let us start again, fresh and new!
Ready to make a REAL lifestyle change?!
By the time you hit 25 or anything on the heavier side of 25 yrs., you would have already started making a lot of lifestyle changes. Adding on to list of things we worry about, “eating right” is on top 3, especially when we move out of our houses. We don’t get time to plan to eat or sometimes even eat, forget about healthy eating. As a person who lives outside this rat race, I’m glad I get a lot of time to think about food, basically that is my job 😉
People are often bombarded with a lot of information on healthy eating (useful and the other one’s). And mostly we are either confused with the information or everything goes tangent to our head. Even if something gets absorbed, it is very difficult to follow. So, we will look into very very very simple and basic things you need to do to at least kickstart your healthy eating journey.
“THE MOST IMPORTANT TIP IS TO CONVINCE YOUR MIND THAT YOU ARE NOT ON A DIET, RATHER YOU ARE JUST GOING TO START EATING THE WAY YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE EATING”.
Tips & Tricks :
- We must start with the most essential tip for eating right: Have WATER, PLENTY OF WATER. Carry a water bottle everywhere possible you go. This comes with a perk of also making you look like a very organized/health oriented person, just give it a try!
- Adding on to the water point, try having warm water before breakfast. Just try it couple of days and you will totally feel the change!
- Try to eat at least 2 fruits per day, this will help you cut down on bad snacking habits. You can take a fruit to work and let it stare at you, until you pick it up and eat! Have a bet with a friend or co-worker on eating at least 2 fruits per day for at least 3 working days a week (Because we all know that weekends go by fermented fruits, if you know what I mean 😉). By the way, a small reminder, please don’t go for packaged juices unless you check their labels! Check if you can get good amount of proteins, vitamins, minerals and fibers as well. It’s not just about the front cover, the backside label is more important.
- Vegetables are of equally of top priority. Try to eat at least 1 cup of vegetable for 1 cup of rice or 1 chapati. Try to play around different vegetables, don’t just stick to your childhood favorites. Try different ways of cooking! Don’t be boring! When you are ordering salads or soups at restaurants, I would ask you to be a little careful. Your soups or salad dressings might contain some extra starches which you would prefer to avoid.
- I’m little skeptical about grains. Rice and wheat is the first thing that comes to our mind when we read “grains”. So that will explain you why I’m little skeptical about them. Yes, it’s the carbs that you need to be wary of. There are also other grains that’s potentially better than rice and wheat, such as barley, millets, sorghum, rye, oats etc. They provide more fibers as they are used more in a less processed form. At any case, a cup full of grains or a handful of them should suffice for a meal. The rest can be accounted with veggies, pulses and fruits!
- Something that I would like to add more in my diet would be pulses. This is like a distant cousin of grains. They provide you good amount of proteins, minerals and some fibers. Lentils, soybeans, chickpea, moong beans etc come under this category.
Maybe you might have seen all these healthy eating tips in other places or heard from someone else. So why am I even repeating it? To give you a perspective here.
It is not enough if you just wish to be healthy, it involves some hard work (at least some work), such as making conscious choices, cooking those veggies, making time for planning your diet, controlling yourself on parties…so on…
It is okay to start and fail, but it is important to start again.
After few years you don’t want to be giving all your hard-earned money for medicines! Rather spend it wisely now on buying real healthy stuff. So, start your healthy eating from now.
It is all about BALANCE. Balance of taste and health. Balance of good and bad. Balance of energy. Balance of our minds, to make the right choices.