If you are of the view that a healthy diet means a stringent meal plan with the complete elimination of your favorite food items, you are entirely wrong. A healthy meal plan should leave you feeling refreshed, energetic and emotionally stable. It just needs the introduction of small changes capable of leading you to a healthy lifestyle. Here are some tips which would help you in this matter.
• Prepare yourself to be successful:
If you wish to succeed in your attempts to start a healthy diet, you should consider it as a sequence of minor modifications to your eating habits. The feeling that you are up for a drastic change of diet would create a situation where you are often tempted to miss the track. If the modifications are minor and gradual, you would have no difficulty to accept and adopt them as habits in the long run.
Do not worry too much about your calorie intake. Instead, try to think of your transmission to a healthy diet as the move towards deliciousness, colorfulness and freshness. Doing it would make things a lot easier for you. Besides, you would be able to remain committed and motivated to enjoy the variety all your life.
• Stay hydrated and active:
The cleansing effect of water is known to everyone. Still, we tend to ignore water allowing ourselves to suffer from the symptoms like dehydration, headache etc. It may also happen that you may be mistaking thirst for hunger. When you feel hungry, drink one glass of water and wait for some time. Have something only after making sure that you are really hungry. This should go along with a good exercise routine. Do not forget, physical activity is a prerequisite for a healthy life. You should spend at least thirty minutes exercising.
• Be moderate:
Eating moderate plays a vital role in a healthy diet. But, the question always remains, how much is moderate? The answer is quite simple. It varies from person to person. Understand that our body requires everything, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins and minerals. The complete elimination of even a single element may prove disastrous. The ideal way is to reduce the quantity of unhealthy items and adding more healthy and delicious food items to your diet. Besides, a healthy diet does not require you to say good-bye to your unhealthy favorite all on a sudden.
Just minimize the quantity and compensate for the loss you made later. If you have added more calorie to you daily diet by eating a high-sugar candies, adjust the next meal accordingly so as to balance the amount of calorie you consume. If the adjustment leaves you feeling hungry, try to have fresh vegetables or fruits to pacify it.
Be mindful of the amount of food served before you while dining out. Stay away from the emerging “super-size plate” trend and always go for smaller servings. The ideal option is to dine out in the company of your friends or relatives.
• The way you eat matters a lot:
It is not just what you eat, but the way you eat too plays a vital role in a healthy diet. Spend a bit of time to enjoy your meals. Do not think of food as something which can be simply swallowed whenever you feel bored or when enjoying a program on the television. Take time to eat slowly, enjoying the deliciousness of the dish being served before you. If possible, try to have your meal in the company of family or friends. This is great even for your children. They would be able to learn and adopt healthy dining habits.
Remember, the brain needs a bit of time to understand that you are full. Eat half of what is served before you. Continue after a few minutes only if you feel hungry. You should divide your meals into five or six portions, the main three meals larger and the other ones a bit smaller. Doing this would help you stay fresh all day long. It also boosts your metabolism. Having a heavy breakfast and the decision not to eat in the night too are the prerequisites of a healthy diet. Avoiding dinner in the night helps your body in such a way that the digestive system gets adequate rest before breakfast.
• Go for color and variety:
As someone trying to start a healthy diet, you should understand that vegetables and fruits are the key elements of a nutritious meal plan. Rich in vitamins, fiber and detoxification agents, fruits and vegetables help us feel full for a long time. If possible, create a rainbow with the servings of fruits in your meals. The darker the vegetable or fruit is, the more concentrated it would be with regard to vitamins and other minerals.
• Prefer eating right to vitamin supplements or diet pills:
The market abounds in vitamin supplements promising to make up for any imbalance of the same in our diet. But, experts say that vitamin supplements would never be able to replace fruits and vegetables. While fruits offer a balanced combination of vitamins, anti-oxidants and fiber, pills and supplements can only give you any one of these elements.
• Include healthy carbohydrates in your diet:
Understand that carbohydrates fulfill the energy requirements of our body. They are the substances which act as fuel for our brain. A complete elimination of the same creates a situation where our body is forced to feed on muscles for its energy needs. Go for whole grains to fulfill the body’s carbohydrate requirements. Healthy carbohydrates are slow to digest. This means that you remain full for longer periods of time. Your blood sugar remains in its normal level for long time.
• Make a deliberate distinction between healthy and unhealthy fats in your diet:
Healthy fats are must-have for the overall health of one’s skin, brain and heart. Include those food items which are rich in omega 3 acids. The items like avocado, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds are just a few to mention.
The attempt to start a healthy diet may appear a bit beyond your inclinations. But, if the transmission is slow and steady, the benefits are numerous.