Simple Ways to Make Eating Healthier
By Sara Butler
It has been scientifically proven that a healthy diet is one of the keys to your overall health and wellness. It can reduce your risk for chronic disease, help you feel better, and help you look better too. But making sweeping changes to your eating habits can be intimidating and it’s almost certainly a way you can set yourself up for failure when it comes to healthier eating. Instead of trying to make big changes, focus on the small things you can do to make your diet a healthier one.
How fast you eat influences how much you eat, which ultimately influences whether or not you can maintain a healthy weight. How much you eat and how full you get is controlled by hormones that signal your brain to let you know you’re full. Studies have found that it can take about 20 minutes for your brain to get the message that you’ve had enough. If you’ve eaten fast, then you can consume more than your body really needs in that period of time.
Try chewing more completely when you eat and slowing yourself down. This can help you from overeating. A simple, but effective strategy!
Go for Whole Grains
You can make your diet a little bit healthier by always going with whole grain versions of your favorite bread instead of the refined version. So, say goodbye to plain white bread and go for whole grain varieties. You will reap the benefits of whole grains such as reduced risk of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
To make sure you’re getting whole grains, look at the nutrition label. Whole grains should be at the top of the ingredients list.
Greek yogurt is full of protein – about three times the amount of protein you’ll find in regular yogurt. That protein boost will help you to feel fuller for longer and help you manage your appetite throughout the day. Just try to choose the varieties without added flavors. They can have added sugars that you want to stay away from.
Drinking water is good for your overall health, but it makes a great appetite controller too. Quite often, people who are dehydrated mistake thirst for hunger, which results in eating more throughout the day. If you endeavor to ensure you’re drinking enough water, then it can help you to control your appetite better and stay on top of your water intake to boot.
There are simple strategies that can really help you to get healthy, so try a few of these today!
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