Ways To Eat Smarter

 

Everywhere we look there’s a new way to lose weight, boost energy and maintain health. We are all aware, but what we do with our food habits from 9 to 5 and then on through the evening sometimes throws us a curve.

Where do your food temptations turn up?

For some, the best intentions of having a healthy meal at home after a long day can get quickly tossed aside when a friend suggests a new pizza place with great brews. Everybody needs to break out a little, but when that trend takes over and several times a week you find yourself eating out and not eating well, you might reconsider.

The sugar and carb buildup can be another trap. We all know that most people eat way too much sugar, and most of us try to hold the sugar down, and substitute natural fruits for pastries. But a taste for sugar can still keep the intake high and the attraction for carbs can add to the load as carbs also turn to sugar. Taking a long look at the sweets you eat at home and at the office, and the carbs you add in between could help a lot.

Mindless eating is the next big offender. Most of us pack quite a bit into a day, so grabbing a muffin on the way out the door, munching at our desk, and having dinner while we watch a favorite show may happen more than it should.

Try for a whole new approach. Pick a healthy recipe, invite friends and then dine. As you talk to friends and really enjoy your food the whole process improves. When you are eating alone, chew slowly and enjoy the food. Put some music on or sit in a comfortable spot on the patio and slow the whole process down.

Finally the midnight fast food run, or raid the fridge can do a lot of damage to your diet. Some people have found success with an eating schedule of 8 in the morning to 8 at night, with nothing until the next morning. Midnight food runs never turn out to be fat free, and they often seriously overload your calorie count for the day.

 Take a long look at the ways you eat and see where you can make it taste better and be better.

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