We are counting down to July. You probably penned down ‘Healthy eating habits’ in your goals for the year but presently, you have thrown caution to the wind.
It’s not too late to take few steps back to keep up with the promise or pledge you made.
If you’ve pledged to get healthier and develop healthy eating habits in the new year, you’re not alone. While New Year’s resolutions come in every form, many of us sit down in December and decide this year’s the year to really, truly commit to eating healthier and smarter. Finally, we’re going to eat less sugar, get that whole portion control thing down, snack on actual fruits and veggies, and stop downing a pint of ice cream right before bed. But even if you really mean it, without an actual plan and strategy in place, your resolutions are more than likely to fall short.
So how do you get back on track?
The best way to know what’s in your food? By making it yourself. You can also better control your portion sizes—If you serve yourself, you tend to eat less and even more nutritious food.
Pay attention to your food.
Mindful eating is paying more attention to how you eat, being more present to make better food choices. It’s “like laying a strong foundation of a house,” she explains. If you get the mindful eating down, you will have an easier time creating new habits.
Stop eating in front of the TV or computer, put down all distractions, and actually pay attention to what you’re putting on your plate and in your mouth. You’ll feel more satisfied, stop eating when you’re truly full, and ultimately make healthier choices.
Don’t beat yourself up over food.
Eating should be a positive experience. You’re fueling your body and hopefully enjoying the taste while doing so. Want to eat that cookie? Eat that cookie! Love that cookie! Savor it and be glad you did. Focusing too much on eating “right” can become a slippery slope, from paying attention to obsessing. Healthy eating—like so much of life—is all about balance.
Read ingredient labels.
The only way you’ll finally cut back on added sugar or eat less sodium—whatever your specific healthy-eating ambition—is if you know what’s in the food you’re consuming. Packaged foods we buy at the grocery store can have a lot of unnecessary ingredients.
Watch that label!
Share a method of carving a healthy eating pattern that has worked for you.