Are you aware that by simply making a few small, steady, and sustainable changes to your eating habits, you can live a longer life and enhance your health physically and beyond?
Maintaining healthy eating habits the majority of the time is crucial for optimum health and will increase your energy levels, enhance your mood, and you may even lose weight, plus so much more.
Healthy eating can be effortless if you know where to start and allow yourself to have "no rules" per the Intuitive Eating Principles. The reason for this is when we fear food or place emotions about our food. We affect our mental health and well-being. So, when incorporating healthy eating habits, we need permission to allow ALL FOODS... so that food is neutral, which allows us to be judgment-free, and when we do this, we can put meaningful habits that suit us and our goals.
Keep reading for five healthy habits that will allow you to start eating healthier today without restriction.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
People often skip breakfast because they’re in a rush during the morning and have to dash out of the door. However, there’s a reason breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day. A healthy and well-balanced breakfast will give you plenty of energy to carry out your daily tasks with relative ease and remain in good spirits throughout the day. In addition, studies show that people with a healthy breakfast lessen their risk for heart disease and diabetes more than those without breakfast because they are less likely to be sluggish, have more energy, and have better concentration without grazing during the day. Plus, breakfast supplies your body with all the nutrients it needs after fasting during sleep. So if you’re constantly skipping breakfast, make time every day and enjoy all its benefits.
Plan Your Weekly Grocery Shopping
If you fail to plan your weekly grocery shopping, it’s more than likely that you’ll run out of healthy foods before the week is over. Then when there’s nothing healthy to eat at home, you will order junk food or fill up on unhealthy foods loaded with calories. Therefore, if you are keen on achieving good eating habits, schedule some time every week to plan and shop for healthy foods that will cover your meals for the full seven days.
Keep Healthy Snacks On Hand
Healthy snacks are a fantastic tool that keeps you satiated between meals and stops you from filling up or running out of energy. You can choose many quick and easy healthy snacks; fresh fruits, Greek yogurt, nuts, smoothies, and seeds are excellent options. So select some snacks that you like and ensure you always have them close by when hunger strikes.
Drink Plenty Of Water
Drinking at least eight glasses of water per day has several health benefits. First, it stops you from consuming sodas or other beverages with high caffeine. Second, it keeps you fully hydrated, which ensures your body performs optimally, increases your metabolism, boosts your energy levels, enhances your circulation, and much more.
If you’re struggling to consume enough water daily, you can boost your intake with other healthy hydration options. Fruit-infused water and herbal teas are all great alternatives to water that contain nutrients that are entirely natural and very hydrating.
Mix Up Your Diet
Regardless of how healthy your diet is, you’ll quickly get bored with it if it consists of the same foods daily. This, in turn, will cause you to deviate from your healthy eating goals. To avoid this, make sure you mix up your diet and include a variety of snacks and meals. You’ll start to enjoy eating much more when you do this because every meal or snack tastes different and offers fresh new flavors.
These five habits may sound simple, but they’re highly effective. So if you’re serious about improving your energy and nutrient balances and boosting your health, act on them for long-term success.
Quick Smoothie for Breakfast, Snack or Dessert---
Gingerbread Smoothie (Another recipe from the Monthly Recipe Club)
5 minutes 9 ingredients
1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
1/4 cup Vanilla Protein Powder
1/2 Banana (frozen)
1 tbsp Chia Seeds
1 tbsp Almond Butter
1 1/2 tsp Blackstrap Molasses
1/2 tsp Ginger (fresh, minced)
1/4 tsp Cinnamon (ground)
1/8 tsp Ground Cloves
Place all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
No Chia Seeds- Use flax seeds instead.
No Blackstrap Molasses - Use maple syrup instead.
Nut-Free - Use coconut milk instead of almond milk. Omit the almond butter, or use coconut butter or sunflower seed butter instead.
More Veggies - Add frozen cauliflower.