Most people make New Year's resolutions that are long forgotten by February, but the truth is that every day is a new opportunity to start eating better, be healthier, and live the life you want. No matter if you’ve had a list of resolutions at the beginning of the year or not, you can take a moment now and assess what are the goals that you want to achieve.
Being healthy is most probably among them, and it should always be on the list of ongoing goals, so make sure you don’t lose sight of this aspect. The good news is that, contrary to what we tend to think, this is not a complex process that you should go through, but it’s a test of patience, resilience, and one of changing small habits.
Therefore, let’s take a look at some of the most important habits that you should integrate into your daily life in order to eat better and enjoy your health for a long time.
Take Your Time When Eating
We all know those busy days when you feel that everything needs to get done at the same time and that you cannot afford to waste one minute on anything extra. Those are the days when you are most probably eating quickly, with large bites, trying to be done with the meal faster so that you can go on with what you need to do next.
However, while there are always exceptionally busy days, if this becomes a habit and each day tends to look this way, then it’s certainly a problem in the long run. You need to slow down and take your time while you eat.
This is especially important because the brain needs a bit of time to understand that you are eating and to send the right signals when your stomach is no longer hungry. Therefore, you should make sure that you reserve time in your schedule for meals and then eat slowly, with small bites, and enjoy the food.
Besides the fact that this means that you won’t overeat, it’s also a great way to practice mindful eating. You should make sure that you have no distractions around you while you eat, such as the news on, and then be present in the moment.
Thoroughly experience the entire meal process and be aware of each bite you take. This practice will certainly improve the overall quality of your life because it’s just the first step toward a mindful life.
Choose the Right Ingredients
You should always go for whole foods and non-refined ingredients if that’s possible. While it’s true that it might seem like a more expensive alternative when you are in the store, if you plan everything right, these choices don’t need to have an impact on your budget. One trick is to always have a shopping list when you go to the store, ideally with ingredients for perfect salads.
This way, you can avoid impulse purchases and choose healthy ingredients that you can then cook at home just the way you like it. Our relationship with food is something that needs to be and should be explored. The possibilities of being creative are endless, and the way we think about food has a deep impact on many other aspects of our lives, including mental and emotional well-being.
We’ve all heard it so many times, that it might not seem like something that’s important anymore. However, drinking water is crucial for your life and overall health, so make sure that you keep track of how hydrated you are. Don’t forget to listen to your body and see if it gives you any signs that you should make changes when it comes to this aspect.
Of course, the same goes for food and pretty much everything else that you do. Our bodies always try to tell us when not everything is going the way it should.