Are you on a quest to take control of your health? Have you decided that your diet needs some serious work and that you need to embrace healthy eating? This can be easier said than done, as many people don’t know where to start. It’s also important to see healthy eating as a lifestyle change, rather than a diet that you stick to for a short period. Changing your mindset means you’ll be well-positioned for long-term success.
These four healthy eating tips are a great place to get started with your new goal.
Stop Rushing Through Your Meals
Before you even think about changing what you eat, look at how you eat. If you’re the type that consumes an entire meal in a few minutes and rushes through the process, it’s time to slow down. Allow yourself time to enjoy your meal, savor each bite and give the food a chance to digest. Slowing down can even help people lose weight, as it gives your brain a chance to figure out if you’re full.
Start Growing Your Vegetables and Herbs
There’s no better way to take control of what you eat than by growing it at home. A vegetable and herb garden can provide you with all kinds of tasty options, and even cut back on the costs in terms of grocery shopping. You don’t need any experience growing herbs and vegetables to have success, and you may find yourself shocked at how much your crops will yield.
If you don’t have a lot of space to grow a garden in your backyard, don’t worry. A vertical garden takes up very little space yet allows you the freedom to grow a variety of herbs and vegetables. These can be placed on balconies, patios, decks, or any other spot that works for you. Look for a vertical garden kit to make life easier, as it will have all the necessary pieces.
Make the Switch to Whole Grains
Whole grains are a wonderful source of minerals, vitamin B and fiber and unfortunately, people don’t often get enough of them. If you’re in the habit of choosing refined grain bread, now is the time to try whole grain instead. The good news is that there is a variety of whole grain bread to be found, so if you don’t like the taste of one type you can try another. To get an added health boost, look for bread that has whole seeds in it.
Change How You Cook Meals
Even if you’re choosing healthy meals and ingredients, did you know that the way you cook them can deter your results? Frying and grilling are never the ideal methods of cooking; instead, health experts stress the importance of roasting or baking your food. Other healthy ways of cooking include stewing, poaching, slow cooking, simmering, broiling, baking, and pressure-cooking.
You may want to pick up a few small kitchen appliances that make cooking healthier, easier and faster such as a slow cooker.
So, if healthy eating is something you want to focus on, you must go all in and see it as a lifestyle choice, not a diet.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.