Friday, May 14, 2010

Healthy Eating Tips

Healthy eating means more than the food on your plate. It’s also about how you think about food. Healthy eating habits can be learned and it is important to slow down and consider food as nourishment rather than just something to gulp down in between meetings or on the way to pick up the kids.

Eat with others whenever possible. Eating with other people has several social and emotional benefits, particularly for children, and allows you to model healthy eating habits. Eating in front of the computer or TV often leads to mindless overeating.

Take time to chew your food and enjoy mealtimes. Chew your food slowly, savoring every bite. We tend to rush though our meals, forgetting to actually taste the flavors and feel the textures of what is in our mouths. Reconnect with the joy of eating.

Listen to your body. Ask yourself if you are really hungry or drink a glass of water to see if you are thirsty instead of hungry. During a meal, stop eating before you feel full. It actually takes a few minutes for your brain to tell your body that it has had enough food, so eat slowly.

Eat breakfast and eat smaller meals throughout the day. A healthy breakfast can jumpstart your metabolism, and eating small, healthy meals throughout the day (rather than the standard 3 large meals) keeps your energy up and your metabolism going.
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