Eating healthy isn’t just about weight loss. It’s also about lowering your risk of disease, increasing your energy levels, and being able to live an active life full of all of the things you like to do (golf, swim, or even just running around the yard with the grandkids).
That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to the foods you put in your mouth as this not only raises the quality of your days, but the number of them as well. And here are five healthy eating habits that can help you do both:
- Skip prepackaged diet foods. A lot of people reach for prepackaged diet foods thinking that they’re good for them. However, they’re highly processed which means that most of the nutrients are gone and replaced by ingredients intended to make them last and taste better—primarily salt and sugar—which also happen to be the same two ingredients that spark food cravings.
- Go natural. The more natural a food, the more nutrients it has, so the better it is for you. Plus, natural foods are easier for your body to digest, which make them an added bonus.
- Eat often. While it may seem like skipping meals is a great way to lose weight or detox, your body actually needs energy in order to function efficiently, something it can get as long as you eat every 3-4 hours.
- Use veggies to fill you up. One of the biggest complaints by people trying to lose weight and get healthy is that they’re hungry all of the time. To keep this from happening to you, add veggies to your meals and snacks. They’re very filling yet low in calories.
- Everything you eat matters. It’s easy to tell yourself that one bowl of ice cream or one extra-large order of fries doesn’t matter, but everything you put in your body matters. No, one unhealthy meal won’t hurt you, but if you’re always saying this to yourself, then you might want to rethink how (and what) you eat.
Do these five things and you’ll be on your way to better health and wellness!