10 hacks to eat better

Whether you are a connoisseur of food who loves to eat or enjoys spending time in the kitchen to cook up a storm, there are simple lifestyle choices that you can welcome into your life to make the most of food.

  • Keep it simple: Eat food that’s leafy and has a lot of color and variety of textures. Balance meals with proteins such as lean meat, fish, tofu or beans as well as carbs such as brown rice, potatoes and quinoa. It’s also important to include healthy fats in your diet such as avocado, nuts or olive oil.
  • Plan ahead: Yes, it’s okay to make your lunch the night before. That way you aren’t worried about cleaning up after you cook in the morning, ending up making the meal in a haste. This increases the chances of walking out the door with a healthier meal.
  • Make a schedule: If you consume 2,000 calories spread out through the day, you will have more energy and may lose more weight than someone who consumes the same amount in one go. We need to pay attention to the cues of our body. If you feel hungry, eat rather than ending up overeating at night.
  • Choose whole grains: Opt for whole grains rather than highly processed white or enriched grains. Whole grains, like steel cut oats, brown rice, barley and 100% whole grain bread or pasta, offer provide greater nutrition from energy rich B-vitamins to filling fiber. Whole grains have a lower glycemic index, which means they won’t spike your blood sugar as the other carbs.
  • Take your shopping list along: Plan your shopping in advance, before you head out for the grocery store. This helps avoid unnecessary temptations. Also, keep your pantry stocked so you don’t run out of healthy options and end up binge eating by ordering food.
  • Cook up a big batch of soup: Soups are simple, wholesome goodness, which can be frozen for a week. Opt for broth-based soups instead of creamy ones, and then you are all set to sip on soup when craving for something at odd hours.
  • Blend your veggies: Add a smoothie or fresh fruit juice to your diet, which make for a good breakfast or snack. If you’re planning to have a meal or want a snack that lasts, blend fruits and veggies with proteins such as Greek yogurt, milk and healthy fats such as cashews, nut butters and avocado (blend in white beans to amp up the nutrition, creaminess and thickness).
  • Drink up: Remember to carry a water bottle along and keep refilling it through the day. If you are active, you would need water to replace the electrolytes lost through sweat. And if you have a desk job, you may forget to look up from the screen, so having a bottle handy may help.
  • Beauty sleep is not overrated: Getting enough sleep at night goes a long way in protecting your body. As hormones get regulated while you sleep, a quality sleep will help you make better food choices.
  • Hack your office break: Using your lunch break as a window to add to your fitness quotient can make a huge difference to your health. Start with walking around the block or climbing stairs at your office, before having a couple of nuts before you begin work.
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