Previously we talked about five top tips for Healthy Eating Habits, i.e. Eat your food slowly; Sit whilst you eat; Enjoy what you eat; Plan your meals; and Portion control your meals.... How did you go? Were you already following these habits? Below we've listed another five healthy eating habits to help you with "spring cleaning" your health this Spring.
* AVOID OVEREATING
Eating slowly and controlling portions will help with avoiding eating too much. Overeating can also happen when we've eaten a meal that hasn't satisfied us and therefore we reach for an after meal snack. Or are you eating too many snacks between meals? Spread your meals out throughout the day.
* COOK MEALS FROM SCRATCH
Where possible, cook your meals, using fresh, raw ingredients. This way you know exactly what has gone into your meal and you've decreased the amount of additives and preservatives in your meal. When you cook your meals, enjoy the process, touch the ingredients, taste test things, enjoy the aromas. Don't know how to cook? There are plenty of fun ways to learn these days - check out your local or online options.
* AVOID EXCESSIVE DRINKING DURING MEALS
Drinking too much with a meal will reduce enzyme activity. Drink up to 2 litres of water a day between meals.
* EXERCISE, NOT JUST DIET
Exercise needs to go hand in hand with healthy eating habits. Consider regular exercise (3-4 times per week) like yoga or qi gong. This type of exercise massages the intestines and thereby invigorates the digestion and gets the blood flowing, regulates appetite, metabolism and blood sugars.
*SPRING CLEAN YOUR PANTRY, FRIDGE AND FREEZER
When did you last clean out your pantry. Is it full of out of date items? Your fridge and freezer items should also be checked regularly. Keep supplies fresh and keep healthy snack options on hand.