Healthy eating is about more than just the specific foods that you choose to eat. Although those foods do have a bigger role in being a healthy eater, how much you eat and maybe even where you eat are also important factors.
Let’s say you tend to eat on the go, stand when you’re eating, eat your meals quickly, or eat out more than you eat in, you could be making some pretty negative meal choices. If you really want to be a healthy eater, here are some things that can help.
Don’t Eat On The Go
First, make sure you stop eating on the go. Not only is eating while you’re doing something distracting you from paying attention to what you’re actually eating, it can be distracting you from what you’re actually supposed to be doing, like driving a vehicle. Distracted driving, even for the sake of a meal, can cause accidents and injuries.
If you think you are too busy to sit down and eat a meal, make time to do it. There is no excuse to not have a decent meal three times a day.
Slow Down Your Eating
It helps to start by slowing down you’re eating. If you are eating too fast, you could be causing stomach indigestion, blue, and other irritations. Plus, you’re probably eating more than you need to eat. Because you’re eating so fast you may not realize when you actually start to feel full and eat until you are over filled.
By eating slower, chewing your food up to 30 times, paying more attention to the taste and the textures of your food, and even taking time to smell the food you’re eating, can all help you eat slower which will help you eat less, in the long run.
Cut Back On Portions
Simply by slowing down how quickly you are eating, you will already be cutting back on how much you eat because you’ll be feeling fuller sooner. However, you still need to pay attention to portion control and serving sizes if you want to be a healthy eater.
When you eat out, it’s likely that you are getting far bigger portions than you really do need. In fact, it is believed that most restaurants serve about three portions worth in each meal. That means you could split your dinner with someone else or take some of it home and have two more meals left over for another day.
Take Healthy Snacks With You
Instead of stopping at rest stops to get a snack when you’re on the go, take healthy snacks with you. This will help you keep from getting a bunch of empty calories that your body doesn’t need. It’s definitely the healthier way to go when it comes to snacking.
However, make sure that you pull into a rest stop or stop someplace when it’s time to eat those snacks. You don’t want to be a distracted driver and cause an accident. Snacks could be fresh fruit, fresh veggies, or even a trail mix with raisins and nuts. These are all good healthy options.