It's Not What You're Eating...
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Healthy living is not about strict nutrition philosophies, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you absolutely love or just cannot stay away from!
Rather, it’s about feeling phenomenal, having more energy, stabilising your mood and keeping yourself as healthy as possible to live your life to the fullest.
Coincidentally, the most important part about maintaining a healthy you is eating in proper portions. Most people eat passed their "full" feeling. This is called mindless eating and is most common while eating in front of the TV or computer.
Did you know it takes about 20 minutes for the human body to recognise that its tank is full? Which brings me towards the next tip; your food isn't going anywhere. Take your time, indulge in whatever you're eating, or as I like to call it - savour the flavour and make sure you enjoy your mealtime.
I know everyone has been told this one, two, or more than a few times in their life but when mum shouts, "Eat your breakfast!", she knows what she's talking about. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It keeps your body energised throughout the day and gives it that wake-up call it needs after it rolls out of bed. It also keeps your metabolism going. Metabolism is the body's chemical reactions that convert the fuel of food into energy, which is needed to do everything from moving to thinking to growing.
Surely, chips and crisps taste like they were made by the Gods but they may not be too beneficial for you in the end, if you eat them too often. They also happen to be the highest-risk group for acne, according to KidsHealth.org. Although, most foods that taste great contain the most calories, fat, carbohydrates and oil, try to keep it as a rare treat or if you plan on eating it as a meal, make sure you work it off with exercise. Exercising helps you feel energised and helps burn off those high calorie foods!
Some days, you may feel like you want to eat a huge meal because you feel so hungry. Before you go bonkers on cookies and cakes, why not have loads of fruit and vegetables? They're packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre and are the foundation of a healthy diet. Get creative! The brighter and more colourful, the better.
Everyone knows a life counting calories is barely a life to live at all. Again, by limiting yourself to a proper portion of these foods and exercising will also contribute to helping you maintain a healthy diet and wellbeing. It's not what you're eating - it's how you're eating!