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Importance of Healthy Eating Habits

Importance of Healthy Eating Habits

The Importance of Eating Healthy

Did you know that most eating habits are established in childhood? Luckily though, it’s never too late to become more conscious of what and how you eat and to develop a set of good eating habits as a family.

Why are Healthy Eating Habits Important?

The benefits of healthy eating habits stretch far beyond putting good food into your body. Establishing healthy eating habits has an impact on your physical health, your mental health, and your stress levels too.

Here are a few reasons why improving your eating habits and those of your entire family, is so important:

  • Healthy eating can reduce the risk of obesity and other chronic illnesses like heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes
  • Healthy eating can improve your mood and your memory
  • Healthy eating has been directly related to lower stress levels and overall, more efficient mental and physical performance

Good Eating Habits

How to Improve your Eating Habits

The question often is, “I want to eat healthier but how do I do it?”. We’ve put together a few tips on ways to improve your eating habits every day in order to cultivate a healthier, happier home.

Tip 1 - Plan Ahead

If you plan ahead in terms of what you need from the grocery store, what meals you’ll most likely have that week and what produce you need, you’re less likely to go for quick, unhealthy, fast-food options because there is nothing in the fridge. Make sure your fridge is always stocked with vegetables, fruits, salad ingredients and healthy meats so that you can create many kinds of healthy meal options on any given day.

Tip 2 – Always Eat Breakfast

Don’t skip breakfast! If you do, you can get into the situation where, by mid-morning, your sugar levels drop and your hunger peaks, which often results in making bad, convenient food choices. Eating breakfast has been linked to better weight loss and weight management in healthy eaters.

Tip 3 – Eat at The Table

This is an especially important habit to cultivate in children. Eating at the table – WITHOUT devices – cultivates a culture of healthy eating in your family. You can chat about your day or how yummy the food is, and your children can watch you as you eat healthy foods too. When you eat at the table, and not in front of the TV, you are less likely to overeat and more likely to be mindful of what you’re eating.

Tip 4 – Drink Water Every Day

Drinking water is a particularly hard habit to form especially if you have never done it. They say on average your body needs 2L of water a day for optimal health. If you’re not a great water drinker, just start with one glass a day when you wake up. Increase that by one glass a week each day and soon you’ll start enjoying how hydrated you feel and crave more water.

Tip 5 – Stop When You’re Full

We have all done it, finished our first plate and immediately gone for seconds before we’ve really given our stomachs a chance to catch up with our brains – just because it tastes so darn good. Mindful eating is the practice of slowing down, savouring your food, and stopping when you feel full. This helps to prevent overeating and feeling satisfied and not stuffed after a meal.

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