7 Eating Habits for a Healthier Lifestyle

7 Eating Habits for a Healthier Lifestyle

Naturally, we eat to grow, that’s the basic principle behind eating; taking in food, digesting and all the other metabolic processes in the human body that convert and extract the necessary nutrients for growth and wellbeing.  Your body organs like the kidney, liver, small intestine, large intestine, and the stomach, amongst others, all partake in these processes. 

Now we know that not eating good food, not maintaining a balanced diet or eating way too much of food can affect the digestive system which can lead to various forms of illnesses. Malnourishment is one such condition not just from a lack of one or two nutrients in our diet but also from the increased intake of nutrients.  

To avoid malnourishment or any other weakness and ailments; there are seven ways you can adopt a healthier lifestyle. 

1.    Never Skip Breakfast:

Never Skip Breakfast

Breakfast is the most essential of all, why? It’s the first thing we eat in the morning after a long night of sleep. 

It is important that you wake up and eat something to rejuvenate your systems and get a kick-start to the day. Research from Harvard University concludes that eating breakfast can reduce the risk of being obese, having a heart attack, and developing diabetes. 

Eating first thing in the morning goes a long way in the control of your insulin level and also serves as a foundation for the food you will be eating for the rest of that day.

2.    Drink Lots Of Water:

Drink Lots Of Water

Water is life; it is a fact that you can survive longer by just drinking water than eating food.  Another point is that when there is about a 1.8% drop in your body’s water level, it will signal your brain and you will feel thirsty.  

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch and so on should be accompanied with at least a liter of water to go with the meal. That’s about 3 to 5 liters of water a day. Water is a natural anti-oxidant and blood purifier that helps to increase blood flow throughout the body. 

The brain also is made up of 70% of water, so it is essential that we adopt the habit of drinking lots of water to help us look and feel healthier.

3.    Reduce the Amount of Fatty Foods You Eat:

Reduce the Amount of Fatty Foods You Eat

Avocados, cheese, chocolate, whole eggs, fatty fish, chicken meat, ice cream, butter and hundreds of other examples of fatty foods are good for the body. That is because some of these fatty foods contain nutrients like fiber, iron, magnesium, antioxidants, and even fatty acids found in fishes. 

Still, there is a limit to what the body can take; too much fatty food can cause more harm than good. Too much of fat intake can lead to a rise in the cholesterol levels in the blood which increase the risk of having heart disease; becoming obese which raises the risk of endometrial, prostate, and breast cancer. 

Fatty foods are required in minimal quantities, which will work effectively to give your body the shine it deserves.

4.    Avoid Gluttony:

Gluttony according to the Merriam Webster dictionary is simple "excess in eating or drinking.” For me, it is eating and drinking to test the limits of your stomach; it can also be called overeating. It is not only socially unacceptable but can also cause lots of health issues for such a person. 

Try as much as possible not to overeat; instead what is sufficient for your stomach and you.  Trust me you will know when you have had enough, but we all have this urge to eat to our fill, which in most cases can lead to constipation. Overeating can lead to obesity and a host of other diseases. So, regulate how much you eat at a given time and gain a healthier body.

5.    Avoid Heating Foods in the Microwave:

Avoid Heating Foods in the Microwave

It is common practice to microwave cold foods or even use them to cook. Microwaves heat up your meal in seconds with the help of magnetrons that produce an electromagnetic field. 

Heating your food in microwaves means you are indirectly injecting your body with these electromagnetic radiations that are more than just a little harmful. It may not affect immediately, but it will surface later in life in the form of eye diseases like cataracts and so on. Also, the nutritional value significantly reduces if you microwave food, so why bother?

6.    An Egg A Day Helps You Keep The Doctor Away:

An Egg A Day Helps You Keep The Doctor Away

From the world-renowned chicken eggs to quail eggs, eating an egg a day can contribute immensely toward the functioning of your bodily systems, as they contain high-quality protein, vitamin b2 in the egg white, and lower amounts of fat and cholesterol.  It is loaded full of vitamins and minerals!  

Ensure that an egg is part of your daily meal, and health benefits, like protection of bones and prevention of stunted growth in children, are sure to come your way.

7.    Eat Lots Of Fruits:

Eat Lots Of Fruits

Cultivate the habit of eating fruits whenever you can. Fruits like banana, cucumber, apple, papaya, avocado, pineapple, coconut, lime, grape, and berries among others have lots of nutrients like potassium, vitamin C, folic acid and so on.  People who eat fruits as part of their balanced diet have a reduced risk of diseases. They help to maintain a healthy and well-nourished body due to the health-promoting photochemical it contains.

Final Thoughts

There are more than seven healthy eating habits that you can cultivate and help reshape your eating culture. Generally, the trick is to watch what you eat, cut down the excesses, work on the deficiencies, and add more nutritious foods to your diet plan. You should remove or reduce low or non-nutritional foods as well as the intake of chemically preserved foods, and increase the number of veggies.  Watch your cholesterol level, and fat intake; drinks lots of water, avoid, and soon you are going to be a living a healthier life.  

I hope this article helps a lot, and I would like to hear from you about your progress as you attempt to cultivate these healthy eating habits. 

Remember health is wealth!