If there’s one particular thing I love doing on a daily basis, it’s eating! However, because of my love for food, I sometimes also have a hard time being reasonable and keeping good eating habits – I end up nibbling and enjoying junk food a bit too much sometimes haha. If this also happens to you, let me give you a few realistic and healthy tips to get back to better eating habits.
Before going further, I must be clear and point out that I’m of course not a specialist, everything I’m writing here comes from my own experiences, but we’re all different and have different needs. Also, this post isn’t about loosing weight, it’s about listening to your body’s needs in order to eat in a better way. 😉
Let’s get back to the topic now! As much as I enjoy fast food and gastronomic cooking, most of the time, I love cooking good and healthy meals myself – if you regularly check my stories on Instagram, you already know this haha. Nevertheless, as mentioned above, I sometimes get lost in nibbling less healthy food because I’m a real sweet tooth and also love a bit of junk food from time to time. However, when overindulging, I quickly realize it and know I have to get back to better eating habits.
Over time, I’ve learnt what has an impact on my eating habits, how my body and mind react and what I can do to have good eating habits and avoid nibbling all the time as this isn’t healthy.
1. Drink first
I’ve read once that the brain has difficulties to make the difference between hunger and thirst, and I actually noticed this often happens to me as I’m never drinking enough. This why I’d recommend you to ask yourself if you’re thirsty rather than hungry prior to eating anything impulsively after you just had a proper meal. Most of the time, you’ll notice that you actually just need to drink something. Of course, prefer water or tea (without sugar) to any other beverage.
2. Sleep enough
It’s known and I’ve also noticed that when I lack of sleep, all I have in mind is nibbling. I guess it’s the only way my body finds to endure the exhaustion. Therefore it’s important to sleep enough in order for your body to be well rested and strong, without you having to eat snacks all day long to survive the day.
In addition to reducing cravings, sleeping and drinking enough will bring you many other benefits such as better focus, glowing skin and lots of energy of course!
3. Keep yourself busy
The busier you are, the less you think about nibbling all the time because your hands and mind will be busy doing something else. Do things, go out for a walk if you’re getting bored, keep yourself entertained and busy as much as you can in order to avoid unnecessary nibbling.
It’s all about balance! Okay, not all, but a lot. If you eat too much one day or for several days, then try to eat less the next day or week. If you want to eat less healthy food, go for it and enjoy it, but simply limit your consumption to a reasonable amount.
For example: if you eat a greasy or sweet meal, prefer something balanced with veggies or fruits for the next meal, and if you eat at McDonalds, make a concession and take a bottle of water instead of a soda or take a small menu rather than a big one.
In short, enjoy your food, but also make choices and compromises to keep things reasonable.
5. Don’t get frustrated
Finding your balance does absolutely not mean depriving yourself. I tried once to stop eating sweets and I ended up craving and eating sweets more than I would have if I hadn’t deprived myself. That was a bad idea. Another similar situation happened to me when I wanted to reduce my chocolate consumption. I told myself “eat an apple instead of chocolate, it’s healthier and it feeds better”. The problem is that after I ate the apple, the envy of chocolate was still there, so I ate it too. Conclusion: I’d have done better by only eating the chocolate haha.
This is to say that if you feel a strong desire to indulge with a certain food, then do (all while being reasonable of course and thinking about balance). Eating a bit of what your body or mind asks for is better than getting frustrated and eventually eating more in order to try to satisfy your craving.
6. Listen to your body
Easier said than done, I know. But in the end, the tips I just gave you are all about listening and respecting your body’s needs. Try to understand how your body and mind work and adapt your habits accordingly.
For example, a lot of my friends can’t leave the house without having had breakfast in the morning, while I’m just unable to have breakfast in the early morning, so why should I eat some? I get hungry later at about 10 am and will then eat something because I feel like it. It doesn’t matter that everyone says it’s the most important meal of the day. I know my body and if I’m not hungry in the morning, I guess my body doesn’t need food as early in the day. Instead, I’ll simply drink something like a tea, juice or water so that I still have something in my stomach and, later, when I feel hungry, I’ll eat something.
So, if you’re not hungry at breakfast/lunch/dinner time, listen to your body and eat less or don’t eat at all and wait until you’re truly hungry again to eat something. I’m not saying that you should skip meals though! Never skip a meal, it’s not healthy either. However, don’t stuff your face for no reason, you have the right to wait for the moment when your body requires food and you really feel hungry.
In the end, what matters is for you to learn how YOU function and create your own healthy habits around that!