It is a real conundrum to separate the healthy from the unhealthy food these days. However, that’s only the first part of the puzzle.
Knowing when is the right time to eat, how many times per day would be ideal and what’s the right amount is maybe even more important.
Now add up your daily schedule, work, money and responsibilities and you have an equation impossible to solve.
On the top of that all the “right” information is changing daily and the things you thought are healthy for you science proves to be actually unhealthy.
To make things even more confusing there are countless of organizations which care only for your money and “feed” you with wrong information to gain your desperate trust.
What hell is this? How can someone possibly know the rules of eating healthy in this mess?
What healthy eating habits should we follow?
Well there are people who can teach us all we need to know, we just need to observe them.
These people are not scientists, they are not even smarter than us, but they do something we forgot how to do. They listen to their body!
Science also proves by recent studies that eating healthy is not a formula but a constant awareness of your body’s needs at the exact moment.
By observing these people from all around the world we discovered 10 habits they all share.
These are the 10 healthy eating habits most Americans and maybe even most of the world forgot.
1. Don’t skip on your snack
A healthy snack, despite giving you the nutrients your body needs, will fill you enough to avoid overeating your main course.
This is how a natural, balanced and healthy eating schedule looks like: Breakfast, Fruit and Veggie snack or smoothie, Lunch, Nuts and Seeds snack, Dinner.
2. Drink water instead of everything else
When people listen to their body, eat sweet when their body asks for sweet, drink water when their body is thirsty and consume carbohydrates when their body asks for carbohydrates, they have no urge to drink anything while eating.
Their instinct is to drink water 30 min before the course and an hour after which is scientifically proven to be the healthiest choice. A great shortcut to rebalance is to choose water and avoid drinking anything else.
3. Don’t stand while eating
No matter how busy your schedule is, a time for eating your meal seated should be your priority. Everyone has 30 minutes to sit and eat, and if you don’t have make some.
You are probably not prioritizing your meal time enough. You must understand that nothing is more important than your well being. Get up early if you need but eat seated.
4. Eat until you are 80% fullJapanese people honor this habit most of all while eating. Their ancient teachings tell about scientific fact recently discovered.
There is an important delay when it comes to feeling full. The signal that your body is full to reach your mind needs around 20 minutes.
Having a habit to eat until just a little bit before feeling completely full is a healthy “cheat” to avoid overeating. Eat until you are 80% full Japanese people teach us.
5. Lunch should include a dessert
Your body says no. Using a moderate amount of so called unhealthy food, just a tiny dessert after lunch is actually healthy on the bigger picture.
You were not created yesterday. You are a product of all the ancestors before you and your DNA is programmed to survive in the unhealthy world we live in today. This is not done by avoiding everything that’s unhealthy but finding a healthy balance.
6. Don’t leave your largest meal for dinner
This is not balanced or healthy because your body needs its large meals before 3pm. You are not as active at night as you are in the first half of your awakened day.
Not eating a decent amount of food when your body needs it the most is like driving your car 60 miles per hour in the second gear. Breakfast 40%, Lunch 30%, Dinner 20%, and Snacks 10% of your daily calorie intake is a healthy ratio.
7. Try to guess the ingredients with your sense of taste
It is funny how less of an importance we give to our sense of smell and taste. We depend so much on our sight and neglect all the other worlds we can explore with our other senses.
Try to be better than that. Try to improve your sense of taste by guessing the ingredients of your food. It is a new world, believe me.
This will help you sense what’s healthy and what’s not without checking the back of the package. It will also install a healthy tempo of eating in your paradigm.
8. Don’t eat after dinner
The habit we observed that people do is finishing their eating, daily career with dinner.
Your body functions best if your last meal of the day is at least 6 hours before sleeping.
9. Don’t just eat, enjoy every single bite
Eating should not be only for survival, we have grown bigger than that. Eating should be a dance of tastes, a symphony of different instruments playing on your tongue.
Enjoy your bites, feel them. Feel the pleasure of eating by being aware that each taste had its own story of coming on your plate and uniting with all the others to create the uniqueness you are experiencing inside your mouth.
10. Honor what you put in your body
We have created countless options available in just around any corner of our cities. This ease of access to food made us lose the meaning behind eating.
Everything you put in your body becomes a part of your body. Our bodies change their every single atom in 7 years so all that your body is now is what you consumed these 7 years.
YOU are not your body, YOU are the FREQUENCY that holds the atoms together.
Honor your food by being the best FREQUENCY you can imagine, Honor your body by giving it the best food to build itself with.
Listen to your body as it understands itself best. The secret to health is not a formula to follow, but a balance between you and your environment.
I would love to hear some of your healthy eating habits! Share with the world what’s a healthy eating habit only you know.