A packet of potato chips, a firm chocolate cake, a can of coke -you’re in front of the TV watching the last match of the season– a humdinger at that—and you know what will happen—everything will vanish and you’ll pile on a humongous number of calories and feel guilty after that. Unfortunately, this is not just a ‘one off occasion’ —salty snacks and sugary snacks are too tempting to sideline.
But, you need to draw the line somewhere, sometime and think of how bad these’ good, tasty items’ are for the heart and you. Eating healthy helps keep you in shape, firms up those limbs of yours, does away with that tire and paunch and leaves you feeling good about yourself and everything around you.
You need to eat healthy to stay healthy and that perhaps is the hardest thing to do, but gradually you’ll learn to appreciate it better and wonder how you indulged in such unhealthy food. You need to make good food choices and make those calories count.
When you shop for food at groceries, avoid aisles that are too tempting—make a list beforehand and just follow that—and at the end of it, allow yourself to choose something a snack or sugary treat that you love to eat. It’s a treat for yourself for having stuck to the calorie conscious grocery list.
Stock up on fruits and vegetables and make yourself a nice fruit salad with some yogurt as dressing. Try to get 4-5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day and you’ll feel fit and light. Include whole grains in your diet and snack on whole wheat bread or cereal with raisins and fruits to top. Try and limit processed meat and go in for lean protein.
Keep nuts and seeds at handy places for you to snack on. They’re rich in protein, have healthy fat and keep hunger at bay. Take your beverages sans sugar and get the goodness of real coffee and tea. Do the same with juices and you’ll get to know what tomato or carrot juice actually tastes like.
Cookies and cakes are full of empty calories, so try avoiding those. If it does get too difficult, have just one cookie or a slice of cake every four or five days to satisfy your inner cravings. You’re allowed to cheat once in a way, so long as you get back on track immediately and work those empty calories off.
Drink water and stay hydrated and exercise at least 4-5 times a week. Just 45 minutes of brisk walking every day is enough to keep you at the top of where you want to be.
Keep your conscience clean. Worries and stresses have a huge impact on health, so make sure that you are eating and living in a way that makes you feel good about the impact you are having on our planet! Shop with companies that commit to lowering carbon emissions, for example.
Fill your plate with color—different colored fruits and vegetables, just a little carbs to energize the engines, a little protein and you have a plateful of good health. It’s not impossible, but a little hard maybe.
Once you get used to it, you’ll not trade good health for anything in the world, be it a lip-licking pastry or a salty treat.