Being a healthy eater requires you to become both educated and smart about what healthy eating actually is. Anyone can learn to calculate grams or fat, study labels and count calories, but there is so much more that is important to learn on your way to becoming a smart and healthy eater.
Here are three things you need to learn if you too want to become a smart and healthy eater.
Lesson #1 – Importance of Balance and Moderation
Healthy eating is all about balanced and moderate eating.
Balanced eating means choosing foods from each of the food groups. Take the time to understand what the four food groups are and what foods fall under each category. Know how many servings you should be having each day and try to choose a variety of foods from each of the groups.
Eating with moderation means knowing both when you need to stop eating and when you need to fuel your body. You should be striving to have healthy meals at least three times per day, but for many it is better to have several smaller meals throughout the day so they never get those feelings of extreme hunger. If you are one that likes to indulge then this could be a good strategy for you.
Remember that fueling your body and your brain regularly with enough food, and the proper foods, will keep both your mind and body strong and alert.
Lesson #2 – Know How Food Affects You
Healthy eaters are those that listen to their bodies and make wise decisions accordingly. You should always be aware of what you eat, and know the effect that it will have on your body. Even though some foods are healthy for others they may not be healthy for you and many of us may have intolerance for certain foods. Take the time to learn what substitutes can give you the same health benefits.
Most importantly don’t ever allow food to take over and control your life. Food should never be used as a reward or a coping mechanism.
Healthy eating is a way of life, something that you can do to enhance your body and your lifestyle. If you’ve thought about making your life better, healthy eating is just the place to start. It’s a great start to the healthy lifestyle you desire for yourself and your family.