Effectiveness might sound strange for eating, as most people eat for taste, to overcome hunger cravings or because it is habitual routine.
As one of the key foundations of human needs, we tend to take eating for granted, but there are some simple routines that we can implement to improve our eating habits and reap all the benefits of a healthier and leaner body, including more energy and a happier mind.
1. Eat breakfast, every morning!
Breakfast sets the tone for the rest of your day. You will be less hungry throughout the day and less likely to binge on snacks or to over-eat at other meals.
2. Eat throughout the day at regular intervals (every 3 or 4 hours)
The timing of eating is more important than most people think. Don’t eat based solely on hunger. Eat small meals throughout the day with healthy snacks, Greek yoghurt, raw nuts, raw veggies, dips and you will be less likely to give in to junk food.
3. Eat quality unprocessed whole real foods
Nutritional and enzyme content is higher than processed foods without the hidden sugars, salt, additives and preservatives.
4. Eat more proteins and veggies
Most people’s diets are heavy in carbohydrates (especially starchy carbs like potatoes, rice, pasta and breads) with proteins and veggies neglected. The recently updated Healthy Eating Pyramid by Nutrition Australia recommends at least 2 serves of fruit and 5 serves of vegetables or legumes each day, which most are not achieving.
5. Listening to your body
This maybe foreign to some, but our body gives us the best feedback on the foods that we eat. Here are some guidelines:
- If your urine is yellow you’re not drinking enough water
- If your poo’s are not 7-8cms, light brown and easy to pass, you’re not eating the right foods. You should also be regular e.g. 2-3 times a day
- If you are passing wind, feel bloated or bleaching, you are intolerant or sensitive to certain foods
- hour after food you should feel full, energized and in a great mood. If not, you’re eating the wrong foods, either too much protein or too much carbs.
Effective eating is creating some simple habits for your body to work better and more efficiently. Incorporating these simple habits on a regular basis, you will notice changes in how you feel and see the changes in your body.