To The People Who Want Better Eating Habits – Here’s How.
How often do we hear it, right? ‘The diet starts tomorrow.’ Well, tomorrow will always be tomorrow, unless we start making it today; but to quote Simon Sinek – ‘the hardest part is starting’. Changing unhealthy eating habits seems to be a Herculean task for many, especially when there are so many misconceptions around it!
That said, there are a few important pointers to keep in mind when you want to start eating healthier:
1. Whole Food > Processed Food
Why? Not only are whole foods healthier, but they also keep you full longer.
2. Cut down on sugar
Maybe not go cold turkey if you can’t, but just a ‘kurang manis, boss!’ is a step in the right direction. Over time, you will realize that as you consume less sugar, you’ll begin to crave less sugar as well.
3. Read up on useful information
Knowing what to eat when you’re eating clean is easier when you’re well-informed about the types of healthy options at different types of eateries. That way, even if you’re pressed for time and have no choice but to go to the mamak, it’s not impossible to eat healthy there! All you have to do is spend a little time reading up on what’s available there. For example, you could opt for tosai or chapati instead or roti canai, as roti canai is fried in far more oil compared to the former two. Go for ‘teh O’ instead of teh tarik – less milk, fewer calories! Choose soup-based meals instead of fried. If you’re really craving that plate of mee goreng, split your meal with someone else; and after that craving is fixed, snack on fruits later on to fill your tummy.
4. Be vigilant
Let me just repeat myself: whole foods are amazing. They are nutrient-dense but calorie-light, which means they don’t bomb your whole day’s calorie intake, but still, keep you full. Here, let me better illustrate this:
We’re not asking you to diligently count your calories. The point is, if we do not take care and be vigilant, we can easily overeat by 2000 calories in a day, when a day’s worth of calorie intake for an active adult is about 1,600 to 2,400 calories. In comparison, it is really hard to overeat on whole foods, because they are made to be so nutrient-dense, we feel full long before we manage to overeat on them.
5. Drink more water
Of course, the last thing we can do is to drink more water! Many times when we feel hungry, it is us simply being thirsty; but our brains are scrambling the signals and we just end up eating more when we really should be drinking more. Insufficient water has a major effect on energy levels and brain function, so be sure to constantly hydrate yourself; plus, it’s also great for boosting your metabolic rate!
All the best!