Are you an overwhelmed mom or a bachelor stuck with a tight schedule? Are you an active entrepreneur or maybe an overworked employee? Truth is we're all leading a pretty busy life and we barely have time to take care of ourselves. So what about our health?
Well, let's be honest, till very recently, health was not our number one concern. We might do our best to keep fit by opting for a balanced diet and working out occasionally, but our demanding lifestyle soon catches up with us. As a result, most of us favour quick and convenient bites over healthy and nutritious meals, whether we're constantly on the move, stuck behind a desk, or even binging in front of the TV.
I'm not here to talk to you about what you're doing wrong, but rather what you can do right. Eating healthy does not only improve your looks; it helps you feel good too. Combined with moderate physical activity, your balanced diet can help you maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health.
Now, we know you're busy. So here are 8 quick tips that will help you keep your nutritional food intake in check while consuming the good kind of calories without much of an effort.
1. Water, Water, & Water. Drinking water keeps you hydrated and fills you up. Avoid energy drinks and sodas.
2. Eat Fruits, Drop the Juice. Keep a fruit or two with you to enjoy during the day, instead of drinking fruity drinks with a lot of added sugar in them.
3. Freshen Up with Veggies. Carry a bagful of veggies to munch on at will. Clean and cut some carrots, cucumbers, celeries, lettuce or any other kind of veggies you like, and store them in the fridge. Refill your bag every day to keep your snack fresh and yummy.
4. Going Whole, or Don't Go at All. Whether you're packing food from home or buying from food outlets, always choose whole grains. From bread to rice, whole grains are full of gains.
5. Meet Mr. & Mrs. Legumes. No, legumes are not veggies, they're seeds. Pick your favourites from a large variety of beans and peas, raw or boiled, and keep them close for when hunger strikes.
6. Let's Go Nuts! We love chips and fries too, but they're full of empty calories. Try almonds, walnuts, peanuts, pistachios, and cashew nuts once in a while. They are a good source of fat, fiber and protein.
7. Choose Lean Proteins. The range of lean proteins will satisfy many tastes and keep you healthy. Go for plain Greek yoghurt instead of ice cream, grilled chicken or fish instead of fried, lean beef not veal, all sorts of lentils, low-fat instead of full-fat milk, and avoid processed meats whenever possible.
8. Treat yourself. We know it's hard to suddenly go cold-turkey, so indulge from time to time. Enjoy real chocolate instead of cakes, cookies, and donuts, and pop your own corn at home for movie nights using moderate amounts of salt and oil.
Voila! Of course you don't have to commit to all those tips at once. Pick your 3 top tips, commit to them for a while, and see how it goes. We'd surely love to know!
Till the next read, stay safe.
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