Being healthy and fit is ‘cool’ and you see more and more people hitting gym these days. For those who are not indoorsy type, brisk walking and running in the parks is definitely in.
However, being active is only one part of being healthy, the other very important aspect of keeping fit is all about eating right.
Today we will take you through these food Faux Pas that you need to eliminate for better and healthier eating habits!
1. Take it With a Pinch of Salt
We know that a dish without salt completely spoils the taste of it. But salt happens to be a necessary evil of our diet.
We do not advocate its elimination from the diet because vegetarian people happen to get their iodine from salt so minimizing it makes more sense.
We suggest that you go about reducing the amount slowly over a period of months so that your tongue gets used to low salt.
Refrain from sprinkling salt on salads because the dressing contains enough of it and if the salad is being eaten along with the main course, you just do not need it!
Go slow on those chips and processed foods too, they contain enough salt to make a swimming pool saline! Of course, we are exaggerating, but yes they are super harmful!
2. Sensible Choices in Meat
You love meat, yes, it is good for you if the portions are small. We recommend that you reserve special day in a week to hog on red meat since the fats are really high in them.
Instead, choose fish and chicken that happen to be a lot healthier. Always accompany a meaty meal with a generous portion of raw veggies or salad.
A balanced diet- Accomplished! We also recommend limiting the use of butter and oil while preparing your meat delight.
3. Do not Overcook it
We love cooking but hate killing the food in this process. Overcooking simply takes out all nutrients from the veggies no matter how nutritious and loaded they are!
The best way is to steam them lightly and, later on, tossing them in some olive oil with a slight sprinkle of salt and pepper.
If you love gravies too much then prepare the gravy and boil the veggies in them for a minute until they are just about done.
Carrots, capsicum, cabbage, spring onions can be added raw to your sandwiches or even salads, so spare them.
If you boil the veggies, retain the water, which an be used to make stews. Remember steaming and boiling do not eliminate the nutritional value the way roasting does.
Water is important… We all know that. But did you know there are a wrong way and a right way to drink it? Health experts say that you should not gulp down water while having food.
The best way is to drink a glass full of water, at least, half an hour before the meal and half an hour after the meal.
Why should you do this?
Take your stomach as a furnace, which heats up to digest your food. Now just imagine, pouring a glass full of water in this furnace; it will bring down the temperature and hamper digestion.
This is why drinking water, giving gaps is preferable. If you are someone who can not keeps off water during eating, instead of taking big gulps just take small sips. This will soften your food and, in fact, aid digestion.
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5. Make Your Own Meal
This one is a no-brainer. Outside food and takeaways are loaded with calories and added preservatives. They are definitely not good for you.
Preparing your meals in your own kitchen gives you control what goes into your food and in what quantities.
You can go easy on oils and butter while replacing unhealthy with healthy. A little bit of time and effort is all you need to get it done. We say prepare in advance and create a menu so that it is easy to stock up.
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6. Fats are Good
Do you cringe horrifically at the mention of fats? Have you eliminated them entirely from your diet?
If you answered yes to any or both the questions, then you are headed completely wrong way!
Saturated fats are bad, they add to cholesterol, elevate blood pressure problem and increase the risk of developing heart-related diseases.
Walnuts, fish especially Salmon, mustard, olive oil, almonds are a few examples of fats that are good for you.
Fats are part of a balanced diet so do not eliminate them entirely. They are good for your skin, joints, bones and hair. We say find out more and begin incorporating them in your diet.
7. Small Walk Before Sleep
Done with dinner and now off to bed?
Just wait, cool off your heels at least for an hour before you go to bed. The best thing to do is to just take a small walk not like a brisk exercise but more like a pleasurable stroll.
This kicks off the process of digestion and also ensures that you do not pile on fats around your tummy area.
Another thing that can be done is sitting straight in Vajrasana. This Yoga pose is also considered an excellent post meal.
If you prefer watching television after food, then sit straight, do not slouch. In fact, you can continue with Vajrasana while fathoming the idiot box.
Also, avoid watching TV or reading while eating; concentrate on food- that is the bottom line.
So with this, we do hope that you bring in some positive changes in your eating habit for a fitter and better you! All the best.
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