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Eating Smart Food to Stay Healthy

Submitted by Serena Mason on January 21, 2010

Benefits Of Eating Smart Foods

A controlled appetite is directly proportionate to a healthy life. You can choose your own food regime depending upon your metabolism and the degree of physical activity you perform. Eating right in moderation is the best way to stay fit and active. Here are a few foods and ways which, if practiced, will help you enjoy what you eat and keep your stomach full.

Chew slowly. When you chew slowly, your stomach has sufficient time to tell your brain that it is full.

When you eat fast, you end up ingesting more food before your brain realizes that it doesn’t need more food. It is important to understand the bio clock of your body and then act accordingly.

Inorder to reduce the habit of eating between the meals, the best way is to eat multiple small meals. This will result in a slow release of energy unlike large meals which quickly increase the energy level of your body, followed by a steep drop which makes you crave for more food, thus leading to eating between the meals.

Avoid eating big meals at dinner time.

As your metabolism slows down towards the evening, the energy stored will be as fats. So it’s better to eat large meals for lunch and a small meal for dinner.

Fats are important for proper functioning of the body, but again the right kinds of fats must be selected, so that your LDL cholesterol levels remain under control.

Try to consume monounsaturated fatty acids which lower the bad cholesterol in your body. Such foods include olive oil, nuts, and fish oil.

  • Carbohydrates, being the major source of energy, must be included in large amounts in your diet. Choose carbs that are slowly digested by the body.

    Oats, vegetables, whole grain flour, and brown rice are great examples. Choose foods which are nutritious and rich in vitamins. Also opt for foods which are high in fiber; this helps in the smooth running of the digestive system.
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid soft drinks or other flavored beverages and fizzy drinks
  • Don’t skip meals as it will cause you to binge or eat much more. At the same time you are depriving yourself of the valuable nutrition that comes from healthy food.
  • Eat healthy fats and lean proteins, especially early in the day. This will fill your stomach and suppress your appetite towards the evening, keeping you active throughout.
  • Keep a gap of 3-4 hours after eating and before going to bed as this prevents fats from being stored in your body and doesn’t affect your metabolism.
  • Eat vegetables or salads before the main course; they keep your appetite low and you don’t tend to over eat
  • Ensure that you don’t eat in hurry or while doing your routine work, as you will tend to overeating.
  • Organic foods are high in mineral content and act as antioxidants. They also taste much better than the conventional produce. Foods with high nutritional value fill you up more. Choose to eat organic and you will find yourself eating less but staying healthy.
  • You can always break the routines once a week or 2-3 times a month. Treating yourself with a couple slices of pizza or a double chocolate pastry is good for your body as it will help you to stick to the change in diet.
  • The idea is to make your stomach feel fuller with food that is actually healthy for the body. Eating healthy and right doesn’t imply that you need to eat only whole-grains or vegetables; on the contrary you have many options to select from.
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