TIPS ON HOW TO EAT SMART

By Natacha Uwase

We all have issues controlling what we eat in our life or what is good for our health. We got you covered with different ways of eating in a smart way.

Control you breakfast: Having a solid breakfast will ensure you get at least one quality meal in each day. Go for the veggie omelet, oatmeal, fruit, and lox. Have some tea and hydrate. Skip the sofa pizza.

Prepare more of your own meals: Cooking more meals at home can help you take charge of what you’re eating and better monitor exactly what goes into your food.

Focus on how you feel after eating: This will help foster healthy new habits and tastes. The more healthy food you eat, the better you’ll feel after a meal. The more junk food you eat, the more likely you are to feel uncomfortable, nauseous, or drained of energy.

Drink plenty of water: Water helps flush our systems of waste products and toxins, yet many people go through life dehydrated—causing tiredness, low energy, and headaches. It’s common to mistake thirst for hunger, so staying well hydrated will also help you make healthier food choices.

Snacks: Although snacks are part of a healthy diet, they can become a source of extra calories.Moderation is key. The goal for snacking is to limit snacks to 150 to 200 calories. Always include the three macronutrients: protein, fat, and carbohydrate and understand the ingredients, avoiding anything artificial or refined. Small meals consumed approximately every three hours can contribute to stable blood sugars throughout the day. Choose treats that are high in fiber (5 grams or more per serving) such as bean dips, fruits and vegetables with peanut butter or hummus, and low-fat dairy.

Whether you’re eating for physique, function, or both, you can find the balance between continued success toward your health and fitness goals and still enjoying life to full extent. Balance is best, and by making the extra effort to ensure you’re meeting the needs of your nutritional program the majority of the time, you will be on track to not only enjoy, but to feel good about the progress you’ve made despite the added challenge.

The writer is a PR officer for Hello Food , an online food ordering and delivery platform in Africa.

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