One of the biggest ways you can change your day to day wellbeing, aka your life, is making changes in your eating choices. There’s no need to go cold turkey and change everything right away. Instead small changes that will last a lifetime are the most effective changes. Adjusting your eating habits can be the hardest thing to give up, so taking small steps won’t feel quite as overwhelming. Below are five simple steps you can begin to incorporate in your everyday life and enhance your wellbeing.
Add More Fluids
If you struggle to feel full, the answer may lie in how much fluid should you consume. Water has so many healing benefits and can actually work as filling you up throughout the day. Many don’t enjoy drinking water and so they substitute with sparkling water. But drinking water can actually increase your weight loss efforts, and it might even slightly increase how many calories you burn each day. When it comes to having more water, one of the best ways to do this is to have more fruit and vegetables. The great thing is that now you can easily blitz up vegetables with some herbs and spices to make a zingy and delicious drink, such as turmeric juice with lemon and ginger. There are many companies like Goodnature juicers that provide various types of juicers to suit your needs. Be aware, juicing fruit is also high in sugar so don’t go too crazy. Water is still a better option to increase throughout your day for your overall wellbeing.
Something that many of us don’t necessarily consider, but the pace we eat can influence a lot of dietary satiety. For example, if you eat slower, you will feel fuller quicker. It takes about twenty minutes for your brain to receive the message that you are feeling full. So if you eat slower, it gives your brain the time it needs to perceive that you are feeling full. The best rule of thumb when it comes to eating slower is to chew at a slower pace. Not only will you reach feeling full sooner, but you can also help prevent post meal bloating. Instead of holding your utensils through your whole meal, try setting them down in between bites. That simple trick might help you slow down and actually enjoy each bite and taste.
Eggs for Breakfast
There was a very old advertising campaign in Great Britain stating that you should “Go to Work on an Egg”. But there has also been a debate that fats are all bad, which is not true. In the case that you enjoy eggs, starting off your day with an egg or two might not be a bad addition. However, moderation is also key to long term health. Eggs do have different benefits and contain protein, which is a good way to start your morning. Obviously farm fresh eggs are the best option, but not always available. Consuming eggs in the morning will make you feel fuller so you might consume fewer calories during the day. There are many omelet recipes that can switch up your flavors, especially if you get bored of eggs. And of course, making eggs doesn’t take long at all in the morning, meaning that you can “go to work on an egg.” Give it a try and see what you think.
Stop Sugary Drinks
Yes, we’ve already said sparkling water is not a replacement for water, but if you have an unhealthy relationship with soft drinks already, it is worth making this swap. Sugary beverages might be the unhealthiest thing that you can drink because of the added sugar, which can contribute to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and of course, obesity. It’s easy to lose track of how much sugar you’re consuming when sodas are part of your life. It’s also important to note that the added sugar in these drinks can increase your calorie intake sufficiently. You can try to replace sugary drinks with a sugar-free alternative or use sparkling water with a small amount of juice. There are other alternatives to take as your wean yourself off of sodas/soft drinks. But this change might be the biggest change you can make for your long-term wellbeing.
Finally, as far as your health is concerned, sleep is one of the biggest things that you can do to regulate your weight. While sleep is great for your productivity and can reduce the risk for several diseases like heart disease, sleep also regulates your metabolism. It’s best to go to sleep at least 2 hours before midnight to ensure you can get the best quality of sleep and also give your body time to repair and heal throughout the night.
All of these tips are great changes to incorporate in your life. And remember, even one step in the right direction will benefit you in so many ways. It’s important to think of the future when it comes to your health and wellbeing.