When we are kids we all hear the same things from our parents about food; clean your plate, eat your veggies, drink your milk. This is what we accepted as the rules to meals when we were young. There are a few things that have changed and that we should know now so that we can pass the information on to our children.
1. Listen to your body and when it tells you that you are hungry, eat. If you are feeling full, stop eating. If you are low on energy, you may have a lower blood sugar level, so have a small snack. Keep a food diary to keep track of your habits.
2. Don’t clean your plate off. Make it a habit to leave a bit of food on your plate and wait for 10 minutes or so. If you are still hungry, finish what you have, but if you aren’t, save the food for another day.
3. Cravings are actually a good thing. They can tell you a lot about what is going on with you. When you have a craving for something, look at it as information as to what mood you are in or why you are having that specific craving, and find a healthy option to the junk you are craving.
4. While you are eating, try meditating. Eat slowly. Chew your food as much as you possibly can. Savor the flavors. The slower you eat, the less likely you are to gorge yourself on a ton of food.
5. Calories really don’t need to be counted. Instead try eating more whole foods so that you don’t have to worry about calories or sugars or carbs and can eat as much as you want.
6. You can skip the milk. Calcium comes from many different places such as leafy greens that are dark in color such as spinach and kale, salmon, or beans.
7. Just eating right will not help you to lose weight. You need to exercise too, so get out and move.