Even though many people have become more aware of eating healthy, it is still hard to keep up with making smart choices for maintaining a healthier lifestyle.
You can read all the culinary books about cooking healthier food options, but sometimes you need some hacks to get you going. Here are 8 food hacks that will Kickstart your way to a better you in terms of health and fitness:
Cut Away the Carbonated and Sugary Drinks
You would be surprised to know how much sugar they add in just one can of soda. It contains 9 1/3 teaspoons or 39 grams of sugar. That’s like inviting diabetes on a red carpet. Many people can’t live without having a can of soda without their meal and if you are one of them, you must cut down these drinks completely.
Keep Healthy Snacks with You
You can snack on healthier things such as lightly salted or unsalted nuts, baby carrots, celery sticks and baked vegetable chips.
Drink Up and Chew
If you have already snacked and have eaten your meal but are still feeling hungry, drink a glass of water and/or chew gum to curb those hunger cravings.
Never Skip Breakfast
Even if you are in a hurry in the morning, grab something to eat such as a fruit or a glass of milk. Skipping breakfast slows down your metabolism and your productivity levels. Research says that people who have a proper breakfast every day have increased mental clarity and stamina. It is ideal to have breakfast within 20-30 minutes of waking up.
Drink Lemon Water
Not only is lemon water refreshing, but it is also helpful in keeping the hunger cravings away. It aids in digestion and contributes to weight loss.
Prepare Lunch the Night Before
In order to avoid having something unhealthy at work, make your lunch the night before. This helps you avoid snacking on junk food from the vending machine or ordering unhealthy takeout.
Hit the Books
If you are someone who is passionate about cooking, then get some culinary books and whip up delicious and healthy meals for yourself. You will likely want to eat your own home cooked meals rather than the high-calorie and unhealthy meals from restaurants. You can also find so many recipe tutorials online and start learning from there as well. Once you have mastered the culinary basics, you can cook anything healthy from scratch and stick to your diet and fitness regime.
Don’t Buy Food When Hungry
People are emotional and impulsive beings so it’s only natural for them to give in to the temptation. Don’t go shopping when you are hungry because you will most likely end up buying snacks and junk food to munch on. It might look harmless, but it all adds up in the end and before you know it, you will be finishing a bag of chips or a box of cookies and consuming empty calories. If you eat a granola bar or a bowl of salad before going shopping, you will not want to buy anything unhealthy.