You have a decently healthy diet. You eat balanced, regular meals, you don't over-indulge on sugary snacks or drinks, and you try very hard to get your 5 a day. Yet, you know you can do better. You know if you made just a little more effort you could eat better. These easy health hacks to improve your diet will get you there.
1. Set Meal Times
If you can stick to a regular time for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, your body will get used to the routine and you will be much less likely to want to snack at random times during the day. Additionally, you should always aim to have dinner at least four hours before you go to bed for digestion purposes.
2. Avoid Emotional Eating
Sometimes we eat when we are sad, sometimes we eat when we are happy and want to celebrate, it’s all under the umbrella of emotional eating. The kicker is that this emotional eating tends to be of the sugary or fatty kind, so do your best to come up with different ways to deal with your feelings other than snacking.
3. Mindful Eating
Get into the habit of mindful eatingwhich entails sitting at a table and really considering your meal when you are eating it, rather than wolfing something down in front of the TV and not paying attention. You will find that you eat slower which is better for digestion and that your senses are more satisfied by the more concentrated experience.
4. Avoid Liquid Meals
By liquid meals, I mean buying drinks and beverages that are calorific enough to be considered a meal of some kind. From fatty milkshakes to coffees that contain lots of syrups and other ingredients, you shouldn’t be using up your calories on things that don’t satisfy your hunger.
5. Manage Shift Work
If you are someone who does shift work in your job, then do your best to have your shifts be as constant and regular as possible in terms of start and finish time. Having a more regular schedule can be a huge help in preventing unhealthy snacking both on the job and at home.
6. Friendly Bacteria
Make sure to get your dose of probiotics in the form of things like natural yogurt and kefir. The probioticswill improve your gut health, and when you have good gut health, the rest of your dietary health tends to follow suit.
7. Eat out Less
Restaurants can be very tempting, but save them for special occasions only and eat at home much more. The only true way you can control what and how much goes in to your body is by preparing your meals for yourself as often as possible.