Five Good Food Habits to Practice

Hey-ya!  Welcome to Friday.  It’s got all the fabulousness you’ve been looking for in a weekday,  with Easter weekend trailing behind.  Yay!  No wonder they call it Good Friday!

As usual, I’m teaming up with the DC gals for another Friday Five.  Make sure to visit Courtney, Mar and Cynthia’s blogs to get in on the goods for this linkup.  They’re hosting a super hot linkup and all the cool kids are doing it!

Since this week is Good Friday, our theme is circulating around the word “Good”   I’ve decided to take a nutrition stand point on this and list Five Good Food Habits to Practice.

 

 

 

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  • Slow Down – Did you know that it takes your stomach 20 minutes to register fullness to your brain? Well, let that sink in, literally.  By taking your time to chew and not rushing through your meal you are actually allowing your brain to accurately register the degree of fullness to your brain.  Try it!  Count your chews at your next meal.  Try to chew 10-15 times for each bite and see how long it takes you to feel full
  • Focus on the Task at Hand – Don’t eat when you are distracted.  You will be more likely to shovel food into your mouth if you are distracted by the television or laptop (guilty).  More importantly, portion out your meals before you sit down to eat.  If you have a scale you can weight out your food, or measure out appropriate portions with measuring cups and spoons.
  • Veggie Up – Make vegetables the main attraction.  One or two days a week, take the spot light away from the animal proteins and make vegetables the star of your entree.  Aside from the fact that vegetables contain necessary vitamins and minerals, eating large amounts of vegetables can reduce your risk of chronic diseases.  Additionally, your digestion will thank you for eliminating the meat occasionally.  Meat is tough on digestion.
  • Hydrate with H2O –  Water is the best solution to keep you hydrated. And when you’re feeling hungry, drinking water can often satisfy your hunger. Thirst is often confused with hunger. True hunger will not be satisfied by drinking water.
  • Go For Fiber – Fiber rich foods are essential to any diet, and are known for keeping us regular, but they are also key foods that help maintain a healthy weight.

What good food habits do you try to implement?  

Share with me something that you think deserves to be on this list.  

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by my little space on the web. I'm Haley. I’m a digital marketer & social media strategist, a running coach, compulsive movie quoter, a ketogenic athlete, wannabe photographer, Capricorn, and a slightly sarcastic, ultra chatty extrovert living in Tampa with my awesome family. I love spending my time helping folks find their best self through fitness, health and wellness. I strive to help you live your best life, and enjoy the journey. Sometimes I write. It’s rarely worth reading, but I like to put it out there anyways.

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15 thoughts on “Five Good Food Habits to Practice”

  1. Haley, I’ve really been trying to incorporate more veggies into my meals throughout the day; this is such a great habit to get into! I’ve also been trying to work at least one meatless meal into our dinner schedule; not only do I find that I’m saving money, it’s just nice to get more veggies! Thanks so much, and I hope you have a great weekend!

  2. Great list! The one that helps me the most is to be mindful. I tend to pick and just throw things in my mouth and before I know it, I’m not hungry for nutritious food. When I stop and think, I do so much better. It all adds up so quickly.

  3. I’ve heard that slowing down one so many times and it’s probably good advice but so not in the cards for me right now! Not in an OMG I’m so busy way, just in a “I’d rather shovel dinner in so I can pay more attention to my son being cute” way. Although during the week I also eat lunch in four seconds while I’m pumping. It’s a good time. I think fatify should be on this list. I used to buy low fat crap and eat a ton because it was nasty and unsatisfying. Now I literally don’t buy anything reduced fat and life is happier.

  4. Love these tips! My husband and I make sure to leave our phones, etc in the other room so we can talk or focus on our 3.5 year old. I also eat my veggies first or put my protein on my salad so that if I am still hungry after my meal I know that I ate enough veggies and don’t feel any guilt for having something afterwards.

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