Starting a habit requires no extraordinary effort; if you want to stop nibbling on your nails, you could start by not nibbling on his nails; if you want a better sleep routine, you could begin by sleeping for seven hours to still rise early. It is sticking to a particular habit, however, that requires enormous amounts of willpower and strength.

Healthy eating habits are one of the most arduous practices to soldier on with, quite especially for those too addicted to the taste of poor dietary customs, but it is basic human nature for even the strongest dieters to crave a cheeseburger or a soft drink on a normal day. Sadly, it costs that one grave heart attack, that one sudden, dizzying hike in blood pressure for some individuals to finally even make the decision to start eating healthy.

To develop a healthy eating habit is to incorporate a host of nutritious food and beverages into your lifestyle and to stick to that routine. As difficult as that sounds, it actually is not, and no health guru would advise that you dive straight into the practice of going diet-based. No, eating healthily could begin small, with as few as three easy healthy habits to get you playing the game.

 

  1. Repetition Danger

Dieticians recommend not eating the same kinds of food every day, as harmless as it might sound.

Recurrent meals limit variety in nutrition, an aspect essential for the growth of good bacteria that contribute to the improvement of your immunity system and gut health alike. Not only does the daily intake of the same foods permit excessive amounts of the same nutrients to pile up in your body, leading to an overdose in that regard, but it also devalues your attempts at weight loss, adding more weight for every ounce you try to lose. Restriction of variety also prevents vital macro and micronutrients from entering your body, leading to deficiencies.

It is always best to rotate your meals and exercise the rule of the rainbow, which is to eat fruits and vegetables of various colors each day. Enhance your daily meals with shares from the five major food groups and switch them around. Aside from making way to a healthier body, you will be exploring and experiencing new things, having fun in the process.

 

  1. Healthy Substitutes For Snacks

It is normal to crave a snack a few times a day. Whether your day turns out to be boring or busy, you might find yourself contemplating having a bag of chips, or a bite of chocolate, or some candy, perhaps also a cookie. Half the time, though, the snacks your body craves are its own worst enemies, high in cholesterol, fat, and sugar.

The following might not sound appealing, but switching your salty chips and oversweet cookies with healthier substitutes might bring about more of an enhancement in your physical health than you would imagine.

However, healthier snacks do not exactly imply salads and bitter smoothies. Think popcorn, which is entirely a product of corn, high in fiber. Think roasted chickpeas, yogurt, seeds, and nuts making up a trail mix all high in good protein. Dried, baked or frozen fruit slices such as mangoes, bananas, and grapes are great sources of vitamins if sweeter snacks are a craving.

Remember that snack-cravings have their causes, and a case of dehydration is almost always a culprit. So, whenever you feel the urge for something spicy, sugary, or salty and a healthy snack is not close at hand, treating yourself to a generous glass of water will never be a bad way to stifle it.

 

  1. Subtract the TV

Speaking of habits, one that children have not shied away from is having their meals in front of an active television screen. This has become so regular that eating without the distraction of a television is nearly impossible for some children, and in some cases, the habit has continued into adulthood.

Distracted eating might cause obesity. To elaborate, the brain being otherwise occupied during a meal prevents it from realizing the fact of the stomach becoming full, leading to hungriness soon afterwards, compelling you to eat more. Besides, studies have found that watching television while eating lowers the metabolism rate, causes overeating, and also brings about a failure in satisfaction of the brain as it had missed taking in the taste of the food.

Instead of feeding a habit as harmful and wasteful as such, practice taking your meals at the dinner table. Maintain conversation with your friends and family. Take note to fully experience your food and explore your palette.

 

As mentioned before, building habits and persisting in them is never an easy feat. However, “our bodies are our gardens—” Shakespeare once said, “our wills are our gardeners.” While it might be true that you may not have expected the romantic poet to have delivered a quote touching on physical fitness, the important point is that changing your habits is entirely up to you. If you could train your will to grow how it should, there is no mistaking how graceful your garden might come to be.

By Rebecca Mischelle