We are what we eat, and that’s a concept we should have in mind if we really want to change some of our eating habits.
If all day long we stuff ourselves with sweets, chocolates, we eat out of hours and anything, we can’t pretend to have a healthy and harmonious body. We must start by seriously considering
For this purpose, there is nothing better than an evaluation of our daily activities. We must see how we get used to eating and what we eat.
To realize if we respect or not the schedules and if the agapes are carried out with tranquility and harmony. We must also see that other tics we have acquired that can be harmful, such as eating standing up, not doing it when playing, etc.. We also evaluate our activity and realize the extent to which sedentarism is a vice that we carry with comfort or a supposedly real need. Other things that will help us are these:
1. Learn how to chew
We must learn to chew and thoroughly salivate all foods before swallowing them. The digestion will be lighter and will increase the feeling of satiety. Ideally, chew 30 times each serving before swallowing it. Obviously, this number will vary depending on the consistency of the food.
2. Schedule purchase
Buying at the last minute, quickly and running, in addition to being an unnecessary expense, will mean that we buy food by whim or anxiety, moving away from a correct path of health or diet.
We must be austere when shopping. Keeping hypercaloric products (sweets, pastas, chips and snacks, chocolate, sausages, precooked products…) at bay and out of the basket. This is not to say that we do not buy them, only that we keep them at a certain distance. Let us remember that if they are not freely within our reach it will be much more difficult to fall into temptation.
3. Choose restaurant
If for the imperative that we must eat outdoors, we will not go to the fast food establishments more than once every ten days, as they usually serve high calorie products and with a huge contribution of fats that our body does not need.
The ideal, and in the long run almost always cheaper, will be to access a simple menu, choosing a first based on vegetables or salad and a second on the grill.
4. Watch out for snacking
Even if it’s a snack, we should leave the bars aside and always sit down to eat. If this were the case, it is better to eat a plate of half a serving than to snack a few varied tapas, since it will be very difficult to calculate the amount of food we consume.
5. Maintain cycles
We must distribute the daily meals in four or five. A second breakfast and a snack, for example, are two ways to provide our bodies with what they need and prevent us from reaching the table with a desire to burn and “starving”.
6. Establish constraints
If it is difficult for us to give up sweets, we must replace the pastries and creamy ice creams with a sorbet. On the other hand, we will try not to consume citrus fruits immediately after the meal, because their contents in acids and other substances can affect the digestion, making it heavier and causing heartburn. The best time to taste this type of products is always the first one in the morning.
We must limit the intake of slices and lattes. In spite of the extended custom already converted into ritual, it is better to taste it separately or with great moderation. The reason for this lies in the fact that coffee contains substances called tannins which, when combined with the proteins contained in milk, form particles of a very hard digested albumin.
Other tricks that can help us in setting certain limitations are:
“Moderate us with bread. We will not give up consumption, but we can opt for integral, which has fewer toxins than white bread and, of course, more fiber.
“We’ll take the fruit between hours and not put it together for any main meal.
If it is difficult for us to do without the fruit as dessert, we will change the order and enjoy it as an appetizer or as a juicy snack before the meal.
“We will not do without cereal. However, we must chew them well, salivate them properly and accompany them with plenty of water, because, in addition to regulating fiber, they will provide a feeling of satiety.
We should moderate our consumption of red meat and take them at most once a week. This food, in addition to containing many toxins, takes infinitely longer than the one used to synthesize the nutrients that provide us with products as easily digestible as fish or vegetables.