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Diet Direction: What Unhealthy Eating Habits Do You Need to Break?

diet-direction-what-unhealthy-eating-habits-do-you-need-to-break-2Unhealthy eating habits can have a negative effect on your overall health. Most people want to eat healthier, but changing your routine can be difficult. Breaking unhealthy eating habits does not have to be a difficult task. Instead of making a drastic change, you should start making small changes, one at a time. There are several things you can do to eliminate unhealthy eating habits in your daily routine.

Mindless Eating Throughout the Day
Many people eat when they are bored. If you like to grab something to eat when working online or just reading, you should start eating smaller portions throughout the day. Instead of eating three large meals every day, consider eating a light breakfast and a healthy snack before lunch. If you eat a few more healthy snacks throughout the day, you might be too full to eat a large dinner.

Binge Eating at Night
Contrary to popular belief, eating late at night is not always a bad idea. You should not eat fatty foods at night, but eat healthy foods in the middle of the night. If you are having a hard time staying away from unhealthy foods, brush your teeth after dinner. When your breath is minty fresh, you might not want to eat greasy food later on.

Too Many Empty Calories
Empty calories can add up fast. For most people, unhealthy junk food cannot satisfy hunger cravings. An hour after eating a slice of cake, you might want to eat a huge dinner. Skip the cake and keep healthy snacks on your desk. Yogurt and almonds can curb your afternoon hunger cravings.

Emotional Eating and Stress
Some people eat when they are dealing with a stressful situation. Food should never be used as a coping mechanism. Instead of reaching for something to eat, take a long walk. The fresh air will help you relieve stress and the exercise can help to curb your appetite. When you go for a walk, you will burn calories and your body will also release endorphins.

Eating Your Food Too Quickly
When you eat too quickly, you can consume too much food in one sitting. Usually, your brain will signal that you are full after 15 minutes of eating. If you finish your food in less than 10 minutes, you could be at risk for obesity. A Japanese study found that eating too quickly is strongly associated with obesity. Try to savor each bite, and slow down as you chew.

Have A Weekly Plan
In addition to eating healthier foods, plan your meals. A weekly meal plan will help you avoid junk food and binge eating. Before you shop for groceries, you should write a detailed list of everything that you need for your weekly meal plan. Do not purchase too many sugary or salty foods. If your cabinets are stocked with chips and soda, you might start binge eating after consuming your recommended amount of fruits and vegetables.

Meal Tracking and Supplements
There are several meal planning apps, and these apps can help you stick to your healthy eating routine. Input all of your snacks and meals into the record. When you track your meals, you will be less likely to indulge in unhealthy junk foods. If you are deficient in any vitamin or mineral, see if a supplement can help. There are also general health supplements like ASEA water. These use ASEA science based medicine to work with your body on a cellular level and promote faster healing and better health.

Eating healthy does not have to be a difficult task. When you make a few small changes to your daily meals, you can drastically improve your health. Your new healthy eating habits will help you reach your fitness goals. After a few weeks of sticking to your healthy eating routine, you should start to notice improvements in your mental and physical health.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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