You want to eat better, you really do, but you just don’t know where to start. Don’t worry; you aren’t alone. Switching up your eating habits to become healthier is not easy, especially if you have no idea how to begin (which is often the hardest part). So what can you do? Turn to someone you admire: How is she eating? What does she do to maintain her ideal body weight and improve her energy? Chances are, she does these four things:
Eats to a Fullness Level of Seven
For many people, it’s common practice to eat until they are full. But if you pay attention to how healthy women eat, they rarely finish everything on their plate (or they put less on the plate to begin with). They only eat until they have reached a fullness level of six or seven out of ten. It’s enough that their body gets the energy they need, but not so much that they will feel miserable for the next few hours.
Relies on Fruit
Even though some diets dissuade fruit intake (like the low-carb ones), you will find that most fit women eat a lot of it. Not only does it satisfy sweet cravings, it is also loaded with water and fiber, which are both excellent contributors to a feeling of satiety. Aim for at least two servings per day, and you will feel healthier in no time at all.
Sticks to Healthy Staples
There are a few foods that have been toted as being great for your health, promoting energy and nutrition. Make sure to always include greens and healthy proteins in your diet as they will keep you full and provide you with sufficient amounts of energy. For example, stick to fish like tuna and salmon, grilled chicken, fresh vegetables, avocados, nuts, greek yogurt, and dark berries.
Gives in to Cravings
If you have observed your nutritional role models, you have probably noticed that they will eat junk food on occasion. This is crucial to a healthy lifestyle. If you don’t allow yourself to enjoy a few bites of chocolate cake or a piece of pizza every once in a while, you will grow to resent eating. And on the rare occasion you do allow yourself to splurge, you will way overdo it. It’s much healthier to give yourself 200 calories per day of whatever you want. You won’t feel deprived, and the limited amount won’t be counterproductive to all of your positive choices during the rest of the day.