Listed below are six eating habits I’ve incorporated into my daily regimen. Snag a few for yourself, see how they work for you!
I consume a minimum of 40 oz of water per day. I fill up my reusable water bottle with half cold, half hot water first thing in the morning. Then I carry it with me everywhere.
I snack on fruits throughout the day. My schedule keeps me quite busy, so I don’t always have time to sit down and eat a full meal. It’s the perfect fast food.
3. Limit Not Eliminate
Most of my ‘sit down’ meals consist mainly of an assortment of vegetables. That does not mean I don’t eat meat or I don’t consume starchy carbs. I’ve just limited my intake. In the past, I’ve noticed that my body feels a lot better when I’m not consuming meat or starchy carbs on a frequent basis.
I no longer eat past 7:00pm. This is new for me. Simply put, I’ve read a couple articles about not eating past a certain time, so I’m giving it a try.
5. Hara Hachi Bu
In Okinawa, we have a saying called, “hara hachi bu,” which means to eat until you’re 80% full. I have an awful habit of eating WAY past the “I’m full” mark. It’s a mixture of, “this tastes so good” and “I really don’t want to waste any of this.” My love for food doesn’t make it any easier. To help, I now pour myself smaller portions.
6. Meal Preparation
If it weren’t for meal prepping, I would not be continuing these healthy eating habits. Like mentioned earlier, I am quite busy. Therefore, I don’t make time to cook meals throughout the day. Instead, about two or three days out of the week, I dedicate a few hours to preparing meals. This also includes washing and chopping my fruits so I can just grab and go.
These six eating habits are likely to change as my health journey continues to evolve. But for now, this is what’s working for me. I’d love to hear about what works for you.