8 Habits of a Healthy Eater

When You Eat

When it comes to healthy eating habits, there is so much to think about. Back when humankind lived off of fresh meat, hand-picked fruits, and fresh-grown vegetables, eating healthy meant avoiding the poison berries.

Nowadays, we have choice like never before, and if you've been excessively exercising your right to choose like many Americans, there's a good chance you need some healthy eating tips.

We've put together this healthy eating guide that should make putting together your healthy eating plan easy. Follow these 10 healthy eating tips, and you may find yourself losing weight, gaining energy, and having a better sense of well-being.

1. Eat breakfast every morning

One often overlooked healthy eating habit is eating a fiber, carbohydrate, protein, and vitamin-rich breakfast each morning. You may have heard this all your life, but you may have ignored it because you never really knew why this is part of a healthy eating plan.

The reason many people say eating breakfast makes them feel hungrier is because breakfast jump-starts your metabolic systems. When you sleep, your body slows down and rebuilds itself. During that time, you're fasting (i.e., not eating) ' and burning hardly no calories.

By breaking your fast (with "break-fast") every morning, you get your body burning calories right from the start. Wouldn't you much rather be burning calories for those extra 3-5 hours before lunch?

What You Eat

2. Plan ahead and shop smart

Healthy eating habits don't start at the dinner table . healthy eating habits start at the grocery store. What you do or don't buy at the grocery store often determines what you do and don't eat throughout the week.

A healthy eater begins as a healthy shopper, stocking up on healthy foods, fresh ingredients, and nutritious snacks. Instead of buying a fast-food burrito down at the corner, buy fresher, healthier ingredients and make your own at home. Rather than fatty hamburgers, buy lean burgers, or better yet, chicken burgers.

A very important healthy eating habit is to avoid buying junk foods. You may buy junk foods thinking .I'll eat it slowly; I'll treat myself once in a while; I have to have something around for guests.. Unfortunately, .once-in-a-while. only comes around once-in-a-while . but you're around that junk food every day. Buy it when you need it, but avoid it when you don't.

It's important to plan ahead for your healthy eating plan so you don't end up shopping while hungry. Cravings can lead to bad buying decisions. There's a reason we call it a healthy eating plan.

3. Drink Lots of Water!

We all know water is important, but it can be hard to say why. It may seem you're doing fine with the amounts you're drinking now. However, you'll probably want to drink more water as part of your healthy eating plan, and here's why:

First off, water is necessary for the metabolic processes involved in fat loss. Without extra water in your system, you literally cannot burn fat.

Also, when you're drinking water, you're not drinking sugary drinks instead. Don't just add water to your diet, use it to replace sodas, juices (which are sugary and calorie-dense), and alcoholic beverages. You'll fill up more with water, and get fewer calories from sugar drinks.

Often, people think they're hungry when they're actually thirsty. Whenever those hunger pangs hit you a little earlier than you expected, have a drink of water. You're giving your body more of what you need while helping cut out what you don't . you're killing two birds with one stone!

4. Fiber is your friend

A healthy eating plan is sometimes about eating less . but in this case, your health plan is about eating more: fiber, that is.

Fiber, which comes mostly in the form of plant matter and whole grains, has multiple benefits . the least of which isn't feeling fuller, faster. Don't skip that dinner salad . it's a good thing that it makes you fill up faster! You end up eating more good stuff (veggies) and less of the bad stuff (the fats, excess carbs, and calories in your main course).

Eating more fiber also improves your digestive health, making it an important part of any healthy eating plan. When your intestines are healthy, you absorb more nutrients from the food you do eat. Eat less food, and get more nutrients out of what you already eat . a double benefit!

5. Eat more fruits and vegetables

Okay, these may seem like another obvious part of a healthy eating plan, but you may not be aware of some of the other reasons for filling up on these great foods.

Fruits are rich in vitamins, but one thing you may not have considered is that they're rich in fiber and water. In fact your average citrus fruit is roughly 87% water and 2% fiber . meaning that only 11% of the orange contains calories. The water and fiber are good for you, and they help fill you up!

Add to that that vegetables and fruits contain numerous essential vitamins and minerals, and you can see why they can help your healthy eating plan. Eating fruits and vegetables with each meal will fill you up faster, leave you more satisfied, and will prevent weight gain. Another great healthy eating habit!

6. Don't Fry

Once in a while, you can fit some unhealthy foods into diet, but don't make fried foods a regular treat in your healthy eating plan.

To fry foods is, very simply: cooking, coating, and permeating your food with hot fat. Rarely are these good fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) . more often than not, fried foods have a high saturated fat content. This is the kind of fat that's very hard to burn off.

Any good healthy eating plan consists of very little fat . so do yourself a favor and avoid soaking your food in it!

How You Eat

7. Take time to enjoy your food

At this point, you may be thinking a healthy eating plan means enjoying food less . but a big part of a healthy eating plan is taking the time to enjoy your food more.

When you eat more slowly, you get not a double, but a triple benefit. First, you chew your food more thoroughly. This improves digestion quite a bit because the breakdown and absorption of food begins in the mouth. Not only do you absorb more nutrients in the mouth, but the broken-down food is better handled by the rest of your digestive tract.

Secondly, eating more slowly gives your body's fullness reflex to kick in at the right time. When you eat too quickly, you may suddenly realize that you've overeaten, because your body hasn't had time to respond to the food you're cramming in it. By making eating slowly a healthy eating habit, you'll feel more satisfied with less food.

Finally, eating slowly makes your meals longer, and allows your taste buds to absorb more of the deep-in flavors in your food. You'll quickly find that you enjoy eating much more, and you'll feel a lot better about it for a long time afterward.

8. Treat yourself!

A healthy eating plan takes care of not only the body, but of the mind. Denying yourself all your favorite foods might be hard at first, so it's important to keep yourself sane by allowing some treats into your healthy eating plan.

This doesn't mean that you should eat 2 gallons of ice cream every Saturday! Depending on your fitness level, you may only want to have a .cheat meal. once or twice a month.

Keep in mind that these are foods you want to lose cravings for. Think of your .cheat meals. as rewards for sticking to your diet, not as breathers from it!

Bringing Together Your Healthy Eating Plan

If you keep these 10 things in mind, you already have a healthy eating plan that is more effective than any fad diet on the market today. It's a healthy eating plan for life, which works for those trying to lose weight, those trying to keep weight off, those trying to get fit, or those just trying to stay healthy!