Having good habits should be number one priority for those who want to live a long and strong life. The research shows that if you create good habits around what you are eating, you are more likely to achieve your health goals. Here are 7 great habits that if taken on, will help you on your way towards achieving your health goals.
1. Drink more water
2. Start your day right
Starting your day correctly is absolute priority. Just like any race, a good start is absolutely important if you want to finish well and achieve your personal best. Whether or not you typically have breakfast, your first meal (or snack) of the day should be a low Glycaemic Index carbohydrates (such as Oats or Sorghum) protein (like eggs and lean meat) and vegetables. This will mean your body is ready for the challenges put on it for the rest of the day.
3. Cut out sugar and high Glycaemic Index foods and sweeteners
Eating food like breakfast cereals with lots of sugar at the start of the day will only make you crave more unhealthy food. High Glycaemic Index foods like white bread and white pasta) will hold you back from your weight loss goals. Sweeteners aren’t so great either as they have been scientifically proven to promote weight gain.
4. Experiment with new flavours
The most successful people in the world find creating a habit of never ending curiosity and experimentation is an essential key to achieving any goal. Experiment with new food, new flavours, spices and herbs, to discover more food you thoroughly enjoy. Even trying a different food brand will introduce your taste buds to something new.
5. Avoid bad fat foods
Highly processed food like cakes, biscuits and pastries tend to have too much bad fats, too much sugar and not enough fibre. Bad fats such as trans-fats not only make you put on weight, they have been proven to cause cardiovascular disease and cancer.
6. Eat more lean protein
Eating more protein from good sources will definitely put you on the right track to health. Eating good sources of protein from grass fed beef, chicken, beans and pulses, nuts and wild caught fish are excellent at providing the necessary sources of good fats and protein.
7. Avoid alcohol
Alcohol is big source of calories. It is best avoided if you want to optimise your health. A little alcohol is not too bad as long as you are aware of how many calories you are consuming.