For anyone who’s ever worked in a city- you’ll know how easy it is to grab food on the go. Every street corner, every road, is littered with so many choices of food. So is it the food that’s making us unhealthy as a nation – or the choices we make?
We have a culture of three meals a day, breakfast, lunch and tea – or dinner as some might call it. But then there’s the tea break, elevenses, and the quick snack for when we’re starting to feel a bit peckish. Soon you realise that the whole day is punctuated by when we next have our food fix.
Add to all this eating our bad drinking habits, namely that of overloading our bodies with caffeine and carbonated drinks and you’re one step closer to a heart attack or on the road to obesity and all the health risks that it brings with it.
So how do we deal with all the temptation surrounding us? Count calories? Only eat at certain times of day?
Well the best way to go about it is to only eat when you’re hungry (not as easy as it may sound). Take some of these tips to help you avoid the constant temptations of unhealthy food choices.
It’s so easy to slip into a “routine” of bad eating, and it’s a hard habit to break. A good way to take your mind off of food when you don’t actually need to eat, is to busy yourself with another task. Take for example hobbies like drawing, knitting, reading, or sewing, and you are automatically giving your brain something else to think about so you will all about your initial cravings.
Having an interest in exercise can sometimes be the first step to healthy eating. When you are concerned with how your body performs, you begin to become more aware of what you are putting in it. The healthier you become, then often the healthy choices become second nature.
Often just by making very small changes in our lifestyle, we can give our bodies the best chance at being healthy. By just cutting out one fatty food choice a day, or dropping one alcoholic drink, then you are making positive steps toward a healthier lifestyle, which then perpetuates more and more healthy choices. Like giving up smoking, when you’ve given up often the thought of lighting up a cigarette is enough to put you off.
We are constantly surrounded by so many temptations and reasons for us to be unhealthy that we need to start listening to our own bodies again and taking control for when we eat and what we eat, rather than being told by others what is normal.
Small changes eventually will make a massive change.
It is made even harder because often the "healthy" lunch options are actually pretty bad - salads with high calorie dressings and sanswiches full of mayo. Home made lunches do take time and planning, but I have lost 3lbs in the last four weeks, and I am in control of waht I eat
Drink more water is definetely something I should do.Having lighter lunches and less carbs makes you feel more awake in the afternoon.
The problem with being in a city full of takeaway food options is that very few offer healthy foods, they are there purely for convenience. This makes the habit difficult to break.
Completely agree with the drinking point - I always keep a 1.5 l bottle of water at my desk. Drink 1 before lunch and 1 after. Simple.
Small changes do make a big difference in the end, it may be just cutting something minor like a chocolate bar at lunch but you will soon get used to eating healthier. Like smoking if you break the bad habit, good health will come naturally; just dont fall into the same old traps!!