GOOD EATING HABITS
The old adage “you are what you eat” holds true. But with so many fad diets and conflicting nutrition information out there, it can be hard to know where to start when it come to developing good eating habits.
One famous expression about healthy eating is “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.” This means starting the day with a nutritious and substantial breakfast, eating a moderate lunch, and keeping dinner light.
Great historical figures and celebrities have also been known for their healthy eating habits. For example, ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoras was a vegetarian, and famous boxer Muhammad Ali followed a strict diet to maintain his athletic performance.
But you don’t have to be a famous athlete or philosopher to have good eating habits – many centenarians credit their longevity to simple, healthy eating habits. These include eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, avoiding processed foods, and eating in moderation.
Good eating habits should be cultivated from childhood. Teaching children about the importance of healthy food choices and portion control can set them up for a lifetime of healthy eating.
Here is a list of important healthy eating habits to cultivate:
Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetablesAvoiding processed foodsEating in moderationDrinking plenty of waterPlanning meals in advanceCooking at homeEating mindfully, savoring each biteAvoiding eating late at nightEating a variety of foodsListening to your body and eating when you’re hungry
If you’re looking for help developing healthy eating habits, there are many books available to guide you. Some popular titles include “Intuitive Eating” by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, “The Whole30” by Melissa Hartwig, and “How Not to Die” by Michael Greger.
So, don’t be a “couch potato” with your diet, if you want to be a “centenarian potato” instead! Remember, good eating habits aren’t about deprivation or restriction – they’re about nourishing your body with nutritious and delicious food. Happy eating!