There are a lot of pieces to put together for a completely happy and healthy you. One important piece to that puzzle is eating healthy and nutritious foods. Everyday we are bombarded with different opinions as to what is healthy and what isn’t. I have learned that the most important thing to trust is how you are feeling. How your body feels and functions is a better indicator of your health than a scale could ever be.
You can start by paying attention to how you feel after you eat a meal. Do you feel bloated, tired, or gassy? Which foods make you feel that way? Or do you feel at ease, satisfied, and energized? Which foods make you feel that way? Follow your body’s signals and you will know what you should be eating and what you shouldn’t. Your body gives you signs and signals to help you make the right choices; you just have to pay attention and listen.
Your body composition is 80-90% based upon the foods you put into it so you literally are what you eat. That is why it is so important to make healthy choices. Here are some tips to remember to help you on your path to a happier and healthier you:
- Before you eat check in with your body and make sure you are really hungry
- Reduce processed foods & sugar
- Eat more vegetables
- Chew your food thoroughly
- Don’t multitask while eating
- Check in with yourself after several bites to determine if you are full
- Drink more water between meals
Remember, nutrition is only one piece of the puzzle to becoming a whole, happy and healthy version of you. The other pieces of the puzzle involve your mind and spirit, so learn how to keep those healthy as well. The body is made up of several pieces and nutrition is just one of them.
Practice mindfulness when you are eating. Bring the awareness of your mind, body, and spirit into your nutrition. This will help you make better choices and enable you to become a more wholesome version of yourself.