Eating just as much food as your body needs is a very powerful healthy eating tip. Many of us can overeat holiday or celebration meals, however you should not regularly feel stuffed at the end of a meal. For many of us moderation means eating less than we do without feeling like we have to eliminate foods that we love. In addition we all need a balance of protein, fat, fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals for a healthy body. (from healthy eating topics section of HelpGuide.org)
Healthy eating tip 2: Moderation is key
- Do not think of certain foods as “off-limits”-reduce the portion sizes of unhealthy foods and do not eat them as often.
- Think smaller portions-serving sizes have ballooned recently and if you don’t feel satisfied at the end of a meal, add more leafy green vegetables or round off the meal with fruit.
- Take your time-stop eating before you feel full since it takes a few minutes for your brain to tell your body that it has had enough food, so eat slowly.
- Eat with others whenever possible-as well as the emotional benefits, this allows you to model healthy eating habits for your kids.
I have to intentionally give myself the message to “slow down” whenever I sit down to a meal such as this fresh halibut!