You have been stuck at home for a while now and your favorite pair of jeans are clinging to you so tightly that you can barely walk to the refrigerator. You haven’t been to the gym in almost a year and you find it uncomfortable to jog in a mask.
If you’ve used your mouth for more chip munching than conversation, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you won’t cause an earthquake when the world finally gets back to normal and you can go out of the house. You don’t need fancy juice cleanses or prepared meals, it is all about changing your bad eating habits.
It may seem like there is an apocalypse on the horizon, but it is not here yet, so you can relax, no one is going to take your food away. Take a breath in between bites and savor your meal. Don’t eat when the TV is turned on because you can become distracted and not realize how much you are eating. It takes 20 minutes for your body to realize it is full and the slower you eat, the less food you will want.
Don’t Eat When You Are Not Hungry
If your job is tiring and leaves you stressed, then it might be fascinating to take a short break and have some rest in the break room and gulp down your emotions in the form of various snacks or the uneaten donuts from a staff meeting.
You might stop to grab a cup of coffee from a fast food place on the way home from work and get seduced by the smell of french fries. You may also plonk yourself down in front of the television with a bag of chips as soon as you get home and not get up until it’s time for bed.
Although it is good to eat regular meals, you should listen to your body and only eat when you are actually hungry. If you are frustrated at work, you can go for a walk outside instead of walking to the break room and you can always make coffee at home instead of stopping to buy it from a place that also sells food. If you feel like you just have to chomp on something when you’re angry, get some celery sticks and carrot sticks and go to town. That will soon put a stop to your bad eating habits.
Did you know that little children are employed to pick cocoa beans? Do you have any idea how animals are treated on factory farms? Were you aware that Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Nestle’s had terrible environmental records? If you boycott products that are bad for people, animals, and the earth, you will help yourself stay healthy in the process. Guilt can be a great motivator.
Organic foods bring enormous benefits if eaten daily. If we talk about switching to a vegetarian, it has its benefits as it’s good for your waistline. 10 pounds of plant protein equals 1 pound of beef. Therefore, Earth’s longevity will rise if humans stop rearing animals for the sake of food. It will be a good idea to search for a vegan recipe on the internet and try it.
Beating bad eating habits and eating healthy isn’t as hard as it sounds. With a little effort, you can be a healthy weight and have room to breathe in those jeans of yours.
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