You really are what you eat: FIVE tips for eating healthy

Whether you are looking to lose weight, have a healthier lifestyle or to achieve a certain physical shape, there’s one thing you can’t neglect: eating healthy. Here are some tips


Tip 1. Eat when you’re hungry, not when you crave for something

Telling the difference between hunger and craving is easy. Whenever you feel like eating, ask yourself if you would eat a banana (or any simple food). If the answer is no, then your body doesn’t really need nourishment and it’s just a craving.


Tip 2. Eat small portions often, instead of fewer but larger meals

Ingesting a lot of food at one time puts a lot of pressure on your digestive system. Eating less food and combining less food groups in one meal helps your body process the food better and faster.


Tip 3. Fresh fruit should be eaten as a separate meal, preferably in the morning, on an empty stomach

Eaten separately, fruit is digested in a maximum of one hour, a lot faster than any other food. Mixing it with something else imbalances your digestive system and means fruit will stay longer in your stomach, where it will ferment.


Tip 4. Drink a cup of bitter tea (rosemary, wormwood, and chanterelle) twice a week, on an empty stomach; cook with plenty of spices

Bitter-tasting tea cleanses the stomach and bile, stimulating digestion. Bitter herbs and spices fortify the stomach, stimulate bile release, and detoxify the liver and intestines.


Tip 5. After eating meat, allow your body at least five hours to digest it, before eating something else

Out of all the food types, meat takes the longest to digest. Depending on the type of meat, how it’s cooked and what you mix it with, it may take up to 12 hours for your stomach to process it. Eating anything else during this time will just put more pressure on your digestive system.

Here’s more information on how the digestive system works. You should also read our article on what you should avoid in your diet


 

Author: Amna El Tawil
Author Bio: Amna is a Health & Fitness Editor at Nutrition Souq. Her specialties are health eating, diet, weight loss and fitness activities that promote a healthy lifestyle. She has contributed to several publications sold on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo in addition to two self-help books for the John Maxwell Organization. She also worked as a full time journalist for the largest media network in the Middle East: MBC.


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Amna Tawil

Amna is a Health & Fitness Editor at Nutrition Souq. Her specialties are health eating, diet, weight loss and fitness activities that promote a healthy lifestyle. She has contributed to several publications sold on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo in addition to two self-help books for the John Maxwell Organization. She also worked as a full time journalist for the largest media network in the Middle East: MBC.