Top 12 Ways to Change Your Eating Habits in 30 Days

Top 12 Ways to Change Your Eating Habits in 30 Days

Healthy eating habits

With several simple ways to improve the way we eat, it is not too difficult to stay healthy despite the fast pace of our day-to-day lives. Actually, we ourselves are in contradiction with the facts of right eating, which we often overlook. Being a little conscious and mindful of what, where, when and how you eat helps to change your eating habits in just 30 days. Eminent dieticians and fitness experts share some useful tips on right eating to make it a lot easier for you.

Healthy Eating Habits That May Change Your Life:

1. Add Frozen Veggies to Breakfast

Dieticians recommend one cup of frozen veggies everyday. As fresh vegetables are frozen, they retain maximum nutritional value. You can add a nutritional boost to your breakfast dishes like pastas, stir fries and noodles by adding frozen veggies.

2. Read Food Packets Before Purchase

Reading food packets to check calorie counts before purchasing them or cooking is a good practice to change your eating habits. Once you are aware of the calories that a food packet will add to your meal, either you will buy a smaller packet or cook half of the packet to cut your calorie intake.

3. Replace Fruit Juices with Fruit Slices

We tend to mix some sugars with fruit juices. When we eat slices of raw fruit, we don’t think of taking sugar. Fruit slices taste naturally sweeter than juices. Besides, fresh fruit is nutritionally richer than juices.

4. Cut Your Portion Sizes

Once you make a set of guidelines regarding portion size to eat and stay healthy, make sure to stick to it. It helps to comply with the guidelines no matter wherever you have your meals. Make a mental calculation of how much of a meal is good for you before dining in parties and at events.

5. Keep a Check On Sugar Intake

Sugar and ghee are the key ingredients adding to our weight and fat content. If you are really looking to change your eating habits in 30 days, make sure to check and cut your sugar intake. Sugar is a must find in all Indian meals no matter whichever Indian cuisine you prefer. If possible, keep sugar in lesser quantities in the kitchen.

6. Shop for Groceries On Fridays

We often avoid shopping for groceries on Fridays because we tend to eat out on weekends. If you too do this, reverse this habit to eat healthy at home on weekends. Get groceries by Friday evenings so that you can feel tempted to cook something tasty and healthy on weekends.

7. Add Unsweetened Almond Milk to Coffee

Replace sugar with unsweetened almond milk in your coffee. Sugary coffees are high in calories unlike coffees with unsweetened almond milk. It equally sweetens ice or cold coffee. Start you day with a healthy cup of coffee in the morning.

8. Eat Vegetables First During a Meal

Dieticians suggest that vegetables and salads must be eaten first during a full meal. It can be followed by protein rich food and then carbohydrate rich dishes. By the time you are about to take starchy carbs, you may feel full or not feel as hungry as before starting the meal.

9. Avoid all Distractions While Eating

These days we are too busy to eat peacefully. We tend to eat more than what we need while working at desk or watching TV or playing games on mobile phones or reading a book. Multitasking makes us unconscious of calorie count. Practice mindful eating to change your eating habits in 30 days.

10. Don’t Ignore the Power of Steamed Food

We know all that fried dishes retain the least nutritional value, but we tend to be oblivious of such facts. Replace one or two fried dishes with steamed food from your daily meals. Some steamed food flavored with black pepper and roasted a little taste better than spicy items.

11. Serve Yourself in Small Bowls and Plates

It is a scientific truth that people using small plates and bowls to eat from consume fewer calories than those in the habit of eating from large plates. Serve less on salad plates and consume less. It’s that simple!

12. Order Salads Without Dressing on the Side

Salads with sodium and cream rich dressing are very high in calories. Beginning a meal with salad is the right option to change your eating habits in 30 days. But, salads must be without dressing.

Reviewed By:

Dr. Kaushal M. Bhavsar (MBBS, MD)

Assistant Professor in Pulmonary Medicine, GMERS Medical College, Ahmedabad