We all hear a lot about the benefits of dieting to help you lose weight. This is really the main thing people tend to focus on when discussing healthy eating since obesity continues to be a problem in the UK and other countries around the world. However, there are so many other reasons to improve the quality of your overall diet other than just helping to reduce your body fat. Your mental and physical health can both benefit from making positive changes to what you eat.
Regular meal times – One thing many people struggle with is keeping to the traditional three-set meal times per day. You don’t necessarily have to have breakfast, lunch and dinner, as some people find it feels better to have smaller meals more frequently, but you should try to find some consistency in your routine. This helps your body process food more healthily and gives you a more accurate sense of how hungry you are. It also helps you find some structure in your life which can help you stay grounded at stressful times.
Portion control – Limiting yourself to certain foods becomes less difficult if you also take into account the quantity of food you eat. Increasing the proportion of fruit, vegetables and other whole foods you eat compared to processed, fatty and sugary foods can make a difference to your overall health in itself.
Education – Take it upon yourself to learn more about the food you eat, both healthy and unhealthy. Staying informed will help you make wise decisions, and more importantly, help you feel more comfortable with your diet. The more you learn, the better you will feel, both physically and mentally.
Growing your own – Gardening is one of the most popular activities for people trying to find a relaxing and fulfilling hobby that’s beneficial to mental wellbeing. Not only does growing your own food give you something healthy and natural to eat, the satisfaction and enjoyment are an excellent bonus.