A good homecooked meal can put a smile on anyone’s face. But when you’re trying to lose weight or if you’re looking after your sugar and cholesterol levels, it’s important to forego rich and fattening food for healthy and balanced meal plans that are specially designed to help you achieve your fitness goals. According to the CDC, 70.7% of Americans are overweight or obese, and being overweight not only affects our overall health but also our self-esteem and confidence. To change your life for the better, it is crucial to make healthy choices starting today, beginning with the food on your plate. If you’re concerned that your meal plan may not be as satisfying as you think it is, take heart—even if a meal is gluten, soy, or dairy-free, it can still be hearty and delicious as it’s made from the freshest ingredients and has tons of flavor. To enhance your Paleo, Keto, pescatarian, or vegetarian meals, follow these tips to make mealtimes more appealing.
Never eat in front of the TV or computer
Having a complete meal delivered to your doorstep may tempt you to eat in front of your TV or computer screen. However, there has been evidence that eating meals while watching television has negative effects on one’s eating habits, especially since unhealthy food is often advertised on TV. To make your mealtime more appealing and for better health, eat only at the dining table during mealtimes.
Make the dining room more inviting
Mealtimes should be special. If you find that eating at a good restaurant makes you enjoy your food more, then try to create a restaurant-like atmosphere in your home. Set out your nicest dinnerware, bring out the fancy glasses, and use them while you eat your Paleo or Keto meals. You should also set the mood by burning natural soy candles which have a soothing scent. Adjust the lighting, play some soft music, and enjoy your food.
Savor each bite
We often hurry through meal times, not realizing that we’ve barely tasted our food. Savor what you eat by eating slowly, taking time to chew each bite thoroughly. Think about the flavors and textures of the food that you’re eating, making sure to taste every bite.
Try eating with your hands
Eating with your hands forces you to slow down. Moreover, it stimulates digestion, as feeling your food on your fingertips signals your stomach that you’re about to eat. Try eating with your hands sometime and see how it impacts your eating habits.
Living a healthy lifestyle should not be bland or boring. Try these tips to make your mealtimes more appealing as you eat your way to fitness and health.
By Jane Sandwood