Healthy Eating Habits

Some people eat to live and some live to eat. The eat-to-live diet is a “nutritarian” diet that has gone viral on the Internet. It is a restrictive diet, and many of its followers are people who need to lose weight because their lives will be at risk otherwise. However, others follow it with some modification, because they just want to stay healthy.

On the other side of the spectrum are people who live to eat. This eating lifestyle might have a negative connotation, but actually it is not at all unfavorable. In fact, it is safe to say that most people follow the live-to-eat lifestyle. Gourmets and people who love to eat follow this diet, which is neither restrictive nor harmful to their health.

Whether you want to follow a restrictive diet or a diet that features the kind of foods you want to eat without any restriction, it is always wise to eat in a healthy manner. Sometimes people become ill because they lack or ignore useful information. This article addresses that situation and gives you some tips on how to maintain healthy eating habits.

Generally speaking, digestion is the key to having a healthful meal.

As a child you might have had a doting grandmother who told you to chew your food well. Perhaps she also told you to pay attention to your food and to avoid distractions like watching television, talking too much, or reading while you were eating. If she had been the religious type of grandmother, she might have also told you to say grace before meals.

Grandmothers and mothers, for that matter, know best, so to speak; and what they told you are nuggets of wisdom that they probably learned from their own parents. But you can also get useful information on healthy eating habits from other sources, such as this article.

Another good habit that is wise to follow is to schedule your meals so that you don’t have to eat on the run. Eat at a moderate pace until you are three-quarters full. Also space your meals three hours apart; this will allow you to have three to five meals a day. But whether at mealtime or at any time during the day, have your water and drinks at room temperature or warmer.

Speaking of liquids, don’t have cold drinks before meals, as this will weaken digestion. Also avoid drinking large quantities of liquids during meals. A half-cup of water at room temperature will do on the average. You may have more with dry meals and sip a little wine, if you are into wine. Soup requires no water at all.

It is said that your body biorhythms mirror those of the universe. That’s why your digestion is strongest at around noon, when the sun is at its peak. Knowing this, you should have your largest meal at noon, and have only light meals for breakfast and dinner. It is also a good habit to rest after meals before going into another activity, such as resuming your work.

Finally, some say that you should trust only a healthy chef; as a corollary to this, trust only a happy chef. He is the type who you can expect to cook your food with loving hands and to prepare it without feelings of resentment in his heart. You might not be aware of this, but when you eat, you take in the food as well as the emotions of the chef.