Changes for a healthier you
Fuel your body
Fueling your body regularly helps in keeping your energy levels up. However, refueling doesn’t only mean eating at regular intervals. Having enough water, throughout the day, will keep you hydrated and also help in controlling your appetite. So start with buying a gorgeous bottle for yourself. The colour, design-whatever appeals to you drink in style and drink often.
Eating out doesn’t mean that you come home feeling bloated. The secret is in balancing what you eat. If you are going a la carte, order a nice salad or a soup along with that cheese-loaded ravioli. At a buffet, first fill up on fresh juices, salads and small bites, before attacking the main course and desserts. That way, you will come back with a satiated mind, happy about having eaten what you like without adding a lot of hard-to-burn calories.
Hot is right
While it is advisable to eat raw salads and veggies, make sure that your food is properly cooked and hot. Research says when hot, food makes you feel fuller while when cold, it tends to confuse your brain, making you overeat. So make sure that your sandwiches are grilled and your idlis are steaming hot.
Shock your body
As soon as you get off your bed and have done your routine of washing your face and brushing your teeth, get ready to shock your body. Take up any physical activity like butterfly, sit-ups or push-ups and do that for 10-15 counts. Gradually, increase this number. This will fully awaken your body and senses and in time, will prepare you to take more strenuous physical routines, be it working out at a gym or joining a yoga class or going for a morning jog or cycling.
Shock your body-part 2
Love a hot shower? Time to get rid of the addiction! While a hot shower is great at the end of your day to calm you down, relax you and get you ready for a good night sleep. It is a cold shower that you need to jolt back to life early in the morning.
Say ‘no’ to soda
We all like to sip on our favourite soda infused drinks with our meals when eating out, start ditching this for a glass of fresh juice or desi drinks like nimboo paani or masala chaas.
One swap a week
Swap one unhealthy food in your diet with one healthy replacement every week. At the end of a few weeks, you will find yourself eating healthier without having to go on a strict diet. Example, eat roti made of fibrous foods like jowar, raagi, bajra, jowari instead of wheat for a week, next week as you come back to wheat, replace your white bread and rice with their better brown substitutes.
Small is wonderful
While controlling portions is important, a great trick that you can start with right now is to manage the size of the plates and bowls that you eat in. So while having healthy options like soups and salads, use a big bowl and while loading on pakoras, use a small one. This will make your plate look full and overflowing with food and give you a sense of eating your favourite food to your heart’s content.
For a good night’s sleep
While it is important to exercise early in the morning to wake you up completely, it is also advisable to do some stretches before hitting the sack. A few stretches and yoga poses will calm and relax you and ensure that you sleep like a baby.
Article Source: Femina
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