1. Eat When You’re Hungry
One of the most important things to do is to listen to your body. Try to stay aware of when you’re reaching for food out of boredom, rather than hunger. But beware, don’t mistake dehydration for hunger - sometimes all you need is a large glass of water to quench those mid-morning hunger pangs. Or enjoy an organic cold pressed juice to infuse your body with nutrients. I’m a committed drinker and sip on homemade cold-pressed juices all day long. Raw juices are also fantastic for glowing skin!
2. Choose Nutrient-Dense Foods
Stay clear of any processed, packaged foods, refined carbs, and sugar, which are filled with empty calories. For example, a bag of chips—you will eat them, not feel full, and want to reach for more. Instead opt for whole foods that make you feel grounded, like root vegetables, nuts or seeds that will keep you full for longer. And don’t forget to include lots of fresh leafy greens into your daily diet.
3. Be Mindful While Eating
Enjoy your food - don’t rush through it. That means sitting down and eating at a table. Don’t eat while on the go, whether it’s while running from one appointment to the other or sitting in a car. It also means chewing your food properly before having another bite, savoring the flavors, and being in tune with how the food is making you feel. Remember, the stomach has no teeth so be sure to chew chew chew your food!
4. Move Your Body
Having a regular exercise routine will make you more aware of the kind of foods you are putting on your plate. Feeling fitter will automatically help you reach for healthier options. It’s much more tempting to reach for those fries after sitting at a desk and feeling lethargic all week. This doesn’t mean having to spend hours at the gym - even regular, brisk walks, a hike in the woods, or a bike ride can make a vast improvement in how you feel!
5. Go With Natural Options
Eat foods that taste good to you and are as close to their original state as possible. Eating healthy doesn’t mean it has to taste bad—quite the opposite. Once your body cleanses out and becomes used to eating nutrient-dense and satisfying foods, that’s all you will crave. I would much rather eat a delicious veggie-loaded salad and seed pate from my book The SimplyRaw Kitchen than a greasy pizza any day. The indigestion and heaviness is just not worth the few moments of instant gratification. What are your thoughts?