We all like to indulge in a guilty pleasure from time to time, especially when it comes to foods that, despite being delicious, we know deep down are probably not in our best interest to consume. However, it can be very easy to fall into a regular routine that involves some fairly bad dietary habits. Learning to avoid these can make a real difference, not just to your health, but your entire life. For example, the benefits of eating well are likely to seriously improve your mood, and, if it leads to significant weight loss, you might also find your self esteem somewhat lifted by being in better shape.
One key issue to consider in the quest for better eating habits is the question of ‘empty calories’. These come from foods that, while being highly calorific, don’t really offer much in terms of genuine nutrition. There are a number of ways that you might find yourself filling up on these ‘empty calories’. One very good example would be fizzy drinks, which are, for the most part, absolutely loaded with sugar, but are very often drunk as a simple matter of course alongside a meal each evening.
Empty calories are not the only thing that those keen to be looking after themselves should keep an eye out for. Salt can be just as bad for us, if not worse. The UK Food Standards Agency has targets for reducing salt content found in many foods. However, many of us look to salt as means of increasing the flavour in our meals. One good way you can avoid needing to reach for the seasoning is to simply prepare meals that are bursting with tasty flavour from the get go.
Garlic, for instance, has lots of health benefits and can really bring your dinner to life. If you have a taste (or even just a tolerance) for food that comes in at the hotter end of the spectrum, chilli can be added to give your meal a bit of kick, and the same is also true of root ginger. Both of these options are not only tasty, but also good for you. (As a side note, it’s important to remember that you don’t need, and shouldn’t seek to, completely cut salt out of your diet as it is something your body needs in order to function.)
Finally, targeting our alcohol consumption is a really great way to improve our health. Aside from the other health risk associated with drinking a lot of alcohol, such as addiction and complications with the liver and kidneys, booze is also loaded with calories and can end adding to your waistline in quite a major way.