If your life consists of gunning back and forth between home and work, lugging your kids around and then tackling housework on top of it all, then ordering take-out is something you probably do a lot. Read on into the following paragraphs for some simple steps you can take to harness your runaway lifestyle and make sure that everyone under your roof is eating right.
Start tracking your calories. If you have any kind of smart phone, tablet or similar mobile wireless media device, there are likely dozens of features or apps available where you can track everything that you eat and drink. You might even find an easy website where you can do this. In no time, you can cut back on your calories not by starving yourself, but just by being mindful of your choices.
Never skip breakfast. The meal is accurately named because you are literally breaking the fast your body has been in all night. A good serving of food in the morning revs your body up for the day and starts up metabolism levels, which can power you through your schedule and burn calories instead of staying in starvation mode.
Make sure you get snacks in the stretches between meals, especially if the time between lunch and dinner is really long. However, also make sure that these snacks are healthy. Anything with a protein or fiber can help fill you for a while. Nuts and seeds are good choices. For short fillers to get you through just an hour or two, consider a piece of fruit or two.
Counting calories is good, but choosing healthy calories is even better. Doughnuts have lots of calories, but they are not good ones since they are devoid of nutrition. This does not just hurt your waist, but hurts your day because your body is expending energy to digest a food giving it nothing in return. A hearty chicken casserole with green beans, French-fried onions and walnuts also has calories, but it has a lot of protein and nutrients from various food groups.
Only drink beverages that have benefits, like juices. Sodas and other caffeinated beverages have little to even negative benefit. Always read the labels and check for vitamins, nutrients, minerals, chemicals and calories.
When in doubt about what kind of beverage to drink, go with water. Each and every cell in your body needs to stay properly hydrated just to continue functioning.
Make sure there is protein in every meal you eat. Otherwise, you are not going to stay full and you will be eating again very soon.
It only takes a handful of moments each day to make sure that you are eating well, and these few moments can really create some healthful momentum in your life. Follow the steps outline above. Print out this article as a quick reference guide so you do not have to use your mind too much while eating. Meals should not just be healthy, but happy and fun social occasions all can enjoy.