Nobody is a saint when it comes to eating right, not even a Nutritionist. But the saying often goes: It’s not just what you’re eating, it’s how you eat, too. Here are five common unhealthy eating habits and how you can kick them now.
YOU TRY TO BE A PERFECT EATER
Just because Gwyneth Paltrow or Beyonce eats that way, doesn’t mean it works for you, too. Instead of following the latest celebrity-driven diet trend that doesn’t fit your lifestyle, focus on simple strategies that you can realistically live with. Likewise, being fixated on eating nothing but ‘clean’ or ‘pure’ – a term known as ‘orthorexia’ can spiral into more unhealthy habits later down the track. Eventually, the innocent obsession with healthy eating can crowd out other activities and interests, impair relationships, and become physically taxing. Learn that food is important, however is only one small aspect of life.
YOU BITE MORE THAN YOU CAN CHEW (LITERALLY!)
Wolfing down food in record time not only can lead to indigestion, but means you’re not chewing your food properly – the first (and critical) step is digestion. Countless studies have shown that sufficient chewing results in more favourable levels of appetite-regulating hormones that tell your brain when you’ve had enough. To slow down your eating, chew every bite a minimum of 10 times – or whatever it takes to really grind it into mush. Bonus. You may even end up eating less.