Apply these easy dining hacks and you’ll be eating your way to a smarter diet.
You know, sometimes a little trick here and there could be all it takes to limit unnecessary food intake and focus on eating the right foods instead. Strategically changing even the slightest dining behavior, such as the color of the dining plate you use, can support your diet plan in the long run.
They may seem silly at first, but you’ll find that these five effortless dining hacks are plain ingenious when it comes to eating smart.
Snack before dining
Keep yourself from noshing senselessly during mealtimes with a little snack in between your three main meals of the day. The way to go is, of course, to choose a healthy snack that can refuel your body with vitamins and minerals while filling your tummy up at the same time. This way, you’re keeping healthy and making sure you don’t overeat during mealtimes.
Itching for a healthy snack right now? Here are 10 nutrient-rich snacks you can reach out for without feeling the guilt. Our favorite go-to snack is Greek yoghurt with berries.
Pick the right size and color plates
An empty space on your plate, especially on a white one, will create an illusion of not having enough, often causing you to take more than you need. Practice portion control by using smaller plates that will naturally hold smaller portions.
Alternately, choose a plate that has a big color contrast with your food. This rides on the psychological element – by making you become more aware of how much you eat.
Know your healthy food portion
Healthy eating can be as easy as half a plate of fruits and greens, followed by a balanced mix of proteins like lean meat, complex carbs like brown rice and healthy fats like almond nuts on the other half of the plate.
Simplify your clean eating routine by knowing and sticking to this rough portion guideline.
Target the healthiest food on the plate first
When eating out, you might find yourself struggling to finish the generous food servings offered in most dining places. Be conscientious and choose to eat the healthiest foods on the plate first. This way, you’re less likely to devour the unhealthy foods when you’re already stuffed with the good ones.
Brush your teeth after every meal
Prevent yourself from falling into the snack trap by brushing your teeth after every meal. The lingering taste of toothpaste in your mouth and breath can be an effective deterrent in helping you inhibit your cravings.
But keep in mind that you should wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. Brushing immediately after consumption of acidic foods can cause acid to penetrate deeper into your teeth, damaging them in the process.
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Health & Wellness August 19, 2015