Follow these tips for healthy eating habits

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Following good eating habits makes you healthier and cheerful, and keeps diseases away. However, it is easier said than done. Here are some amazing tips to gradually improve your eating habits.

Reduce the intake of sugar: It is not easy, for many, to completely give up sugar. However, you could try reducing its intake gradually. Sugar substitutes, which have fewer calories, could save you from the difficulty of completely avoiding sugar. Your sweet cravings could be satisfied by munching on fresh or dried fruits.

Less meat and more fish: Include seafood in your diet, at least twice a week. Mackerels, sardines and tuna are storehouses of omega 3 fatty acids. Those who do not like to eat seafood can snack on walnuts and flax seeds, which contain omega 3.

Eat more vegetables: Fill the major portion of your plate with vegetables. Consuming vegetables in various colours supply incredible nutrition. Try to include vegetables like cucumbers, bottle gourds and snake gourds, which have high water content, in your diet. This would make your stomach feel filled and will not go for a second helping. Besides, they are easy on the stomach and aids digestion as well. Include seasonal fresh vegetables in your daily diet.

Food with fibre content: Grains and vegetables like lady finger, cabbage and broccoli which contain fibre in it should be regularly included in your diet.

Eat at least two fruits a day: You could eat a fruit along with the breakfast and also as an evening or post dinner snack. Try to include two different varieties of fruits. Instead of expensive imported fruits, you could eat locally available seasonal fruits.

Probiotic food: Some foods aid the growth of good bacteria in the intestines. Bananas, onions, soybean and whole wheat bread contain probiotics which help the growth of the good bacteria. Yogurt and other fermented food items like kimchi, idli and dosa too contain probiotics.

Avoid hotel food: Constant consumption of hotel food deposits too much fat, salt and sugar in your body. Try to avoid buffet meals even if you choose to eat in a hotel. You can also try dining at a restaurant which serves healthy food. Instead of chilling out with friends at a restaurant, you could go for a walk with them or watch a movie. However, avoid munching on the buttery pop corns that are sold at the theaters.

Home-cooked food: Do not stock up snacks, fizzy drinks or junk food, which have high calories, in your homes. Instead, try to keep away too much calories by eating fresh and nutritious home-cooked food.

Enjoy your food: Do not eat your food while watching TV or chatting with your friends or even while driving. Enjoy your food as you eat it slowly, tasting every flavour in it. Try to avoid eating dinner after 8 pm. Choose healthy snacks, with fewer calories, to satisfy your hunger pangs. Instead of directly eating from tins or packets, transfer a small amount of snacks onto a plate and eat from it. It is alright to occasionally enjoy your favourite food. However, try to eat it in limited portions.

Besides good eating habits, regular workouts and exercises too are important to maintain a fit and healthy body.

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