Following on from last week’s foray into ‘ Calorie counting, or a healthy balance?’ – here are some simple steps that can help us with striking that healthy balance for ourselves…
1.Drink a glass of clean filtered water (ideally at room temp) when we’re hungry. Often we’re actually simply thirsty.
2. Focus on what we feel like eating – rather than what happens to be in front of us when we open the fridge or what’s on special at the shop. When we eat more instinctively, we can learn to respond to what our body needs and avoid restricting ourselves.
This naturally allows for occasional rich, naturally sweet or spicy foods that we may not feel like every day.
3. Chew each mouthful and put down our fork or spoon in between! When we pause between each mouthful, we get to truly savor what we’re eating.Interestingly, those who eat slower have been found to have a healthier weight for their size. Researchers have found that this is likely because, after our first bite, it takes 20mins for the fullness centres in our brain to wake up and begin registering how full we really are.
Take away – It’s handy to know some tips to help us keep on track – although what if we’re not certain it’s worth it? If you haven’t already watched it – this week’s vlog maybe useful ‘why I quit counting calories’.
Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O, is a Lifestyle Consultant, with over 26 years experience in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified osteopath, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, speaker, health mentor and Health Brand Ambassador. She loves to globe-trot with her husband Chris (NZ, Australia, USA, UK + Europe and Indonesia are current favourites) relishing an outdoor lifestyle and time with family and friends.