March is National Nutrition Month! Don’t worry–I’m not here to lecture you. We all know we’re supposed to eat healthy, but it honestly gets hard. There are so many quicker, more convenient options (and let’s not forget about those evil cravings). So instead of a lecture, I think it’d be better if I talked about some tips, that I find helpful when it comes to making better food decisions.
- Try not to skip breakfast. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m terrible at this. There never seems to be enough time in the morning and before I know it, I should have left 10 minutes ago. But when I am able to make breakfast, I feel way more energized and don’t feel the need to snack around lunchtime. One of the quickest (and personal favorite) breakfast meal is an egg, avocado sandwich. It’s super quick and super filling.
- Pack healthy snacks. These snacks could be for the day or the commute back home. Nothing is worse than leaving school or work and be starvinggg. I noticed that when I have a snack like pretzels or nuts on the way home, I’m not eating my dinner in .5 seconds and going back for more.
- Drink more water. At first, my mind was blown when I found out that thirst can mask itself as hunger. You need about 8 ounces of water every day. When you’re hydrated correctly, odds are you won’t feel the need to snack as often.
- Eat slower. I know this sounds weird, but eating slower actually gives your stomach enough time to let your brain know when you’re actually full. We’ve all been so hungry to a point where we eat our meal without even tasting it and end up with an oh-so-fun food baby that eventually puts us in a food coma–never a good time.
As promised, this was not an “eat healthy” lecture. Hopefully you can try some of these tips yourself and see if they work for you!
Written by GUADS staff member Toni with contributions from www.eatright.org