Develop these eating habits for a healthy lifestyle

“Healthy habits are learnt in the same way as unhealthy ones, through practice.” To change old habits or adopt new ones, is always in our hands. Every day, we make a thousand choices and one of the important choices is to decide our everyday consumption.

Our overall development depends on the food we consume. An unhealthy consumption develops the risk of diseases and leads to an imbalanced life.

To maintain a healthy lifestyle, we do not need to climb mountains. Small changes are enough to adapt to healthy wellbeing. If you are looking to learn healthy and active habits in response to changing your lifestyle then you have landed in the right place.

Here are a few basic eating habits to maintain a healthy lifestyle-

Drink more water: nothing can replace water, not even sugary drinks like juice! Water helps in the digestion process and gets rid of wastage from the body. Set your goal to consume water every day to stay hydrated and away from impurities.Remember not to drink water just after the meal or before the meal. It can make your digestion process slow. Experts say drinking water in a sitting position is more beneficial for the body.

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Eat calmly: we spend so much time scrolling through social media but give less time to the things that matter. It is important to keep a check on our consumption but it is equally necessary to see how we consume it. Swallowed, half-chewed or gobbled food is not good for health. Take time to sit down properly with your back straight and eat your food calmly-slowly. Avoid entertaining yourself with any other thing like watching television while consuming.

Whenever we are watching the screen while eating food or still working, it distracts

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Heart healthy eating starts with your habits, statement says

That doesn’t mean giving up takeout or that five-minute meal kit from the grocery store altogether. The dietary guidance encourages people to adapt these habits into their lifestyle.

The statement identifies 10 features of heart-healthy eating patterns — including guidance to combine a balanced diet with exercise; consume most nutrients through food over supplements; eat whole grains; reduce sodium, added sugar and alcohol intake; use non-tropical plant oils; and eat minimally processed, over ultra-processed, foods.

“What’s really important now is that people make modifications that can be sustainable in the long term,” said Alice Lichtenstein, director of Tufts University’s Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory and chair of the writing group for the AHA’s new statement.

The statement’s writing group evaluated literature and devised 10 features of heart-healthy dietary patterns. The group also expanded on the guidance, recognizing the need for sustainability and societal challenges that can be obstacles to achieving proper nutrition.

Lichtenstein said eating behaviors have changed since the AHA last published a statement with dietary guidance 15 years ago. Previously, the main options were to eat out or dine in, but eating habits have been less consistent in recent years. There has been a trend — exacerbated by the pandemic — of more convenience food options, such as delivery, meal kits and premade meals.

Make changes that go the distance

The focus of the AHA’s new guidance, Lichtenstein said, is to do what works for you, whatever dietary restrictions or cultural adaptions you want to make. Lichtenstein discourages people from making drastic changes based on fad diets — instead, sustained efforts in incorporating these healthy habits can be more beneficial in the long run.

Lauri Wright, chair of the department of nutrition and dietetics at the University of North Florida and national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and

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