3 Simple, Healthy Tips to Avoid Overeating

I see how making small, positive changes can create big results from working with my clients as a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach.  Being healthy doesn't have to be difficult and you should never feel deprived if you are eating in a way that is most beneficial for your body.  Here are 3 simple, healthy tips to incorporate into your daily routine...

1.  DRINK MORE WATER

I'm sure you've heard this one before but it's incredibly important!  And by water, I don't mean soda, coffee, juice, tea, flavored water, blah, blah, blah.  Water is WATER!  Your body NEEDS half your body weight in ounces of just plain water every single day.  If you find yourself reaching for an afternoon snack, next time head straight for some water first.  Drink at least 8 ounces and wait 5 minutes.  Give yourself the time to realize if you were just thirsty or actually hungry.  If you are actually hungry, then do step #2.

2.  EAT MORE FRUITS AND VEGGIES

This is a no brainer and yet we fail to consume adequate nutrition from good quality fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.  I tell my clients to strive for 4-6 servings of vegetables and 2-3 servings of fruit each day.  Find new ways to sneak in more vegetables at every meal. Realistically, if you eat this quantity of fruits and veggies every day you will feel better, have more energy, and definitely not be hungry!  

3.  CHEW

Yes, your mother was right!  Chewing is one of the most important and overlooked aspects of eating.  Aim to have 50-100 chews per bite.  Yes, per bite!  Digestion actually starts in the mouth with enzymes beginning to break down food as we chew.  So don't skip this important step.  AND you will want to savor the delicious food you are eating so slow down and enjoy it.  Chew it up!

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