Eat When You're Hungry
One of the most important things to do is to listen to your body. Try to stay aware of when you’re reaching for food out of boredom, rather than hunger. But beware, don’t mistake dehydration for hungr—sometimes all you need is a big glass of water to quench those midmorning hunger pangs.
Choose Nutrient-Dense Foods
Stay clear of any processed, packaged foods, refined carbs, and sugar, which are filled with empty calories. For example, a bag of chips—you will eat them, not feel full, and want to reach for more. Instead opt for whole foods that make you feel grounded, like root vegetables and whole grains that will keep you full for longer.
Be Mindful While Eating
Enjoy your food—don’t rush through it. That means sitting down and eating at a table. Don’t eat while on the go, whether it’s while running from one appointment to the other or sitting in a car. It also means chewing your food properly before having another bite, savoring the flavors, and being in tune with how the food is making you feel.
Move Your Body
Having a regular exercise routine will make you more aware of the kind of foods you are putting on your plate. Feeling fitter will automatically help you reach for healthier options. It’s much more tempting to reach for that burger and fries because you have been sitting at a desk all week. That doesn’t mean having to spend hours at the gym—even regular, brisk walks can make a vast improvement in how you feel.
Go With Natural Options
Eat foods that taste good to you and are as close to their original state as possible. Eating healthy doesn’t mean it has to taste bad—quite the opposite. Once you get your body used to eating nutrient-dense and satisfying foods, that’s all your body will crave. Trust me—I am living proof. I would much rather eat a delicious quinoa salad full of veggies and topped with avocado than a greasy pizza any day.
Need some recommendations to start? Keep reading for the ingredients Rountree always keeps stocked in her pantry.