Guest post today on eating habits.

Nowadays, many people are crazy about diets. However, you need to remember that dieting is basically unhealthy and, in some cases, even dangerous. Crash diets do not provide the necessary nutrition. Although one may start a diet with enthusiasm to lose weight,  starving is not the right way to do so. Choosing a healthy lifestyle and eating properly will help you succeed–slowly but surely. And most importantly – safely. There are a couple of golden rules when it comes to healthy eating. Consider all of them and you will soon be on your way to a healthier you.

Before you change what you put on your plate, make a mental change first. Think about what causes you to eat more/improperly. Do you do it when you are depressed or because you are too busy to think about what you’re eating? Or do you simply find eating a type of entertainment? If you think you have some sort of an eating disorder, seek a medical professional.

Determine the amount of calories your body needs each day. This depends on many things: gender, whether you put on weight easily, if you are physically active, and many more factors. Once you know what that amount is, you will see that eating without putting on or losing weight will become easier.

Drink plenty of water. Drinking water helps you feel full, plus it also helps digestion. Two to three liters a day is the amount of water you need. Also, there are some people who confuse thirst for hunger and turn to big meals when even a glass of water would have helped satiate them. Do your best to avoid carbonated drinks as well as other products that have artificial sweeteners in them.

Eat five times a day. Having more meals, but light ones is way better than eating massive meals twice a day.

Do not skip breakfast. This is probably the most important meal as it gives you the strength to start the day. Even if you don’t feel hungry so early in the day, at least drink a cup of tea with a piece of fruit (an apple, a banana, etc.) or a toast. A small breakfast is way better than no breakfast at all.

Eating slowly is a must. This is no competition. Eating fast prevents your body from properly digesting the food and you can end up with a big lump in your stomach.

Vary your diet. Best case scenario is to quit consuming many products, but many people find this extremely difficult. Allow yourself a little ‘cheat’ once  a week. A little chocolate dessert each Friday or a bit more alcohol on Saturday evening. This will make it easier for you to ultimately back away from all products that harm you.

Be careful when eating carbohydrates. You need not avoid them, since they are the body’s main energy source. However, you need to choose the right type of carbs. For example, try substituting the ‘bad’ carbs with ‘good’ ones – brown sugar instead of white, whole grain flour rather than white flour, brown rice instead of regular one.

Eat less salt. This is how you will reduce your risk of a heart disease. If you want to, you can substitute the processed table salt you use with Himalayan salt, also known as Pink Crystal salt.

Have a meat-free day. There is a famous campaign known as Meatless Monday in which you can participate. However, your day doesn’t necessarily have to be a Monday. As much as eating meat is healthy, avoiding it every now and then also has its benefits. Especially if you are used to eating too much red and greasy meat.

Eating healthy takes some time getting used to. Changing your diet is not an easy task, but in the long run you will be convinced that it is  worth it.

A guest post by Angela Harpert of