In a nation of obsessive foodies, it can be hard to stick to a resolution to eat better and healthier – especially when there’s good stuff like nasi lemak, fried kway teow and more out there! But don’t underestimate the power that your diet wields when it comes to improving your health and wellbeing.
So how do you go about incorporating a lofty resolution like eating healthier into your lifestyle? Start out by swapping bad eating habits for better ones, try out some of the healthy eating ideas from our nutritionists down below
Detox your pantry!
You know the saying, abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym.
The kitchen is a battleground between your willpower and the stores of junk food in the pantry. According to a study by Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab, your environment plays a huge role in forming your eating habits. Researchers found that placing tempting treats like candy or cookies in convenient spots on your kitchen counter would most likely cause you to reach out for them more often.
Yin, a nutritionist at Kinohimitsu, recommends stocking your kitchen cupboards with fewer sweets and snacks rather than resolving to completely cut them out of your diet. “It takes a whole lot of effort to completely stay away from sweets, so placing them away from sight creates an environment that supports healthy snacking habits,” she says.
Give your gut health some love with prebiotics
Besides being an great breakfast staple, Oats also contain beta-glucan, a fiber that has been linked to lower LDL cholesterol, improved blood sugar and reduced cancer risk.
Besides being amazing for your gut health, getting some prebiotics, the non-digestible part of foods like apples, onions and more, into your diet can offer a multitude of benefits such as better sleep and digestion. When eaten, prebiotic fibre goes through a process of fermentation in the large colon that feeds colonies of good-for-you gut bacteria.
These bacteria colonies are linked to better health and reduced risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, obesity and more. A study by the University of Colorado Boulder suggests that getting some prebiotics into your diet can also improve sleep and mitigate the impact of stress!
Eat less meat
Meat-free Mondays will help you save the earth and your cholesterol levels!
Rich in whole grains, beans, legumes, fruits and vegetables, plant-based diets are chock full of vitamins, minerals and all good stuff. A vegetarian diet has also been linked to lower blood pressure levels and risks of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and renal disorders like kidney failure to have a lower rate of death due to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and renal disorders such as kidney failure.
For better health this 2019, try going meat-free a couple of days a week. We love opting for meatless protein options like tofu, black beans, lentils and yoghurt.
Besides the health benefits associated with cutting back on meat, you’ll be helping save the environment as well! According to Greenpeace, the livestock sector generates 18% more greenhouse gas than transport globally!
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