Healthy habits for the new year

New year, new start, new you? With the start of the new year, many of us are thinking of ways to make healthier changes in our daily lives. But it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of information and options out there.

That’s why registered dietitian Sue Mah encourages us to think about our eating habits.
“Healthy eating isn’t just about what you eat, it’s about how you eat too,” she says. “Take time to be aware of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours with food.”

Here are some ways to be mindful of your eating habits in your day-to-day routine.
Tune into your hunger cues. Notice why you’re eating. Are you eating because you’re actually hungry? Or are you reaching for food when you’re feeling bored, sad or upset, or maybe when you’re just craving something sweet or salty? Be aware of when you’re feeling full.

Enjoy meals with all your senses. Pay attention to the colours, textures, tastes and smells of food and beverages. You already know that 100 per cent orange juice is an excellent source of vitamin C. Now, think about the brilliant colour of a glass of Florida orange juice. Listen to the crunch of a ripe red apple or take in the wonderful aroma of a homemade soup filled with colourful veggies.

Eat with others. Connect with others through food every day. Whether you’re having a quick breakfast at home, sharing recipes over lunch at the office or cooking a busy weeknight’s dinner with the family, turn off the TV and other distractions. Take time to enjoy mealtimes
together and catch up on the day’s events.

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