We are increasingly interested not only in what we eat and drink, but in how our diet might be affecting our general health and well-being. It has long been recognized that dietary deficiencies and imbalances can cause serious medical conditions. Remember the stories from your school days about sailors getting scurvy on long voyages, until an early nutritionist worked out that adding limes and lemons to their diet would eliminate the problem? That was nutritional therapy in action. Life span, health, immunity, energy, metabolism, complexion, strength, enthusiasm, mental and emotional clarity are all adversely affected by food.
- Do not confuse thirst with hunger. Many times people confuse thirst with hunger. Grab a glass of water before eating anything in between meals. You might be just thirsty and not hungry.
- Try to eat at almost the same times every day for the digestive system to function efficiently.
- Last meal should be two hour before going to sleep.
- Sit down when eating and eat in a peaceful environment (that means no TV, reading, heated discussions, etc.).
- There is a relationship between mood and food. People tend to eat wrong foods like brownies, chocolates, pizzas etc when emotionally upset. Try to indulge in some activity like dancing or cycling and distress your mind.
- Don't over eat just because it’s tasty. Overeating causes problems like indigestion, acidity and creates toxins in the digestive tract.
- As much as possible, eat fresh and seasonal foods.