At Organic Avenue, we believe balance is the key to a healthy lifestyle. While eating lots of alkaline-forming fruits and vegetables is a surefire way to promote optimal health, treating yourself to an indulgence on a regular basis is also part of taking care of yourself.
Luckily, there are high-quality treat options like dark chocolate and kale chips, both which contain lots of nutrients. But if you decide to go “off the rails” and indulge in something delicious that is not comprised of nature’s finest, here are few healthy eating hacks:
– Eat the treat after eating something healthier. The best options are raw salads or any dish with raw vegetable components. The enzyme-containing water content and fiber of the veggies will help you digest the heavier food that follows (burger, slice of pizza, scoop of ice cream, etc.) Filling up on the nutrient-dense vegetables first will help you feel fuller faster, and you may end up craving a smaller portion of the treat.
- Consume the treat after dinner or as dinner. Eating the treat closer to bedtime will give your body the needed time to digest the indulgence overnight before another meal enters the system for processing in the morning. For those concerned with weight management, some studies have shown that eating in the evening has no impact on weight gain or loss (when compared to eating earlier in the day), and may actually promote fat loss. Consuming less than ideal food in the middle of the day may rob your body of the energy it needs to function optimally, hence the midday food coma so many folks suffer from.
- Eat the treat slowly. Take your time with each bite. Savor each as it is the last. Be sure to chew thoroughly as this will not only stretch out your “reward,” giving your brain a chance to catch up with your stomach, but will help your body process the treat faster as well.
All things in moderation leads to happier life. Be sure to eat well the majority of the time, but when you feel like indulging, do not deprive yourself. Use these healthy eating hacks and get the best of both worlds.