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Eating right: 7 tips for a healthier living

We all want our bodies to be in good condition, externally and internally — but most times, we are always in a hurry to eat right.

However, eating right doesn’t have to be complicated; you just have to shift to healthier food and beverage choices.

What you eat goes a long way in shaping your body, keeping you fit and helping you attain or maintain the shape you desire.

The following tips will help you to achieve that:

NEVER SKIP BREAKFAST

Breakfast is the first meal of the day and the most important, but unfortunately, it is also the most-skipped meal as people are always in a hurry that they forget to eat in the morning.

Always ensure that you eat something in the morning no matter how light because breakfast helps in weight loss. Good breakfast meals include whole grains like oats, cereals, etc.

EAT FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Fruits and vegetables are important if you want to maintain good health and attain that great body shape.

Fruits and vegetables help in providing vitamins and minerals that are needed in the body and also in burning excess calories.

Regular intake of fruits and vegetables has also been shown to prevent diseases such as diabetes, obesity, heartburns, among others.

ADEQUATE INTAKE OF WATER

Water helps to flush our systems of waste products and toxins, yet many people go through life dehydrated which causes tiredness, low energy and headache.

Sometimes, thirst can be mistaken for hunger but ensure at all times that you are always well hydrated.

TABLE YOUR MEALS

The less stressed you are when eating, the more your body tends to absorb the nutrients.

Always make sure you are less distracted, and preferably in a sitting position, when eating; step away from your desk, park your car or close that book before you dig in.

AVOID JUNK FOODS

Nowadays, about 85 percent of people live on junk foods and it is the major cause of bloated stomach and excessive weight gains.

To maintain a perfect body shape, choose foods that are low in fat and have fewer calories. Intake of confectionaries of all kinds should be reduced to a minimal rate.

AVOID LATE NIGHT MEALS

Eat dinner 14-15 hours before breakfast the next day. This is to enable proper digestion and excretion before another meal is consumed.

Fight that urge to have a midnight snack and strive to maintain good eating habit.

EAT A LITTLE AT A TIME

Don’t be a glutton. Stop eating before your stomach gets full.

Eating in small portions enables easier digestion and keeps you strong without feeling week and sluggish which a normal heavy meal would cause.

Eat right and feel right.

About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.