Simple hacks to stay healthy

picMost of us want to eat better. We want ways to manage our food intake in a way that benefits us. Unfortunately, we obviously all love tasty meals and might be too lazy to prepare it, opting to simply eat whatever is at hand. Most of us are so busy, we don’t have time or energy to prepare proper meals, let alone proper meals that are very healthy.

We should not give up, though. Just because it’s hard, doesn’t mean it’s impossible. What we can do is consider how we’re living now, then implement strategies to aid us in eating better. In other words, “lifehacks”.

Slow cooker

Instead of preparing meals at the last minute, why not acquire a slow cooker. As the BBC GoodFood blog highlights:

“Slow cookers are cheap to buy, economical to use and they’re great for making the most of budget ingredients. They offer a healthier, low-fat method of cooking and require the minimum amount of effort.”

In this way, by merely having the cooker and using it, you’ll already be doing better than before. You’ll be forced, by the virtue of the cooker itself, to do better.

Use healthy substitutes

We often use the excuse that some meals require unhealthy ingredients. For example, we might say we need oil when baking. Yet, as Livestrong points out, you can use applesauce. It’s the “most common substitute for oil when baking cakes [with] far fewer calories than oil.”

It also matters whether you decide to use built in ovens, electric or gas, water or other items. Ideally, we should also realise recipes don’t need to be followed perfectly. You can replace them with healthier substitutes, so your home only contains them. In this way, you end up only cooking with healthier items.

Go smaller and slower

We might think that we have to clean our plates. There is no reason, however, why you can’t cook and dish less. This puts less on your plate and puts you in a mindset of what is an acceptable level of fulfillment. Indeed, some health experts advise you to eat slower.

As Harvard Health Blog points out:

“Scientists have known for some time that a full stomach is only part of what causes someone to feel satisfied after a meal; the brain must also receive a series of signals from digestive hormones secreted by the gastrointestinal tract.”

Eating slowly allows your brain to catch up, giving you signals that you’re full. After all, it’s not your stomach telling you this, but your brain.

These are just small ways we can better manage our food intake and, hopefully, be healthy without too much strain on our lifestyles.