Bad eating habits sometimes stem from a lack of self-control because of many reasons known to you. Other times, it stems from forgetfulness that later becomes a part of you. I’ve seen people who overeat to manage emotional pain and those who do not eat at all because of piles of work ahead of them. These eventually take a toll on the body making it almost impossible to stay healthy.
With all that is going on around us daily, from a loved one’s death to emotional drama now and then, life not going on as planned, etc., it takes a lot of discipline to maintain good eating habits.
Here are some bad eating habits I need you to break from.
Bad eating habits
- Emotional eating: This is eating based on emotions like anxiety, depression, or even excitement. Your body needs food, not your mind. Eating because you feel down won’t solve the problem; instead, it puts you at risk of becoming diabetic or obese. How? Emotional eaters don’t have the time to check for healthy, low-calorie food because they are more inclined to fast and sweet food to feel good. If you’re an emotional eater, rather than eating, you can pour your energy into meditation, sports, or rest.
- Fast eating: That you’re late for an appointment or you have an exam shouldn’t make you rush food. You need to slow down! Not only might you choke, but you might end up spending your day in the hospital. Slow it down a bit, okay? When you eat fast, it’s easy to become oblivious to the body’s signal of satisfaction. This means you continue eating even when you’re full, which can cause indigestion, including other problems.So, apart from you not enjoying the flavor and savor of the food, you’re also at risk of endangering yourself.
- Eating while lying down: Yikes, this is terrible! How do you swallow? When you eat lying down, you cause traffic in your esophagus, which makes your food go down slowly. Apart from that, you can also cause the food to move back up, which can likely cause you to choke. The esophagus is like a tube. Imagine trying to move solid or even liquid through a tube lying horizontally! Either a back-flow happens, or you have to depend on the force of the incoming solid to push it down.
- Postponing eating: Yeah, a lot of us are on this table. Your body needs food, and it tells you this by making you feel hungry. But in this fast-paced and busy world, we sometimes tell our bodies to ‘shush’ because we aren’t ready to sit down and eat. We postpone eating till after an hour, two, maybe even five! Your body might adjust to your timetable, but you need to know that you’re limiting your body’s nutritional intake. It’s better to control what you eat than skip meals for any reason at all. Ulcer, anorexia, and malnutrition are real.
- Eating without water nearby: Yes, it is a bad eating habit! You dish your food and sit down to eat without having a jug or a cup of water close to you. What if you choke? What if the food goes down the wrong way? It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Consequences of these habits
Bad eating habits can have a lot of effect on our body system. Some effects are immediate, some occur at subsequent times, while others are cross-reactions.
Some effects of bad eating habits are:
- High cholesterol
- Low immunity
Good eating habits to inculcate
I know! I have said a lot to poke your feelings, but it’s all out of love to help you become a better and healthier person for yourself, loved ones, and future loved ones.
Now that we’ve talked about the bad eating habits to get rid of, here are some good eating habits to inculcate.
- Eat lots of vegetables, especially when having a carbohydrate-dominated meal.
- Don’t rush your food.
- Eat while your food is hot. Don’t make eating cold food a habit.
- Add more fruits to your diet.
- Eat more pepper. A pepper-less diet is poor for your digestive tract.
- Drink about a liter of water daily.
- Have breakfast daily. Stop skipping the most important meal of the day.
I understand that entirely stopping these bad eating habits will not be a simple task, especially if you are trying to do so on your own. It’s best to have an accountability partner who can help you break them. If you need time off to reschedule your plans to fit the good habits, please do so.
Whatever you need to stay healthy, don’t deprive yourself of such. You are what you have when others leave. Learn to take care of your body NOW.