The Most Effective Diet: Listening to Your Body

Posted on July 19, 2012 by rebeccascritchfield

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Hey everybody! I am so excited about my new opportunity to contribute to the U.S. News Blog, Eat+Run. I will be writing a post weekly so you can check it out on Mondays for some realistic and practical advice on instilling healthy self-care habits.

This week’s post is all about ditching your diet and LISTENING TO YOUR BODY. Your body knows what it wants and the key is learning how to listen. Here are the first 3 tips on how to to set yourself up for long term healthy eating habits:

1. Eat within two hours of waking up

Even if you don’t feel hungry in the morning. Eating breakfast gives you energy, helps you focus on the day’s tasks, and can set you up for healthy eating the rest of the day.

2. Wait until you feel hungry to eat.

If you don’t get hungry at least three times a day, you may need to eat every three to four hours in order to find your hunger cycle. Instead of resisting hunger, welcome it with open arms.

3. Practice eating slowly and without distractions.

Most people can finish a meal in five minutes. You need to slow down so you can feel the hunger go away and a comfortable, full feeling set in.

Read the full post for the rest of my advice on how to create healthy eating habits for yourself.

Like I said, you can check out my post every Monday on the U.S. News Eat+Run  blog. I would love to hear your thoughts on this week’s post and am open to your suggestions for future posts!

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