With the cold season, the flu will soon be setting in and experts suggest that giving up junk food for healthier options to maintain a strong immune system wouldn't be a bad idea.
Dr Ara DerMarderosian, professor of pharmacognosy for University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and an expert in nutraceuticals and natural foods, have provided guidance to change how you eat and break habits that pack on the pounds and compromise immunity.
1) Don't play "food police"
Be conscious of what and how much you eat, but don't overdo self-monitoring to the point that a healthy lifestyle shifts from being a choice to becoming overwhelming, pushing other activities away and interfering with relationships.
2) Pay attention to true hunger
Listen to your hunger signals and refrain from eating when you're not hungry. Eating when your body doesn't need food can cause you to overindulge.
3) Eat slowly
Eat like a gourmet - enjoy each bite to have, chewing methodically, and truly enjoy the taste of your food. Eating slowly gives your body time to break down the food, which can prevent post-meal indigestion and feeling bloated.
4) Focus on eating
Do not watch television, read or work while you eat. When you're not focused on eating, it's unlikely you'll notice how much is going in your mouth.
5) Avoid eating when stressed
Stress is a well-known cause of overeating and digestive issues, such as heartburn. A relaxing atmosphere, enjoyable company and conversation, and not feeling rushed for time makes for a healthy meal.
8) Everything in moderation
Eating food is pleasurable, so enjoy a few morsels of candy, but limit the quantity.