Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Healthy Eating Tips

1. Eat only when hungry.
Healthy eating requires eating only when hungry. This is to prevent eating disorders. Overeating, emotional eating, and obesity that leads to loads of health problems.

2. Wash both hands up to the wrists before eating.
This is a healthy eating habit for standard hygiene, to prevent infection.

3. Do not clean the hands with a towel after washing.
This may convey infection from one person to the other particularly viral diseases like infective hepatitis or bacterial infection like typhoid, dysentry and cholera.

4. Eat localized food.
Eat the food that is grown in your area. Locally grown foods contains all the appropriate nutrients for the climate that you live in. Medicine in the food is also suited for bacteria that is locally produced. This is also the same for seasonal foods. Freezing what is produced in the winter season to be eaten in the summer time may result in ingesting medicine at the wrong time, which is harmful rather than healing.

5. Take a pinch of salt before eating.
Taking a pinch (just a pinch!) of salt before every meal help to sterilize the stomach. Salt turns into hydrochloric acid in the stomach, killing any harmful bacteria. It also helps to gear up the acid needed to digest the food.

6. Eat with three fingers.
It is scientifically-proven that eating with three fingers, that is the thumb and first two fingers, cause one to eat bit by bit and hence help in digesting the food. If you are from a culture that uses folk and spoon, take bits of pieces, and not a huge chunk at a time.

7. Eat what is in front of you.
If you have to stretch to get the food, stretch out after the other person has drawn his hand back. This is out of politeness to other people at the table.

8. Eat slowly.
Taking small bites is healthy eating. Chew well and don't reach for more until first swallowing what have been taken.

9. Chew the food.Chewing is the first stage of digestion. Chew the food long enough to nearly liquidify it. It physically breaks down the food and signals the organs to secrete their digestive juices to prepare for the incoming foods. Chewing also makes the food more enjoyable.

10. Swallow the first piece of food before taking in the second.The second taking of food is only after you're done with the first one (after step 8 and 9). Do not take a big piece, nor a very small one. A big piece can choke, while a small one makes one take in more and more before chewing is done because it doesn't give satisfaction.

 
Do keep in touch, as we have only just begun with this topic! More tips will be posted soon!

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