In our day to day life, we have more than 100 choices of food to decide what we can prepare for our meals. Our eating habits are however not controlled by our hunger but largely by our feelings and those surrounding us. However, bad eating habits are going to make you sick. But how do you tell that you are suffering from bad eating habits? And how do you know is the time you change your eating habits? Having an idea of what you are eating and how much of it will be of great help to your health. As a result, in this article, we discuss seven signs that you can use to tell if your eating habits are making you seek. The signs include;
1. Emotion Eating
Eating is a basic necessity for those who want to survive and grow healthy. But not at all time we do eat when we are hungry. Sometimes we eat to keep our mind off of stress conditions. Fast-food is what most people use to relieve themselves from stress. As a result of emotional eating, it is possible that you will end up overeating. There are some different diseases associated with overeating, and examples include obesity and being overweight.
2. When You are Eating More than Suggested Portions
Eating large portions of food is unhealthy. Also, with most of the people, we only fill the plates with comfort food rather than healthy food. Overeating is not healthy for your body in any single way. It overloads your digestions system making it hard to do food metabolism. As a result, there are chances that you will end up with a stomach upset. It can also lead to being overweight and obese. According to research, approximately 33% of the U.S adults suffer from obesity, and a good number of them are associated with overeating.
3. When You are Taking Excess Caffeine
With matters about beverages, I know you are wondering how coffee is a problem for your health. A good percentage of us loves coffee, and cannot take a day without a cup or two. However, taking coffee is healthy for your health as long as it is not taken in excess amount. An excess amount of coffee in your body facilitates storage of more fats. The more fats stored in your body, the more you are at risk of disease attacks. As discussed earlier, more fats in your body result in obesity.
4. Excessive Intakes of Processed Meat
How often do you eat hot dogs, sausages, portions of bacon and other preserved meat? And do you understand how these meats are preserved? To keep the meat fresh, manufacturers use nitrate elements which are unhealthy for our bodies. When taken into the body, nitrates interfere with the way your body process sugar. Also, processed meat is full of sodium which when taken in excess amounts result in hypertension and heart-related diseases.
5. If You’re Eating Processed Food
These days, many people have quitted cooking and are now using processed food to make up their everyday meals. By eating processed food, you are adding no value to your body. These foods are made mostly of comfort foods like burger, and chips. They are preserved by a variety of chemicals that helps to keep them fresh. Exposing your body to such chemicals keeps you at risk of disease attacks. It is for this reason that even children are suffering from diseases such as diabetes
6. Less Sodium Intake
Salt is of great importance in the preparation of our meals. It contains sodium ions that are necessary for our health. Less intake of sodium ions into the body results in diseases such as goiter. However, we have seen earlier that excessive intake of sodium results in hypertension, obesity and heart diseases. Consider taking the right amount, to avoid any related health complications.
7. When You have Difficulties with Sleep
Whenever you feel that you are having difficulties in getting asleep at night, it might be attributed to by the type of food you eat. Poor eating habits such as taking your meals a few minutes to bedtime may also result to lack of sleep. Also, taking coffee and excess sugars may disturb your digestion, making it hard for you to get asleep. Consider eating a few hours prior to bedtime.
In conclusion, healthy eating habits may be difficult to keep in our daily lives. Nevertheless, it is good we be mindful of what we eat, how it has been prepared and what amount is recommended in a day or per meal.
Note: Adopting a healthy eating habit is the most effective way to keep off different types of diseases.