It’s the easier and faster option, and this is the all-too-familiar excuse that so many give after that long day at work, when slaving away in the kitchen just doesn’t sound appealing in the slightest. Fast food has so many downfalls and negative health effects on the body and mind as a whole, but it is still the more preferred option for many Americans on a daily basis.
On those long days, it is hard to resist the temptation of dialing the nearest pizzeria and having them come to your door in minutes with a full meal. Food to go is high in calories, fat, sugar, grease and chemicals that are hard to pronounce, let alone digest. If you do opt for the easier way out, there are a few things that you should try to avoid to at least make your experience a little less unhealthy, in some regards.
One of the great things about take out is that it usually comes packaged in some sort of box or container. Not only is this a great way to preserve the food, but it’s also a very big sign or rather a suggestion. The containers you are provided with tell you that the people who made the food, expect you to have a little left over. With such large portions, most take out establishments pride themselves on filling you up. However, for many people who consume take out regularly, their diets consist of extremely large portions and eating the entire order is something that they feel pride in accomplishing. This doesn’t in any way mean to restrict your intake; by all means, eat until you are full. Perhaps adding in fruits and vegetables or even making a quick salad to add to your food can help you to eat a little healthier and feel full on food that isn’t 100 percent unhealthy for you in the process.
Denying Your Cravings
Cravings are the body’s way of telling us that it is in need of something. Granted, your craving for chocolate cake isn’t a necessity, but giving in just a little to your cravings can actually be healthy for you. Satisfying your hunger in a healthy manner can have you seeing better results in terms of your overall health. So perhaps a small piece of chocolate will suffice in satisfying that itch for chocolate, but eating an entire large slice most certainly is not the best way to address this craving.
When you are busy focusing on other things and eating at the same time, it’s easy to eat and eat and eat, and not realize that you’re eating so much until your plate is empty. Actually honing in on the things you are consuming can help you with everything from portion control to that feeling of being full much faster.
Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.