Having a balanced and regular diet is an important part of staying healthy, especially if you have diabetes. Maintaining a healthy eating routine, which includes controlling your portions and eating at the proper times, can have a big influence on your well-being. Here are four ways to better your diet and eating habits:

Drink water

Studies show that people often confuse thirst and hunger because thirst signals may be weak. Many times, people will eat thinking they’re hungry when, in reality, they’re just thirsty.

In addition to knowing the difference between hunger and thirst symptoms, drink water regularly. Make a habit out of drinking water throughout the day; don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink something. You’ll find that you feel less “hungry” all the time.

Just sleep

If you’re up at night and craving a late-night snack before you sleep, try your best to ignore the urges and just go to sleep. Eating at night and sleeping right after can lead to health issues, such as acid reflux and indigestion.

In the case that you’re too hungry to just sleep, eat a small portion of something healthy. Eat a couple of small fruits or vegetables, such as cherry tomatoes or strawberries.

Ditch the sauce

Changing your eating patterns and habits is not easy, so start small. If you can’t give up french fries entirely, get fries without the cheese or ketchup. If you want a salad, put a minimal amount of dressing on it (or none at all, if you can eat it plain).

Some people have a bad habit of putting sauce on absolutely everything. Try to lessen the amount of sauce you eat and put on foods. Not only will this make your food healthier, it will decrease the amount of calories you take in as well.

Eat breakfast

Many people tend to skip breakfast. However, the saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” does not go unsupported. Research shows that there is a link between eating breakfast and good health.

Benefits include improved concentration and memory and lower risk of getting heart disease and diabetes, according to WebMD. Make sure to eat a fulfilling, balanced breakfast with proteins, fruits, vegetables and grains.

Author: Julie Kang

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