Following a diet is one thing, but to really know if you’re eating right, you have to listen to your body. The subtle messages that the body sends will tell you. Listen closely and you’ll succeed in choosing the best foods for your body, which includes eating lots of organic vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains. Here are some signs that you’re eating right for your body:
1. You go to the bathroom everyday. Constipation is often the first sign that you’re not eating right. You should have a bowel movement each and every day. If you’re not, add more fiber-rich fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.
2. You don’t have to watch calories. If you have to watch calories all the time you’re likely eating too many processed foods, sugar-sweetened beverages, cheese, and meat. But if you’re eating a mostly plant-based diet, you’ll notice that the body is naturally slim. You don’t think about eating when you’re not hungry and you eat only until you’re full.
3. Your mood is even. While many factors can contribute to mood swings, too much alcohol, caffeine, and sugar can cause mood swings and especially anxiety. Excessive amounts of these foods should not be a regular part of your diet if you want a balanced and peaceful mind.
4. You’re well hydrated. Dehydration is a product of drinking too little water and drinking too much caffeine, sugar and alcohol. It causes thirst, dry lips, dry skin, and dry cells everywhere in the body. Drinking plenty of water and eating lots of high water content foods like fruits and vegetables will keep the body hydrated.
5. You have energy throughout the day. You should feel energized throughout the day if your diet is fulfilling your needs. If you have a crash of energy at 4 pm each day then something about your diet isn’t quite right. Too much coffee or a breakfast that is too high in carbohydrates may cause a blood sugar crash later on in the day. It could also be that you may need a snack in the late afternoon to help keep your blood sugar balanced through to dinner time.
6. You sleep well at night. All sorts of things can keep you up at night including your diet. Drinking alcohol can keep you up as well as excessive caffeine throughout the day. If you eat too much for dinner, or before bed, your liver is continually trying to break the foods down at night, which can affect the body's ability to get to sleep and stay asleep.
7. You’re cooking most nights. If you eat out most nights it’s nearly impossible to control what you’re eating. Learning to home cook well is among the best techniques for losing weight and keeping it off. Taking your lunch to work each day is another way to ensure you’re sticking to your healthy diet.
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