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New Delhi– There is no escaping the fact that there are no shortcuts to healthy eating, which is the only way to achieve holistic and lasting wellness.

Millennials, who make up about two-thirds of India’s consumer market, are also known for their unhealthy eating habits, which explains the high percentage of millennials struggling with lifestyle-related diseases. However, in recent times, millennials are becoming aware of healthy eating habits for good health and well-being. So, if you too are a millennial and taking the first step towards healthy living, the following healthy eating habits can help you complete your journey to health:

* Set a schedule and stick to it: Setting a schedule and sticking to it religiously will help you discipline your own eating habits. To perfect the habit, grab a journal and write down everything that gets into your belly. Also, keep a close eye on calorie intake. And count how much you need and how much you spend. This calculation will help you continue to adjust your consumption and expenses and, accordingly, adjust your eating habits. In 21 days, you will see a considerable change in your eating habits and if you feel it, do not hesitate to take the help of a professional nutritionist in the journey.

* Evaluate needs and never skip meals: Depending on the activity and the job, nutritional needs vary from one person to another. Your body’s macro and micronutrient needs are unique, so you must first assess your needs and then develop a plan accordingly. Also, it is important for millennials never to skip meals, and even there is no harm in snacking between meals to calm their feelings of hunger. Rather than opting for fried foods, popped chips, dark chocolates and energy bars are a healthy and filling snack option.

*Choose wisely and say no to junk food: Millennials are part of a specific lifestyle and work culture and therefore eating out is natural for this segment of the population. The option isn’t the best from a health perspective, but you can still choose smartly on those party nights or weekends to save your health plans to go haywire. One of the smartest things you can do is to avoid junk food and instead opt for healthier options available on the menu. Consuming colas and alcohol should also be off your list, as both of these things can seriously harm your long-term health.

*Choose foods over supplements: Convenience and nutrition are the challenge for most millennials today. To stay healthy, it’s important to read the label carefully to know what went into the making of the product. Also evaluate the nutritional information, especially the fat, sugar and carbohydrate content before buying. “Make sure the products you consume are free from added sugar and unnatural substances,” says Apoorva Gururaj, co-founder of Sugar leads to many lifestyle diseases, so it’s best to avoid it. Another important healthy eating habit is to keep fluid intake to a maximum. Water not only maintains our body temperature but also helps flush toxins from our system. Also avoid sugary drinks.

* Consider plant-based options: Plant-based diets are becoming increasingly popular and for good reason. Vegan products contain all essential nutrients and are quite easy for our system to digest. In fact, vegan products are now recommended to get rid of many lifestyle diseases, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart problems, among others. Vipen Jain, founder of Fitspire, reveals that the craze for vegan supplements is on the rise among athletes, bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts. These herbal supplements do not cause bloating and help in quick and rapid muscle recovery.

* Dinner before 8pm: Eating something heavy after sunset is not recommended according to our circadian rhythm and therefore you should try to have your last meal of the day before 8pm. If you can’t eat before 8 am, it’s best to have a light dinner, the preferred option being a green salad or a cup of milk. Also be sure to walk for at least 10-15 minutes after dinner to help the body digest food properly.

Eating healthy isn’t rocket science. However, this requires careful planning and dogged determination, especially when it comes to implementing the schedule and adhering to basic health and nutrition principles. The good thing is that you don’t need to follow fad diets or fancy ideas for good health. Just follow the fundamental ground rules, keep a close eye on your body’s unique needs, and you’ll be sure to reach your health goals effortlessly. (IANS)