Do you ever feel like getting healthy is a full time job? So many tips on how to do things better, or supplements to take, or workouts to do…it can get overwhelming. Plus, I hate doing things that don’t serve a purpose.
While there are many ways to improve your health, I am going to give you 6 practices you can stop doing today. They don’t benefit you nearly as much as we were once led to believe. So, save some time and put that energy toward practices that will truly make your lives healthier! I have literally been guilty of all 6 of these things, but now I put my energy towards healthy habits that really make a difference.
I have talked about this multiple times, but I have to mention it again. If something like calorie counting works for you, then great. I am glad it helps you make healthy choices. But for me, it kept me from getting in all the healthy fats that your body needs to sustain itself. Plus, when I did Weight Watchers, it had furits and vegetalbes as free foods. They are healthy foods, but they do contain a lot of sugar and carbohydrates (especially fruits and starchy vegetables).
I would eat a lot of fruit. I still love fruit, and I am not trying to convince anyone to give it up. I just treat it more like dessert now. At dinner, the kids ask for dessert, meaning watermelon or strawberries, and I love that!
You need healthy fats. Low fat diets are unhealthy. Too much sugar is unhealthy. Fill up on healthy fats and you are so far ahead of where you were!
We have been told over and over that whole grains are very healthy for you. Maybe they are marginally better than other grains, but besides the inflammatory response that grains (even whole grains) provoke in our bodies, they are also sources of carbohydrates, which once eaten turn into sugar in our bodies.
Cardiologist and author of Wheat Belly, Dr. William Davis, says, “The food you eat is making you sick and the agencies that are providing you with guidelines on what to eat are giving dangerous advice with devastating health consequences. You can change that today.”
Cutting-edge research shows that eating wheat triggers diseases like type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. Wheat and grains cause inflammation because they disrupt healthy gut flora and make it difficult to manage blood sugar. By reducing or eliminating grains from our diets, it is possible to reverse certain inflammatory responses in the body, and even cure some autoimmune diseases.
My husband loves juicing. I got used to it, and don’t mind it. It is a great way to get some nutrients in. He would even get a rush and loved drinking it before a workout. We started juicing on and off after seeing the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.
While it was a very interesting documentary, we don’t juice cleanse anymore. We may juice for a snack or with dinner, but I don’t try to lose weight by juicing anymore. It may work for some people, but it wasn’t I think of juicing more in terms of nourishing my body.
Even then, when there is no fiber left in the fruits and vegetables you have juiced, it can introduce a lot of sugar into your body…especially if you mainly use fruits. So, I try to eat vegetables whenever possible and try to make sure we have a good portion of them at every meal I make.
There is no need to starve yourself or do a juice cleanse to get healthy. Just make good food choices, mostly whole foods, and you are on a much better, more sustainable pass to health.
However, you really don’t want to overdo it. It is great for your body to move everyday, get your heart rate up, and strengthen your muscles, but don’t do it to the point where you risk injuring yourself.
And, beyond that, don’t think you can just workout an unhealthy lifestyle. No matter how much cardio, sit ups, and strength training you do, it doesn’t give you a free pass to eat crap.
I did this for so long. I would ton up, and maybe lose some, but never saw the results I wanted. You have to eat healthy. There is no getting around it. So save the time and be nice to your body. Workout to tone and strengthen your body, work your heart, and improve your mood and bone density, but don’t go crazy with the exercise because you can’t control what you eat.
I sometimes feel like I have been taken advantage of. I do believe that a lot of companies are trying to do the right thing, but many times you simply just can’t trust a label. A lot of that is marketing. I look up any products I use on Good Guide and EWG so I can tell if they really don’t have harmful or toxic ingredients.
When I first started on this journey, I did buy some very well respected brands of natural cleaners. Then I found those websites and checked them. I was surprised to find that in some cases they had worse ratings than the ones that were “normal” cleaners. Why was I paying so much extra for something worse?
Now, I make many of my cleaning and skincare products. (You can get access to some of the recipes in my 90 day program.) I do this to save money and because I know exactly what is in the products I use. But, when I do purchase something I make sure to research it and not just trust the marketing.
This, in some ways, relates to the fifth habit. First of all, if we constantly “protect” ourselves from all germs, then how do our bodies respond when they do come in contact with germs. They overreact.
I am all for things being clean. I don’t believe that breathing in all those chemicals is better than a few germs, especially since the chemicals don’t kill 100% of germs anyway. Use common sense and ditch the harmful chemicals.
In addition, skip the antibacterial soap. Studies say that they don’t work any better than regular soap and water. And, you can develop an unhealthy resistance to bacteria over time with constant use.
What “healthy habits” have you given up in search for better results?
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