You want to lose weight, feel healthy and look good, right? You want it now too. I know.
In all honesty it doesn’t happen overnight. First, there are a few bad eating habits that you may have picked up along the way that you need to let go of. Usually, it is a gradual process as you slide into unhealthy habits. Before you know it, you can’t zipper your pants and you feel like a slug. You might even be afraid to get on the scale.
One thing I know for sure is that it won’t turn around unless you make some changes. It took time to gain the weight and it takes time to undo the damage that was done. It is absolutely worth the effort.I deserve to feel #healthy and energetic. #affirmation Click To Tweet
Here are three bad eating habits you need to give up if you want to enjoy the feeling of optimal health (and maybe even lose some weight):
1. Drinking Soda
Give up your soda. It isn’t good for you and you know it. Have you ever heard it advertised as a healthy drink? No. Because it isn’t. It’s heavily advertised and it’s abundantly available. Soda is also addictive and can be hard to give up.
I used to chug diet cola all day, thinking the caffeine would give me energy. I stopped drinking it September 2013 and have no desire to ever drink it again. I credit my nutritional program for giving me more energy than I know what to do with.
Here’s what you can do instead: Make the decision to do something good for your health and reach for water or unsweetened tea instead of soda.
2. Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners go hand in hand with soda. Diet sodas are filled with them and so are tons of other low cal products. Any time a product cuts down on fat, they increase the sweetness to make up for the lack of flavor. You are better off with the fat as long as you don’t eat too much.
Here’s what you can do instead: Try stevia or monkfruit which are plant extracts and have no calories.
This is a biggie. Sugar has no added nutrition and it messes with your metabolism causing obesity and weight gain. It’s been called the single worst ingredient in our diet today. Sugar can be hard to cut from your diet because manufacturers are adding sugar to just about everything.
“In many cases, they’re adding sugar to otherwise healthy foods and misleading customers about it. It’s not just soda and snacks, either. Added sugar is in everything from bread to salad dressing and even frozen dinners” says Deborah Bailin, an analyst with the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
Over-consumption of sugar is one of the biggest threats to our health. According to The Adrenal Reset Diet: by Alan Christianson, NMD it isn’t just the calories. Sugar increases inflammation and “turns your fat switch into storage mode.”
Here’s what you can do instead: Even though sugar has addictive qualities by releasing dopamine (the ‘pleasure system’ of your brain), you can reduce your sugar cravings naturally. Make the decision today to pay attention to and reduce the amount of sugar you consume.
I encourage you to do something remarkable each day so that you can live a happy, healthy life worth talking about. It takes some thought and action on your part. What will you do today?
Big humdinger hugs,
p.s. This is just one of the many healthy lifestyle tips we dive deep into in our Happy, Healthy Fit (private group). Just so you know, it's NEVER too late to join if you haven’t already!
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