If you’re confused more than ever by all the conflicting nutrition information out there, believe me you’re not alone!
A lot of us have been blindly following so-called health advice from doctors, wellness “experts” and health organizations for years, without realizing that most of it is doing us more harm than good. Fortunately, studies that disprove once-believed health myths are now making their way into the mainstream.
Here are 5 common health mistakes you may be making and how to avoid them.
- Eating a Low Fat Diet
Did you know the human brain is made up of almost 60% fat? Fats, particularly omega-3 fatty acids, are essential for brain function, and we must get these fats through our food. While it’s important to avoid Trans-fats from highly processed sources such as hydrogenated vegetable oils, there are plenty of healthy fats that are important to include in your diet.
Coconut oil, avocados, cold-water fish, nuts, and seeds are some good sources of healthy fats.
- Restrictive Dieting
There’s no need to eliminate whole food groups from your diet (other than processed or chemical-based “foods”). Being too restrictive for an extended period of time usually leads to food cravings and binge eating.
Shift your focus to eating real nutrient-dense foods right from Mother Earth or at least minimally-processed products made with whole, natural ingredients (non-GMO and organic if possible). My philosophy on eating: The 80/20 rule – eat healthy 80% of the time and leave 20% for indulgences, within moderation of course.
- Consuming Zero-calorie or Sugar-free Drinks
If you’re trying to cut calories by drinking zero-calorie or sugar-free drinks, be sure they are made with all-natural ingredients. Many bottled “health” drinks and diet sodas contain dyes, preservatives, and artificial sweeteners like aspartame and should definitely be avoided. These additives are dangerous when consumed in excess and can cause cancer, among other health issues. And by the way, consuming them will not promote weight loss but will sabotage your efforts in the long run.
If plain water just isn’t cutting it, you can make your own flavored “vitamin waters” at home by simply adding sliced fruit/veggies/herbs to a pitcher of filtered water. Some of my favorites are: Cucumber/Mint, Lemon/Ginger, and Peach/Mango. Here are some other suggestions or get creative and come up with your favorites.
- Substituting Soy for Meat
Although I am not a vegetarian, I eat very little meat. However, I do not try to make up for the “protein loss” by adding soy. Almost all soy in the US is highly processed and genetically modified, which is a definite area for concern.
A healthier way to add high-quality protein to your diet is to choose beans, nuts, seeds, veggies, and quinoa instead of meat and soy. Did you know calorie for calorie, broccoli has almost twice as much protein as steak? You can also add a high quality plant-based high.
- Following a Diet or Health Regimen that doesn’t work for your Body
Each of us is unique and comes to the table with different wants, needs, and health concerns. Therefore, there is no one diet or health regimen that is right for everyone. However, there are some basic nutritional requirements that we all need…and most of us are missing the mark here. We are a nation that is overfed and undernourished, and our health, vitality, and quality of life are suffering for it.
If you’re not feeling your personal best, it may be time to reevaluate your diet and lifestyle and make the changes necessary to recharge your body and revitalize your health so you can live Happy Fit & Healthy and make the rest of your life the best of your life. Learn more about my Health Coaching Programs