I'm always telling you good habits to pick up when it comes to your health, but some people need to be told habits they should avoid. Breakfast is crucial, but you're not doing yourself any favors if your daily breakfast is loaded with saturated fat. So in an effort to cover all grounds, here are a few more eating habits you should avoid:
- Feeling Invincible: It's easy when you're young to think that a diet of cheeseburgers, fries and soda will never catch up with you. But these are the habits that, over time, put people at risk for heart disease and diabetes.
- Giving Up Control: Just because a work meeting is scheduled during lunch doesn't mean you have to eat the high-calorie chicken salad sandwich that's provided or grab fast food afterward. Don't let your chaotic lifestyle control your eating habits. Evaluate your schedule and make time to fit healthy choices into your routine, or your health and your waistline will suffer.
- Emotional Eating: If stress at work is building or you're worried about something in your personal life, it's probably affecting your diet. After a tough day at work, beer and pizza often sound a lot better than soup and salad. Stress, in particular, can increase levels of the hormone cortisol, causing people to feel more hunger than usual. Figuring out how to manage your stress levels could save you some calories.
- Ignoring The Labels: Everybody needs a daily calorie budget. To make sure you don't exceed yours, you need to start reading labels.
- Relying On Convenience Foods: After a hectic day, you probably don't want to spend an hour preparing a healthy meal. Knowing this, manufacturers have created a variety of convenient, boxed products. The problem is, they're not always quicker than the alternative--making something fresh--and they're usually lower on nutrients.
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