5 Unhealthy Habits That You May Think Are Healthy

5 Unhealthy Habits That You May Think Are Healthy

There are lots of habits out there that people believe are healthy at first glance, however, upon further inspection, you’ll see that they can actually be really bad for you. The ‘healthy habits’ in this guide can actually be more detrimental to your health than anything. Take a look and see if you’re guilty of doing something that is bad for your health.

Exercising all the Time

Going hard in the gym and getting some great workouts in is fantastic, but not if you’re exercising all the time. You should not be exercising every single day. The body needs rest to make progress, so you should aim to have at least one full rest day per week. You might think you’re doing your body the world of good, but you could actually begin to suffer from overtraining syndrome. You might even get so sick of your hardcore routine that one day you decide to quit altogether. Make sure you exercise because you enjoy it, and not as a way to punish your body or get extreme results.

Firms like Hasner Law PC deal with people who injure themselves, even people who were just walking. Walking is probably the only thing you can do every day without injuring yourself, so aim for 10,000 steps if you want to be sure you’re being healthy.

Eating Nothing but Healthy Foods

Eating nothing but healthy foods might feel great at first, but if you ignore cravings, you will end up binging. Having a little of what you fancy will help you to keep going and stop you from stuffing your face in a moment of weakness. Living a balanced lifestyle can help you maintain your habits because you’re not depriving yourself. I love the 80/20 rule: 80% clean 20% other.

Flavored Water

Think that drinking flavored water is a good way to get your water intake up? Think again. This water is usually full of additives and things that ruin the effect of water, sometimes containing as much sugar as a donut. Drink regular water, and add your own fruit or herbs if you like it flavored.

Cutting Out a Food Group

Heard that fats or carbs are bad for you and thinking of cutting them out? Well, don’t. They aren’t bad for you providing you eat the right ones. Eating things like sweet potato, fish, nuts and nut butter, avocados, and similar foods is a great way to get nutrients into your diet and should not be cut out.

Replacing Your Breakfast With a Smoothie

If you think you’re being healthy by throwing a bit of nut milk and some fruit into a blender, think again. This isn’t a well rounded, balanced meal. For this to replace a meal, you’d need to add some kind of protein, and some healthy fats too. Adding too much fruit can cause insulin spikes that can lead to weight gain. Juice cleansing and ‘detoxing’ is just as bad, so avoid that at all costs as well. 

For a healthy breakfast shake, mix a protein powder with 1/2 a banana, unsweetened almond milk and a handful of spinach.

Don’t be Fooled by “Healthy” Foods

It’s so easy as consumers to be fooled by the food industry when it comes to “healthy” foods. Labels marked “low fat” are usually chalked full of sugar and other additives to make it taste good. Get into the routine of reading nutrition labels so that you know exactly what you are putting in your body.

Tip: when grocery shopping, shopping mainly on the outer parameter as that’s where the whole foods usually are.

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6 delicious low carb alternatives

6 Delicious Low Carb Alternatives

Raise your hand if you have a love/hate relationship with carbs!

I love how they taste, but I hate what they do to my body.

Carbs are in a lot of the foods that we love. They are important to our health because they provide energy for our bodies. The simple carbs, like white flour and breads, turn into sugar very quickly and can cause spikes in blood sugar. You feel the energy, then you feel the crash.

6 delicious low carb alternatives

Let’s Talk Low Carb Alternatives

Now, I don’t eliminate them from my diet, but I am always looking for healthier substitutes. If I want a big cheeseburger and fries, I’ll have it, but not everyday. If you follow a low-carb diet or just want to know some healthy alternatives, check out this list of my six  favorite low-carb substitutes!

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1) Cauliflower

Cauliflower is such a versatile vegetable and is one of the best carb alternatives. A few things that you can make with cauliflower include:

  • pizza crust
  • mashed “potatoes”
  • macaroni and cheese
  • cauliflower “steaks”
  • tots
  • cauliflower alfredo

The list goes on. You can buy cauliflower rice to use in recipes or make it yourself. I always have frozen steamable bags of cauliflower rice in the freezer. My favorite recipe with cauliflower rice is crazy simple!

6 delicious low carb alternatives

2) Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is a great alternative to carb filled pasta. You can cook the spaghetti squash and then scrape out the insides and voila, you have pasta. I used to use the oven until I got a pressure cooker

3) Zucchini

There are many recipes that you can make using zucchini instead of bread or potatoes. Zucchini fries, zoodles, fritters, and chips are just a few of the low carb options.

4) Mushrooms

I love mushrooms! They are so hearty and a great addition to most meals. You can get the big mushroom caps and use them as bread replacements for burgers.

5) Eggplant

Eggplants make another great bread alternative as well as pasta replacement in lasagna.

6) Oatmeal

Oatmeal makes one of the best low carb alternatives. Whole grain oatmeal contains fiber and protein to keep you hungry longer. Oatmeal doesn’t just have to be cooked on the stove. You can use it in smoothies, pancakes, and granola. If you want a big bowl of carbs, consider oatmeal.

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5 healthy tips for busy moms

5 Healthy Tips for Busy Moms

Looking for some healthy tips for busy moms?

I get it. I totally get it. It’s easy to run through the drive thru. It’s easy to sit and eat chocolate covered almonds (my vice) and watch Netflix. It’s easy to eat your kids leftovers. It’s easy to stay in bed an extra 30 minutes than get up and work out.

I get it.

Whether you work in or out of the house, you are busy.

The tough truth that I have had to face is that you make time for things you want to do. Whatever it is, you will make the time if it’s important to you.

We all have the same 24 hours in a day. No one gets more. And it’s up to YOU how you spend those 24 hours.

Now this post isn’t about time management. Instead I’m going to give you 5 healthy tips that I have learned while being a busy mom!

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5 healthy tips for busy moms

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1) Meal Plan

Before you go to the grocery, make a meal plan and include snacks for the family. (This is something that’s easy to forget until I hear the dreaded “I want a snack!”)

Get fruits and veggies. Hummus. Yogurt. Applesauce. Whatever healthy snacks that you like and have it readily available so you don’t always head for the back of chocolate chips.

By meal planning, you don’t necessarily need to know what you will make on each day, but you need to know what you will be cooking so you can be sure you have all the ingredients. This keeps you from saying, “pick up a pizza. We have nothing to cook.”

Tip: Do an inventory of your kitchen and pantry prior to making your grocery list, so you only get what you need!

2) Meal Prep

Not to be confused with meal planning. Meal prepping is actually prepping the foods. If you are new to meal prepping, start small.

Don’t overwhelm yourself. This is meant to be helpful not stressful.

Depending upon how much work you want to put into it, this could take a half hour or it could take a couple hours. You can clean and cut your fruits and veggies so they are ready to eat or cook. Make overnight oats for breakfasts, so all you have to do is grab and go. Make crockpot chicken for protein throughout the week. Mix up some salads. Your choice. Do as little or as much as you want.

3) Skip the Sodas

You already know they are bad and if you are wanting to make a quick healthy change, this is a great place to start. Instead, drink water. If you want to add taste, infuse with fruit and herbs.

4) Replace Your Coffee Creamer

I don’t know about you, but I used to be one of those coffee drinkers that would drink a little coffee with my creamer. I would always get a caramel macchiato when I went to Starbucks.

Now, I have traded my macchiato for black coffee with some stevia and almond milk. (It’s half the price too!) This does take some getting used to so play around with ingredients.

You can get liquid Stevia like this and it’s great in coffee. You can add pure vanilla extract and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Try some cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice for a Fall coffee. Adding coconut oil to your coffee and blending it is delicious and makes it super frothy!

If you still want a creamer, just be sure to check the ingredient list and avoid a sugar overload and ingredients like corn syrup (which is sugar too) and all those crazy ingredients that you can’t pronounce. So Delicious makes a great coconut milk creamer. Thrive Market also has some great options like a French Vanilla Dairy Free option and for those who want to get the benefits of collagen with their morning coffee, you can add Collagen Peptides.

5) Get Moving

Get moving! You don’t have to do an hour of Insanity everyday, but do something. Take a walk on your lunch break. Consider taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Get a fitness tracker and track your steps.

Aim for 30 minutes of activity a day. Not only is it good for your body, but it’s good for your mind. Find an activity that you like and if you need to enlist a friend or join a group for accountability. That can be a game changer. Let me know if I can help you with accountability! I’d love to be your cheerleader!

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5 healthy tips for busy moms