Hi Friends! Happy September! With the start of a new month and back to school season, I thought it would be fun to share a few Food, Fitness, and Life Habits I No Longer Have. Which means these are things I used to think were ‘healthy’ but over time I learned that I was not making the best choices for my body and not making it stronger.
I also wanted to share these because with the start of a new season I think it’s a great time to establish new routines, kick bad habits, and/or try something new. I initially had this as one long post and then realized it would more readable if I broke it up. So today I’m going to share Food and Diet habits I no longer have and be on the lookout for Part 2 next week. Here we go!
Drinking Diet Soda
Omg I used to LOVE some Diet Coke with lime, like I’m talking 1-2 cans a dayyyy! I used to think I was being ‘healthy’ because it was diet. Well now there is so much more research into sugar alternatives and their negative effects on the body. I luckily was able to ditch the diet soda about 9 years ago and haven’t gone back!
Now a days I rely on our Soda Stream for some sparkling water, plain or occasionally with a little fresh lemon juice. Or I purchase La Croix or Kombucha. And of course I try to stay hydrated by drinking plain water throughout the day. There are so many great alternatives to soda out there, just read ingredients labels and make sure what you’re drinking doesn’t have any added sugar.
Remember a few years ago when we all believed that by buying low-fat dairy products they were going to help us lose weight. Well let me tell you, Fat is NOT making you ‘fat’, it’s actually sugar and processed foods. More research has shown now, that low-fat products are actually more processed. Our bodies have a much harder time digesting processed foods and the natural fat in products has actually been proven to be really good for us. I’m not talking about eating full fat cheesecake, rather other dairy products such as yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese, and butter.
Now I don’t eat dairy everyday, but when I do I make sure I purchase cheeses near the deli that are full fat and don’t have additives or preservatives like yellow dye, yuck! And I try to eat many healthy fats throughout the day such as olive oil, avocado, nuts, and seeds.
Buying Pre-Made Spice Packets
I get the convenience of a taco seasoning packet, but have you ever looked at the ingredients label? Some brands have gotten a lot better, but anytime you see a word you can’t pronounce or the phrase ‘natural flavoring’ those could mean anything and it most likely is not ‘natural’. Instead I buy organic spices and make my own seasonings.
You’ll be amazed that with just a few spices you can make a taco (here’s my favorite recipe), fajita, bbq, or all-purpose seasoning blend. I actually try to make everything from spice mixes to sauces, to salad dressings from scratch. It’s incredible easy and SO much better for you. I now have probably well over 40 spices, all different oils and vinegars and stay far far away from the pre-made spices and condiments aisle. And Here is my Pinterest Board dedicated to Spice and Sauce Recipes.
Watching Calories instead of Ingredients
Those advertisers and marketers sure know how to get us, because many will fall for ‘Only 100 calories’ rather than ‘Just 5 Simple Ingredients’. I also cringe when I hear people look at the calories in say a Larabar, that is made with real simple ingredients, and say ‘that’s too much’ and reach for a 100-calorie cookie snack pack instead. Ingredients are SO MUCH more important than calories. If you eat real food, your body will be able to use what it needs and naturally get rid of the rest, it really is that simple. When you eat processed foods, which are usually filled with additives and preservatives your body doesn’t know how to break them down leaving you feeling sluggish, still hungry, and/or bloated.
So yes the Larabar may have more calories, but your body is going to thank you in the long run. I will never be one to count calories or macronutrients. I believe that if we eat real food (with the occasional treats of course) you will be able to reach your health and fitness goals and find a balanced healthy lifestyle.
Trying to have the Perfect Diet
Last but certainly not least. I used to get carried away with my ‘cheat days’ which were typically Sundays. They involved an indulgent breakfast, followed by snacking all day, a big dinner and dessert. Then I was lying on the couch beyond full I told myself, “I’m never eating ______ again”. And I thought on Monday I would start with the perfect diet. I can’t tell you how many years that went on. Until I realized, I’m never going to be able to give up pizza or dessert, so I just need to work them into my diet.
Now that doesn’t mean if I’m craving pizza and ice cream I give into it every single time, rather every so often. I try to spread a few indulgences out throughout the week and honestly crave healthy food almost immediately after.
I don’t believe in diets so you will never read about me being completely Paleo, Keto, Gluten-free, Sugar-Free, etc. rather I’ve found what works best for me and makes me feel my best. If you want to read about the meals I plan each week you can check out my Food and Fitness Week in Reviews.
Be sure to come back next week where I’ll share a few Fitness and Life Habits I No Longer Have in Part 2 of this series. Thanks for reading the blog today. Have a great weekend!
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Questions of the Day:
What’s a food habit you once thought was ‘healthy’?
Did you establish any new routines recently?
Tell me about a bad habit you recently kicked.