6 Things You Need To Stop Doing Right Now to Be Healthier

by Hannah Seda
Hannah's 6 Things to Stop Post Every now and then we all need a kick in the rear to get us back into gear. Well, here it is. It’s time to stop the bad habits, and create new ones––stat!

Stop focusing on being skinny & start focusing on being healthy.

Living healthy is about feeling good about yourself. It’s not about fitting into someone else’s idea of what “healthy,” “happy” or “pretty” looks like. It’s about you and your ability to look at yourself in the mirror and find your own self worth. My advice: throw out that bathroom scale! Scales reinforce the idea that skinny equals happy and healthy, and that’s just not true.

Stop forcing yourself to eat only salads.

There are plenty of other vegetables to eat. The darker and greener the vegetable, the healthier it is for you. Consider veggies such as broccoli, asparagus, green beans, and snap peas instead of just salads all the time.

Stop snacking and start eating.

Learning to eat qualitatively––instead of snacking arbitrarily––is important for any lazy girl trying to live healthier. Eating between meals is good for the metabolism and to ward off unnecessary hunger, BUT don’t open a bag of cookies or potato chips and call it “eating” because it’s not. It’s snacking, and there is a difference. “Snack foods” are designed to keep you wanting more and are generally filled with an astounding amount of sugar, empty calories and have a shelf life of forever. Between meals, eat whole foods such as an apple with a few almonds, a banana with a tablespoon of peanut butter, or plain yogurt with fruit.

Stop eating high fructose corn syrup (a.k.a. corn sugar).

I keep a special soap box reserved from which to shout the evils of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS, a.k.a. corn sugar). But to save you all from a rant, I’ll just say this: HFCS is a marker for highly //www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/high-fructose-corn-syrup_b_4256220.html" target="_blank">processed foods. It contains mercury and chemicals that are so new, we haven’t been able to study them or their effects. Also, the human body does not know what to do with HFCS. When ingested, HFCS bypassed the sugar “traffic cops” of the body, and goes straight into the liver. Once in the liver, it builds up and can cause //www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/abundance-of-fructose-not-good-for-the-liver-heart" target="_blank">fatty liver disease. Now, this is not a reason to switch to artificial sweeteners because those can be can be //www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/artificial-sweeteners/art-20046936" target="_blank">just as bad. This is just another tip to help you choose which foods to eat and which foods not to eat.

Stop juicing.

Juicing seems rather ridiculous and counter intuitive. When you juice, you take the //www.livestrong.com/article/533199-does-juicing-vegetables-give-you-the-same-nutrition/" target="_blank">Dietary fiber out of the fruit or vegetable you’re juicing. Fiber is what makes you feel full after eating an orange or an apple. So when you remove the fiber, all you’re getting is the sugary juice. Sure, there are nutrients in the juice you’ve made, but without the fiber to tell your body you’re full, you’re going to consume a lot more calories and sugar than your daily recommended allowance. Plus, fiber also helps the body absorb nutrients from foods. So even if you’re getting a nutrient-filled juice, you’re likely not absorbing as much of the nutrients had you just eaten the fruit or veggie to begin with.

Stop eating in the car.

You should actively participate in the physical act of eating food. If you’re driving a car, you can’t actively engage with eating and it becomes a mindless activity. That’s not to say you should let yourself starve until you get home from work. Just don’t make a habit out of eating in your car. I’ll also add that, for the same reasons, you shouldn’t eat in front of the TV. I don’t want you to take this post and feel shame of blame. Instead, I’m here to encourage you––help you––change your lifestyle for the better. I have been guilty of doing some of these things. How about you?