What bad foods do you eat right now? Think about it. Some will take no brains to figure out but others can be disguised as healthy food.
Be honest! You probably know eating a balance diet is what you need. Besides, poor nutrition can also increase your stress levels.
Let's start with the most common bad eating habits:
- Eating too fast. This was one of my worst. People didn't call me speedy Cramer for nothing. When we eat fast we tend to overeat.
- Overeating and having oversized portions. To stay healthy a typical woman needs 1600 calories and the man needs 2000 calories daily. The average American is now consuming 3900 calories daily, mostly eating out.
- Unhealthy snacking between meals. Daily consumption of chips, candy bars, ice cream to name a few. I know how hard it is to have a few potato chips.
- Too many refined carbs and sugars. Most excess calories are here. These are easily digested and you get hungry again sooner.
- Too many unhealthful oils. Transfats, found particularly in hydrogenated vegetable oils. Avoid corn and soy oils.
- Fast food eating and Microwave or other convenience foods. Most include unhealthful oils, sugars and carbs
- Drinking too much soda or sugary juices. Being overweight goes hand in hand with having blood sugar problems.
Do you have children? If you are a parent, you are responsible for helping your children develop good nutrition habits. Our likes and dislikes often develop when we are children and are usually difficult to change.
It is important that parents set the examples for the children to follow.
Keep yourself and your family healthy and happy by avoiding or at least limiting the following bad foods:
- Sodas (diet or regular)
- Unhealthy oils, corn and soy oils
- Baked goods such as breads, muffins and cookies
- Microwave foods
Unhealthy eating habits weaken our digestive functions and make it much easier to gain weight, develop diabetes, experience depression, and are the creator of most diseases.
Breaking a Bad Habit
Dr. Robert Maurer, Ph.D., author of The Kaizen Way, suggests how to start breaking a bad habit. Let's apply it to a bad eating habit.
- Identify what it is you need or choose to change. Example: Overeating
- Conciously become aware of your food at dinner time and eat it slowly. Taste every bite. Catch yourself eating slow. Do it for a week.
- Eat a handful of nuts, a boiled egg or a low cal protein bar an hour before your dinner. Do it for another week.
- Order a petite size meal at a restaurant or place half of your food in a to go container before you start eating. Do it for a month.
What small step can you take right now to remove a bad eating habit?
Change is not instantaneous. Building new habits require trust and patience and new neuropaths in your brain.
Have a friend, someone you trust or a wellness coach help you stay accountable to eliminate unhealthy habits.