Being healthy may seem pretty simple. If you eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, you should have no problems!
While this type of eating should be the goal, there are a handful of mistakes that you might be making.
Opting For Fruit Juices
Having the occasional glass of orange juice isn’t necessarily bad for you. However, the ever popular fresh pressed juices may actually be the thing getting in the way of achieving your health goals.
While fruit sugars are natural, when fruits are juiced, a key component of their nutrients is missing! FIBER = helps to give you that full feeling.
Unfortunately, a lot of fruit juices have an incredibly high amount of sugar, especially when multiple fruits are combined. All of that sugar can contribute to spiking and crashing your blood sugar levels. This can leave you feeling irritable, tired, and even unable to focus.
If you’d like to make a better selection, opt for fruit juices that are lower on the glycemic index. Or select juices that are vegetable based with maybe 1 fruit.
Relying On Cleanses
Part of eating a well-balanced diet is eating foods that are rich in essential nutrients. While a cleanse may seem like a good idea if you’ve been overindulging, they can actually lead to your body detoxing too quickly or not getting enough nutrients!
When you are eating well, a few small indulgences along the way won’t cancel out all of the nutritious eating that you do.
If you insist on a cleanse, make sure that it meets the amount of nutrients you need to feel healthy and happy. No matter what, listen to your body, if things don’t feel right take it as a sign that it is time for some real food!
Using Boxed Milk Alternatives
Whether you are using almond milk or soy, you may not realize that those options may be hiding some pretty awful ingredients.
Shelf stable milks may be just the right price, but they are usually filled with ingredients that help them stay fresh on the shelves for so long. These milk alternatives are more processed than their milk counterparts!
If possible try to make your own nut milks. The nutrient levels will be higher and you will be able to control the flavor and amount of sugar that goes in.
This one is a big one! Whether you have had a busy day or just don’t have anything easy to throw together, skipping meals is possibly the biggest mistake you can make.
The body needs nutrients to function properly. Not only does the body need them, the brain needs nutrients too. When we deprive ourselves of nutritious meals, we force the body into a deficit.
If you have a hard time sitting down for three full meals, aim for several smaller meals over the course of your day to allow the body sufficient nutrients.
Just remember, no matter how healthy you are, you may be making mistakes that can lead to an imbalance in your diet. Being reasonable and aware will help to keep your body strong and your overall well being going in the healthy direction you like!
No matter how you eat, always listen to how your body feels when you eat. Your body will be your best indicator of your overall health and wellness.
I’ve just read your blog about food mistakes and you said that skipping meals isn’t a good idea. But what about intermittent fasting? Or the one meal a day-lifestyle? I mean ,you are skipping every time meals and does it mean it’s not good , because you are (in your eating time window )overeating?
Intermittent fasting works great for some women. By not eating for 16 hours or more, the body has no choice but to use stored fat for energy. Using this fat for energy is natural, but many people never do because they are eating 5-6 times per day. So the body has zero incentive to use this fat if you’re always eating.
You can find more details about it in this blog post.
One meal a day could also work fine if you can meet your daily macros and calories requirements. However I don’t think it’s sustainable long term because it can cause bloating, over eating and craving for junk food.
Hello Rachael, I’ve got a question. My grandma told me about this smoothie made of green apples, celery and cider all blended in water. She says that she lost fat and many other relatives did drinking that smoothie. I usually drink it with my breakfast but I was wondering if it is better to drink it about half and hour before my workout or after it to achieve better results. Thank you
Hi lovely, there is no certain drink that can make you lose weight. But those things are healthy and great :) It doesn’t matter if you have it before or after – whatever you prefer xx
Hi rachael, I really want to get your ebook but cant afford it, will you be giving any discounts anytime soon?
Hi Julia, no sorry lovely I don’t usually do discounts xx