Many of us make health mistakes without realizing we’re doing so, or realizing the consequences that come along with it. In attempts to achieve our health and fitness goals, maintain a job and aim for career success, we make health mistakes in the process that undermine our chance of optimal wellness. We’ve all made at least one of these health mistakes at some point in our lives. Take a look at a few of the worst ones that have the potential to create long-term effects if not addressed in a timely manner.
1. Skimping on Protein
Not getting enough protein is one of the worst health mistakes to make. Lean protein helps build lean muscle mass, aids in mental focus, regulates your appetite, controls your blood sugar, and provides your body with optimal support. Opt for complete protein sources such as chia, soy, hemp, spirulina, plant protein powder, quinoa, or buckwheat.
2. Eliminating Fat
By now we all know that fat doesn’t make you fat - but choosing the right sources are key. Opt for a several tablespoons a day from raw nuts and seeds, avocado, coconut, cacao, olives, and nut butters instead of oils, animal fats, and heated plant fats for the best options.
3. Avoiding Carbs
Carbs are not the devil, despite what you may have grew up hearing. Not eating carbs can lead to overeating fat, feeling fatigued, being moody, and even mental depression. Opt for “smart carbs” like fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Whole grains are also important but do eat them in moderation if you’re concerned with carbohydrate consumption for weight loss.
4. Not Taking a Multivitamin
A multivitamin aids in a healthy metabolism, better digestion, and overall mental wellness. Be sure to buy a good brand and one that contains 100% of all your daily nutrient needs. I like Garden of Life and Now Foods brand the most.
Your body needs to be active so you can feel your best and stay healthy, however, overdoing exercise can actually cause constant food cravings, anxiety, poor muscle recovery, injury, depression, fatigue, and nutritional deficiencies if you’re not refueling properly. Unless you’re a professional athlete, one hour a day is more than enough.
6. Not Exercising
On the flip side, not being active at all is just as detrimental, if not more. A sedentary lifestyle is in fact one of the leading causes of obesity, depression, overeating, muscle deterioration, a slow metabolism, and poor digestion. Be sure you get at least 30 minutes a day of some type of aerobic exercise like walking, running, jogging, or biking. Yoga, Pilates, HIIT, and barre classes are also great options.
7. Not Eating Whole Foods
Fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and beans should all be regular staples in your meals throughout the week. Refined, fried, and fast-food options don’t count either. These foods help keep you full, give you energy, make you beautiful, spike your metabolism, and they’re all great source of fiber so they help control your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and aid in healthy digestion.
8. Not Drinking Water
How many glasses do you drink a day? Water is key for a healthy cellular metabolism and for keeping you hydrated. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, cravings, moodiness, dry mouth, and constipation. Always opt for pure water (it’s fine to add lemon or lime) and aim for 6- 8 glasses a day whenever you can.
9. Skimping on Sleep
Burning both ends of the candle takes a huge toll on your health in no time. Anything less than 7 hours will likely lead you to cravings, depression, fatigue, weight gain, and general anxiety.
If you make any of these health mistakes, all you have to do is take actions to change that today. Which one(s) of these do you make and how are you going to change it?