Getting rid of our unhealthy habits for a better health is really tricky and difficult, especially if we are committing most of these bad habits intrinsically.
To help you identify the bad habits you need to let go, we’ve listed some common and destructive habits that might left unnoticed. So you better check them yourself if you are actually doing them. Then find a way to remove these stuff in your life. And what is a better way to kick off a new year than to get rid off of those bad habits? So here’s a list of stuff to let go to start the year right:
1. Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners are our number one enemy in losing weight and healthy lifestyle. These artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame and sucralose not only causes our body to store fat and increase our insulin level, but it also increases our risks in heart attacks, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Recommendation: It would be best to stay away from artificial sweeteners. Go for natural sweeteners like stevia and xylitol where it lets you indulge with your sweet cravings without worrying about spiking up your sugar. For fruit intake, consume moderately, especially the high-glycemic ones. We recommend eating more of low-glycemic ones like blueberries. Another thing is to never drink the fruit in its juice form so you can also enjoy its high fiber content.
2. Plastic Food Containers and Bottles
Getting rid of those harmful plastic food containers is a big step in reducing your exposure to endocrine and hormone-disrupting chemicals like Bisphenol-A (BPA), bisphenol- S (BPS), and Phthalates.
The heat, wearing, and tearing of the plastic containers through multiple washing increases the risks in harmful chemicals being leached from these containers. You can read more about its harmful effects here.
Recommendation: It would be best to fully avoid plastic containers and replace it with glass bottles and containers. If not, your second bet is to switch to “BPA-free containers”.
3. Commercial Cleaning Products
Those commercial cleaning products that contain “tongue-twisting ingredients” is dangerous to your health. Start switching your cleaning products with simpler, basic, and natural ones like:
- Baking Soda
- White Vinegar
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Mixing bowls
- Liquid castile soap
- Spray bottles
- Lemon juice
- Organic essential oils
- Microfiber cloths
4. Electronic Devices
Electronic devices distract you from concentrating on your health and well-being, making you more prone into binge-eating and over-eating. The best way to focus on your health is to stay away from electronic devices during eating and sleeping time. Sit and enjoy chewing your food, relish the feeling of those healthy foods and you will find yourself eating more healthy foods and controlling your food portions. Staying away from electronic devices will also help improve your sleep.
Year 2016 is an opportunity to be better so don’t waste this opportunity to make a change and influence others. Most of these habits that we need to let go can be hard at first but with self-control and determination, we can actually do it. All we need is one step forward, one by one, small steps or big ones, we can definitely get there! – Healthy lifestyle and healthy weight.