6 things to STOP doing
Want to know what you should STOP doing if you want awesome health and vitality? These tips are simple, logical and with the right attitude exceptionally easy to follow.
This is not a complete list but these are the ones I feel will have the most significant and positive impact for you. I have also provided links to other blog articles I have written should you want more info on a particular topic.
(1) Stop guzzling grains:
This is a big one for me. I honestly believe that everyone can strengthen their immune system and improve their digestive and overall health by cutting these out of their diet. They are toxic and cause inflammation. They are high in carbs so they should also be avoided if you are serious about losing weight. Replace bread, pasta, rice and couscous with good quality meat, fish, poultry, eggs, fruit, veg and nuts. Click here and here for more info. Oh and this one too.
(2) Stop being a slave to your sugar addiction:
Sugar is a weapon of mass destruction and it doesn’t fight fair. Its gets you in its clutches and tortures you with cravings for more sweet things. The addiction is characterised by temporary ‘highs’ and energy sapping ‘lows’. The battlefields are strewn with adults and children suffering from obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Don’t become another casualty – fight back while you still can! Yes I know – a little dramatic, but I am pretty passionate about this. Ditch the fizzy drinks, fruit juice and sweets and beware of the ‘hidden’ sugar in processed foods. Use xylitol or stevia for a bit of sweetness. For those with serious sugar addictions a policy of zero tolerance should be applied. Click here for more ammunition.
(3) Stop kidding yourself:
Many people who are trying to lose weight use the 80/20 principle as a very convenient excuse to have a little bit of this and a little bit of that. This attitude could be what is sabotaging your weight-loss efforts. Keep reminding yourself of your goals and be brutally honest with yourself about what you are eating. Seriously, what’s the point of being ‘good’ all week and then letting it all go to pot over the weekend? That’s like taking one step forward and one step back – you will end up exactly where you started – fat, unhappy and feeling like a failure! Check out this article if you need a reality check regarding what you should and shouldn’t be eating.
(4) Stop downing diet drinks:
They are not good for you on so many levels. Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame are poison. They will leave you feeling hungry and craving sweet food. Is your willpower honestly strong enough to resist this onslaught of temptation? Rather opt for water with slices of lemon or orange, mint and cucumber or tea and coffee (without sugar). Click here if you need more convincing.
(5) Stop being boring:
If you eat the same things every day with no thought given to variety or creativity – you will fail. The moment your food becomes boring, you will lose interest and you will back-slide to the foods that aren’t good for your health or your waistline. There is honestly no excuse. The internet is full of free recipes and meal ideas to put some spice back into your life. Go on, unleash your inner foodie and become a Master Chef contestant in your very own kitchen. Click here for some more thoughts about ‘getting back into the kitchen’. Go here for links to awesome free recipe blogs.
(6) Stop being so hard on yourself:
Every good thing in life is worth waiting for. Rome wasn’t built in a day and your bikini-ready body or wash-board abs are not going to magically appear overnight. Be patient with yourself . It is a process and a journey to be enjoyed. There will be ups and downs, setbacks and triumphs. You might need to suffer through the low carb flu for a few days or weeks. Persevere, don’t give up and in doing so you will become the master of your own destiny ….. well the ‘health’ part anyway, I can’t vouch for the rest.
My next blog article will cover the things you should START doing for health and vitality. So stay tuned.
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