Healthy Living 101: Five Unhealthy “Healthy” Habits

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Welcome to Healthy Living 101, a monthly health column featuring articles written by Marla Brodsky (RD, LD, BCIM). Marla is a Registered Dietitian and specialist in integrative medicine, with many years experience in clinical nutrition and research. To learn more about Marla, read her bio here.

In this monthly nutrition column, I plan on giving you easy, quick tidbits that can move you in the direction of health by reducing inflammation, healing your gut, and giving your body the nutrients it needs to function properly and naturally.

To start, here are 5 things that seem “healthy” but are actually unhealthy:

1. Counting calories and relying on “diet foods”

“A calorie is a calorie” is not true. The body uses different types of calories differently in storing fat and affecting metabolism. Focus on quality ingredients that are found in nature rather than the number of calories. Your cravings will subside and your body will be nourished.

2. Juicing

While juicing can be a healthy way to get needed nutrients in the diet, most people use mostly fruit sans the fiber, which is too high in fructose sugar. Despite that fructose is natural sugar, it can spike insulin causing the blood sugar boogie and leaving you tired. Instead, try smoothies loaded with greens, berries, avocado, nuts and omega-3 loaded chia seeds to give a healthy boost.

3. Protein bars

Although they are a convenient way to carry a meal in a purse, most protein bars are high in sugar, soy protein isolates, and low in antioxidants. Instead, make time to eat whole food with real ingredients. Your body will thank you.

4. Fat free or lowfat foods

Research is proving that fat is not the villain anymore! Most fat free/lowfat foods contain excess carbohydrates and chemicals to make them taste good. These are the real villains. Healthy fats like nuts, seeds, coconut oil, avocado and even grass fed butter are GOOD for the body and brain. They don’t make you fat. Carbs do by raising insulin, our most powerful fat storing hormone.

5. Sports drinks

While Michael Jordan might need an electrolyte replacement after a 5 hour workout, most of us do not lose enough sodium, potassium and magnesium to require neon blue, sugary hydration drinks. If you do need such repletion, save some money and cancer causing artificial ingredients by mixing orange juice, water, and a little sea salt to make your own hydration solution.


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  1. rach356 says:

    Reblogged this on Crazy, Beautiful Life! and commented:
    Changing my eating habits has brought me to the knowledge that these low fat/no fat, quick and easy meal options are NOT the way my body feels best. It hasn’t been easy, but I have found that it’s much easier to take a little bit of extra time to pack my lunch, or place supper in a crock-pot than it is to fight the attack my body gives my immune system when I eat “lazy”.
    I have a saying that I remind myself when I start to feel too tired or get lazy. “Nothing tastes as good as healthy FEELS”! After years of being sick, I can attest that this statement is true. There isn’t a single thing that I have put into my mouth that makes me feel better than something fresh and natural because I know first hand how it FEELS after eating fresh, all-natural foods vs sugar, chocolate and processed “food”. I’m not going to lie to you and say it has been an easy road, but I will tell you that it has been worth it. Hope you enjoy reading the below blog post.
    Happy Reading 🙂


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