There are certain habits that we have when we are younger, or even middle-aged that effect our body and mind down the road. We may not think about the risks at the time, or we laugh them off, but once they start creeping up the warnings of yesteryear begin to ring with a new and awful significance. Don’t let this happen to you.
The following are some common habits that could be detrimental to your health:
- Drinking too much and too often
- Skipping breakfast
- Eating too fast
- Spending too much time in front of the TV
Don’t stay stuck in these bad habits now or you will be paying for them later!
It’s common for people to snack between meals, but eating when you aren’t actually hungry is a bad habit that you should break. There are lots of temptations, such as snacks in office break rooms, classrooms, and surrounding every register in every store. But these snacks may make you not as hungry at mealtime and they’re often unhealthy, filled with sugar, salt, fat and cholesterol. Meanwhile, by skipping meals you are missing out on key nutrients.
Nutrition specialist, Willow Jarosh, M.S., R.D., C.D.N says,
“Snacking when not hungry doesn’t allow you to practice listening to your body and respecting your body’s natural hunger and fullness cues. Learning to listen to these cues from your body on when to eat and when to stop is vital to reaching and maintaining a healthy weight … and a happy relationship with food.”
Chronic smoking of tobacco is another terrible habit that often contributes to major health problems. Smoking increases your risk of heart disease, cancer and stroke, the three biggest killers in America today. If you smoke, try your best to quit. There are plenty of cessation programs out there. Talk to your doctor about ways to quit. There are also over-the-counter options that work for lots of people.
Over consumption of alcohol has become a major health concern. Alcohol affects every major organ in the body. When it comes to drinking, moderation is key. One to two drinks per day is okay, according to medical experts, but any more than that over an extended period of time will likely result in some serious health issues.
Men in particular are often known for inhaling their food. Eating too fast doesn’t give the body enough time to recognize when it’s satisfied. This can lead to over-eating and weight gain over time. If you are eating with people, make sure to have dinner table conversation and that should keep you at a steady pace. When alone, put your fork down between bites. Eating something healthy for breakfast is important. It is an old cliché that it’s the most important meal of the day, however, without a healthy breakfast you can risk crashing later on. This can also encourage you to over-eat at lunch. Nutritional studies over the years have revealed that those who eat breakfast tend to have lower blood pressure, can think better and perform better at their jobs.
If you relate to any of the above habits and would like help making adjustments to your lifestyle, contact us today for a free phone consultation or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mirza in his Manhattan or New Jersey office locations.