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3 Costly Health Mistakes

3 Costly Health Mistakes

During my quest for health, I tried many things that didn’t work and made plenty of mistakes. Some of these missteps cost me time (not getting better), some cost me money and and some cost me both. Maybe you’ve gone through this, too.

You won’t find the common health mistakes of smoking, drinking too much or not getting enough sleep or exercise on this list of health mistakes. Instead, I want us all to take a look at how our obsession with efficiency–with the quickest, most sensible health fix–holds back our health.

1. The Magic Pill Promise

There is a pill to magically take away all your pain. There is a pill to magically suck away all your fat– no matter how much you eat!  There is a pill for everything.

We want to believe in these pills. We want them to work because we want to feel and look better.

Think about it though: How can a tiny little 500 gm pill make up for the pounds of sugar we eat, the bowls of greens that we don’t consume, the shopping carts full of dumb carbs and junk food we replace whole foods, fresh fruits and whole grains with?

The only answer to this question is that it is magic. The ads promoting that pill usually won’t use the “magic” word–but that’s what they’re selling us. These weight loss methods come equipped with a rational explanation for why and how the product works. But, any position or viewpoint can be explained rationally. That doesn’t make it true or applicable to your situation.

2.  The Quick Fix Diet

I am very suspicious of any diet named after a famous city or a single food.

Some examples include the Beverly Hills Diet, the Park Avenue diet, the martini diet, the peanut butter diet and the grapefruit diet. This doesn’t make any of these particular diets necessarily unhealthy. However, many diets framed this way are silly and neglect nutritional balance.

Any diet that promises quick weight loss in a short time is suspicious. Any diet that doesn’t encourage not just a long-term plan, but a lifetime plan, is suspicious. Just because a friend tried this diet and lost some weight doesn’t mean you will have the same results.

A good lifetime approach to food will feed the body instead of just restrict calories. It will balance the body’s systems and organs, it will improve the digestion instead of destroying it. It will take into consideration your own personal uniqueness and possible food sensitivities.

3. Blinded by Science: Don’t be a guinea pig for ‘new’ discoveries.

Nutritional science is young. Just because a scientist has discovered new nutrient XYZ, it doesn’t suddenly mean you need XYZ in a supplement or added to your yogurt.

This new nutrient could be helpful, but no matter how many doctors and researchers are explaining its value in very scientific and convincing language – if it hasn’t been used for long periods of time, you can never be sure of the long-term results on your health or if sticking to a whole food diet is better.

Consider Vitamin C, for example. It is the oldest known vitamin, discovered in 1747. We have been enjoying Vitamin C from the  apples, oranges and vegetables we eat for tens of thousands of years. The lowly orange, contains vitamin C plus THOUSANDS of other nutrients. These include bioflavonoids, MANY other vitamins, many trace minerals, live enzymes, and a host of phytonutrients that nutritional science is just starting to discover.

Many long standing cultures have rich traditions of food science. They have been producing healthy happy individuals for centuries. These cultures systematically classified foods and herbs according to how they benefited the body. The ayurvidic system, for example, even understood acid/alkaline balancing thousands of years ago.

Achieving peak health IS something that you can work towards your whole life with ease and joy… as long as you are not in a hurry and are willing learn.

Have YOU tried out diets or supplements that didn’t work in your health journey?

This article is written by Randy Fritz and contains excerpts from the free e-book The 3 Secrets Health Habits of The Naturally Slim and Healthy – co-authored by Diana Herrington.

 

 

Achieving peak health IS something that you can work towards your whole life with ease and joy.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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10:17AM PDT on Jul 9, 2013

what is crazy is that people believe any of these to begin with

10:36PM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

tyvm...

4:23AM PDT on May 23, 2013

Thanks

4:09PM PDT on May 22, 2013

There are no quick fixes.

2:09PM PDT on May 22, 2013

Thank you!

9:11PM PDT on May 18, 2013

I am on occasion a sucker for the "new" best food to eat- chia seeds are supposed to be good for you- so I went out and bought them. an acquired taste, but at least I didn't waste too much money- and I have to eat anyway...

5:05PM PDT on May 18, 2013

thanks

1:12AM PDT on May 18, 2013

Thank you :)

9:38AM PDT on May 17, 2013

thanks Diana

on money in general (possibly not i think specific to health):

helping others is a great idea (its called "seva" if not expecting reward or thanks):

"Make service your goal
People must also realize that all work and business activities are for the sole purpose of serving others. Without this understanding, strenuous work and business activity produces nervousness and greed for money. Make service to mankind, rather than money, the goal of all your activities and you will see your life change for the better."

http://www.anandaclaritymagazine.com/2009/06/yogananda-luxury-money-god/

8:14AM PDT on May 17, 2013

Thank you

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