6 Common Excuses for a Bad Diet

education friday 11-14-14

I love the reactions I get when people tell me about their health challenges and the first question I ask them is, “How’s your diet?”

I usually get the deer-in-the-headlights look, or they blush or just look down at the floor.

That good, huh?

Now, most people do realize at least to some degree that nutrients are important to your body.

But the problem is that there are sneaky little excuses that may pop up in the back of your mind that prevent you from eating as healthy as you should.

And if these excuses continue to influence your eating habits, it’s not a matter of if but merely when will you suffer the consequences.

Let’s take a look at six of the most common excuses for a bad diet that may be sneaking into the depths of your gray matter, see how many apply to you, and explore ways to blast through them and get on the road to better health.

6 excuses for a bad diet

Excuse #1: “I don’t have time to cook healthy meals.”

Really?  No time whatsoever?

But you have time to watch your favorite shows, update your status on Facebook and sit in line at the fast food restaurant.

There are 168 hours in a week, which translates to 10,080 minutes.  Many simple healthy meals can be prepared in 30 minutes or less.

Do the math and admit that you have time to make healthy meals.

Excuse #2: “I work out.”

Exercise is a wonderful thing and if you do it on a regular basis, I commend you.

The benefits of regular exercise are enormous and include:

  • Strong heart health and lower blood pressure
  • Lose weight and/or maintain a healthy bodyweight
  • Better sleep
  • Stress reduction
  • Better mental focus and improved mood
  • Fewer joint and muscle aches and pains
  • Elimination of disease-causing toxins
  • More energy

But I have news for you:  Every single one of those benefits can be undone by an unhealthy diet!

Exercise is supposed to be a compliment to a healthy diet—not an excuse to eat garbage and justify it to yourself because you work out.

Excuse #3: “I’m stressed out.”

Yes, it’s true that chronic stress does make us eat more because the repeated secretions of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol give you a voracious appetite…especially for refined carbs like cookies, crackers, bread, chips and candy.

And although you might temporarily feel better after eating a sugary or starchy snack, if your level of stress remains high, it will just be a matter of time before you’ll crave refined carbs again.

Regardless of how stressed you are, it’s never a valid excuse for a poor diet.  Deal with your stress instead.

Excuse #4: “My medication will help me along.”

Although their benefits vs. detriments are questionable at times, medications are supposed to help with a given health challenge.

But that doesn’t mean they are a green light to eat whatever you want!

Statins are a perfect example here.

A recent study has found that people who took statins in 2009-2010 consumed more fat and calories than those who took the drugs just 10 years ago.

The researchers concluded that it appears that current users of statins don’t feel the urgency to reduce their calorie and fat intake or to lose weight…after all, the drugs will make sure their cholesterol is good, so what’s the problem?

Dig in!

Bottom line: Medications cannot undo the effects of a bad diet.

Excuse #5: “I take my daily multi-vitamin.”

This is similar to number 4 above.

Vitamins are designed to supplement a healthy diet—not to be a replacement for a healthy diet, or worse yet, to somehow undo the effects of an unhealthy diet!

Plus having an unhealthy diet can lead to poor digestion and reduced nutrient absorption—so chances are excellent that you’ll end up deriving very few benefits from your daily multi-vitamin in the long run.

Excuse #6: “I’m not overweight.”

So what’s your point?

There are a great number of thin people in the world who are among the unhealthiest people in the world.

Although a slim bodyweight is desirable because it helps prevent the challenges associated with excess weight, it in no way guarantees that you have a clean bill of health.

Disease strikes thin people too.

No more excuses!

If you saw yourself in any of the excuses above, it’s time to be honest with yourself, admit you’ve been using excuses to avoid a healthy diet…

Then do something about it!

The good news is it’s easy to enjoy a healthy diet that is not only good for you but tastes great, as well as to help undo the effects of a bad diet you may have had in the past.

Here’s all you need to do:

  1. Eat REAL foods

At least 80% (and preferably 100%) of what you eat should be real foods.

“Real foods” include fresh fruits, raw or lightly cooked vegetables, lean meats and poultry, fish, whole grains, dairy, eggs and good fats (like olive oil and real butter—never, ever margarine).

Real foods does NOT include anything in a package with a long list of ingredients, many of which you probably can’t even pronounce.

When you eat real foods, your body can get nourished the way it needs to be.

And when you’re properly nourished, these great things can be in your future:

– You can naturally get full faster, end up eating less overall, and stay full longer (which can help make weight problems a thing of the past forever).

– You can have more consistent energy throughout the day and will be less likely to indulge in unhealthy pick-me-ups like soda, coffee or sugary snacks.

– All of your body’s systems will be more likely to work the way they’re supposed to, which makes you a much less likely home for disease to flourish.

– Your immune system will stay stronger and better able to protect you from viruses, infections and disease.

Now that’s what I call healthy!

  1. Make sure your digestion is efficient

If your foods are not being broken down like they should be, you’re simply NOT getting the maximum nutrition from them…and that can spell deficiency and disease.

In addition, when your digestion is poor, that leads to waste buildup in your colon which can cause harmful bacteria overgrowth, weaken your immune system and make constipation your regular companion.

Accomplishing efficient digestion isn’t difficult–it’s just is a matter of eating foods that break down efficiently together, and giving your body a little assistance if needed.

Here’s the scoop on both of those steps.

Step 1- The right combinations of foods:

In the Great Taste No Pain system,

http://www.greattastenopain.com/great.asp

I’ll show you what foods to eat and how to structure your meals so you can enjoy more efficient digestion, have more regular BMs and likely say goodbye to gas and bloating for good!

And Great Taste No Pain really delivers on the great taste promise—you’ll be shocked at how delicious eating for great health can be, and will enjoy making many of the plan’s easy, tasty recipes.

And if gluten is a concern for you, there’s also Great Taste No Gluten.

http://www.greattastenogluten.com/great.asp

You’ll learn the same food pairing principles as in Great Taste No Pain, plus get a collection of outstanding gluten free recipes and guides for staying gluten free no matter where you are.

Step 2- A little digestive assistance:

Many people who have had a typical junk food diet all their lives may be dangerously low in digestive enzymes.  That means poor digestion and an invitation for countless health problems.

Plus some people “fall off the wagon” now and then and eat some foods they know aren’t healthy or won’t digest well…so they need a little digestive “boost” during moments of weakness.

The help you need is right here–with Digestizol Max.

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Digestizol Max helps your body break down all kinds of foods–proteins, fats, carbs, fiber–and conserves your precious enzyme-making capability.

3- Help your gut flora recover

A bad diet is not only detrimental to your overall health, but it’s also murder on your friendly gut flora too!

And considering this is where 70% of your immune system resides, you need to make sure yours is in tip-top shape.

Although a healthy diet can help encourage a good gut flora balance, since so many other factors (like environmental toxins, medications, lack of sleep and stress) can affect your gut microbes, many times diet is not enough.

That’s why supplementation with a good multi-strain formula like Super Shield can help SO many people.

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One of Super Shield’s 13 superior bacteria strains, Bifidobacteria lactis, has been shown to have high adhesion to human mucus.  That means it will stick to your intestinal wall and keep it strong and protective.

In addition, Super Shield also contains Lactobacillus rhamnosus.  This strain has been shown to stimulate antibody production and enhance phagocytosis, one of your body’s weapons for destroying pathogens.

It also helps strengthen the gut-barrier function, and can even have beneficial impact on autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis and allergies!

No more making excuses for you! 

It’s time for you to make a commitment to a healthy diet…for life.

And what a sweet life it will be, especially when you help prevent sickness and disease into your golden years.

See for yourself how effective a diet of real foods, efficient digestion and a healthy flora balance can be.

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