Saturday, 4 September 2010

Bad habit 1: Not drinking enough water

Sometimes thirst is mistaken for hunger and our body doesn’t always show signals of thirst until we are dehydrated. We lose 1.5 litres of water a day through our skin, lungs and gut via the kidneys as urine, so if you don’t drink enough during the day you’ll get headaches, bad moods and poor skin as a result. You need 2.5 litres a day, so that’s a glass every hour. Drink water after you go to the toilet and have a coffee. Always keep a bottle of water on hand so there’s no excuse.

Bad habit 2: Skipping breakfast

Sometimes you don’t feel like it or just don’t have the time, but missing breaky can make it harder to concentrate and reduce productivity. Listen to your body. Don’t eat a huge breakfast if you’re not used to it, just have something light like a glass of milk, fruit juice or a banana. If you really don’t have time, take a packed breakfast and make sure you eat as soon as you get to work.

Bad habit 3: Mid-afternoon snack attack

The most common cause is carb overload during lunch or not eating enough protein. Snacking isn’t bad, it’s just the choice of food. When hunger strikes in the afternoon most of us opt for chips, biscuits, chocolate (yes that’s me) and cake which are high in fat, sugar and salt. Eat a nutritious and filling lunch instead. Have an extra half a sandwich or fruit and yoghurt after and opt for more protein which will give you energy. If you still want to snack, eat fat-free popcorn, dried and fresh fruit and raw nuts instead.

Bad habit 4: The late-night takeaway

After a hard day at work the prospect of cooking can be unappealing so takeaway is the easy option. But most of the time they are high in fat, salt and sugar and don’t contain any essential nutrients. Overcome it by eating something before you leave the office to take the edge off your appetite. Stock your fridge with foods that don’t perish quickly and store emergency foods like cans of soup and frozen veggies in the freezer.

These are not really my habits but I want to drink water as much as I can. My bad habit is when I'm so caught up with my work (not just selecting online iphone accessories), I forget to drink or eat until I am really hungry that my tummy is grumbling. It's really bad.

source: yahoo lifestyle



Life in a home with gluten-free diet, preventing Diabetes 2 and trying to be lactose-free. And a little bit fussy child. It sounds difficult and complicated but not really. It's been roughly ten years on - we have a lot of practice.

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