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Nutrition Mistakes Holding You Back

By Sara Butler

There are some people in the world that have the skill and time to make healthy meals every day of the week and the facts they need (along with willpower) to make healthy food choices when they're not at home. But for most people, it's a challenge to decipher nutritional information and know what nutrient ratios are needed to stay healthy and fit. The truth is, you don't have to have a degree in nutrition to be healthy, you just need to identify what nutrition mistakes may be holding you back from your health and wellness goals. Here are some of the most common mistakes you should work to avoid.

Not Eating Breakfast

You've probably been told since you were a kid that breakfast is the most important meal of the day -- and your mom wasn't simply trying to torture you with that daily reminder. There are a lot of nutritional myths out there, but skipping breakfast and the toll it can take on your metabolism and your food choices throughout the day is not one of them.

Eating a breakfast full of protein and good fats sets you up for the entire day, helping you to have the energy to make it to lunchtime and providing you with the ability to make better choices about the food you eat for the rest of the day. Breakfast keeps your blood sugar steady and your diet balanced, so don't skip it!

Drinking Calories

If you want to control how many calories you eat each day, then you should avoid drinking your calories. That's because they don't provide a feeling a fullness even when they provide calories, so you'll only end up feeling hungry later and consuming even more calories in order to provide your body with that feeling of fullness and satiety it craves. Avoid sugary coffee drinks, sodas, sweetened tea, and energy drinks and stick to water and unsweetened tea or coffee.

Avoiding Fruit

Most people are scared of sugar in all forms, but they shouldn't be. Naturally occurring sugars in foods such as fruit are good for you. That's because when you eat them, you're not simply having straight sugar, you're also getting fiber and a variety of nutrients your body needs to stay healthy.  Don't shy away from fruit, but instead enjoy it in moderation and make it a part of your healthy eating plan.

Don't let these mistakes hold you back from being the healthiest you can be!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Long Beach, Calif.

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