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Avoid These Eating Pitfalls for Your Health

By Sara Butler

Many people try to eat healthy in an effort to improve their health, wellness, and to maintain a healthy weight. There are plenty of things out there that seem like they’re healthy for you, but can actually be keeping you from reaching your health goals. Here are a few eating pitfalls you need to avoid because they’re not actually doing you any good!


Juice is often seen as a great source of vitamins and minerals for you, and juicing your fruits and vegetables seems like a great idea at first. However, juices are usually very high in calories and have nothing in them to help you feel satisfied – all the fiber has been removed! Basically, they’re not going to suppress your hunger and are just a vehicle for eating more calories throughout your day.

Instead of drinking juice, drink water, tea, or coffee. Eat your fruits and vegetables.

Going Gluten-Free

Unless you actually have celiac disease, there’s no reason to go gluten-free. There’s no evidence that cutting out gluten will help you to reach your health goals if you don’t have an allergy to gluten. Gluten-free food also has more fat, sodium, sugar, and calories in order to enhance the flavors to make up for the lack of gluten in the food.

If you’re trying to eat healthier, a better strategy is not to make anything off limits but control the size of your portions instead. Reduce foods with added sugar and make sure you have whole grain foods rich in fiber.

Skipping (or Skimping On) Breakfast

If you’re looking to consume an appropriate amount of calories during the day, then you need a satisfying breakfast. When you cut out this meal or eat just a little bit, you’ll probably end up eating more later in the day. Your metabolism will be more efficient in the morning, so consuming calories early on is going to be a good strategy.

Too Much Protein

Low carbohydrate and high protein diets are all the rage, but it’s not the healthiest approach. Protein generally helps you to feel fuller and keep your calorie intake in check, but eating too much of anything isn’t a great long-term approach. That’s because too much of anything can eventually lead to weight gain. Your best bet is always going to be to eat a balanced and healthy diet full of lean protein, healthy whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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