Bad habits are hard to break. That’s a given. Life can be so stressful sometimes that when we fall into bad patterns, breaking them can take some considerable effort. Whether you are trying to lose weight, get into a fitness regimen, or stop drinking so much, it can seem overwhelming to cut back on those things. Here are 5 habits you don’t have to live with, if you can find the right substitutions to make in your life.
Habit #5: Fast Food
Fast food is not good for you. The reason why fast food brands can charge such little money for their food is they add cheap fillers and preservatives to their food. It’s easy to see how all those empty calories and fat filled items can wreck havoc on your waistline. People get into a rut though with having to work a fast paced job and not having the time to make proper meals and snacks. The good thing is now there is a new fad called fresh casual. This is a little bit more expensive than fast food but a lot healthier. It’s a great option to not break the bank but to still eat healthy. There are a number of salad chains that have popped up including national salad chain Sweetgreen – which allows you to customize any salads they have. In Southern California there’s a great option called Tocaya Organica which is basically fresh casual mex. Chipotle has always been the leader in this space but depending on what you get sometimes the calories can get overwhelming (especially if you do a tortilla and a lot of rice).
Habit #4: Smoking Cigarettes
Who still smokes? The cost alone should be enough to deter you from smoking, but you’re hooked. We get it. One option to try out to help quit are electronic cigarettes. One of our favorite brands is Cigavette comes a full line of rechargeable cigarettes that are so much better for you than traditional cigarettes that are full of tar and carcinogenic chemicals. Plus they don’t have a nicotine amount like Juul and some other of the fad electronic cigarette companies today. Another option are vapes with vitamins. There are really good as most of the products don’t have nicotine. One of our favorite options is HealthVape. So make the change today and move to a product that is better for your body in every way.
Habit #3: Drinking Too Much
There is a line between drinking too much and having an occasional cocktail with friends. If you find that nightly glass of wine turns into multiple glasses, it may be time to consider what you are doing to your body. Wine, liquor, and beer are essentially empty calories. If you have fitness and wellness goals you aren’t meeting, it may be time to evaluate how much alcohol you’re drinking. It may be causing you to hold onto weight or even gain weight in the first place. Try to keep it to 1-3 drinks per week at the most for a healthier lifestyle. If you find that you’re leaning on alcohol as a stress reliever, that’s a problem. Talk to a therapist or lifestyle coach that can help you deal with situations in your life that are bothering you. There are also a number of brands that have introduced ‘social drinks’ without the alcohol. The great thing about the time we live is that there are so much innovation go on today.
Habit #2: Not Exercising
You have to get moving! It’s the only way combined with a healthy eating plan and If you struggle to go to the gym or workout on a regular basis, here’s the key. Get a buddy to workout with you. When you make plans to meet up with a friend to workout or take a class, you are less likely to bail on that plan. Your friend will be counting on you, which keeps you accountable for working out. There won’t be so many skipped gym days with a buddy. Plus, you can even vary up your workout by going for long speed walks, doing an activity together like basketball or tennis, and even just going for a jog together. It’s much more fun to be fit with a friend.
Habit #1: A Negative Attitude
Having a negative attitude won’t get you anywhere in life. If you find that you’re being a negative Nancy or Ned all the time, you’d be surprised at how much this will stop you from living your best life. Kick it. Throw that negative attitude right out the door. You can think your way to happiness and it can be a conscious choice. You just have to make it. Be positive and great things will happen for you.