But as with a lot of health-related decisions, there are right and wrong ways to eat healthily. Some of us get a bit too carried away and end up making costly errors that set us back in our choice to clean up our diets. It isn’t hard to make mistakes, so keeping a few things in mind will save you the learning experience from goofing up on your own!
So, here are 3 common mistakes that people make when they think they are being healthy:
1. Using Refined Olive Oil
For the most part, there is a common consensus that olive oil is good for you. This is true, but when people they that, they’re talking about extra virgin olive oil – not at all about refined olive oils.
The issue with refined oils is that they generally lack the nutrients that extra virgin olive oil provides. The latter also cooks better, and is less prone to oxidative deterioration because of the phenolic antioxidants in the oil. This process is what makes refined oil lose its nutritious content as you cook with it.
Make sure that when you take a trip to the store, you do your best to get your hands on extra virgin olive oil. At the same time, watch out for these signs to make sure that you’re only buying the best quality olive oil out there.
2. Cooking Healthy Ingredients for Too Long
Organic fruits and vegetables are generally more nutritious than other options. This is great, but did you know that how long you cook your produce can actually affect the amount of nutrients that you get upon eating them?
For example, boiling vegetables often results in nutritious content being left in the water. Frying spinach and kale also reduces the vitamin content in the cooked result.
Read up on which vegetables should be cooked in certain ways. While cooking with some methods can reduce the amount of nutrients that you get, others can actually improve your food’s position on the healthiness scale.
3. Making Quick, Unexpected Changes to Your Diet
For many Americans, I know the decision to diet is sometimes one that appears during the most random of mornings. While it’s never a bad idea to positively change your diet, turning a complete 180° too suddenly could actually do more harm than good.
This actually seems to be the case with the ketogenic diet – one that is becoming more and more popular these days. It involves limiting carbohydrate intake to very low amounts, and forcing the body to survive off of fat for energy. As a result, people often feel lightheaded and fatigued upon making the transition into ketosis.
Make slow, gradual changes to your diet and lifestyle that don’t catch your body completely off-guard. Always consult a doctor before starting your diet, and make sure that it is actually a safe decision.
I’m all for healthy diets and cutting out cheap, unhealthy processed foods – but at the same time, there are healthy ways of doing it. Making healthy changes the wrong way could end up reverting your benefits altogether, hurting you in the process. Make sure you read up on the choices that you’re making, and getting advice from medical professionals to help you along the way.