Welcome to another mini series of articles on our blog. Today we will discuss what lifestyle mistakes women make and why these mistakes can cause health issues.
1 – Fat-Free Dieting
The idea of consuming no fat as a way to lose weight was popular in the 1980s and 1990s. However, this thinking is now outdated. Experts in nutrition all agree that certain types of fats are essential parts of a diet to ensure a healthy heart. Small amounts of fats, including omega-3s, polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats are essential to a healthy diet.
Monounsaturated fats are found in oils such as rapeseed oil and olive oil. Seeds, nuts and avocados also contain these healthy fats. These fats work to reduce the LDL cholesterol, which is the bad cholesterol and is responsible for clogged arteries and increasing the risk for heart disease. Omega-3s are found in fish rich in oil including sardines, fresh tuna and salmon. Omega-3 fats work to lower the triglycerides in the blood, which are linked to heart disease. They also prevent blood clots from forming which can in turn cause a stroke or heart attack. The benefits of oil rich fish are important enough that three servings a week are recommended to those who have suffered a previous heart attack or stroke.
2 – Not eating breakfast
We have all heard about the importance of breakfast. It is good for your metabolism, which in turn helps an individual control their weight. Those who skip breakfast tend to struggle with their weight and typically consume unhealthy foods when they do become hungry. Start the day right by consuming a heart-healthy breakfast including whole grain cereal or a bowl of hearty oatmeal.
3 – Indulging n fattening coffees
Although an occasional calorie filled latte, made with whole milk and full-fat dairy products will not hurt, indulging in this sort of drink on a daily basis is not very heart friendly. Instead of indulging in this fattening coffee every day, opt for a coffee made with skim milk or a green tea that will be full of antioxidants.
4 – Putting your own dietary needs last
Not only do your children need to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, so do parents. Many times women will go to the extreme to ensure that their children are eating meals and snacks that are healthy and then will turn around and eat unhealthy themselves. A well-balanced, healthy diet should be a priority for everyone in the family.
In our next article on Friday we will discuss the final three mistakes that women make about nutrition and lifestyle. Until then, feel free to send us your comments!