Five Bad Habits that Will Sabotage Your Healthy Eating Efforts


If you read my blog, I'm guessing you like to take care of yourself or at least want to learn how to. Today, I'm going to share five mistakes that I've noticed some people make on their journey to health and vitality. Are you guilty of any of these?

1. Focusing solely on weight loss.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Diets are not good for you. The way to be healthy is to make better choices every day, not drastically cut your calorie intake for a limited period of time. If something isn't sustainable for the long term, you shouldn't be doing it at all. If you diet then you'll just end up piling all the weight back on (and more) when you start eating normally again. If you do want to lose weight, focus on making your body stronger and healthier by eating the right foods and exercising regularly, and weight loss will be a welcome side effect.

2. Giving up after one blowout.

Don't live with the mindset that eating one slice of cake has ruined your healthy eating plan so you might as well have that bar of chocolate and tube of Pringles too. You're only human and one small setback isn't going to be the end of the world. Don't beat yourself up over it; instead, resolve to get back on track and continue eating healthily. The way to avoid a binge is not to think of anything as 'off limits' and to allow yourself a treat occasionally so you're not continually thinking about and craving junk food. 

3. Failing to prepare.

Grabbing food on the go isn't really a good idea as it can be difficult to find healthy options when you're out and about. The best thing to do is learn how to meal prep. You can find lots of good tutorials about this on YouTube, but simply making five boxes of salad on a Sunday night will ensure you have a healthy lunch to take to work every day the next week.

You could also plan your dinners for the week ahead. Write them down on a sheet of paper and stick it to your fridge. That way you'll be able to see what ingredients you need to buy so you won't be caught out when it comes to making them. You'll also have a plan to stick to so you're not tempted to order a takeaway after a long day at work.

4. Smoking and drinking.

Smoking is the worst thing you can do to yourself if you want to live a healthy life. Cigarettes are full of tar, nicotine and deadly chemicals which can cause cancer and other diseases. If you want to do one thing that will make you infinitely healthier, giving up the fags is just that.

You should also go easy on the booze. It provides empty calories and can lead to health problems down the line, from disturbed sleep, to high blood pressure, to heart disease and even brain damage. 


5. Keeping unhealthy food in the house.
If it's there, you will eat it. A lot of people manage to eat well all day long then binge in front of the TV in the evening. Knowing that all those goodies are sitting in the kitchen calling your name can be too much temptation to resist. Stock up on healthy snacks such as nuts, dried fruit, yoghurt and berries so they're readily available for when you feel peckish and won't undo all your hard work.

What are your bad habits? How do you deal with them so they don't mess up your healthy eating plan? Let me know in the comments!


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  1. My unhealthy habit is eating too much junk food and not enough vegetables. When my wife tells me to eat eat vegetables, I just say, ”I am.” Apparently, trench fries don't count. I'm trying to do better.

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  2. I am guilty of so many of these things! The only one I don't do is smoke and drink haha! x

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    1. Well at least that's one thing!

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  3. It's good that I don't keep unhealthy foods in my home because if I did, then I wouldn't be able to resist them and would just gain weight. I don't think I have any really bad habits when it comes to healthy eating, the only thing that happens to me sometimes is that I eat too much when I should really listen to my body and stop eating when I am almost full.

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    1. Same, I don't keep unhealthy food in the house because I would definitely eat it if it was there! I also eat little and often, which helps avoid overeating at mealtimes.

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  4. I’m guilty! Though, I’m not even trying to eat healthy.
    It’s so true, keeping unhealthy food in your home is the worst - the temptation is there and it’s hard to resist.

    lots of love, Jasmin
    // littlethingswithjassy.com

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  5. When there is unhealthy food in the house, it is so hard to not eat it! Haha. You know it's there, so it's hard to fight the temptation. I do want to start eating a bit healthier, I'm pretty good most of the time but definitely could improve. Will make note of your tips, thank you for sharing! :)

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

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    1. Thanks, glad you liked the tips and hope they help.

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  6. These tips are really useful! I especially like the last one, it is so true! For instance, I love Nutella, and if it's in the house, I find myself reaching for the jar for a sweet after-dinner treat. But I haven't bought it in the last month, and to make up for that, I've been visiting my fruit bowl instead and it's made such a difference! And I barely miss it. ;)

    Sneha | lifewithsneha.com

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    1. Nutella is the best! Fruit is much better for you though, haha.

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  7. Wow. . I was always on a diet and now I realize I was doing everything wrong. Thanks for clearing my head and will definitely take those tips into consideration .

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  8. This a great postwirh some VERY important tips! I just came from the gym and these are just the kind of things my trainer would say. Especially not to beat yourself up but to keep trying for the results you want! Lol I try to cut down the alcohol but then tequila happens and those Friday wine nights 🤦🏽‍♀️ 😂

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

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    1. Thanks Lena - yes, it's really important not to beat yourself up but to keep a positive attitude.

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  9. I love the tip about preparing! It helps me so much when I am not stranded without food and hungry.

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    1. That's one of my favourite tips. It's so useful to have things already on hand, or at least a plan written down so you know what you're doing!

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  10. Ahh I feel like I do all of these, motivation is so hard and I’m so bad for focusing on weight loss!
    abbiejadewanders.co.uk

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  11. I am terrible when it comes to most of these. I don't drink or smoke.
    But I find it so much effort to prepare things ahead as I don't know what I want to eat until I come round to needing to prepare for it. (I'm a nightmare if I've not had breakfast and someone asks what I want for tea on the same day!)
    I once tried to follow my own healthy eating plan I devised, which did work, I lost nearly a stone and a half, but then it started creeping back on, so I kinda gave up and thought what's the point.
    I have a lot of food sensitivities and allergies, trying to find a healthy meal in which I don't have to remove or replace something is so frustrating.
    I have also started to binge eat again out of boredom and low mood, which gets me down even more as I am getting married in a couple of years. (and that's not that long to get back into a shape I'm happy with) . It's a vicious circle!

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    1. I'm the same in that until I've eaten, I can't think about the next meal! If someone said "What do you want for dinner?" before I'd even eaten lunch, I wouldn't be able to answer because I'd be concentrating on getting something to eat right now! That's why meal planning's a good idea, you don't have to think too hard, haha. It must be so frustrating to have food allergies and not be able to eat what you want without having to remove or replace parts of it. I hope you also manage to break your binge eating cycle soon. Try distracting yourself next time you have the urge to binge out of boredom or sadness. Easier said than done, I know.

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  12. This is such a good post and I agree with all of these! If I've eaten one 'bad' thing I'll often think oh well I may aswell eat all this other stuff too! I'm also terrible for eating out and binging infront of the TV, I need to get my motivation back!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

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    1. It's so easy to binge in front of the TV at the end of a long day.

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  13. This is a great post! I agree with you - just eat healthy and plan, plan plan! I cannot imagine my life without my weekly meal plans - has been a life saver in many a busy night...

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    1. They're so helpful for busy days, aren't they?

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  14. All true. Another is not taking account of the calories in drinks, especially alcoholic ones, but also lattes, smoothies etc which can be really high in sugar and calories!
    Tracy @bloggerbythesea x

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    1. Definitely. Thanks for adding that. Some people don't realise how much sugar and how many calories are in their drinks and they can really add up over the course of a day.

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  15. My worst habit at the moment is probably eating heavy before bed. As a fitness instructor I should know better ( a la fewer calories is burnt during sleep so all that energy/calories from the meal is converted into fat for storage) but I guess
    it's part of being human. I know very well that if I'm eating late at night that it should a fruit, yoghurt or something light at least, so at some point I need to start doing thst again.

    Johnny | The Travel Connoisseur
    http://thetravelconnoisseur.wordpress.com

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    1. I can be quite bad for eating stodgy things late at night, tbh. I'd rather go to sleep feeling satisfied than hungry, though. We're all human!

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  16. This is such a great post Nicola! I definitely agree, if unhealthy snacks are in the house, they will be eaten. I like to have some dark chocolate in as I usually crave something sweet after meals and a couple of squares does the trick! Thanks for sharing your tips! 💖 xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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    1. I love dark chocolate! It satisfies those sweet cravings without being too unhealthy.

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  17. Oh my god, thank you for all the advice! I really struggle when it comes to bad eating habits so I will definitely be bookmarking this page for when I need it most xo

    Elise // www.elssthinks.co.uk

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  18. argh these can all be very true for me but most of all giving up after one day! definatly need to prepare in furture

    Melissa 🐝 |

    Moonlight Mel

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  19. All of your points are so right one! Especially giving up after a blow out. It's so important to stay positive and keep truckin' if things go south for a bit. norIt's normal! We all mess up sometimes. Also the alcohol is a bad habit because of the sugar content alone. People don't realise how much is in your average cocktail! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yes, most cocktails have a LOT of sugar in them.

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  20. I totally agree with the fact that if something is there I will eat it! It makes life so much easier when the tempations aren't there x

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    1. I think that's true for everyone so don't worry!

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  21. I'm definitely guilty of all of these! I made some lifestyle changes last year and was really happy with the progress I made, I've slipped back into some old, bad habits recently though.

    Francesca x | glutenfreehorizons.com

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    1. That's great that you made some beneficial lifestyle changes. Hope you can find the motivation to start again this year! :)

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  22. I'm terrible when I set myself goals, I'm more motivated when I feel I don't HAVE to do something, great tips.. I'll pass this onto my boyfriend too as he's struggling to keep on the
    healthy wagon!

    Sinead | www.subjectbeauty.com

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    1. I can be the same, actually - if I feel like I HAVE to do something then I'm more likely not to want to do it!

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  23. Great post, agree with all the points. The first one, I have actually given the same advise to many of my friends. Dieting really doesn't work in the long term

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    1. It really doesn't. I wish more people would realise this and just start eating healthily instead of restricting their calories or giving all their money to WeightWatchers.

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  24. My unhealthy eating habits is drinking coffee and eating muffins for breakfast. Sure it taste so good but before I know it, 2 hours later I'm sleepy and have no energy to push through the day. I learned that if I'm gonna eat good breakfast it can't contain too much sugar. This was an eye-opening post, thanks for sharing Nic 🤗

    Natonya | www.justnatonya.wordpress.com

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    1. No problem, glad you enjoyed it and it helped. I love coffee in the morning but I usually stick to just one a day. I also make sure I have a good breakfast to keep me going.

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  25. It's so important to keep in mind of various things when you're trying to eat healthily. I know I have a hard time recovering when I have a blowout... Though, this is where accepting cheat meals/food here and there can help in the long run. Oh man, smoking can cause all sorts of issues - from lung disease to just bad breath. Thanks for sharing these facts!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    1. It can definitely be hard to get back on track after a blowout, but the key is not to beat yourself up and just start eating healthily again. I don't like the term 'cheat day' or 'cheat meal' (I think it demonises food by labelling it 'good' or 'bad') but a little of what you fancy from time to time definitely does you good!

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