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10 Rules You Can Break and Stay Healthy
Eat sugar. Dr. Mark Hyman, New York Times best-selling author of the Blood Sugar Solution 10 Day Detox makes the point that everyone loves sugar because it’s programmed into us. So you shouldn’t worry if you find yourself craving sugar sometimes. It’s normal! Eat sugar once in a while and don’t eliminate it completely and forever.
Enjoy your caffeine. Dr. Sarah Gottfried, best-selling author of The Hormone Cure, advocates a caffeine detox to reboot, but she allows coffee. If you are consuming more caffeinated drinks than water, consider seriously cutting back. But have a cup of coffee daily because it’s good for you.
Eat carbs. Stop demonizing carbs. Paleo pioneer Robb Wolf recommends increasing carb intake for endurance athletes. Almost all health experts allow themselves carbs, even if it’s occasionally. So you have no reason to feel guilty when devouring carbs.
Don’t work out If you are trying to build muscle-mass then you already know that muscle grows faster while you rest. Not getting enough rest may cause injuries that will set you back weeks if not months. So make sure you get enough rest days in between workout days.
Don’t put eating right and exercising on a pedestal. Chris Kresser says, “There’s more to health than food, and there’s more to life than health.” Part of being truly healthy is realizing that it’s a total mind-body pursuit.” Jillian Michaels says, “A healthy lifestyle is not as much about losing weight but gaining happiness”
Stop counting calories. What matters most is food quality, not calories. Obsessing on how many calories you consume a day will drive you crazy. I suggest you do it at the beginning so you understand how your eating habits contribute to your daily calorie intake. Once you have an idea you will be able to control what and how much you eat without feeling the need to count every single calorie in your diet.
Don’t follow a 21-day diet. You become truly healthy by changing your lifestyle for the better. There’s no such thing as a 21-day quick fix.Long-term commitment is not an idea that sells easily but it’s the only thing that really works. ((Source: 10 Habits Of People Who Break The Rules But Stay Incredibly Healthy BY DR. AMY SHAH ))
Get rid of the super-fit celebrity poster.If you want to look like the person on the poster you will need more than just discipline and hard work. You will need to be air-brushed and seeing that Photoshop doesn’t work in real life, it does not make sense to use such images for motivation.
Don’t compete. Stop competing with the number on the scale, with your gym partner, or with Jason Statham. Just like everything in life, comparing yourself to others will only make you feel worse. All you have to do is be better than the person you were yesterday.
Don’t always sleep 8 to 10 hours. Sleep expert, W. Christopher Winter, recommends mini-naps, if possible, to recharge on the days you don’t sleep well. It’s OK to be a little sleep-deprived sometimes as long as you’re getting enough power-naps most of the time.