Congratulations! Your journey was a long and hard one, but you made it and now you are firmly on the path of healthy living. You eat all the right foods (most of the time), you’re a workout beast and your body couldn’t be in better shape. Even though you might be in tip-top shape there are still some health related mistakes you could be making that can put you at risk for illness or injury down the road. Check out these four common mistakes and learn how you can avoid them.
All Organic Everything
Now that you’ve made the choice to live healthy you only want the best for your body, and when you ask most folks what’s best, organic is usually at the top of their list. While buying organic is great for foods like beef or strawberries, it doesn’t make much difference for others, like avocados or eggs. It’s wrong to assume that all organic foods are healthier than non-organic options, or that organic equals healthy. Organic high-calorie, high-fat granola bars and sugary cereals are just as bad for you as the non-organic version.
You watch your calories, avoid meals dripping with fat, but the one thing you seem to always forget about is that sneaky little culprit sodium. High sodium intake has been firmly tied to an increased risk of high blood pressure, and the average American eats well over the recommended amount. Most of the excess sodium we consume comes from packaged and prepared foods, from spaghetti sauce to frozen dinners. It’s recommended that people limit their intake to below 2,300 milligrams per day, and 1,500 milligrams for people 51 and older, African-Americans, and anyone with high blood pressure or diabetes.