5 Unhealthy Habits to Ditch in the New Year

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A new year is the perfect opportunity to do a bit of a life audit. To figure out what’s working for you and what’s holding you back from health and happiness.

To help you make 2017 your best year yet, here are five dodgy habits to drop in the new year. Good riddance!

1. Skipping Breakfast

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.

Eat up when you wake up. (credit: @beauteactive)

Nutritionists have been singing its praises for years, and for good reason. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. A well-balanced, nutritious morning meal gets the metabolism ticking and prevents mid-morning brain fog and the inevitable 10am cookie binge. So it can actually help you LOSE weight.

A mix of protein, fibre and slow-release carbs will keep you full and blood sugar levels steady. So try munching on oats, yoghurt and berries, or scrambled eggs with spinach on wholegrain. Yum!

2. Eating too much sugar

Get handy in the kitchen and avoid processed and packaged foods altogether.

Sugar is hidden almost everywhere! (credit: @taramilktea)

We’ve all got the memo about the potential health risks of too much of the white stuff. Not to mention its effect on insulin levels and our waistlines. So you’re probably already skipping the teaspoon of sugar in your coffee and passing on dessert. But that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook!

Fact is, you might still be consuming a truckload of the sweet stuff in low-fat foods, cereals, packaged meals and sauces. To limit your intake, learn all the sneaky names for sugar (dextrose, fruit juice concentrate etc) hiding on your labels. Better yet, get handy in the kitchen and avoid processed and packaged foods altogether.

3. Tech before bed

Put down your devices two hours before bed.

Switch off earlier if you want to nod off faster. (credit: @prettyfrowns)

A good night’s sleep has so many benefits: for your mood, productivity, concentration, weight and energy levels, for starters. In fact, a 2010 study even found that those who slept less than six hours a night were 12% more likely to die prematurely than those clocking in at six to eight hours.

If that’s not motivation to hit the sheets sooner, we don’t know what is! And that doesn’t mean lying there scrolling through Instagram on your smartphone, either. Both the blue light and the mental activity can impair your sleep time and quality, so put down your devices two hours before bed. (And check out these bed-time snacks that help you sleep!)

4. Over-exercising

Moderation is always the best approach.

There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. (credit: @meagankong)

Working out is awesome for your mind and your body, but it is possible to take things too far. If you’re losing muscle, zapped of energy or sleeping poorly, you might be a little too dedicated to your work outs. Moderation is always the best approach, so check out these six signs you’re over-doing it if this is starting to sound familiar.

5. Forgetting to drink water

Not only is water vital for all your bodily functions, it helps keep your skin looking bright and clear, and even helps control your appetite.

Water is essential for your organs to function properly. (credit: @emmavsimmons)

Not only is water vital for all your bodily functions, it helps keep your skin looking bright and clear, and even helps control your appetite. In fact, a 2015 study from the UK found drinking 16 ounces of water before meals led obese participants to lose three more pounds on average than non-water drinkers. So get chugging!

Or, if straight-up water doesn’t appeal, make herbal teas your go-to. SkinnyMint teas are made from delicious natural ingredients that aid the body’s detoxification and digestive processes and reduce bloating. The morning blend is formulated with guarana for instant energy, while the night time blend is designed to promote a good night’s sleep as it cleanses.

What bad habits do you want to ditch in the new year? Tell us in the comments below!

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