Lies We Tell Ourselves About Our Health

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Are you one of those who read health articles, but when it comes to certain warnings or pieces of advice, you believe that they don’t apply to you? The truth is, some probably don’t, but the truth also is that some probably do and you are only telling yourself those little white lies so you don’t have to make changes that you don’t want to make.

Seriously, all that stuff about smoking- a little puff now and then won’t kill you, right? And who has the money to eat all that organic food, let alone the time to cook it!

Well, if this sounds like you, keep reading about the top little white lies most of us are guilty of at one time or another in our lives.


1.  I’m never outside, so I don’t need sunscreen.

If you think that because you work in an office that the only time you need to apply sunscreen is on your beach vacation, you are doing more harm to your skin than you know. Driving your car exposes you to tons of sunlight. Running errands or even just stepping outside for a breath of fresh air exposes you to the sun, even if it’s cloudy, raining, or snowing. Damaging UV rays are present all the time unless it’s night. You do need some sun for healthy vitamin D levels, but be certain that you are getting safe sun exposure.


2. I’m on my feet all day; I don’t need to exercise.

Unless you are a farm worker, professional dancer, yoga instructor, or professional athlete, no matter how much you might feel that “running around” is exercise, it’s probably not. You need both aerobic exercise and strength training, so unless you are literally running for several blocks each day carrying your child, get some regular exercise.


3. I can’t lose weight because of my genes.

It’s true that your genes play a role in your metabolism, your weight, body shape, and risk of obesity, but that doesn’t mean it controls your life. New research shows that environmental factors and nutrition can make changes to our overall genetic makeup. Eating a plant based diet with whole grains, nuts, legumes, and organic fruits and vegetables can significantly reduce your chances of being overweight, no matter what your genetic makeup might consist of.

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