We are all guilty of number three.
When it comes to living a happier and healthier life, let’s face it, we’re all looking for a quick fix. Especially if it’s accessible (and comes in a shiny package).
But despite what a heavily-filtered Instagram post (topped with vegan cacao protein powder and some rare form of Amazonian berries) might suggest, simple, novel fixes are not the secret – or even necessary – to obtaining optimum levels of health.
Sure, they might help, they might make you feel good, and hey, they might be really pretty, but this is a gentle PSA that the only way towards a healthy (or healthier) lifestyle is eating well, regular exercise and positive relationships – personal and professional – that fulfil you.
Look, as we all know, it’s a lot harder than it looks, so when we’ve figured out the exact formula, we’ll pass it on. Until then, this is what you can certainly skip in your pursuit to #LiveYourBestLife and #BeYourBestYou.
#1 Instagramming your green smoothie
Will do nothing for your health. Even if it boasts Kimye levels of art direction and you managed to actually drink the thing. Sure, some juices are packed with rich nutrients, can aid digestion, boost your mood and even improve your skin, but a smoothie a day won’t do much if, on a holistic level, things aren’t really where they should be. Remember, there’s nothing that will quench you like still, unfiltered water – no, not even a $$$ bottle of VOSS – so, if you’re #thirsty, that’s probably a good place to start.
First of all, there’s a distinct difference between ‘detoxing’ your lifestyle (cutting down on alcohol, cigarettes and processed food) and ‘detoxes’ (we’re talking the lemon juice variety). The former is great and we should all strive to make healthier choices – however cold and rainy it might be. If you’re thinking of living off juice for a few days, talk to your GP about other options and be mindful that extreme restriction usually leads to weight gain (and, you know, hunger).
#3 Wearing activewear 24/7
Yes, expensive compression tights certainly feel like they, er, tighten things up. But that’s what’s supposed to happen when you wear them for their intended purpose: exercise.
#4 Cutting out entire food groups
If you have an allergy or intolerance, cutting out an entire food group or chemical will improve your health. But, if not, you’re creating boundaries where there doesn’t need to be, and stopping yourself from enjoying – and thriving off – a healthy, balanced diet. If you are worried about your health or eating, consult a health practitioner, accredited dietitian or GP, who will be able to advise a plan suitable for you.
#5 Dark chocolate
Espousing the benefits of dark chocolate is certainly in vogue (just ask, you know, every supermodel doing press rounds) but just because Miranda Kerr and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley enjoy a square for dessert here and there, gorging on Lindt 70% while watching The Bachelor will do about as much for your overall health and well-being as, well watching The Bachelor itself.