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These four foods you must stop eating are found in many kinds of foods, especially in beverages. Making an effort to stop two out of the four foods is difficult while the other two “foods” you can do without.
Our lives have been dramatically changed by the over consumption of these foods. I (Aaron) had become addicted to the snacks that were in vending machines and am still struggling with the addition of sugar as I write this post. Two of my friends have diabetes and a former classmate can never drink. Two of the foods had to be reduced dramatically. While struggling with sciatica, these foods have caused my discs to swell and I have a hard time walking a sitting as a result. If you are afraid to start a struggle with sciatica, diabetes, or liver damage, I hope this post will help you to make better choices with how you consume what Dr. Odiatu calls “The Furious Four” (da da duuun! (plot twist music fanfare)). Here are the four foods you must stop eating today!
Your diet doesn’t need any refined sugar. Reduce or get rid of it all together. Roller-coaster energy levels (similar to bipolar), excessive weight gain, and diabetes may result from consumption of way too much sugar.
It doesn’t take much to understand that smoking is unhealthy for you. If you quit now you will see the benefits very quickly. Risk of heart disease decreases after 24 hours and your lungs function much better after 2 to 3 weeks without smoking. You will also notice less coughing and that fatigue will also be reduced in the next few months.
The book of Proverbs states that wine is a mocker and beer is a brawler. But that’s not the only problem with drinking and drunkenness. While alcohol can be used to treat wounds and cuts, there are many lethal side effects that come from drinking too much. Your brain cells are decreased, you age quicker, and worst of all your liver is damaged or you can get liver cancer. I (Aaron) remember a classmate in college who had to go to the hospital after drinking and partying so much. His liver was damaged to the point where he can never drink alcohol again. He wasn’t even 20 years old at the time. Wine can be a relaxing drink if consume responsibly. Other than drinking wine, we tend to stay away from alcohol. We feel that beer and strong drinks containing vodka are nothing more than shallow vices used to temporarily escape from a so-called mundane life.
If you find yourself in a place similar to the experience that my classmate was going through, see a doctor counselor or psychologist. Get your life back on track, be thankful for what you have, and find more constructive ways to deal with the dissatisfaction in your life. We’re sorry if this sounds harsh but we are aware of the damages that alcohol is done to relationships and families, not just the body.
Sorry for camping on this point for a long time. Let’s move on to the last and fourth one.
Do not use table salt with your meal if you can. Too much salt makes you thirsty and dramatically increases your blood pressure. Your body contains extra water most of that water is in your kidneys but also moves through your veins and arteries too much water in your system causes edema or swelling in places like arms hands ankles feet and legs. Some of your foods alone contain too much salt. Foods like pizza, spaghetti, pre-packaged foods, cold cuts, processed cheese, and breakfast cereal contain way too much salt that is not healthy for you.
You won’t be able to completely remove salt and sugar but significantly lowering consumption of salt and sugar based foods will be highly beneficial for your life. You will be happier, more energetic, and you won’t have to suffer the consequences of consuming too much of them. Alcohol and tobacco are much easier to remove once you have dealt with the cravings of these two lethal “foods” that you can potentially consume too much of.
What changes do you need to make to your diet when removing salt, sugar, alcohol, or tobacco? What substitutes make you feel more energetic after eating? Which of these “foods” make you feel like you want to do nothing besides sit on the couch when you get home? And finally, when making a commitment to follow a proper nutrition guide, what results will be the most beneficial for your life in the long-term?
Remember, this blog gives you suggestions on what you can do. It’s not the be all and end all of your fitness journey. Keep fit, have fun doing it, and don’t give up!
You can also find other tips from a great book we’re reading called Fit for the Love of It by Dr. Uche Odiatu and Kary Odiatu. You get access to the book immediately after ordering it on Amazon for your tablet or Kindle book reader (paperback copies may be limited). This book will change the way you apply new habits to your health and nutrition.