Here’s another list of common beliefs that may not be as true as you initially thought they were.
Myth: Frozen foods are not as healthy for me as fresh foods
In some cases this is true, but a lot of processed foods are just as healthy, and sometimes even healthier than fresh foods. This all depends on how they are processed.
• For example, frozen fruit and frozen vegetables are usually processed within hours of being picked. Because hardly any nutrients get lost in the freezing process they stay very healthy.
• They are often cheaper for you to buy too.
Myth: I only need to exercise if I’m overweight
A lot of people think the only reason to exercise is to lose weight, but this simply isn’t true. Physical activity not only helps you look better, exercise also gives you energy, helps you manage stress and anxiety, and can lift mild to moderate depression.
• Even if a person is slim, they still need exercise just as much as others to keep healthy and keep cholesterol levels down.
Myth: Missing breakfast is a good way to lose weight
Breakfast is such an important meal. This is because when we’re asleep, we are also ‘fasting’ for about eight hours, so it’s pretty important to ‘break’ this by having some food when we get up. Here are some of the effects of skipping breakfast.
• People who skip breakfast are unlikely to catch up on all the vitamins and minerals having breakfast provides later on in the day.
• If we miss out on breakfast, this often makes us feel hungry later on, so we can end up snacking by mid-morning on foods that are high in sugar or fat.
Myth: I can never eat a cooked breakfast again!
The full English breakfast, if you fry it all in fat, will be bad for you. However, the basic ingredients can actually make quite a healthy breakfast.
• Grill lean bacon, cook the eggs without much fat (or poach them), and include baked beans (compare the labels on two varieties and go for the lowest in sugar and salt), grilled tomatoes and grilled mushrooms, then serve it with wholemeal bread.
• You’ll have a delicious cooked breakfast the family can enjoy that is also healthy and balanced.
Myth: If I don’t exercise really hard all the time, it’s a waste of time
Nothing could be farther from the truth. Even moderate exercise, such as walking, gardening, playing games, dancing or doing other fun things can have fantastic benefits.
• Gardening for as little as an hour a week could reduce the risk of heart disease. So just imagine what taking a ‘boogie break’ or walking the kids to school could do!
• We all need to try for 60 active minutes a day, but there are lots of easy ways to make this up, you might be already doing some!