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Life Lessons: How to break your worst health habits

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According to the American Psychological Association, 38 percent of adults say they have overeaten or eaten unhealthy foods because of stress.

Half of these adults report engaging in these behaviors weekly, and 33 percent of adults who report eating unhealthy because of stress say they do so because it helps distract them.

Try to be aware of when you’re eating because of stress and not hunger, and figure out what you really need, because it’s usually not food. 

The CDC recommends having one to two alcoholic drinks a day at most, but you’re probably over-pouring!

Researchers at Duke University Medical Center found that students over-poured alcohol into mixed drinks by 80 percent. Cut down how many days a week you have a drink, and pour out exactly five ounces of wine to see what one drink really looks like.

Do you watch TV every night before bed? A Harvard study found that the light from the TV can throw off the body’s biological clock, also known as the circadian rhythm.

“Most people end up getting misaligned by say, staying up till 11 o’clock in front of a bright screen watching TV," said Professor John Burns, Associate Chair for Research, Department of Behavioral Sciences, at RUSH University Medical Center.

Set strict limits on how long you will watch in the evenings, and move the TV out of the bedroom.

Break the habit of not pushing yourself at the gym by switching up locations, choosing works outs you think are fun, and eliminating distractions such as cell phones and reading materials. 

Another negative habit is having sweetened coffee drinks every morning.

The American Heart Association says that women should have no more than six teaspoons of sugar per day, and men should have no more than nine teaspoons. Popular Starbucks drinks contain about 13 teaspoons of sugar in just one drink.

Start ordering your drinks unsweetened, and then add sugar yourself. This will help you realize how much sugar you are actually consuming.


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