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Nicolette Colly: Eight ways you’re sabotaging your healthy lifestyle

Written by  Nicolette Colly
Editor’s Note: Ms. Nicolette Colly is as New Orleans as they come. Born and raised in Gentilly, a graduate of Eleanor McMain High School, Loyola University New Orleans, and Southern University Law Center, Nicolette is currently an Assistant Attorney General at the Louisiana Department of Justice in Baton Rouge and fitness guru. Join Nicolette on her journey of healthier living. - See more at: http://www.inthenola.com/news/nola-living/item/3996-nola-girl-gone-green-10-tips-to-get-started-on-a-healthier-lifestyle#sthash.aqojjUdW.dpuf
Editor’s Note: Ms. Nicolette Colly is as New Orleans as they come. Born and raised in Gentilly, a graduate of Eleanor McMain High School, Loyola University New Orleans, and Southern University Law Center, Nicolette is a fitness instructor, personal trainer, and soon to be health coach. Join Nicolette on her journey of healthier living.

Editor’s Note: Ms. Nicolette Colly is as New Orleans as they come. Born and raised in Gentilly, a graduate of Eleanor McMain High School, Loyola University New Orleans, and Southern University Law Center, Nicolette is currently an Assistant Attorney General at the Louisiana Department of Justice in Baton Rouge and fitness guru. Join Nicolette on her journey of healthier living. - See more at: http://www.inthenola.com/news/nola-living/item/3996-nola-girl-gone-green-10-tips-to-get-started-on-a-healthier-lifestyle#sthash.aqojjUdW.dpuf
I used to think that fruit juice, wheat bread, and “healthy” frozen lunches were the best ways to lose weight and be healthy. As I’m learning more and more in my health coaching studies, there are some ingredients in foods that appear to be healthy, but are most certainly not. A simple read of the ingredients label will uncover these sneaky saboteurs!
 
Many products that are sold to us as healthy are secretly adding astronomical amounts of sugar, salt, soy, and gluten to our meals. You have to look past the manufacturer’s promises and the pretty words on the front of the packaging. Turn it over, look past the nutrition facts, and go straight for the ingredients list. The truth is there, but keep in mind there are still certain things that manufacturers are not required to disclose (i.e. what exactly does “natural” mean).
Here are just a few of the many products we’ve been told are healthy, but in fact could be doing more harm than good:
 
1. Store-bought fruit juice or smoothies
 
Even freshly squeezed juice contains a lot of sugar. Because the pulp or fiber has been removed, the digestive system absorbs fruit sugars rapidly. When there is excess sugar, the body will store it as fat. Most store-bought juices have added sugar and even artificial sugar.
 
Alternative: Eat whole fruits or make smoothies at home blending the whole fruit.
 
2. Wheat products
 
Wheat contains gluten, a protein that is difficult for many to digest. Some people are allergic or sensitive to gluten, which causes inflammation in the digestive tract. This can lead to bloating, water retention, and weight gain.
 
Alternative: Choose products made from a gluten-free source like brown rice or quinoa (a grain-like seed). As always, read the ingredients! Make sure they haven’t slipped anything extra in there.
 
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Last modified on Thursday, 10 September 2015
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