9 habits that can do more harm than good

Jul!a Jul!a
We all try to live our lives a little healthier for the most part, even if it's just small steps that we're taking. This list isn't a hard and fast rule for every person of course, but it does offer some information to consider when thinking about your healthy living habits. Can you guys think of anything else to add to the list?
08/16/2011
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Crystal1 Crystal1
The first thing I thought of is the use of artificial sweeteners. People load up on the lower calorie stuff, but they're *so* chemically (totally a word).
08/16/2011
wetone123 wetone123
Artificial sweeteners are a main concern of mine as well. Very harmful to the body! I preach to my family and friends about the dangers.
08/16/2011
tooshy tooshy
Drinking diet soda. Very bad stuff for your body...
08/16/2011
GravyCakes GravyCakes
i knew about the flip flop thing, but i still wear them everywhere
08/16/2011
aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
i really enjoy your little useful facts. thanks for posting.

08/16/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
I also make a point not to use artificial sweeteners if I can help it. I don't like the flavor either, which helps too lol.
08/16/2011
tooshy tooshy
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Originally posted by Jul!a
I also make a point not to use artificial sweeteners if I can help it. I don't like the flavor either, which helps too lol.
Have you tried Stevia? It's natural and actually the Truvia brand tastes pretty good.
08/16/2011
married with children married with children
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Originally posted by Jul!a
I also make a point not to use artificial sweeteners if I can help it. I don't like the flavor either, which helps too lol.
I hate anything that uses them, you can taste the nasty aftertaste left in your mouth after eating the artificial crap.
08/17/2011
Errant Venture Errant Venture
Only two of those apply to me. The cardio thing, and the bottled water thing. While I do drink tap water, it is a fine balance.
08/17/2011
Kim! Kim!
I still wear them, although far less this summer than usual since I've been all about dressing up more, but flip flops are also sort of dangerous. Last summer my cousin got hers caught on my aunt's steps (only like 4 steps off of the porch) and broke her ankle and needed pins in there.
As for the rest of the list, well, I should work out in general more so I suppose that's all that applies to me here. I hate hand sanitizer for all but necessary situations. Back in high school, before it was a massive craze, my AP Bio teacher went on about how awful all of that really is and it has stuck with me. I tend to clean with a lot of baking soda and vinegar and some plant-based products.
08/17/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by tooshy
Have you tried Stevia? It's natural and actually the Truvia brand tastes pretty good.
I don't think I have actually. I remember trying Splenda because that was supposed to be close to tasting like actual sugar, but it tastes like artificial sweeteners to me too lol. At this point, about the only thing I put sugar in is iced tea or when I'm baking, so I'll just use the real sugar since I already have it.
08/17/2011
tooshy tooshy
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Originally posted by Jul!a
I don't think I have actually. I remember trying Splenda because that was supposed to be close to tasting like actual sugar, but it tastes like artificial sweeteners to me too lol. At this point, about the only thing I put sugar in is iced tea ... More
Splenda is nasty, it's manufactured. Stevia comes from a plant and is 100% natural. As for baking, I use raw or organic sugar to avoid the processing and bleaching. Besides, it tastes wonderful.
08/17/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
I love how No.9 contradicts No. 7 (vitamins and bottled water).

I'm calling BS on Yahoo for this.
08/17/2011
Rockin' Rockin'
Ugh, the overuse of anti-bacterial products really irks me, but their blurb about it seemed misguided. I'm not sure why it's better to use an alcohol-based santizer than one with triclosan. If you're killing 99% of bacteria, aren't the strongest 1% still surviving? That still sounds like selecting for strong bacteria.

I'm kind of surprised at the suggestion that our bare feet aren't ideal for walking.

With so many brand name placements/suggestions , the article comes across as less genuine.
08/17/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by Jul!a
We all try to live our lives a little healthier for the most part, even if it's just small steps that we're taking. This list isn't a hard and fast rule for every person of course, but it does offer some information to consider when ... More
That's a good one, Sam. I agree with all of them except the bottled water thing.

We have a situation where we have a private well. Our water, literally, comes out of the ground in our front yard. The entire neighborhood got E Coli years ago, because a well a few blocks away wasn't capped properly and bacteria got into our water table. Many people became sick and a baby ended up in the hospital for treatment (his mother and father were drinking bottled water and making his powdered formula with the tap water, "He can't tell the difference." Uh, he almost died.) and even I had to go on antibiotics (which I am loathe to take) after 3 weeks of straight diarrhea. (Sorry.)

So, we have to drink bottled water for safety reasons. But, if your water is safe, I see no reason not to drink your tap water. Ours is basically mud with shit in it. Most people don't have to live like that, though.

I agree strongly with all the other recommendations. I HATE antibacterial soaps. Not good for you at all. Regular soap or detergent gets things just as clean.
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