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Breaking the Habit

Nip bad eating habits in the bud

grain muesli with raspberriesWhether it’s sneaky snacking, or getting your meals at odd hours, don’t let bad eating habits get the better of you! Take this quiz to find out which ones you fall prey to, and how to fix them.

1. For breakfast, you usually have…

  1. Two roti pratas dipped in curry. Om nom nom…
  2. A bowl of cereal, a bun, or a smoothie
  3. Who has time for breakfast?

If you chose a or c, you need to FIX IT:

Without this first meal of the day, you’ll tend to overeat later – a study of Chinese schoolchildren found that those who skipped breakfast put on more weight over a two-year period than those who didn’t. But what you eat matters too – pratas, for instance, pile on too much carbs and artery-clogging trans fats!

Bowl of potato chips

2. It’s snack time! You reach for…

  1. Salty chips or cookies
  2. Some M&Ms… and end up devouring the entire packet
  3. Yogurt and fruit

If you chose a or b, you need to FIX IT:

These are high in salt and sugar, so it’s easy to overdose on them. A healthy snack between meals – a handful of nuts, fruit, or half a small sandwich – keeps hunger at bay, but be careful not to transform into a “constant snacking monster”!

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  1. In front of the television or computer
  2. Past 9pm at night, when you get home
  3. Before 8pm, and often with family or friends

If you chose a or b, you need to FIX IT:

It’s easy to lose track of how much you’ve eaten when you’re not focused on the food. Also, eating too close to bedtime makes it difficult for you to sleep well since your body will be busy digesting food.

Girl holding plates with cakes4. When you get home after a bad day, you…

  1. Open the refrigerator and eat whatever’s inside
  2. Call a friend to share your woes
  3. Take a walk or listen to light music

If you chose a, you need to FIX IT:

Feeding your frustrations rather than acting on them can lead to a cycle of more bad moods and steady weight gain. Before you reflexively open the fridge, stop to think about what’s bothering you. A non-food booster may relieve your stress better.

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  1. Something I avoid or eat less of
  2. My energy booster
  3. My best friend… I can’t help my sweet tooth!

If you chose b or c, you need to FIX IT:

A bar of chocolate can give you an energy boost, but chances are, you’ll be smacked down by a post-sugar slump. You don’t have to wean off sweets completely – some fresh or dried fruit, or lightly sweetened cereal are more nutritious substitutes for cookies and chocolates.



Kelly Ng
Posted by ezyhealth on Nov 6 2014. Filed under Pop Quiz. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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