For those of us actively trying to transition into a healthier lifestyle, basic mistakes seem never-ending. Sure, we learn eventually that not all carbs are created equal and salt is not the enemy, but it takes a bit of trial and error to get there.

In the spirit of solidarity, here are 5 common nutrition mistakes aspiring health nuts make on the road to better eating. Let’s do better together!

MISTAKE #1: BAD SNACKING CHOICES

Many of the snacks we reach for tend to be way too high in salt, sugar, and saturated fats. (And let’s face it: that’s probably why they’re so tasty.)

THE FIX: If you want to walk the healthy living road, snack smarter by opting for foods that won’t undo all your hard-earned progress, like dried fruits or protein-packed lentils.

TRY: BeautyMNL Snack of All Trades Ready-to-Eat Snack Gift Set, P449

MISTAKE #2: OVERINDULGING IN COFFEE

As far as convenient and fast-acting pick-me-ups go, coffee is hard to beat. But too much caffeine can lead to, well, a lot of unsavory things. These include hormonal imbalances and even heart irregularities.

THE FIX: Next time you need a boost, reach for a tea bag instead. After all, tea gives us just enough energy to feel alert and satiated without any nasty side effects.

TRY: Teaconcept Happy Tea (Regular: 15 Teabags), P1,080, Ultra Green Coffee, P500, Southern Folk Cacao Farm & Produce Co. Pure Cacao Tea, P185

MISTAKE #3: ONLY COUNTING CALORIES

Calorie counts are hardly enough to determine how nutritious our food is. Case in point: a 100-gram banana and a 20-gram bag of M&Ms are both 90 calories each. We know, it’s crazy!

THE FIX: It’s equally important to pay attention to our macros to make sure we’re getting the right balance of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats in our daily diet. “Macros” is shorthand for macro-nutrients, and when you count them, the ideal is 40% protein, 40% carbs, and 20% (good) fats.

TRY: The Superfood Grocer Quinoa 1b (454g), P550, Take Root Kale Chips Vegan Cheeze Flavor, P220, Healthy Tropics Juice with Moringa, P200

MISTAKE #4: TAKING PRODUCT CLAIMS AT FACE VALUE

Tons of nutrition buzzwords exist solely for marketing purposes, so stay sharp and look beyond them! For example, did you know that Oreos, yes, Oreos, are vegan? (Honestly, we didn’t until today.)

THE FIX: While “all-organic, gluten-free, vegan treat” sounds like it’s made for a wellness nut, take time to read the label first before consuming anything. Go for products that stay true to their healthy word, right down to that sneaky sugar content.

TRY: Raw Cacao Nibs Coated in Coconut Sugar 1/2 lb. (227g), P225, Total Lean Chocolate Lean Shake - Ready to Drink (14oz), P319

MISTAKE #5: NOT ENOUGH FAT

Contrary to popular belief, not all fats are bad for us—like coconut and avocado, for instance. So while we should regulate our intake of fats, we shouldn’t cut them out of our meals completely.

THE FIX: The trick is sticking to the right kinds of fat. To start, opt for dietary fats, such as those found in nuts and seeds, to help with energy, cell growth, and overall skin health.

TRY: Trail Bites Healthy Trail (75g), P87, Made by Maxi Almond Butter - Plain Roasted (240g), P385, Manila Superfoods Flaxseeds (90g), P130

And there you have it! Avoid these slip-ups, and your bod will stay in tiptop shape.

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