Stop feeling guilty! Some of your supposed ‘bad habits’ are good for you! Don’t believe me? Here are some guilt-inducing behaviors that are actually keeping you healthy. This comes from Quick and Simple Magazine.
- Hanging out with your friends. Do you feel bad every time you put off your errands to meet your friends for a cup of coffee? Well, stop! Researchers from the University of California San Diego found that people who report having a handful of close friends have lower rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression than people who go it alone. Social butterflies also cut their risk of dying from heart disease in half! Why? Experts say venting to your friends relieves stress, which keeps you healthy.
- The next ‘bad’ habit that’s actually good for you: Ditching your “fat free” diet. Don’t feel guilty when you drench your healthy salad in fat-laden olive oil! Research from Iowa State University shows that small amounts of fat help your body absorb nutrients – like the cancer-fighting lycopene and beta-carotene in vegetables. So go ahead! Have a little fat! Just make sure it’s good fat – like the monounsaturated fat in olive oil and almonds. This doesn’t mean you can shove cookies down your throat.
- And one last ‘bad’ habit that’s actually good for you: Working while raising kids. According to a study at University College in London, full-time stay-at-home moms were more likely to be obese than working moms who had families. Now that’s just what the study found – and it doesn’t mean that stay-at-home moms are doomed to an unhealthy life. But it just shows that mothers who work and raise a family can live a healthy life.