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8 Performance Enhancing Healthy Eating Habits for Busy People

8 Performance Enhancing Healthy Eating Habits for Busy People

For anyone who is looking to help themselves get into a healthier and more enjoyable frame of mind mentally, we have created the perfect list for you to follow. This should give you all the information and advice that you could possibly need about creating the right kind of healthy eating habits, while also ensuring that you have all the support you could possibly need to take things to the next level without having to spend hours per day preparing. Most people just do not have the time to put in to this kind of learning, so we wanted to make things as simple as possible for busy people.

1. Plan ahead of time.

The worst thing that you can do, by far, is to wait to make your food until you need it. When you are hungry, your motivation is down and you will simply not have the energy to get up and go and make the food right then. It just seems like too much effort at the time! To get around this problem, you need to look at the relatively easy solution of planning ahead. Make sure that any foods you intend to eat during the day are made and brought with you.

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Now, you’ll be far less likely to turn to unhealthy snacks and fast food as quick and effective relief for your growing hunger pangs!

2. Mistakes will happen.

When making new meals, you need to accept that you will make mistakes and put in something there that you simply did not mean to, or shouldn’t necessarily be eating. Rather than treating this like some kind of grand misdemeanor that requires a penance for weeks on end as punishment, remind yourself that mistakes can—and will—happen.

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This means that you can suffer quite heavily moving forward and usually requires you to just give yourself a break once in a while! Don’t let everything become some grand problem that is going to cause you untold misfortune. Just let it be; it’s the best way forward.

3. Be prepared.

You always need to be prepared to make those changes as soon as they become something that you need to pay attention to. Just letting it run in the background won’t help anyone so start researching healthy recipes that sound like something you would actually be willing to eat on a semi-regular basis.

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4. Always snack properly.

The silliest thing that you can do is start eating snacks at the wrong time of the day, or eating the wrong kind of snacks. Buy little fruit salads and the like to give you something nice and simple to turn to instead of just relying on potato chips and candy!

5. Always think ahead.

A common mistake is taking the same thing with you every week, and within three weeks, being so sick of the diet that you never want to think about eating healthy again. Avoid this problem by simply making up a rotation for each week and go for something new for at least one of the days each week.

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6. Take away pressure.

One thing you need to remember is that dealing with eating fresh and healthy should not come with so much pressure. To remove this pressure, you just need to look at the long-term benefits. This will help you feel more comfortable and less pressured.

7. Remove temptation.

Still got a biscuit tin or some candies lying in a bowl? Throw them away or give them to someone else less concerned about their shape. The last thing you need is some candies and chocolates goading you!

8. Make smart choices.

The last thing to look into is how you can make the right choice, ensuring that it fits with your lifestyle, and your own compatible dietary choices.

Featured photo credit: 365/63 by Noodles and Beef via Flickr via signaturemd.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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