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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.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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