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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 September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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