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Sushi Is Actually Not As Healthy As You Thought! Here’s Why

Sushi Is Actually Not As Healthy As You Thought! Here’s Why

It’s true that Japanese cuisine is among the world’s healthiest, and its most popular delicacy, sushi, has been described many times as a great health food. But, because of its immense popularity, sushi has been “westernized” to fit the palate and preferences of people in the western world. It has been added with delicious, but unhealthy, ingredients like cream cheese.

Not to mention, sushi is now being mass produced and sold in supermarkets everywhere. As you can expect, most of these no longer contain the health benefits of high-standard (and expensive) sushi that you can buy in first-class Japanese restaurants.

Sushi loads up on calories and carbs

If you think that you’re speeding up your weight loss efforts with this favorite Japanese food, think again. One sushi roll has 300 to 350 calories. And it’s not as if you’re going to eat only one. A typical sushi pack contains two to three rolls. That’s a total of 1,050 calories. Obviously, it’s not as low-calorie as you expect.

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Consuming the right amount of calories is one of the keys to a healthy diet. That’s why you can’t afford to be misinformed when it comes to this matter. You have to know exactly how many calories you’re packing in, or else you might be gaining weight without realizing it.

Sushi has very little protein

It’s a common misconception that sushi is a good source of protein. Most people believe that they’re getting their week’s worth of protein portions from eating two or more sushi servings a day. The truth is, there is very little protein in sushi.

According to Seafish.org, nutrition experts recommend eating two portions of fish a week. A portion would typically be around 140 grams. The fish that you’ll find in a sushi roll is only five grams. This means that you’d have to consume 56 rolls to get the recommended fish intake. So, unless you’re eating this much sushi, which you’re likely not, then you’re not getting enough protein from it.

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Sushi may contain traces of mercury

A scary thing about sushi is that its fish ingredients may contain traces of mercury. Mercury is a dangerous neurotoxin that negatively affects the nervous system and endocrine system.

Tuna, which has a high concentration of mercury, is the most common type of fish used in making sushi. Mercury poisoning can cause vision impairment, body tingling, lack of body coordination, speech difficulty, and muscle weakness.

Sushi is too salty

Another thing to worry about is sushi’s high sodium content. A pack of sushi typically contains four and a half grams of salt. That’s almost the daily maximum intake of six grams! The rice is usually cooked with salt and soy sauce. The same is true for the fish and pickled vegetables right in the middle.

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And if you’re going to dip your sushi in soy sauce, which is the traditional way of eating it, you’re definitely going overboard. Do remember that a tablespoon of soy sauce contains 1,006 milligrams of sodium.

Sushi may contain parasites

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discourages people from eating raw seafood as this means exposure to various types of bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Sushi that’s not been cooked according to set standards has been found to contain parasites. Unpleasant results include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal pain. In some cases, parasites can also destroy the lining of the digestive tract and stomach.

You’ve loved sushi for most of your life. And these facts certainly put it in bad light. But do remember that sushi—the high quality kind—is not all bad. You just have to be careful in your choices. It is like all healthy food — when the trend starts, unhealthy versions pop up and ruin it for everyone else.

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Featured photo credit: Kimishowota via flickr.com

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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