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10 Ways To Fit More Protein Into Your Diet

10 Ways To Fit More Protein Into Your Diet

Many people think that in order to lose weight and get healthy they must follow fad diets. In most cases, these diets just don’t work. Sure, you may lose some weight. Many people report that they lose quite a bit of weight, actually. But, as soon as you go off the diet and start eating normally again, you will see that weight come back on, with a few added pounds for good measure.

The best and healthiest way to lose weight is to get at least a half an hour of exercise each day and to follow a sensible, well-balanced diet. This means that you need to make sure that you are getting the right amounts of the important nutrients, including protein. In fact, the more protein you have in your diet, the easier it is going to be to lose weight. Here are some ways that you can get more protein into your diet.

1. Fish

Fish is a great source of protein, and there are so many delicious meals and snacks you can enjoy. For a quick and easy snack, spread some tuna onto a saltine cracker, then place another cracker on top for a mini tuna sandwich.

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2. Dairy

As long as you are not lactose intolerant, adding more dairy to your diet is a good way to get more protein. Just make sure that you are using low-fat dairy products, such as one-percent milk.

3. Nuts and Seeds

Whether eaten on their own or in other foods, nuts and seeds are a delicious way to get more protein. Look for snacks that are loaded with nuts and seeds, but that have little to no salt. Granola bars that have nuts are a great choice, and you can easily make your own by using nothing but healthy, delicious ingredients.

4. Cereal

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and you need a healthy breakfast to give you energy for your day. For that reason, there are many cereals that are actually a good source of protein. Check the nutritional information on the box to choose the best cereal for your high-protein diet.

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5. Protein Shakes

Many people are nervous about using dietary supplements, but there is nothing to worry about with protein shakes. There are no strange chemicals or other additives, but there are plenty of healthy nutrients. Whey protein shakes are popular, but you need to be careful if you are lactose intolerant.

6. Poultry

Get loads of protein with chicken, turkey, and other poultry. If you are trying to lose weight, remove the skin to get rid of extra fat and grease. Use leftovers with frozen veggies, a bit of soya sauce, and some seasonings for quick and healthy stir-fry meals.

7. Soy and Tofu

If you are vegetarian or vegan, it can be difficult to get enough protein in your diet. Luckily, you have virtually limitless options when you are cooking with soy and tofu. These are the ideal alternatives to red meat when it comes to protein and other nutrients.

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8. Beans

There are loads of ways you can use beans in meals, and this is a great way to add protein to your diet. Try adding beans to your salads and soups and enjoy the flavor they add. Peas are also a good source of protein, and can be eaten alone or in many recipes.

9. Beef Jerky

There are loads of delicious snacks you can get that are loaded with protein. One delicious, protein-filled treat is beef jerky. You can buy it just about anywhere, and there are also loads of great recipes to make your own.

10. Spinach

This may be a tough pill for some to swallow, but eating spinach is a great way to get more protein. It is also high in fiber and vitamin A. If you don’t like eating spinach on its own, look for ways to incorporate it into your recipes, such as spinach lasagna.

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Last Updated on May 28, 2020

How to Overcome Boredom

How to Overcome Boredom

Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

What is Boredom?

We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

1. Get Focused

Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
  • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
  • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

2. Kill Procrastination

Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

Here are some ideas:

  • Do some exercise.
  • Read a book.
  • Learn something new.
  • Call a friend.
  • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
  • Do a spring cleaning.
  • Wash the car.
  • Renovate the house.
  • Re-arrange the furniture.
  • Write your shopping list.
  • Water the plants.
  • Walk the dog.
  • Sort out your mail & email.
  • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

3. Enjoy Boredom

If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

Final Thoughts

Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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