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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 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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