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8 Simple Ways To Reduce Fat By Changing The Way You Cook

8 Simple Ways To Reduce Fat By Changing The Way You Cook

Eating healthy is definitely not an easy task in today’s super busy world. People are so consumed in their careers or schooling that it makes it nearly impossible to stop and cook a healthy meal. If you are one of these busy people, and you are looking for a way to make a healthy change in your diet, you are in the right place.

Something that people may not realize is that they are adding unnecessary amounts of fat to their dishes simply by the way they are preparing and cooking their meals. To decrease the amount of fat in your meals, you should try some of these different tips on preparing and cooking your foods. Trust me, you won’t even have to break an extra bead of sweat with them, either!

1. Invest in nonstick cookware.

While this could turn out to be a bit of an expense at first, you will find that it will be well worth it in the end. Just by going out and replacing your old pots and pans, you can eliminate a lot of unneeded fat in your meals. By doing this you eliminate the need to use oils or cooking sprays as much (or at all). With a tablespoon of vegetable oil, you are adding 14 grams of total fat to your diet. Nonstick cookware could virtually eliminate this.

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2. Substitute ground beef with ground turkey.

A 4-oz. serving of turkey burger has almost 3 grams less of total fat than regular beef burgers, and you can’t really even tell the difference between the two, especially when mixed into a chili or spaghetti dinner.

3. Ditch the bread and tortillas at least once a week.

One popular and incredibly simple way to cut a little bit of fat out of your diet is to substitute bread and tortillas with a lettuce wrap in your meals at least once a week. One slice of white bread (around 30 grams per slice) has a gram of fat in it.

If you use two pieces of bread and eat 2 burgers, for example, that’s 4 grams of fat just from the bread! Just one flour tortilla (197 grams per serving) has about 2 grams of fat in it. If you substitute these with a serving of romaine lettuce (85 grams per serving) you will be taking in less than 1/2 a gram of total fat.

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4. Salt less, season more.

Too often, people turn to salt and butter to season their meats and veggies. Not only does this add a lot of unneeded fat content to your meals, you are missing out on a lot of different flavors! Next time you go to spice up your dinner, try using some herbs and spices to make the flavor explode! Most herbs and spices are nutrient-rich and fat-free.

5. Alter your portion sizes.

People usually count on their meat entree to be the main thing to fill them up, so they usually opt for larger portion sizes for meats and smaller sizes for side dishes. Meat is obviously going to have more fat in it than, for example, green beans. One thing you could do is make more veggies and smaller meat portions. This will help trim the fat on your belly while helping you save money on the expensive meats.

6. Bake instead of fry.

Whether it be french fries or fried chicken, someone always has their favorite comfort food that requires you to cook it using hot oil. Like I had mentioned earlier, adding just 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil can add loads of unnecessary fat to your foods. The simple solution to this is to bake it in the oven instead! No oils, no problems!

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7. Have themed dinners at least once a week.

What I mean by this is try making Fridays “Fish Friday,” or Mondays “No Meat Monday.” This can make planning dinners not only fun and interesting but healthy! Fish is a leaner choice of meat compared to beef and poultry. By replacing meats with beans or even meat substitutes, you are eliminating the extra fats without skimping out on the proteins.

8. Rethink your dressings.

If you are taking the initiative to have salads with your dinners, or even as your dinners, good for you! The one thing you do need to watch out for is those pesky salad dressings. One serving of Hidden Valley Ranch (2 tablespoons) has a whopping 16 grams of fat per serving. Most Italian Dressings have 3.1 grams of fat per tablespoon. Even vinaigrette’s can have around 4 grams of fat per tablespoon!

The best thing you can do to fulfill your dressing desires is to opt for the fat-free versions of your favorites, or even try your hand at making your own!

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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.

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