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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 January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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