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World Health Organisation Warns, Eating Kale Leads To Arrogance

World Health Organisation Warns, Eating Kale Leads To Arrogance

As the consumption of kale grows across the world, some people are worried about the plant’s potential toxicity and its ability to cause hypothyroidism.

But perhaps the most distressing result of kale consumption is that it has led to a continued rise in food purists who think that they know everything and anything about food even while they choose to avoid several aspects of the diet many of us enjoy. That appears to be the concern of the very serious website The Unaustralian, which claims that kale consumption may have turned our traditional holier than thou vegan into something much more confrontational and nasty.

So has kale gone too far? Let us take a look at the facts and understand both the benefits and potential personality drawbacks.

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Plenty of social downsides

Let us face it: no one becomes a vegan because it’s fun.

Vegans have a pretty tough lot. They have to go out of their way picking up a weird selection of foods that are more difficult to get than normal food. They have a difficult time finding their proper foods at social gatherings. And they are always joked about.

So it is not exactly surprising that in order to compensate for being the butt of jokes, they have to puff up their own ego in order to feel better.

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Now, one of their key vegetables has received mainstream acceptance as a health food. President Obama had a kale salad last Thanksgiving, Hollywood celebrities are promoting its health benefits, and its sales have skyrocketed over the past few years. One can thus be hardly surprised that such a victory would only serve to prop up vegans’ egos and confidence that one day there will be no more meat or eggs or cheese for consumption.

Health benefits

But while ego inflation is undoubtedly a dangerous thing, the health benefits of kale are a real thing.

As Time describes it, kale does pack a lot of nutrients and vitamins in a small package. A cup of kale is a rich source of Vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6 and also provides iron, calcium, folate, and manganese. It also possesses antioxidants which counteract body processes which can lead to aging and cancer.

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In addition to providing plenty of essential nutrients and minerals, kale is a bulky leafy green which makes people feel full faster while not providing a lot of calories. This makes it a valuable vegetable to use for those who are trying to lose weight.

And perhaps best of all, kale is very easy to use from a culinary perspective. While boiling it does leech off those valuable minerals and vitamins, kale can also be eaten raw, baked, and used as a strong flavoring in many dishes. Even boiled kale can provide some nutrients like Vitamin K.

Kale may have health risks

All of the nutrients which come with kale may make someone believe that it is the perfect, healthy vegetable. But while kale certainly has its nutritional value, there could be some problems with this so-called miracle vegetable.

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Kale is as nutritious as it is because the kale plant sucks up a great deal of minerals and nutrients from the soil, making it as medicinal as codeine phosphate. But what this also means is that the plant sucks up a whole lot of other things which may not be so good for your body. One of these things is called thallium. Thallium is a toxic heavy metal which can cause fatigue, hair loss, stomach pain, and neurological issues. As Mother Jones reported last July, scientists have discovered that kale is particularly good at sucking up thallium.

However, it’s important to note that this health critique of kale has also been countered. See this article for further detailed information about criticisms of the science behind these claims.

Final verdict?

So, what is there to say about kale? Is it a vegetable trumped by vegans as a sign of their imminent victory? Is it a wonder health vegetable which can help people lose weight while supplying them with key nutrients? Or is it an overrated vegetable with potentially toxic side effects?

That is up to you to decide. Perhaps if there is a recommendation, it is not to go overboard with kale should you choose to start regularly consuming it. Moderation is a virtue in all things, even for a purported wonder vegetable.

Featured photo credit: Dwight Sipler via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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