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Amazing Benefits of Broccoli (+5 Refreshing Recipes)

Amazing Benefits of Broccoli (+5 Refreshing Recipes)

Ever wonder why mom always nagged you to “eat your broccoli”? Many kids — and adults! — see broccoli as a sort of punishment, but the fact is that it is one of the healthiest vegetables you can eat. And if you prepare it the right way, it is also one of the most delicious! Let’s explore the side of broccoli you never knew about — and discover the incredible dishes you can use it to make.

1. Broccoli Helps Achieve Beautiful Skin

Gorgeous, healthy skin is not just achieved through moisturizers and toners: it starts from the inside out and is based on a healthy diet. Broccoli is rich in a combination of vitamins A, C and E which, together, can help reverse skin damage from exposure to pollution or the sun, improve skin texture and reduce wrinkles and keep your skin looking healthy and youthful due to supporting the formation of collagen.

2. Broccoli Treats Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency is a much more widespread problem than people think — and diet can make a big difference in helping to treat this condition.  Broccoli is high in both vitamin A and K, which makes it easier for the body to absorb vitamin D itself.

3. Broccoli Promotes Heart Health

Heart health is a major concern for people nowadays — and rightly so.  Broccoli helps to promote the health of the heart in several ways. It is high in soluble fiber, which reduces high cholesterol levels. At the same time, the sulfur-containing compounds in broccoli help to strengthen the blood vessels which support the heart.

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4. Broccoli Reduces Allergy Symptoms

Sick of the runny nose, itchy eyes, and sinus headaches that go along with an allergic reaction?  A diet that includes broccoli can help.  Broccoli is rich in a compound called kaempferol which reduces the irritation and inflammation of allergy symptoms. Because of this, broccoli is considered to be part of a hypoallergenic eating plan to manage allergies naturally.

5. Broccoli Boosts Your Whole Digestive System

Constipation? Heart burn?  These problems can be a thing of the past if you eat broccoli on a regular basis. The fiber is the key here: it can bulk up stools and make them easier to pass, reducing your chances of getting constipated, but also makes the whole process of digestion easier so that it is less likely that you will suffer from heartburn, sour stomach or other common problems.

6. Broccoli Reduces Cancer Risk

Cancer is a major concern for anyone wanting to stay healthy. Broccoli, however, can be part of a cancer-fighting diet: it contains a compound called sulforaphane, which multiple studies have found can reduce the risk of several different forms of cancer, including cancer of the colon, lung, pancreas and esophagus.

7. Broccoli Helps with Weight Loss

Any dieter knows what a challenge it can be to shed those excess pounds once you have put them on.  But knowing which foods to choose can help you to eat smart and make it easier to achieve your weight loss goals.  Broccoli is an ideal food for this – a cup of it is only 31 calories, but it is loaded with fiber to help curb your appetite and feel full even when you eat less.

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8. Broccoli Strengthens Your Bones

Weakened bones — usually due to a condition called osteoporosis — is a major problems as women get older, especially after they reach menopause, when hormone changes can leach minerals from the bones and increase the risk of fractures.  Eating broccoli is a great way to help prevent this, with a combination of calcium and vitamin K that can keep bones healthy and strong.

Broccoli is a Delicious Addition to Many Dishes — Seriously!

Wanting some great ways to start enjoying broccoli in your diet.

Broccoli and Pepper Stir-Fry

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    Broccoli Quiche

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      Broccoli and Goat Cheese Souffle

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        Spinach-Broccoli Soup with Garlic and Cilantro

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          Broccoli Salad with Garlic and Sesame

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            So try adding broccoli in your diet today — its unique combination of vitamins, fiber and other nutrients will give you a delicious way to be healthy and get to know this under-loved vegetable.

            Featured photo credit: al1962 via shutterstock.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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            Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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