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Eat Clean Healthy Meal Plan

Eat Clean Healthy Meal Plan

Diet, Diet, Diet! That’s all everyone seems to talk about these days. There’s always this new fad diet that everyone wants to try, and it seems like people are always moving on to the trendiest foods. But, if you’re working, you probably don’t have a lot of time to spend on preparing elaborate meals. And, it’s why many people develop bad eating habits. Simply because of a lack of time. To address that issue, here we look at how you can provide your body what it needs. These recipes are easy to prepare and have familiar ingredients that you’ll probably find lying around at home.

Here’s a look at a balanced meal plan.

Our bodies have daily nutrient requirements that help us function properly. Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Fats are the primary elements supported by vitamins and minerals. Most people exceed their daily needs, especially of carbohydrates and fats. The popularity of cheap junk food, full of saturated fats and sugars, only compounds our misery.

Let’s first look at carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates are good for your body. Complex carbohydrates take time to break down and are absorbed into your system slower than simple carbs. This makes them less likely to turn to fat. And, some excellent sources of complex carbs include sweet potatoes, brown bread, green vegetables, oats, and beans.

Proteins are like building blocks for your bodies muscle mass. While there is plenty of protein in a cheeseburger, there are also plenty of fats. Lean protein gives you plenty of energy and helps with your metabolism, immunity and muscle mass. Some good sources of protein are fish like tuna, chicken breast, eggs, yogurt, and cottage cheese.

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Contrary to popular belief, fats are essential for your body to function normally. Just like carbohydrates, fats are essential. There are good fats and bad fats. Healthy fats can be found in fatty fish, nuts, coconuts, and cheese.

A few helpful tips:

Pick brown bread over white

Limit sugars in the second half of the day

Avoid highly processed foods

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Minimize junk foods to an occasional indulgence

Stay away from sodas and other sweetened beverages

Your never too young or too old to start eating clean. Everyone from senior citizens to teenagers can eat clean.

Now that you’re aware of what food your body requires, let’s look at quick and simple healthy recipes.

1. Barbecue Chicken Wrapped Asparagus

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Barbecue Chicken Wrapped Asparagus Image

    This quick meal is healthy and easy to prepare. It is low in calories and has a high protein and low-fat content. It also tastes delicious. You will need some chicken Breasts, asparagus, and barbecue sauce. For the seasonings, you can use cumin, paprika, garlic, pepper. You can also grill some bell peppers on the side  Cut the chicken breasts into thin pieces, and flatten with a mallet if needed.Season with barbecue sauce and add other seasonings to your taste. Chop the ends of the asparagus and wrap chicken breast around it. Place it on a baking tray and in an oven and set it to 405 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes. Serve with a portion of white boiled rice.

    2. Two Ingredient Pancakes

    Two Ingredient Pancakes

      This works well for any meal of the day. It is filling and nutrient rich. All you need are some eggs and bananas. This portion makes about three small pancakes. You will need one whole egg and two egg whites and a large banana. Simply mash the banana in a bowl and pour the eggs in, still until it forms a thick batter. Using a little oil, grease a pan on medium heat. Pour a little batter into the pan into the shape of a circle, flip and serve with a little pancake syrup.

      3. Tasty Tuna Wraps

      Healthy Tuna Wrap

        For this healthy meal, you will need a can of tuna, low-fat mayo, onions, a whole wheat tortilla and bell peppers. Mix the tuna with the mayo. Chop the pickled onions and bell peppers. You can swap the vegetables with anything you prefer. Mix and spread on a whole wheat tortilla. You can grill it on a pan if required.

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        4. Quick Stir Fry

        Quick Stir Fry1

          A stir fry packs quite a nutritious punch and takes virtually no preparation. It is also versatile, if you’re a vegetarian stick to vegetables, if not, add some chopped chicken breast. In a pan add a little oil, and fry the chicken pieces. Add vegetables like peas, carrots, onions, mushrooms, bell peppers and season with pepper, salt or garlic powder.

          Did you like these four simple recipe ideas? They are easy to make and will be ready in a jiffy. Don’t limit yourself to the above, being creative will help you find plenty of ways to make a quick, healthy meal. What are you waiting for?

          Featured photo credit: Shutterstock 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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