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8 Vegetables And Herbs That Require Little Effort And Will Regrow Forever

8 Vegetables And Herbs That Require Little Effort And Will Regrow Forever

Gardening can be a little discouraging when you end up not having grown anything. What’s worse is seeing a bit of progress, but then being disappointed when your plants die quickly. Don’t give up on those green fingers yet! The vegetables we’re about to introduce have near-immortal status as they can regrow forever and, better yet, take little effort to maintain.

1. Garlic

Ever left your garlic untouched and seen shoots sprouting from them? Yes, these little bulbs can grow very well in water and their shoots can be used for many recipes, including salads and sauces.

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    2. Potatoes

    By cutting a potato in half and leaving it buried in soil, you’ll soon see more potatoes in about 7 weeks time. Just be sure to water them regularly.

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      3. Carrots

      Carrots are a good source for pectin, which aids in digestion. By cutting the top off the carrot and leaving it in water, your carrots will sprout. Transfer it to the soil once its leaves have grown longer so that the carrot gets enough nutrients to fully regrow.

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        4. Lettuce

        The quintessential ingredient for all salads, lettuce can actually be regrown from scraps. Simply put some leaves in a bowl of water and place it where you have a lot of sunlight. Soon, you’ll be able see roots emerging. Transfer it to the soil to allow it to receive more nutrients.

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          5. Avocados

          Not many people know this, but you can actually regrow this superfood just by not throwing out its pit. Simply wash and suspend it over water using toothpicks by piercing a few through. The water should just cover an inch of the seed. The root-growing process will take while — about 6 weeks for the roots to grow. Once you see leaves growing, transfer it into the soil.

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            6. Ginger Root

            A popular cooking ingredient, ginger root can be easily regrown as well. Using a spare piece of ginger root, simply put it into the soil with the bud facing up. You will notice new shoots growing. In a week, you can dig it up and re-use it again.

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              7. Cilantro

              Place the leftover cilantro stem into a glass of water and place it in a brightly lit area. Once its roots grow to a couple of inches, you can transfer it into a pot of soil.

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                8. Peppers

                You don’t need to go to a gardening shop just to get pepper seeds. Just take the seeds after your meal of peppers and plant them into a pot of soil. Put the pot in a place with direct sunlight and watch your peppers grow.

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                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                  Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                  1. Exercise Daily

                  It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                  If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                  Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                  2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                  Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                  One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                  This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                  3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                  Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                  Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                  Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                  4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                  Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                  The basic nutritional advice includes:

                  • Eat unprocessed foods
                  • Eat more veggies
                  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                  Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                    5. Watch Out for Travel

                    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                    6. Start Slow

                    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                    Final Thoughts

                    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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