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10 Delicious Ways to Increase Your Fiber Intake to Lose Weight More Easily

10 Delicious Ways to Increase Your Fiber Intake to Lose Weight More Easily

Everyone is looking to lose weight these days, but most people miss the one key to just how easy it really is: eating more fiber! While you need protein, healthy fats, and many vitamins and minerals for overall health, the one food that can help you stay fuller longer and keep your weight down is fiber-rich foods.

Benefits of Fiber for Your Health and Weight Loss:

Fiber is basically calorie-free because the body doesn’t absorb the calories from fiber when you eat it. Fiber also helps slow down blood sugar and stabilizes insulin which is another key part of healthy weight loss and even disease prevention. The best sources of fiber are whole foods, however, not powdered fiber drinks and gels that can sometimes cause discomfort. Think of fiber as part of a bigger picture: whole foods contain not just fiber but also enzymes, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and natural sugars that help energize and nourish your body.

The Best Places to Get Your Fiber From:

The best sources of fiber are vegetables, greens, fruits, and whole grains. After that you can choose to add in fiber-rich foods such as nuts and seeds. Fiber is also only found in plant foods, not animal foods, which is one reason diets high in plants are so healthy.

Delicious Fiber-Rich Recipes to Help You Lose Weight:

Here are 10 delicious ways to increase your fiber intake to lose weight more easily, all straight from whole food sources. Eat up, your waistline will thank you!

1. Peanut Butter Cup Chia Seed Pudding

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    Source: Emilie Eats

    Chia seeds aren’t just a superfood and packed with omega-3 fats, they’re also a great source of fiber and help keep you hydrated since they absorb water in the body. Make this chia seed pudding and enjoy it for a snack or even as a replacement for your morning cereal once in awhile!

    2. Pineapple Coconut Green Protein Smoothie

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      Source: The Soulful Spoon

      This protein smoothie isn’t just filled with tropical flavor, it’s also packed with plant-based fiber too! Greens, coconut, pineapple, and plant-based protein powders are all great sources of fiber. Here in this smoothie recipe, they’re paired together for a delicious shake you can enjoy for breakfast, lunch, a snack, or even dessert!

      3. Oats and Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies

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        Source: Food, Pleasure, and Health

        Oats and pumpkin are two of the best sources of fiber you can eat because they’re low in calories and high in nutrition. Oats are also one of the best foods you can eat for your cholesterol levels, and oats and pumpkin are both good sources of iron along with soluble fiber which is easier on the body to digest than insoluble fiber. Try them together in these tasty breakfast cookies, and start your mornings off with a sweet treat that’s actually good for you!

        4. Zucchini Bread Overnight Oatmeal

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          Source: Be Whole, Be You

          Everyone knows how to make overnight oats by now, that’s old news! Let’s make something creamier, fluffier, and more nutrient-dense with our oats, what do ya say? Try this zucchini-based oatmeal which tastes just like zucchini bread but without all the sugar and eggs. Plus, by adding zucchini to oatmeal, you get to eat a higher volume meal which helps you stay satisfied longer without taking in too many calories from fat or sugar. You’ll never taste the green, promise!

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          5. Vegan Breakfast Bowl

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            Source: Contentedness Cooking

            Not only does this breakfast bowl have heart-healthy and fiber-rich oats, but it also includes a variety of berries that are some of the best sources of fiber you can eat. Pair this with your favorite non-dairy milk, and you’ve got a vegan, plant-based, and fiber-rich breakfast of champions! 6.

            6. Toasted Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

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              Source: The Almond Eater

              This grain-free breakfast by The Almond Eater is packed with healthy fats, fiber, and antioxidants thanks to the use of shredded coconut and chia seeds. Just be sure you use unsweetened coconut to avoid excessive sugar found in regular shredded coconut. Pair this with some caramelized bananas like she did, and you can have breakfast for dessert and get a nice dose of fiber for the day too!

              7. Low-Carb Grain-Free Apple Crumb Muffins

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                Source: Sugar-Free Mom

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                Did you know you can replace flour with ground flax? It not only eliminates the need for flour, but also eggs and oil too. Flax also makes for a delicious way to eat more fiber each day since it has a nutty, grainy texture even though it is a seed. Plus, it’s a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and potassium. Just be sure you choose ground flax since whole flax can’t be absorbed by the body, and always store your flax in the fridge since the natural oils found in it can go rancid more quickly than regular nuts and seeds. Try ground flax in these tasty grain-free muffins and you might never want white flour again!

                8. Paleo Chocolate Pudding

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                  Source: The Wicked Spatula

                  Cocoa and avocados are packed with fiber, and they’re also rich in antioxidants, potassium and magnesium too. Pair them together in a delicious pudding where you’ll never taste the avocado. This Paleo pudding has no dairy, refined sugar, or even added fats from oil. Just four ingredients and you have a delicious dessert that’s so healthy, you could even eat it for breakfast if you wanted to!

                  8. Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites

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                    Source: Chef Savvy

                    Oats, cocoa, and peanut butter also contain fiber and antioxidants, and peanut butter and oats are both good sources of plant-based protein too. Pair them all together in a healthy energy bite that’s low in sugar, dairy-free, and perfect for an afternoon treat or even dessert!

                    9. Banana Zucchini Oatmeal Cups

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                      Source: The Hummusapien

                      Here we have zucchini again because it’s a delicious way to bake and reduce the calorie content while improving the fiber and moisture content of a recipe at the same time. Try Hummusapien’s delicious banana-filled oatmeal cups that sneak in some zucchini and even fiber-rich flax seeds too!

                      10. Glowing Spiced Lentil Soup

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                        Source:  Oh She Glows

                        Lentils are one of the most heart-healthy, waist-friendly, and easy-to-digest beans you can eat. They’re also loaded with antioxidants and potassium to help you stay energized and reduce inflammation. Here in this soup recipe, lentils are paired with sweet and savory tomatoes, a variety of veggies, and some herbs and spices without lots of sodium. You can enjoy this for lunch or dinner, and it makes a great fiber-rich dish you can enjoy all year round!

                        Eating more fiber is the easiest approach to not only take in more fiber but also improve your heart health and digestion too! Just be careful of one thing: you never want to overload on fiber if your body isn’t used to it; start by adding a little more than you normally do and increase it from there.  Fiber is a healthy nutrient you need for weight loss, but overwhelming your system at once can cause discomfort and bloating. The bottom line? A little fiber goes a long way!

                        Featured photo credit: Contentedness Cooking via contentednesscooking.com

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                        8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                        8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                        In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                        Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                        Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                        Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                        Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                        The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                        There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                        How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                        According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                        Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                        Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                        The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                        Listen carefully:

                        We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                        The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                        Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                        8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                        There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                        Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                        1. Pray Daily

                        You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                        When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                        Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                        Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                        2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                        A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                        By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                        Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                        If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                        This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                        How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                        3. Smile Often

                        Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                        Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                        Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                        The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                        4. Organize Your Working Desk

                        A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                        When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                        Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                        Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                        5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                        I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                        Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                        What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                        6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                        God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                        I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                        I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                        7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                        You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                        How do you do that? This is my formula:

                        First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                        If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                        If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                        If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                        Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                        8. Go Exercise

                        Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                        The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                        You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                        12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                        The Bottom Line

                        It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                        It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                        Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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                        Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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