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How To Eat 37 Grams Of Fiber In A Day

How To Eat 37 Grams Of Fiber In A Day

Many people, especially those that know that heart conditions run in their families, are keen on their diets. They want to take in as much fiber as possible. However, this is not as easy as it may sound. You need a very high level of discipline to be able to consume the high levels of fiber that are deemed significant and healthy for the body on a daily basis.  Such discipline can, however, be achieved. Most people who are passionate about exercising and want to gain healthy bodies can manage it.

Many people find it challenging to consume enough fiber because most sources of fiber do not have a very pleasant taste. Because of this, most of us fail to meet our daily recommended fiber intake. This is why fiber content counting is necessary to avoid the threat of increased cholesterol and heart conditions. Here are some solutions to help you get enough fiber in your day.

Berry Berry Shakes

The best way to make sure that you are getting enough  fiber in your body is by making fruit shakes. These consist mostly of frozen fruits. I recommend the use of berries and not just any frozen fruits. Consider mixing blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Raspberries can add a lot of sweetness to your fruit shake. Apart from acting as a sweetener, they will also help you achieve your 37-gram mark. A cup of a berry mix shake will give your body around 12 to 15 grams of fiber. This is a significant amount when working to consume 37 grams of fiber in a day.

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    Wheat Germ and Flaxseed

    Many people will not buy into this idea because they find these foods distasteful and simply not worth it. Flaxseed, for example, cannot be taken alone. You will need to take it alongside something else that will make it soft and taste better. You can consider mixing it with frozen fruit and you will not even realize or notice the taste of the flaxseed or even the wheat germ. Using flaxseed and wheat germ in shakes is great for helping you to attain the level of fiber you are aiming for.

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      Chocolate and Fiber

      This is the best option for people that love chocolate. Chocolate can be used to accompany fiber by making your own chocolate fiber bars. They taste good and will be great for your overall health. For those people that are not into chocolate, a berry flavor is also an option.

      As you make your diet plans, ensure that you include some chocolate to help you enhance the taste of fiber and increase your intake.

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        Store-bought Fiber Bars

        There are numerous brands of tasty fiber bars. They can act as supplements to your daily fiber intake and can be chewed easily. They also do not contain a lot of carbohydrates. Eating them as a snack once in a while may help to boost your fiber intake.

        New Double-Fiber Wheat Bread

        This bread is made by taking the usual high fiber ingredients and processing them to form a bread that contains a lot of wheat. This is blended and is chewier than normal bread. Though processed foods are not preferred to natural and less-processed foods, double fiber bread is a food that has very little nutrients withdrawn. It is therefore very beneficial to the body when it comes to nutrients, and especially fiber.

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          Be On A Fiber Mission

          While it is healthy to include more fiber in your diet, this does not necessarily mean it is an easy task to achieve. It is difficult to consume only fiber, especially when it comes to the unpleasant taste that goes along with it.

          In order to increase your overall fiber intake, you should consume fiber supplements together with other foods. It is also a good idea to consume foods that are rich in fiber, such as corn, white beans, black beans, avocado, whole-wheat pasta, brown rice, edamame, whole-wheat bread, lentils, pears, artichokes, oatmeal, raspberries, etc. By consuming such foods, you will find easier to increase your intake of fiber and reach the daily requirement.

          So, setting yourself on a “fiber mission” to reach 37 grams a day really can help your overall health. In addition to the foods listed above, you can also consume fiber wraps (which can provide you with around 22 grams of fiber!), preparing sandwiches with roasted beef, eggs, or even burger meat — whatever flavours you prefer.

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            Last Updated on September 10, 2019

            7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

            7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

            Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

            Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

            This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

            One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

            Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

            Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

            1. Gratitude

            Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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            The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

            Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

            So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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              2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

              This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

              For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

              What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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              Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

              3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

              This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

              Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

              An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

              Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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                4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                6. Rise Earlier

                The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                Reference

                [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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