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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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    Wheat Germ and Flaxseed

      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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        The New Double Fiber Whet Bread

          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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            How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

            How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

            Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

            But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

            Sight – Visual Stimulation

            The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

            1. Maximize your exposure to light.

            Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

            Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

            2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

            Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

            Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

            Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

            3. Take note of your environment.

            Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

            By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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            Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

            What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

            4. Engage in conversation.

            Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

            Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

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            5. Listen to upbeat music.

            Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

            Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

            Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

            If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

            6. Work your nose.

            Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

            If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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            Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

            Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

            If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

            7. Have a good breakfast.

            Start off with the most important meal of the day.

            Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

            Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

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            8. Drink lots of water.

            Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

            So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not sure how much to drink? This can help you:

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            9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

            Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

            Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

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            Touch – Tactile Stimulation

            Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

            10. Splash cold water on your face.

            Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

            This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

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            11. Use acupressure.

            Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

            Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

            12. Get moving.

            Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

            And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

            You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

            Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

            Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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