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The Best Time To Eat Fruits To Maximize The Benefits

The Best Time To Eat Fruits To Maximize The Benefits

It’s no secret that eating fruit is good for you. That kind of knowledge has been crammed into our heads from a very early age. However, certain times are better than others for our body to break down fruit in the most efficient and useful way. Remember, your body needs 3-4 servings of fruit daily, which equates to about 2-2 1/2 cups of fruit per day.

You may be surprised to hear when you should eat fruit (I know I was). Read on to find out when you should eat your fruit for maximum benefits!

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Eating Fruit in the Morning is Best

Due to their high fructose content, it’s best to eat fruit in the morning after our body’s been shut down for the night and needs a quick boost. If you eat fruit too close to bedtime, the high sugar levels will keep you from getting a proper night of sleep. Fruit is easily digested and broken down into its nutrients by the body’s digestive system, so you should always eat it right before you need energy, like first thing in the morning or before lunch.

After eating fruit, wait 1-2 hours for your body to fully digest it before eating a meal. This will give you enough time so you don’t feel bloated or gassy, and your intestines are clear and ready for the next food source.

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Never Eat Fruit With a Meal

A little-known fact is that you should never eat fruit with anything but more fruit. While eating a fruit salad is alright, as long as you don’t have too many non-fruit ingredients; however, eating them with too much other food slows the digestive process of the normally quick-digesting fruit. This includes smoothies. While it’s okay to consume a smoothie with a piece of fruit or two, some nut milk or coconut milk, and maybe even some veggies, you should still avoid drinking the smoothie alongside a meal. Also, don’t use milk in your smoothies every time. Switch it up with water on occasion to get your digestive tract happy.

Why Eating Fruit at These Times Improves Your Health and Happiness

By eating fruit early on in the day, you’ll get a quick boost of energy and nourishment to get you through the day. Your increase in energy (and a decrease in hunger) will keep you happy and make it easier to make good decisions. This improvement in willpower will also help you stick to exercise goals, be friendlier towards your significant other or coworkers, and get more done.

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In addition to these amazing benefits, eating fruit also helps to promote weight loss! You could be well on your way to getting that bikini body you’ve always wanted. Fruits contain plenty of nutrients, fiber, and healthy carbs to keep your body looking and feeling good all day long.

Finally, different fruits offer different nutrients. Most of them offer vitamin C, but did you know avocados offer vitamins K, B5, B6, and E, as well as potassium, folate, and more? By mixing up your fruit intake, you open your body to absorbing the full range of healthy nutrients it needs. Bananas, in particular, have tons of potassium, and they can help lower your risk of high blood pressure and stroke! If you really want to try something different, papayas are delicious and contain papain, which has been shown to improve your digestion, as well as more folate.

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Conclusion

You now know the best times to eat fruits, and why you shouldn’t eat them with a big meal! If you keep these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to perfecting your diet and living a more enjoyable, healthy life.

Happy eating!

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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