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You Need to Stop Taking Supplements And Read This First!

You Need to Stop Taking Supplements And Read This First!

Dietary supplements are hard to trust. There are so many that offer only vague certainty that what’s in them is actually in them and what quantities they actually contain can be difficult to determine. Mislabeling in store bought pills is rampant!

This doesn’t mean that you should stop using these natural supplements. They are a great way to reduce inflammation, promote your metabolism, and can even do things like stave off the effects of anxiety, prevent cancer, or reduce pain. Here are a few ways to include some of the awesome natural supplements into your food.

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Turmeric

Turmeric is awesome. It’s an anti-inflammatory that offers a wide variety of possible benefits. That means that it could help everything from lowered cancer risk to delaying diabetes. Luckily it’s also delicious, can be used to make a DIY face mask, and brighten your teeth. A great way to get enough turmeric into your body to have actual effects is by starting your day with golden milk. You can also roast veggies with it, add it to soups, create curries, and all of above. It’s better to eat your turmeric than it is to be stuck with the unknown tablets.

Tart Cherries

Tart cherries are great for you, but can be expensive if purchased out of season or flown in. These particular cherries have a high melatonin content and offer higher than the average cherry anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects. Because of the limited growing area and less than awesome taste, taking tart cherry juice is a really convenient way to get in year-round benefits. You just straight up drink it (especially great for post-workout), add dried ones to oatmeal in the morning (super awesome with a teaspoon of dark cocoa nibs), or any of these 5 awesome ways to mow through this diet-booster.

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Hemp-Based CBD Oils

CBD is the new kid on the scene for dietary supplements. It’s to 2016 what kale was to 2012. It’s a natural cannabinoid that can be derived from the non-psychoactive industrial hemp. It’s anti-inflammatory, legal in all 50 states, antibacterial, and SUPER helpful as a neuroprotectant. It contains a lot of the benefits of marijuana that hippies on the bus talk about, without all the illegality and being high. You can purchase it in pill form, use the oil in food (really make your yogurt awesome with CBD oil, honey, and turmeric), or even vape it. CBD oil has a ton of potential benefits. Take advantage of those by dosing your food and water with a little bit every day. It’s way cheaper than taking a pill.

Ginger and Ginseng

Seriously, skip the tablets, and just eat these power-packed pairs. Ginger helps alleviate nausea, lower blood pressure, and make cramps better. Ginseng does everything from fighting the common cold, to helping combat neurological aging (depending on the variety used). Together they make a great soup, a super tasty tea that can be enjoyed hot or cold, and even come very cheaply in powdered form if you want to make your own supplements at pennies on the dollar.

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Eat Local

One of the best things you can do for your body is to eat local, in-season produce. Not only does is it better for the local economy and environment but it is also better for your wallet and health. Eating local in-season produce means eating produce that is at its peak nutritional content, is fresher, and engaged with the community around you. Farmer’s markets (or if your town is lucky enough to have a community market) are often cheaper. If there are no options like this in your area, adding food that can be foraged for, like morel mushrooms in the Northwest, or fishing for lionfish in Florida.

Eating local means your diet will have more emphasis on actual food, like fruit, vegetables, and wild caught meat. This can be a great way to refocus your diet on whole ‘real’ foods. Meaning less reliance on dietary aids to feel full and healthy.

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Adding the easy tips outlined here into your diet, you can eliminate a plethora of subpar supplements and have real confidence in whatever your health journey is.

Featured photo credit: Dominique Godbout/https://www.flickr.com/photos/dominiquegodbout/ via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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