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5 Food Pairing Tips for Maximum Nutrient Absorption (That’s Ideal For Busy People)

5 Food Pairing Tips for Maximum Nutrient Absorption (That’s Ideal For Busy People)

It can be hard to eat healthy when you’re always on the go. It can be even harder to find time to research what the healthiest foods are.

That’s why this article will provide you with five fool-proof tips to eat some healthy foods together wisely. You can absorb the most nutrients with the same time and monetary cost. The food pairings might even be better tasting than eating a single healthy food alone.

Greens and Healthy Fats

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    Greens such as spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, broccoli, peppers, asparagus, celery, zucchini, and cucumbers are some the healthiest and most nutrient-rich foods you can eat. However, the body cannot absorb all of these nutrients when the greens are consumed by themselves. If you also consume healthy fats like avocados, olives, nuts, coconut, and various types of seeds, this will help your body’s absorption of the nutrients from the greens immensely. The easiest way to consume greens and healthy fats at the same time is probably a salad.

    Berries and Grains

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      Many people like to put berries in their cereal because it tastes great. However, that’s not the only benefit of this pairing. Berries and grains (like cereal) compliment each other in a nutritional way, just like they compliment each with their taste. Berries have a large amount of fiber and Vitamin C, while grains have B vitamins, iron and fiber. Pairing these two foods increases absorption of their respective nutrients significantly. Also, the berries have a lot of water, which assists in absorption even more. The nutrients in these foods aid digestion and lower blood pressure.

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      Mushrooms and Healthy Fats

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        Just like greens maximize nutrient absorption when mixed with healthy fats, mushrooms also interact with healthy fats to make nutrients easier to absorb. Mushrooms have more Vitamin D than any other plant. However, it is a fat-soluble vitamin as are Vitamins A, E, and K. This means that it must be consumed with healthy fats in order for its nutrients to be fully absorbed. It is very important to consume Vitamin D properly, as it is one of the most essential vitamins. It can help prevent cancer and osteoporosis in people susceptible to these diseases.

        Lemons and Greens

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          Greens work with many different foods to unlock vital nutrients, and lemons are another example. Lemons have many nutrients not commonly found in other foods, as well as a large amount of Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps with the absorption of iron, which is a vital nutrient itself. Many chefs recommend eating lemon as part of a salad, or as a saute. However you eat it, make sure you do consume lemons on a regular basis. They are considered one of the healthiest foods, yet very few people consume them on a regular basis.

          Tomatoes and Healthy Fats

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            Healthy greens also unlock the nutrients in tomatoes. These specific nutrients fight cancer, so they are important to anyone who wishes to live a healthy life. Eating tomatoes raw can allow some of these nutrients to be absorbed, but this is not the best way. The best way to get these nutrients into your body is to cook the tomatoes and combine them with healthy fats. Some foods with healthy fats that are often paired with tomatoes include olives, avocados, and many other delicious items. Tomatoes make an easy food pairing with just about anything as tomato sauce.

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            Last Updated on February 15, 2019

            Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

            Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

            In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

            And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

            Why is goal setting important?

            1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

            Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

            For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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            Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

            After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

            So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

            2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

            The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

            The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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            We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

            What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

            3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

            We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

            Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

            But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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            What you truly want and need

            Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

            Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

            Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

            When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

            Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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            Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

            Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

            Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

            The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

            It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

            Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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