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Read This to Conquer Your Monday Morning Blues Right Now

Read This to Conquer Your Monday Morning Blues Right Now

It’s Monday morning and you have zero interest in getting out of bed to start your day. The thought of facing your responsibilities feels like someone is asking you to build a skyscraper before lunchtime. You close your eyes and pull the covers over your head, wishing that you could rewind back to the start of your weekend.

We ALL know what this feels like. The Monday morning (and sometimes afternoon) blues suck.

If you’re already in the midst of a depressive episode, then the emotional upheaval of Monday morning is amplified exponentially.

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The Monday Morning Blues Will Be Conquered Here

Here’s a quick set of hacks to jump-start your Monday. Get ready to remove any psychic glue that keeps you stuck to your bed. Follow these five simple steps, each of which takes anywhere from 20 seconds to a minute, except for Step Four which takes a whopping three minutes or so. Just know that it all starts with investing briefly in the right mindset to get moving. That will be Step One.

Go, go, go.

5 Super Simple Steps to Overcoming Monday Morning Depression

Step 1: Picture yourself conquering your day and ATTACK!

See yourself for 10 seconds in your mind’s eye moving quickly through your Monday morning tasks. Now envision yourself getting angry with all that psychologically holds you back, all those negative thoughts that weigh you down. They have no right to linger in your mind. Show them who’s boss by jumping out of bed with conviction. Flex your muscles and yell, “ATTACK!” Let’s punt your Monday morning blues out the proverbial window. That’s it. Be angry and let it propel you forward. Know that you will feel better in a matter of a few minutes!

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Step 2: Create the illusion of control by doing something PERFECTLY!

That’s right. Don’t underestimate the value of treating your mind to the experience of setting a tiny intention and completing it to perfection. Choose anything that takes less than a minute to do perfectly and kill it! Make your bed perfectly. Clean your kitchen countertop. Move your papers on your desk so that they all face the same direction. Wipe your sink so it shines. Anything! Then, once you finish, celebrate how well you set an intention and conquered it by proclaiming out loud, “I did it perfectly.” Give yourself some credit— you created a goal and dominated it.

Step 3: Throw out three items you don’t need.

It’s time to get rid of three things to create a small clearing in the closet in your head. Go ahead. Trash your t-shirt with the brown armpits. Throw away your old shoes with a hole through the sole. Dump a pen that no longer writes well. Get rid of that mug with a chip in it. Let go of the jeans with the huge rip in them that makes them unwearable. Only three things. That’s it! Let it go! In fact, it’s very important to tell yourself, “I’m letting go!” as you toss each item. Celebrate that you just contributed to lightening your mind and your life. Stay angry and carry the momentum to the next step!

Step 4: Play a fight song as you break a tiny sweat doing ANYTHING that doesn’t involve sitting.

Now, if you know a song that serves as a “fight song” for you, put it on now! Don’t waste time choosing a song. If you know one, great. If not, forget the music. Here are four recommendations for kick-ass songs that get me moving: Power by Justin Bieber featuring will.i.am., Out of My Way by Seether, and Stronger or Love Lockdown both by Kanye West. Channel the powerful energy offered by the song, as well as the success you’ve achieved in the past three steps.

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Nothing major here. Just do something to get you a bit sweaty! You’ll love it. Get down on the floor and do a 25-second plank. Lie on your back and lift your legs off the ground for three repetitions of 15 seconds. Run in place for a minute. Do a minute of jumping jacks.

You know what makes you sweat. Just do it! Now!

Feel free to let out a primal scream during the song.

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Step 5: Spread The Love and Give A Compliment

As you continue to sweat after your mini-exercise, create some positive karma by telling your significant other how much you love him or her, or text someone who has been there for you during a tough time in the past. Just share something loving. Offer a compliment. Be grateful. Let him or her know how thankful you are for what they’ve done or what they stand for. Spread an ounce of love. Open your heart. This will feel good. I promise.

If you follow my lead and go through these 5 super easy steps, you’ll feel better. Try to carry the positive mindset and momentum with you to the next stop along your day. Before you know it, it will be Friday again.

Let me know how it goes.

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Last Updated on July 28, 2020

14 Low GI Foods for a Healthier Diet

14 Low GI Foods for a Healthier Diet

Diet trends may come and go, but a low-GI diet remains one of the few that has been shown to include benefits based on science. Low GI foods provide substantial health benefits over those with a high index, and they are key to maintaining a healthy weight.

What is GI? Glycemic index (GI) is the rate at which the carbohydrate content of a food is broken down into glucose and absorbed from the gut into the blood. When you eat foods containing carbohydrates, your body breaks them down into glucose, which is then absorbed into your bloodstream.[1]

The higher the GI of a food, the faster it will be broken down and cause your blood glucose (sugar) to rise. Foods with a high GI rating are digested very quickly and cause your blood sugar to spike. This is why it’s advisable to stick to low GI foods as much as possible, as the carbohydrate content of low GI foods will be digested slowly, allowing a more gradual rise in blood glucose levels.

Foods with a GI scale rating of 70 or more are considered to be high GI. Foods with a rating of 55 or below are considered low GI foods.

It’s important to note that the glycemic index of a food doesn’t factor in the quantity that you eat. For example, although watermelon has a high glycemic index, the water and fiber content of a standard serving of water means it won’t have a significant impact on your blood sugar.

Like watermelon, some high GI foods (such as baked potatoes) are high in nutrients. And some low GI foods (such as corn chips) contain high amounts of trans fats.

In most cases, however, the GI is an important means of gauging the right foods for a healthy diet.

Eating mainly low GI foods every day helps to provide your body with a slow, continuous supply of energy. The carbohydrates in low GI foods is digested slowly, so you feel satisfied for longer. This means you’ll be less likely to suffer from fluctuating sugar levels that can lead to cravings and snacking.

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Let’s continue with some of the best examples of low GI foods.

1. Quinoa

GI: 53

Quinoa has a slightly higher GI than rice or barley, but it contains a much higher proportion of protein. If you don’t get enough protein from the rest of your diet, quinoa could help. It’s technically a seed, so it’s also high in fiber–again, more than most grains. It’s also gluten-free, which makes it excellent for those with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

2. Brown Rice (Steamed)

GI: 50

Versatile and satisfying, brown rice is one of the best low GI foods and is a staple for many dishes around the world. It’s whole rice from which only the husk (the outermost layer) is removed, so it’s a great source of fiber. In fact, brown rice has been shown to help lower cholesterol, improve digestive function, promote fullness, and may even help prevent the formation of blood clots. Just remember to always choose brown over white!

3. Corn on the Cob

GI: 48

Although it tastes sweet, corn on the cob is a good source of slow-burning energy (and one of the tastiest low GI foods). It’s also a good plant source of Vitamin B12, folic acid, and iron, all of which are required for the healthy production of red blood cells in the body. It’s healthiest when eaten without butter and salt!

4. Bananas

GI: 47

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Bananas are a superfood in many ways. They’re rich in potassium and manganese and contain a good amount of vitamin C. Their low GI rating means they’re great for replenishing your fuel stores after a workout.

They are easy to add to smoothies, cereal, or kept on your desk for a quick snack. The less ripe they are, the lower the sugar content is! As one of the best low GI foods, it’s a great addition to any daily diet.

5. Bran Cereal

GI: 43

Bran is famous for being one of the highest cereal sources of fiber. It’s also rich in a huge range of nutrients: calcium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, and a host of B vitamins. Although bran may not be to everyone’s tastes, it can easily be added to other cereals to boost the fiber content and lower the overall GI rating.

6. Natural Muesli

GI: 40

Muesli–when made with unsweetened rolled oats, nuts, dried fruit, and other sugar-free ingredients–is one of the healthiest ways to start the day. It’s also very easy to make at home with a variety of other low GI foods. Add yogurt and fresh fruit for a nourishing, energy-packed breakfast.

7. Apples

GI: 40

Apple skin is a great source of pectin, an important prebiotic that helps to feed the good bacteria in your gut. Apples are also high in polyphenols, which function as antioxidants, and contain a good amount of vitamin C. They are best eaten raw with the skin on! Apples are one of a number of fruits[2] that have a low glycemic index. Be careful which fruits you choose, as many have a large amount of natural sugars[3].

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8. Apricots

GI: 30

Apricots provide both fiber and potassium, which make them an ideal snack for both athletes and anyone trying to keep sugar cravings at bay. They’re also a source of antioxidants and a range of minerals.

Apricots can be added to salads, cereals, or eaten as part of a healthy mix with nuts at any time of the day.

9. Kidney Beans

GI: 29

Kidney beans and other legumes provide a substantial serving of plant-based protein, so they can be used in lots of vegetarian dishes if you’re looking to adopt a plant-based diet[4]. They’re also packed with fiber and a variety of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and other beneficial plant compounds. They are great in soups, stews, or with (whole grain) tacos.

10. Barley

GI: 22

Barley is a cereal grain that can be eaten in lots of ways. It’s an excellent source of B vitamins, including niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), fiber, molybdenum, manganese, and selenium. It also contains beta-glucans, a type of fiber that can support gut health and has been shown to reduce appetite and food intake.

Please note that barley does contain gluten, which makes it unsuitable for anyone who is Celiac[5] or who follows a gluten-free diet. In this case, gluten-free alternatives might include quinoa, buckwheat, or millet.

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11. Raw Nuts

GI: 20

Most nuts have a low GI of between 0 and 20, with cashews slightly higher at around 22. Nuts, as one of the best low GI foods, are a crucial part of the Mediterranean diet[6] and are really the perfect snack: they’re a source of plant-based protein, high in fiber, and contain healthy fats. Add them to smoothies and salads to boost the nutritional content. Try to avoid roasted and salted nuts, as these are made with large amounts of added salt and (usually) trans fats.

12. Carrots

GI: 16

Raw carrots are not only a delicious low GI vegetable, but they really do help your vision! They contain vitamin A (beta carotene) and a host of antioxidants. They’re also low-calorie and high in fiber, and they contain good amounts of vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. Carrots are great for those monitoring their weight as they’ve been linked to lower cholesterol levels.

13. Greek Yogurt

GI: 12

Unsweetened Greek yogurt is not only low GI, but it’s an excellent source of calcium and probiotics, as well. Probiotics help to keep your gut microbiome in balance and support your overall digestive health and immune function. Greek yogurt makes a healthy breakfast, snack, dessert, or a replacement for dip. The most common probiotic strains found in yogurt are Streptococcus thermophilus[7] (found naturally in yogurt) and Lactobacillus acidophilus[8] (which is often added by the manufacturer). You can also look into probiotic supplements for improving your gut health.

14. Hummus

GI: 6

When made the traditional way from chickpeas and tahini, hummus is a fantastic, low-GI dish. It’s a staple in many Middle Eastern countries and can be eaten with almost any savory meal. Full of fiber to maintain satiety and feed your good gut bacteria, hummus is great paired with freshly-chopped vegetables, such as carrots and celery.

Bottom Line

If you’re looking to eat healthier or simply cut down on snacking throughout the day, eating low GI foods is a great way to get started. Choose any of the above foods for a healthy addition to your daily diet and start feeling better for longer.

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