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Eat and Drink Your Way to Feeling More Energetic

Eat and Drink Your Way to Feeling More Energetic

Do you feel tired all the time?  What you eat and drink can have a huge effect on your energy levels. Foods high in fat can make you feel sluggish and less alert while sugary foods can give you a boost, at first, only to leave you feeling drained later. However, the foods and drinks listed here fight fatigue, benefit your health and help you feel energetic all day.

1. Begin the Day with an Omelet

Whether you eat them scrambled, poached, or as an omelet, eggs are very delicious and healthy. Plus, eggs are an excellent source of protein. The protein aids the body in maintaining constant blood sugar levels while the B vitamins found in eggs support the body’s energy production.

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2. Enjoy Some Dark Chocolate

You may have heard that eating dark chocolate can lower your blood pressure, but did you know it can also give you a boost of energy? Dark chocolate is rich in the antioxidant polyphenols. Polyphenols help to regulate cellular activity in the body and increase energy. Eating dark chocolate also increases serotonin, a chemical in the brain that controls feelings of tiredness. An imbalance of serotonin can bring on bouts of depression. So grab yourself a few bites of dark chocolate for an extra boost of energy throughout the day.

3. Eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains

Fruits and vegetables are known for being rich in water, and whole grains for being a good source of fiber. These foods have the ability to keep us feeling fuller for a longer period of time, boost energy, and help fight obesity by reducing acidity in the body. In fact, when the human body has far too much acidity, it tries to compensate by building up thick layers of protective fat. So the effective way to make the body more alkaline and to fight obesity is to increase our intake of them.

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4. Cook Some Oatmeal

Oatmeal is rich in fiber and can provide you with quick energy due to its high carbohydrate content. However, unlike other cereals, oatmeal will not send you crashing back down from a sugar rush. The carbohydrates in the oats are stored as glycogen which is a substance in the body that provides fuel for your brain and muscles.

5. Indulge in a Handful of Almonds

Nuts are packed with protein and fiber, providing you with enough energy to keep you moving throughout the day.  Almonds, in particular, contain the mineral magnesium that turns sugar into energy.  Mix some raisins with your almonds for a simple way to boost your energy levels even more.

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6. Eat a Cup of Yogurt

Choked full of probiotics and protein, yogurt is good for your digestive system and offers a quick boost of energy that will not send you crashing down later. Because the protein in yogurt stays in your stomach for a longer amount of time than carbohydrates, it promises an even longer lasting supply of energy. Yogurt is also easily digested, unlike ice cream which can sometimes cause stomach pain.

7. Pour Yourself a Glass of Green Tea

Green tea is a proven fatigue fighter because it offers natural caffeine and is full of antioxidants. Green tea also contains polyphenols and L-theanine, both of which provide many positive health benefits. Along with boosting energy levels, these nutrients can increase alertness, improve memory and concentration while decreasing stress and anxiety.

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8. Drink More Water

Most people do not get enough water. Lack of water can make you feel tired and rundown. By keeping yourself hydrated, the body can carry out necessary actions. When the body becomes even slightly dehydrated, various bodily systems slow down causing both your body and mind to suffer.

There are many reasons why you might feel tired and sluggish. Certain medications, too little sleep, and overeating are just a few things that can contribute to low energy. However, these foods can help you maintain a steady stream of energy. So grab a handful of almonds, a tall glass of water and enjoy feeling better longer!

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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