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Here Are Some Food Options To Fit Your Schedule

Here Are Some Food Options To Fit Your Schedule

We can all agree that food is essential for your body to sustain life. Well, what if I told you that the entire task of feeding yourself would fall upon solely you from this point on? That means you would be responsible for finding, growing, or killing your own food, preparing it, and cooking it. That would be a major obstacle for some of us today wouldn’t it? Thankfully, we no longer live in the stone-age. We have options all around us for meeting our food needs. No matter what your schedule is the quality of your diet doesn’t have to suffer.

Cooking For Yourself

    I know what many of you are thinking. You are thinking that you don’t have time with such a busy schedule to cook for yourself. Well, what I would say to that is the internet has made it easy with cheat sheets for cooking. They can turn cooking into a stress-free, enjoyable experience for individuals who don’t think they have the time or those who could use a little help in the kitchen. Cooking for yourself can save you some time and money. What excuse is there really for not taking advantage of your own taste and talent?

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    Cooking Classes

      A cooking class will allow you to learn and sharpen your cooking skills for a small fee while giving you the opportunity to enjoy a meal you cooked. Many people who participate in classes also use it as a social opportunity to network, ask questions, trade ideas, and meet new people. The great thing about a classroom setting is that no matter your level of experience, everyone can learn something new. Remember, this is just another option to consider.

      Restaurants and Catering

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        It is totally understandable that not everyone likes to cook. Restaurants like Austin Gourmet offer the traditional restaurant and catering services to fit your needs. Just look at it this way, you can go to a restaurant, order your favorite dish and eat. You can also have a restaurant cook for your household. Sounds like a great combination right? This is a convenient choice for professionals who really don’t have time to cook, and may be always on the go. It gives you the opportunity to be served anywhere while having the freedom to relax and enjoy a professional meal.

        Private Chef

          We live in an on-demand society that wants things now. The great thing about that is you can have them now. Have you ever thought of hiring a chef? There are many chefs out there who will come to your home and cook a private dinner for you. Think about what you are investing in and use your imagination. It’s like bringing your favorite restaurant into your home and not having to deal with long waits and noisy crowds. You will be able to eat your food in peace with your chef cooking in your kitchen.

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          On-Demand Food Services

            Investing in an on-demand food delivery service can also add some spice to your routine. These new type of web-based services allow you to tailor a meal with fresh ingredients for a fee and they deliver it to your door. They are growing in popularity. What makes it great is that you know and understand what you are getting into because you are in total control of the cooking process.

            Conclusion

            Hopefully, these ideas will assist you in your food endeavors. There are many options and you want to make a decision that works for you. Whether you choose to cook or hire a private chef, at this point you have no excuse for eating badly given the options presented.

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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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