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7 Must-Know Things about Meal Planning to Keep your Diet on Track

7 Must-Know Things about Meal Planning to Keep your Diet on Track

Having a good diet plan is always the key to living a happy and healthy life. If you want to maintain your weight, it is important to plan your meals and it is essential for making your diet a success.

Planning the meals helps in managing time and make it easier to prepare for the home cooked meals. It will assist in making the life stress free and have a lot of positive impact in improving your personal health and you family’s as well.

It will also assist in running the whole household smoothly, so it not only has a positive impact on your physical health but also for your mental health. You can live a healthy life by cooking dash diet recipes because they are an excellent source of balanced diet.

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Here are some of the diet tips for meal planning that will help in keeping your diet on track.

1. Drink Plenty of Water

Before eating your meals make sure that you drink a glass of water. The water will help in making you less hungry. Drinking water before meals is a good practice because people often mistake their thirst for hunger. You can end up eating extra and consuming extra calories.

Also stay away from the sugary soft drinks because they will increase the sugar level and it is not good for your health. You can satisfy your thirst by drinking flavored sparkling water or just take a brewing cup of herbal tea that is fruit-infused.

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2. Choosy About the Night Snack

People often eat mindlessly after dinner because that is the relaxation time. People often watch television at this time which makes them crave for food. It is the easiest way of putting your diet off the course. You can manage to avoid that by closing the kitchen down after the dinner time.

You can also deal with the late night eating by making it healthy. Choose snacks which are low-calorie because they will satisfy your hunger and not mess up the calorie consumption. You can include a scoop of low-fat ice cream.

3. Enjoy Your Favorite Food

You do not need to cut off your favorite food completely. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, you should opt to become a slim shopper. While shopping try to buy just one fresh cookie instead of buying the whole box.

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Slimming down the portion of your favorite food is the key to a healthy diet. With small portions, you can still enjoy your favorite food, while not increasing the calorie consumption. For a balanced diet, moderation is the key.

4. Eat Several Mini-Meals in a Day

You can successfully maintain your weight by consuming fewer calories than you are burning. If you are feeling hungry, all the time it can be difficult for you to live on few calories. The best solution for dealing with your hunger is to eat four to five meals a day. It is the best way of controlling your appetite.

It is also suitable for the weight as well. Eating small meals will also keep you away from obesity. You should divide the daily calories in smaller meals and include some snacks as well. But always remember that your last meal should be your dinner. Do not eat any small meals after dinner.

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5. Including Proteins in Your Daily Meal

Proteins are the ultimate food for filling up your stomach. Eating proteins is much more satisfying than the fats or carbs. It keeps the stomach full for a longer period. Proteins are useful for preserving the muscle mass. It also encourages the burning of extra fat so make sure that you include it in your daily meals. You can add lean meat, seafood, eggs, yogurt, cheese or beans in your diet plan.

6. Adding Spices

Adding chilies and spices to the food results in stimulating the taste buds and it can be more satisfying. You will eat small portions and be satisfied. It will help in keeping a low-calorie count while enjoying the food. Spices are also known to help with calorie burning, so the food will not just be tasty it will also be healthier.

7. Swapping Pasta for Vegetables

While making your diet plan, you should swap your pasta dishes with salads full of vegetables. You can decrease the calorie consumption by reducing the portion of starch and replacing it with colorful vegetables.

These tips are very helpful in planning a safe and healthy meal. These simple practices will also assist you in keeping your diet on track.

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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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