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Think That Corn Flakes Are Healthy Options? Then You Should Read This

Think That Corn Flakes Are Healthy Options? Then You Should Read This

You know the routine: wake up, take a shower, grab a bowl, a spoon, and a box of corn flakes. Sound familiar? Well, I have news for you. If you’re eating those corn flakes because you think they’re a healthy breakfast option, you may as well be eating chocolate cake.

Corn Flakes Are Not That Healthy

Corn flakes are far from the healthiest breakfast cereal. Actually, they are a refined carbohydrate. This means that the most nutritious part of the grain and its fiber have been removed. But, fiber is exactly what we should be adding to our diet! Because refined carbohydrates have had all of their vitamins and minerals removed, they are considered empty calories. That’s right, you’ve been starting your day on empty calories.

Do you find yourself hungry again before it’s time for lunch? That’s because your body is digesting the corn flakes too quickly which causes a sharp increase in your blood sugar level. The increased blood sugar leads to increased insulin production as well.

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Because of this, corn flakes are considered a high glycemic food, as are most refined carbohydrates. High glycemic foods have been linked to obesity because the feeling of constant hunger leads to overeating. In addition to obesity, consuming refined carbohydrates has been connected to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

A Healthier Alternative: Bran Flakes (Whole Grain) Instead Of Corn Flakes (“White Grain”)

Want a healthy alternative? Try bran flakes instead. Not convinced? Take a look at this picture:

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    Just a quick glance and you can see that bran flakes, a whole grain, offer more than corn flakes, a “white grain”.

    What is Bran Actually?

    Bran is the outer part of a wheat kernel and is usually discarded during the refining process. It is considered a whole grain and is rich in fiber, vitamins, healthy fats, minerals, and antioxidants. Its high nutritional value and fiber-rich layer means you feel full longer. This is because your body digests this complex carbohydrate more slowly, which prevents the surge in blood sugar levels and insulin production.

    The Benefits of Bran

    It Boosts Your Digestion

    As previously mentioned, bran flakes are full of fiber. Just one serving gives you around 20% of the daily recommended intake. Your body needs all of that fiber to maintain healthy digestion and prevent constipation. Because the fiber slows down digestion, bran flakes can keep you feeling full for longer in the mornings.

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    It Keeps You From Getting Hungry So Easily

    Even though bran flakes keep you from getting hungry before lunchtime, one serving actually has less calories than corn flakes. Lower calorie intake and feeling full for longer have the added benefit of weight loss.

    It Contains More Vitamins And Minerals

    Bran also contains more vitamins and minerals than corn flakes. Some of the minerals found in this morning bowl of cereal include zinc, copper, manganese, iron, calcium, and magnesium. Additionally, bran contains vitamins like A, B1, B2, B3, B6, D, and E.

    It Lowers Cholesterol Levels

    Consuming dietary fiber has also been linked to lowering cholesterol levels. High cholesterol leads to clogged arteries, which can cause stroke and even heart attack. So, eating bran flakes instead of corn flakes has the additional benefit of reducing your risk of heart attack and stroke.

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    Adding Bran Flakes to Your Diet

    For some people, switching from corn flakes to bran flakes in the morning may be difficult because the taste is different. If this is true for you, try gradually making the switch. Fill your bowl halfway with corn flakes and halfway with bran flakes, gradually increase the bran flake content over the week.

    To make your breakfast even healthier, try adding some fresh fruit, raisins, unsweetened coconut flakes, or nuts. Eating bran flakes with plain yogurt is another delicious alternative. Cut up a banana and drizzle a little bit of honey.

    If you have been consuming a low fiber diet, the sudden switch to bran flakes might result in diarrhea. So, switching gradually might be the best option for you. Also, remember to drink plenty of water all day long to avoid constipation.

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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.

    Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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