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Seize the Day with Vitamins: 4 Vitamin-Packed Juicing Recipes for Energy

Seize the Day with Vitamins: 4 Vitamin-Packed Juicing Recipes for Energy

Nowadays, more than ever, a healthy life can easily be considered as trendy. Through the expansion and availability of the Internet, people are finding ways to educate themselves on how to live a healthy life. If you want to be healthy, you should take care of your diet first.

Vitamins intake plays a significant role when it comes to the proper function of our body. It is the oldest story in the book – vitamins are necessary!

If that sounds like something that our grandmas always used to tell us, the best way to understand why we need vitamins is to try to understand what vitamins actually are and where to find them.

Nutritious and Healthy Fresh Juice

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    Vitamins will not provide energy like proteins, carbs, and fats, but they are more like essential compounds which will help our body grow, develop and function optimally. Also, they play a vital role in our body functions such as immunity, digestion and metabolism overall. In other words – if vitamins are missing from our diet – it will directly result in our health and not in a good way! The sugars from fruits are a healthy alternative to chocolate, sweets or cakes.

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    Besides eating fresh fruit, juices are the next best thing for a healthy dose of vitamins. One thing to have in mind is that factory-made juices are full of artificial sugars and flavors and actually contain a very small amount of freshly squeezed fruit. In a word, they do not differ much from aerated beverages that we avoid drinking. To make sure that you drink fresh juices, make these drinks yourself.

    Creative Ways to Add Nutrients to your Diet

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      Juicing will extract that valuable juice with all the vitamins and minerals from fresh fruits and veggies. Think about it as easier, fun and more creative way to add nutrients to your diet or simply to try something you wouldn’t usually eat.

      Whether you are new to juicing or not, there are a lot of misinformation concerning the topic of juicers since there are various types available on the market. If you want to exploit all those healthy nutrients from your food to the maximum, the best way is by using a masticating juicer. It will chew the fruits and veggies all up into a pulp making it an efficient way of extracting the juice from the food you throw into it.

      Be sure not to confuse them with blenders since blenders will process the fibers and the nutrients together. As we talked about it earlier, fibers are also super-important, so why in some cases this is not a good idea? Well, in some cases, when we want to juice for health, mixing nutrients with fibers will decrease their intake efficiency since fiber will trigger the digestive process. When we drink pure juice before any digestion begins, referred as “on an empty stomach” – up to 90% of the nutrients will be absorbed opposite to 30% during digestion.

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      There are many tutorials on Youtube if you don’t know how to use a juicer and many recipes on the internet. If you are a more traditional type  you can order cookbooks online or find them in a local bookstore.

      Here are some delicious, tested recipes:

      1. A Great Power Drink

      This fresh juice is a great source of energy; it’s great for starting a day or recharging during the day.

      Ingredients for two glasses:

      • 2 medium carrots,
      • 2 medium beets,
      • 1 large apple,
      • 2 peeled clementines
      • A piece of ginger.

      There is no need to peel the ingredients, except for clementines, as long as you have washed them properly.  Make fresh juices from all of this ingredients separately, and mix them together.

      2. Cucumber and Watermelon Juice

      This juice is the best choice for hot summer days. Its primary purpose is to rehydrate.

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      Ingredients:

      • 1 large cucumber,
      • 6 cups diced watermelon flesh,
      • 15 mint leaves with stems,
      • 2 limes,
      • 1 tablespoon sugar

      Peel cucumber and put it in a juicer. After that put watermelon in a juicer. Mix juices and add sugar, mint and 2 tablespoons of limes. Put in a fridge for an hour and serve with ice.

      3. An Antioxidant juice

      This drink boosts the immune system and helps you fight infections.

      Ingredients:

      • 4 medium sized apples,
      • 2 cups of black grapes,
      • 1 cup of chopped kiwis or strawberries,
      • ½ cup chopped beetroot

      There is no need to peel the ingredients, except kiwis. Put ingredients in juicer separately. Mix fresh juices and serve with ice.

      4. A Refreshing Wake-up Juice

      This juice is perfect for the ones who need extra motivation to get out of the bed. It is sweet and refreshing, and its pink color reflects sunrise.

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      Ingredients:

      • 1 medium grapefruit,
      • 1 small apple,
      • 4 small carrots,
      • 1 tablespoon of ginger,
      • ½ small lemon

      Before juicing all ingredients, peel grapefruit, ginger, and lemon. Serve in bed.

      Experience the energy surge

      Start your day with a glass of freshly squeezed juice and be surprised how much energy you will have during the day. Unleash your creativity by combining different fruits and vegetables, and the effects of combining vitamins will be visible. You will feel healthier, more productive and energized and that is a great change, isn’t it?

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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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