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November Is Diabetes Awareness Month: Here Are 6 Natural Diabetes-Preventing Remedies

November Is Diabetes Awareness Month: Here Are 6 Natural Diabetes-Preventing Remedies

November is American Diabetes Month,  which means you should raise your awareness of the dangers of developing diabetes and the treatment options available. About 86 million people in America are at risk of developing diabetes because of the high-sugar Western diet and fast food popularity. But mostly it’s because almost 70 percent of adults are either overweight or obese, and 90 percent of type 2 diabetes sufferers are either obese or overweight. Doctors have linked being overweight or obese as a huge risk factor for developing diabetes.

If you’re overweight, here are some natural, healthy ways that can help you prevent developing diabetes and slim your waistline.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

At least 35 percent of obesity-specializing doctors prescribe phentermine, which is an effective appetite suppressant, because of its effectiveness in lowering their patients’ body weight. Doctors also prescribe it for diabetes management. But phentermine and other weight control pharmaceuticals can be expensive, and possibly wrought with side effects, like swelling and trouble breathing.

But did you know a $5 bottle of vinegar can give you almost the same appetite suppressing effects for months? Researchers found that taking diluted vinegar before eating suppresses your appetite and boosts your satiety. Participants felt less hungry after taking the vinegar and ate less when their meal was presented to them. But researchers think the reason is because the vinegar solution made the subjects feel nauseous.

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Taking diluted vinegar right before a meal also directly protects you from and helps treat diabetes. Diabetic participants who took two teaspoons of vinegar right before eating experienced 20 percent lowered blood sugar levels after their meal compared with the control group. The effect lasts five hours, but is less effective the earlier you take it before eating. But if you eat within five hours of drinking two teaspoons of vinegar diluted in water, you’ll have lowered blood sugar levels.

2. Daily Alpha Lipoic Supplements

WebMD says that alpha-lipoic acid supplements can help treat type 2 diabetes. Evidence shows that alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) helps improve insulin resistance. They can also help heal the side effects caused by diabetes, like nerve damage caused by chronic diabetes and damage to retinas.

As a bonus, taking ALA also alleviates any back pain you might be experiencing. Researchers who gave chronic lower back pain sufferers 600 milligrams of ALA experienced so much pain relief that they stopped taking analgesics.

Why is ALA so holistically healthy? Because it’s one of the wholesome nutrients found in tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, and many types of cruciferous vegetables. Not only can eating your greens everyday prevent diabetes, but their fiber keeps you feeling full so you’ll be less likely to overeat. This helps you lose weight. But if you want the full diabetes-preventing effects, you should also take the supplement.

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3. Green Coffee Bean Extract

Researchers found that taking green coffee bean extract can help you lose about 6 pounds. Researchers believe this supplement can help curb the obesity epidemic plaguing America.

They also found that it can lower your blood sugar levels if they’re raised too high by your liver. They think this property makes green coffee bean extract a good natural treatment for diabetes.

4. Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting can help you lose weight and prevent diabetes too. It goes by many names since many fad diets are variations on it. Even if you’re not familiar with what intermittent fasting is, you’ve already done it if you’ve ever skipped a meal – because that’s all it is! But when you intermittently fast intentionally you usually eat on a set schedule such that you’re “intermittently fasting.”

If you do the math, skipping a meal everyday means you’re taking in less calories everyday. Logically, you would lose weight if you’re taking in less calories than you’re spending because of the missing meal. In fact, when researchers studied participants who underwent intermittent fasting, they found these participants lost 10 percent of their extra fat. But besides the math, intermittent fasting also directly boosts your metabolism, which is another reason why you’ll weight. Why? Researchers discovered that when you fast, your body goes into survival mode, which is what your body does when you exercise vigorously.

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According to nutrition expert Brad Pilon, intermittent fasting also improves your insulin sensitivity, which helps prevent and treat diabetes. For better weight loss results, he advises that you stick to water, black coffee, tea, sparkling water, and maybe diet soda when on your intermittent fasting diet.

5. Red Wine

Here’s a weight loss drink you’ll be more than happy to drink – wine! This party and romantic beverage can cut down how much fat you gain by 40 percent. It also improves your heart the same way that exercising moderately for an hour does. So if you’re about to eat a big dinner, a glass of red wine keeps your weight gain down by almost half. Red wine may also help you lose weight because it promotes your stagnant fats to burn actively without you exercising.

Red wine is also filled with nutrients, like vitamin B and iron, and loaded with antioxidants. These antioxidants help ward off chronic diseases.

If you drink red wine once a day, you help prevent diabetes by cutting how much excess fat your body stores. Doing so also protects your heart and body from serious illnesses. As a bonus, red wine has also been found to slow aging by repairing your DNA.

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6. Protein Powder

Protein powders aren’t just for building muscle. Researchers found they can help you lose weight and help prevent and treat diabetes too. They found that taking whey protein lowers your insulin and blood sugar levels (while also obviously boosting your muscle growth).

Choose rice protein powder because it’s been found to lower blood sugar levels and boost fat burning better than casein protein powder. Also, researchers found that vegetable-based protein powders protect your heart, kidneys, and boost your immunity while animal-based protein powders don’t really offer these extra benefits.

This November, boost your diabetes prevention or treatment with these natural, holistically healthy remedies. They not only keep diabetes at bay, but also protect you from other diseases and help you slim down.

Featured photo credit: TesaPhotography via pixabay.com

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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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