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Yogurt Can Be Like Junk Food If You Don’t Choose Carefully

Yogurt Can Be Like Junk Food If You Don’t Choose Carefully

Yogurt is well known for probiotics which can boost your health. If you make yogurt at home, you can be sure of the content and its quality, but the majority of store-bought yogurt can surprisingly be considered junk food because it’s high in sugar and contains other unhealthy additives. That’s why you need to pay attention to the labels and choose carefully which yogurt to buy. Here are 7 things to watch out for that can turn otherwise healthy probiotic yogurt into harmful junk food.

    1. Sugar

    In order to avoid sugar, stay away from obvious sugar-laden products like yogurt topped with candy toppings or crushed cookies. Yogurt has plenty of naturally-occurring sugar such as lactose. Seeing sugar in the ingredient list is not a reason to avoid the product, as the yogurt may include both lactose and fructose (which is from the fruit). However, if sugar is listed as the first or second ingredient, it’s better to look for another brand.

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      2. Artificial Flavoring

      If a yogurt brand says “strawberry flavored,” chances are it contains artificial flavoring and doesn’t have any real fruit in it at all. If you want fruit-flavored yogurt, check that actual fruit is listed in the ingredients. It should be one of the top ingredients. In fact, buying plain yogurt and adding your own fresh fruit is a healthier idea than fruit-flavored products.

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        3. Heat-Treated Yogurt Products

        To reduce the tartness and increase the shelf life, some companies heat-treat some yogurt products. This kills the microbes in the yogurt and removes the probiotics, which helps boost your immune system. So check the label to ensure that there are “live and active cultures.” If the yogurt is heat-treated after culturing, the label should contain that information. You can also look for the “Live and Active Culture” seal created by the National Yogurt Association, (though not every company chooses to carry this seal).

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        Last Updated on December 2, 2018

        How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

        How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

        Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

        The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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        The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

        Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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        Review Your Past Flow

        Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

        Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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        Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

        Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

        Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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        Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

        Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

        We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

        Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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