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6 Simple Foods with Amazing Health Benefits

6 Simple Foods with Amazing Health Benefits

Everything you eat affects your body, for good or bad. That’s why your diet is so important to your health. You’ve heard about all the diet crazes, but most of them focus on what you can’t eat. We’ve compiled a short list of simple foods that comply with practically every diet out there. Check out these six foods that offer amazing health benefits.

Grapefruit

grapefruit

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    People with type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance often turn to grapefruit because it helps people lose weight and balance insulin levels. Grapefruit also has tons of other health benefits (such as antioxidants) that protect against cancer and disease. If you don’t like the sour/tart taste of grapefruit on its own, it’s easy to squeeze the juice into smoothies or sauces to get the same benefits.

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    Almonds

    Almonds

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      Most nuts make for a healthy snack because of the protein, but almonds also offer the benefit of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, vitamin E, and fiber. Look for granola bars with almonds or eat almonds raw on their own for a delicious and quick snack. You can also roast almonds or add them to other dishes.

      Bone Broth

      Here is my #reindeer bone broth. #ravintolapäivä #restaurantday

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        Bone broth is quickly becoming a trend among health-conscious people because of its amazing health benefits. It protects your bones and joints because of its natural collagen and gelatin, it heals and seals your gut, it makes you look younger and sleep better, and it’s good for your overall immune system. You can drink bone broth in a mug or use it as a soup base.

        Kale

        Kale Olive Salad

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          In terms of nutrition, kale is one of the best greens you can eat. It’s full of antioxidants and it’s an excellent source of iron, calcium, and fiber. You can add the kale greens to salads or prepare it by steaming, boiling, or roasting. The most popular way to eat kale is simple: chopped up and added to a veggie salad.

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          Eggs

          Fried Eggs and Spinach

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            There are six grams of protein in one egg and only 70 calories. It’s frequently listed on top superfood lists because of all the essential nutrients it provides to your body. The best part is that eggs are relatively inexpensive and easy to add to your diet. Simply scramble them up for breakfast or fry an egg and add it to a sandwich.

            Salmon

            salmon

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              Fish is generally considered healthier than beef and chicken, but salmon is at the top of the list. It is good for your heart because of its high dose of mega-3 fatty acids. Eating salmon also improves the look of your skin and function of your eyes. It is easiest to prepare by pan frying or barbecuing.

              Apples

              Apple

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                Apples are one of those items that frequently make their way into your cart at the grocery store because they’re both healthy and delicious. However, you might not have realized that apples are a superfood. They are packed with querceten, an antibiotic that protects your body from cancer. Apples also protect you from Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes, and other debilitating diseases. So, an apple a day literally does keep the doctor away. These benefits are found in both the sweet red apples and more tart green apples.

                If you care about your health, start adding these foods into your diet. You’ll have more energy and feel great. A good rule of thumb to remember is that whole foods are tremendously better than anything processed.  Other super foods you should try are blueberries, avocados, beets, chickpeas, and cucumbers.

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                Last Updated on August 21, 2018

                6 Ways Journaling Will Change Your Life

                6 Ways Journaling Will Change Your Life

                I have been writing something about myself or my everyday for almost 2 years now. It has been one of greatest and most freeing experiences in my life because I can actually slow myself down to think about what’s truly happening around me as well as my part in it.

                Most people treat journaling as something they “know they should do” but rarely ever take up the practice and if they do, they fall off the wagon within a few months. But, it doesn’t have to be this way, especially when you learn about the amazing benefits of journaling.

                Here are 6 ways that journaling will change your life.

                1. How do you really feel?

                Journaling can help you get out of the way of what you truly feel on the inside. In other words, taken the time to sit and write about something that is affecting you can lead to a deeper and more realistic view of what feelings you are actually feeling.

                When we are caught up in the “rat-race” of life, we tend to disregard our feelings and keep ourselves, busy and jaded. It isn’t until we slow down for some time to let the feelings inside be what they truly are.

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                2. Point of view

                Another thing that journaling can give us is a better understanding of our own point of view as well as what others may think of a situation.

                It’s always thought to know exactly what others are thinking, but journaling can allow us to slow down enough to start to try to understand someone else’s point of view.

                3. A life worth living

                I like to think of journaling as “my life’s story”. That alone makes it fun, enjoyable, and inspiring to write a little about myself and what is going on with me every single day.

                After you have journaled continuously for sometime and you look back on the things that you have written you may realize that your life is much more interesting and deep than you once thought.

                In fact, if you are down on yourself a lot, journaling is a great way to get around this and discover that your life is truly worth living.

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                4. Hi, my name is…

                Do you know yourself? Without thinking too hard about it, you may just simply say, “of course I do,” yet if you haven’t done some serious introspection and work on who you are, chances are you may only know who you think you are.

                This was definitely the case for me before I started writing for myself every single day. I thought that I knew what I liked and disliked, who I was, and where I was going in life.

                But in reality I these aspects of myself were what I thought I should be; not actually who I was.

                With journaling, I uncovered dreams and goals that I never imagine would be mine. I realized that there were so many things that I just couldn’t stand to do and therefore gave myself boundaries to say “no” more.

                Journaling can do this for you too. You can finally say hello to yourself.

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                5. A cooler old person

                The idea of being able to write for your life and then pass that writing onto someone else, whether it be old friends, children, grandchildren, etc. is inspiring.

                I could only wish that my father or grandfather would have been able to pass on something like that to me. It wouldn’t have mattered if the words they wrote were deep or insightful; just as long as they were words that I could read and feel more connected to them.

                You can journal every day and then pass this legacy on to loved ones later in life. They can learn about you and what made you tick as a human.

                6. Build your serenity

                Getting back to number one; when you start to write about your feelings and how situations in your life change your feelings you gain the ability to start to process those feelings.

                Rather than leaving feelings completely bottled up inside, you can put them down on paper and get them out of your heart and mind so you can process and understand them more which will lead to a more serene existence.

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                This especially works well with feelings like anger, jealousy, resentment, etc. Putting these feeling out on paper and letting them take their course is a great way to stay balanced.

                The simple act of writing a few words, sentences, or paragraphs everyday can have a profound and instant effect on your life for the better.

                Journaling can change your life and make you more interested and interesting through the years.

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