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A Wholesome Diet Is What You Need to Gain Happiness: 30 Natural Low-Carb Foods

A Wholesome Diet Is What You Need to Gain Happiness: 30 Natural Low-Carb Foods

The Importance of Low-Carb Diet

In the last few decades, health authorities have guided us towards a diet low in calories and fat. The issue is, even when many people stick to these diets, they tend not to get desired results [1]

The alternative available is a diet low in carbs. This involves restricting a high intake of carbohydrates in the form of starches and sugars replacing them with protein and fat. Diets low in carb reduce appetites which in turn makes your calorie intake lower and weight loss is effortless, provided that carbs are kept down.

Cutting Carb Intake Improve Your Health from Several Aspects

Studies clearly indicate that low carb diets are beyond weight loss. Cutting down on your carb intake has a range of significant benefits:

  • It reduces hunger levels
  • It is an “automatic” program of weight loss without the need to count calories.
  • Low-Carb diets result in a greater percentage of weight loss than low-fat diets
  • Low-Carb diets benefit metabolic health. This reduces blood sugar, blood pressure and various other health complications are alleviated.

All of this means you can eat until you are full, feel the satisfaction and still manage to lose weight.

The Perfect Amount of Carb Intake

There is no clear cut definition of exactly what constitutes a “low carb diet”. What is low for one may not be low for another. The carb intake for an individual depends on gender, age and body composition, personal preferences, lifestyle, levels of activity, food culture and the current metabolic state of health.

Physically active people with more muscle mass tolerate a higher level of carbs than ‘desk-bound’ people. Metabolic health is an important factor. People can get obese and even diabetes with a metabolic syndrome. Those that fall into this category cannot tolerate the same carb intake as those that are healthy.

By simply removing unhealthy carb sources from your daily diet in the form of refined wheat and sugar additives, you are well on the path to better health. To enjoy metabolic benefits fully you have to restrict other sources of carb,

Let us get down to what you may eat:

  • Every single vegetable
  • Fruit combination varieties
  • A portion of healthy starches like sweet potatoes, potatoes and healthy grains like oats and rice

******Base meal plans around foods with a low carb content to lose weight and improve overall health.

Most low carb foods are healthy, delicious and nutritious.

The 30 Most Low-Carb Foods:

1. Eggs (Carbs: Almost 0)

    Eggs are a healthy and nutritious source of food, loaded with multiple nutrients, including nutrients for the brain as well as compounds that can improve eyes.

    Meats

    All meats types are close to a zero level of carb except liver that contains approximately 5% of carbs

    2. Beef (Carbs: 0)

      Beef is a satisfying food form loaded with nutrients like B12 and iron. There are various beef types like ground beef, steak and hamburgers.

      3. Lamb (Carbs: 0)

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        Lamb contains numerous nutrients including B1. Lamb is grass-fed, and is high in fatty beneficial acids.

        4. Chicken (Carbs 0)

          Chicken is the most popular meat in the world. It has beneficial nutrients, and is a good protein source. On a low carb diet, it is better to choose wings and thighs, the ‘fattier’ portions.

          5. Pork inclusive of Bacon (Carbs 0, in most cases)

            Pork is delicious meat type and bacon one of the favorites for low-carb dieters. Bacon is a meat that processed meat, so it is not a “health food”. It is however, acceptable to moderate amounts when on a low-carb diet. Buy bacon locally, without the artificial ingredients. Read labels to check sugar content to ensure carbs are kept at the zero level.

            Other low carb meats include Turkey, Bison, Veal and Venison.

            Seafoods

            Seafoods are healthy and nutritious, high in Omega 3 fatty acids, iodine and vitamin B12, with no carbohydrates.

            6. Salmon (Carbs: 0)

              Salmon is the most popular fish type for the health conscious since it contains Omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon is also loaded with B12, iodine, and contains vitamin D3.

              7. Trout (Carbs: 0)

                Trout, like salmon is a fish type which is loaded with important nutrients including Omega-3 fatty acids.

                8. Sardines (Carbs: 0)

                  Sardines are eaten whole,with bones. Sardines are nutrient-dense consisting of every kind of nutrient needed by the human body .

                  9. Shellfish (Carbs: 4-5%)

                    Shellfish are nutritious and should be part of meals. They consist of a high protein percentage and are low in fat.

                    Other Low-Car Seafood include: Shrimp, Lobster, Haddock, Tuna, Herring, Cod, Catfish and Halibut.

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                    Vegetables

                    Most vegetables have a low percentage of carbs. Cruciferous vegetables and leafy greens are the lowest, and majority of the carbs in them contain fiber. Root vegetables like sweet potatoes and potatoes are high in carb content.

                    10. Broccoli (Carbs: 7%)

                      Broccoli can be eaten raw or cooked. It contains high levels of vitamin C, K and fiber with cancer-fighting compounds.

                      11. Tomatoes (Carbs: 4%)

                        Tomatoes, high in potassium and vitamin C are essentially berries or fruits, but used as vegetables.

                        12. Onions ( Carbs: 9%)

                          Onions are tasty plants adding powerful flavor to meals. They are high in antioxidants and fiber, and consist compounds that are anti-inflammatory.

                          13. Brussels Sprouts (Carbs: 7%)

                            Brussels sprouts are nutritious vegetables, related to kale and broccoli. High in vitamins C and K, they contain beneficial compounds.

                            14. Cauliflower (Carbs: 5%)

                              Versatile and tasty cauliflower, is a vegetable high in folate and vitamins C and K.

                              15. Kale (Carbs: 10%)

                                Kale, a popular vegetable among the health-conscious, is loaded with vitamin C, fiber, vitamin K, as well as carotene antioxidants.

                                16. Eggplant (Carbs: 6%)

                                  Eggplant is high in fiber, a fruit consumed like a vegetable.

                                  17. Cucumber (Carbs: 4%)

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                                    Cucumber has a mild flavor, consisting mainly of water, with a small vitamin K percentage

                                    18. Bell Peppers (Carbs: 6%)

                                      Bell peppers have a satisfying and distinct flavor and are high in fiber, vitamin C as well as carotene antioxidants.

                                      19. Asparagus (Carbs: 2%)

                                        Asparagus, a delicious spring vegetable, is high in fiber, folate and vitamin C, together with carotene antioxidants. It has a high protein content.

                                        20. Green Beans (Carbs: 7%)

                                          Green beans are legumes, consumed as vegetables. They are high in nutrients that include vitamin C, protein, fiber, vitamin K, potassium and manganese.

                                          21. Mushrooms ( Carbs: 3%)

                                            Mushrooms are not plants, but treated as vegetables. They contain potassium, and have a high content of B-vitamins.

                                            Other Vegetables low in carbs include: Celery, Zucchini, Spinach, Swiss chard and Cabbage

                                            Except for the root vegetables that are starchy all vegetables have a low percentage of carbs . You can consume vegetables in large proportions and stay within carb limits.

                                            Berries and Fruits

                                            Fruits are higher in carbs than vegetables and may be controversial but olives and avocados are high in healthy fats and berries low in sugar are excellent.

                                            22. Avocado (Carbs: 8.5%)

                                              The avocado is unique in its healthy fats content. High in potassium and fiber it contains a variety of nutrients. About 78% of carbs present in avocado are fiber.

                                              23. Olives (6%)

                                                The olive is delicious and high in copper, iron, fat, and vitamin E.

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                                                24. Strawberries (8%)

                                                  Strawberries are low carb and nutrient-dense. They are high in manganese, vitamin C and various antioxidants.

                                                  25. Grapefruit (11%)

                                                    Grapefruits, a citrus fruit, is very high in vitamin C as well as carotene antioxidants.

                                                    26. Apricots (11%)

                                                      The apricot is a delicious fruit with a low carbs and is filled with potassium and vitamin C.

                                                      Other fruits in the low carb range include: Lemons, Oranges, Kiwi, Mulberries and Raspberries

                                                      Nuts and Seeds

                                                      Seeds and nuts are low in carbs. They are high in fiber, fat, protein and a variety of micro-nutrients. Nuts are usually eaten as snacks. Seeds are used to add crunch to recipes and salads. Nut and seed flours like almond flour and coconut flour are used to create low-carb baked delights.

                                                      27. Almonds (22%)

                                                        Almonds are crunchy, tasty and loaded with vitamin E, fiber, and magnesium.

                                                        28. Walnuts (14%)

                                                          The walnut is high in ALA, an omega-3 fatty acid ALA, and contains wide range of other nutrients.

                                                          29. Peanuts (16%)

                                                            Peanuts are essentially legumes that are consumed as nuts. High in fiber, vitamin E and magnesium and other key minerals and vitamins.

                                                            30. Chia Seeds ( Carb: 44%)

                                                              Chia seeds trend as a popular health food all around the world. They are rich in nutrients and used in various low-carb recipes. They are the richest dietary fiber source. Due to the high fiber the carbs are digestible in essence.

                                                              Other seeds and nuts in the low-carb range include: Hazelnuts, Macadamia nuts, Cashews, Coconuts, Pistachios, Flax seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds.

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                                                              How to Control Your Thoughts and Become the Master of Your Mind

                                                              How to Control Your Thoughts and Become the Master of Your Mind

                                                              Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

                                                              Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality.

                                                              I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

                                                              You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                                                              Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

                                                              When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                                                              I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                                                              Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                                                              Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                                                              Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

                                                              1. The Inner Critic

                                                              This is your constant abuser. He is often a conglomeration of:

                                                              • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
                                                              • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
                                                              • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
                                                              • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                                                              He is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

                                                              Why else would he abuse you? And since “he” is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                                                              2. The Worrier

                                                              This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

                                                              He is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it.

                                                              Occasionally, he is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

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                                                              3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

                                                              He is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

                                                              He can be set off by words or feelings. He can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                                                              He has no real motivation; he has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

                                                              4. The Sleep Depriver

                                                              This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                                                              His motivation can be:

                                                              • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                                                              • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                                                              • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
                                                              • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                                                              How can you control these squatters?

                                                              How to Master Your Mind

                                                              You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                                                              Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                                                              There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                                                              • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                                                              • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                                                              This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

                                                              The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

                                                              Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                                                              For the Inner Critic

                                                              When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                                                              You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                                                              For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

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                                                              You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

                                                              “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                                                              If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                                                              • He riles up the Worrier.
                                                              • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                                                              • He is often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                                                              • He is a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                                                              • He is the destroyer of self-esteem. He convinces you that you’re not worthy. He’s a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get him out!

                                                              Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                                                              Replace him with your new best friend who supports, encourages, and enhances your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                                                              For the Worrier

                                                              Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                                                              Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

                                                              You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                                                              • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                                                              • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                                              • Muscles tense

                                                              Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                                                              If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                                                              Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                                                              “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                                                              Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                                                              If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

                                                              Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

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                                                              Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

                                                              For example:

                                                              If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                                                              “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                                                              Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                                                              “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                                                              Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                                                              For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                                                              Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                                                              The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

                                                              • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
                                                              • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                                              • Muscles tension

                                                              I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                                                              Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                                                              Breathe in through your nose:

                                                              • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                                                              • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                                                              • Focus on your belly rising.

                                                              Breathe out through your nose:

                                                              • Feel your lungs emptying.
                                                              • Focus on your belly falling.
                                                              • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                                                              Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

                                                              Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

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                                                              One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

                                                              Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                                                              For the Sleep Depriver

                                                              (He’s made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                                                              I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                                                              Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                                                              1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                                                              2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                                                              When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

                                                              From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                                                              For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                                                              If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                                                              You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                                                              • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
                                                              • Shut down your thinking.
                                                              • Calm your feelings.
                                                              • Simply focus on the present moment. 

                                                              Becoming the Master of Your Mind

                                                              Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

                                                              You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                                                              Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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