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Last Updated on February 27, 2018

Put Down Your Pizza and Find Your Healthy Diet Challenge Buddy By Using “Foodstand”

Put Down Your Pizza and Find Your Healthy Diet Challenge Buddy By Using “Foodstand”

What do you think when you hear the word ‘habit’? A habit is usually either something that’s hard to break or hard to start. How many times have you wanted to start a positive habit? It probably started well but after a while you found it hard to maintain. Perhaps it’s doing something proactive each day towards a new career goal. Perhaps it’s a new exercise regime to lose weight or the ultimate habit for a lot of people – changing our diets.

The problem with establishing and maintaining healthy positive habits is lack of motivation.

One solution we often hear to keep motivation going is to get an accountability buddy. The most common example is with exercise. Having a training buddy can be an important tool to keep ourselves accountable to turning up at the gym or the running track. However, when it comes to diet changes, we don’t always think of getting someone to do this important lifestyle change with us and help us keep on track.

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You don’t only need a workout buddy, you need an eating partner too!

We all like to believe we’re strong and determined enough to make a positive change in our diet. Often this works if we’ve had, say, a major health scare but when it’s a decision we’ve made without a fearful condition in place to motivate us, motivation can dwindle pretty quickly.

We are human after all. We like falling back into our comfort zones and old ways of living. We can start to convince ourselves we can always start again next week even if we know next week will never come.

Bringing in another person with the same goals as you will not only give you extra motivation (see how people get more successful with their fitness goal by getting a workout buddy.) and push you harder, but it will also tap into our fear of letting others – and ourselves – down. In other words, if we give up on our new habit, our failures aren’t just known by us but also another person. They are essentially out in the open and we don’t like to be seen by others as unsuccessful.

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When it comes to a big diet change, an accountability buddy is the perfect way to keep our new habit going and ultimately improve our life.

Need Accountability? This is The Perfect App For You and Your Healthy Eating Regime

When it comes to our diet, it’s harder to keep track of what you and your new accountability buddy is up to. After all, it’s not as easy as establishing an exercise routine that you show up to together.

This is where Foodstand comes in. Foodstand is a community-lead app that encourages you to keep to your new healthy diet by using food challenges alongside thousands of other people as well as friends and family. Perfect if you’re struggling to find an accountability buddy in the first place!

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The main focus of this app is making healthy eating fun instead of hard to maintain. There are several different challenges: eating less sugar, cooking dinner more often, or eating 3 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. You gain points for every challenge you pass taking you up to the next level.

               

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      These challenges have been designed alongside several top dietician experts from Centre for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and Johns Hopkins Centre for a Liveable Future. The fun and relatable challenges help you progress, keeps you accountable, and helps you along your journey by providing daily motivation, tips, recipes, and explains why each habit is so positive for your lifestyle.

        The best part is that you’re ‘competing’ against other people by being able to see your buddy’s progress. It matches people specifically to you who can then become your accountability buddy if you wish. You’re able to see how many days they’ve managed to keep on track and their overall success rate – and they, in turn, can see how you’re progressing. With a supportive and motivational community on hand to share experiences, questions and tips that help you, it’s the ultimate aid to keeping you on track.

        So, if you’re like so many who fall off the healthy-eating bandwagon after a week or two, find like-minded people with Foodstand to help keep you accountable and raise your chances of success as well as a happier and healthier you.

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        How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

        How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

        Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

        But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

        Sight – Visual Stimulation

        The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

        1. Maximize your exposure to light.

        Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

        Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

        2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

        Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

        Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

        Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

        3. Take note of your environment.

        Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

        By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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        Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

        What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

        4. Engage in conversation.

        Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

        Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

        Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

        Why Listen to Reply Instead of Understand Is the Key to Failure

        5. Listen to upbeat music.

        Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

        Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

        Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

        If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

        6. Work your nose.

        Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

        If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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        Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

        Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

        If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

        7. Have a good breakfast.

        Start off with the most important meal of the day.

        Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

        Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

        Need some breakfasts inspirations? Check out these ideas:

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        8. Drink lots of water.

        Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

        So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not sure how much to drink? This can help you:

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        Think that you’ve been drinking too little water? Try these friendly reminders:

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        9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

        Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

        Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

        Here you can find some healthy snack ideas:

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        Touch – Tactile Stimulation

        Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

        10. Splash cold water on your face.

        Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

        This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

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        11. Use acupressure.

        Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

        Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

        12. Get moving.

        Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

        And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

        You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

        Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

        Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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